Colima Horned Toad, Ancient West Mexico Pre-Columbian Art

P-2561 Colima Horned Toad

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Protoclassic, ca. 100 B.C. to A.D. 250, with burnished reddish-brown slip. There are four rows of spiked protrusions in high relief along the length of the body, and one row across the head, thirty in all. Coffee bean eyes, recessed nostrils, open mouth, spout as tail, and short legs create a reptile that seems pleased with his surroundings.

Condition: One spike is chipped, and there is a very small chip on the surface of the left side of the back. He is in otherwise excellent condition.

Provenance: From a Riverside County, California Collection.

Height: 5.3 in. (13.5 cm.); Length: 10.5 in. (26.7 cm.).