P-3805 AN UNUSUAL COLIMA RECUMBENT CURLED DOG
circa 100 B.C.- A.D. 250.
Colima, West Mexico
Ceramic sculpture, with red to reddish-brown slip.
Length: approx. 9 in. (22.9 cm.); Width: approx. 6.4 in. (16.3 cm.)
Provenance: The Steinberg Family Collection, acquired by Mr. & Mrs. Lionel Steinberg, Palm Springs, California in 1968.
This hollow ceramic figure of a recumbent curled pup, burnished with red to reddish-brown slip overall, is a whimsical example of the Comala sub-style of the Colima sculptural tradition. This dog has incised eyes, snout, and flanging ears, displaying a restful, content expression. The tail is pigmented with a creamy white and curls outward below the chin which rests near the tail. A rectangular spout is attached to the curve of the pups left side, his four legs are delineated on the underside, and this pup's surface is endowed with a fine patina.
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