Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A charming handmade pottery figure with his proper left arm wrapped around a petite dog and his right hand placed on his flat stomach. Displaying pointed ears, huge eyes, and a raised tail, the adorable pup rests his head on the figure's broad shoulder. The ancient figure wears a patterned loincloth that ties on his left side and displays a tail-like covering at the back, as well as a collar necklace with an ovoid pendant and a tubular headband. Standing on two bulbous legs, the figure's stylized visage features two sizable, coffee-shaped eyes, a triangular nose, a full-lipped mouth, and two elliptic ears, one with a large ear ornament. Please note that the Lucite stand is for photography purposes only. Size: 2.625" W x 4.125" H (6.7 cm x 10.5 cm)
Provenance: ex-private collection of the late Father Bader, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas, USA; exhibited in the University of St. Thomas Art Gallery, acquired prior to 2000
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Repaired from several pieces with break lines barely distinguishable. Figure missing one earring and dog missing one ear. Otherwise, excellent with rich deposits of manganese throughout.