Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Teotihuacan, ca. 400 to 600 CE. An incredibly rare Teotihuacan spouted puppy vessel! Mold-made from orange terracotta that was very much prized in this region, this sizeable Mastiff-type fighting dog is presented lying down with his rear legs curled up and his rather large front paws extended out before his chest. His noble visage is comprised of a cut ear (perhaps a wound from an altercation), an endearingly wrinkled face, and a pronounced snout. The sculptor made it clear that this is a male dog (note the genitalia); in addition this charming canine is adorned by a large collar with a huge crescent moon shaped pendant. Size: 8.5" L x 11.75" W x 6.875" H (21.6 cm x 29.8 cm x 17.5 cm)
According to the curatorial department of the Saint Louis Art Museum, "Dogs and dog-shaped vessels were often included in Teotihuacan burials, suggesting their domestication as members of the household. Their presence in central Mexico parallels a similar practice seen in some burials in West Mexico during the same period, where orangeware ceramics have also been found. Although different in form, the ceramic canines of Teotihuacan indicate a shared—if not imported—funerary practice." (https://www.slam.org/collection/objects/5612/)
Note: this is NOT a Colima type Dog for consumption!!!
This piece has been tested using thermoluminescence (TL) analysis and has been found to be ancient and of the period stated. A full report will accompany purchase.
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-Arte Primitivo Gallery, New York, New York, USA
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Repaired from multiple pieces with restoration over the break lines. TL hole on underside. Normal surface wear with a few scuffs and minute nicks/chips here and there. Areas of mineral deposits as shown. The cut ear may signify a loss; however, it may also have been an intended characteristic to indicate that he is is a fighting dog.