Colima Abstract Reclinatorio


Colima Abstract Reclinatorio

A Pre-Columbian Colima red-ware spouted reclinatorio vessel, a headrest, of abstract form with features of a bird and a dog, with human legs.

West Mexico.
Ca. 100 BC - 250 AD.
Height: 10 in. (25.4 cm).

West Mexican civilization dates to 2nd millennium BC. In the area of Colima on the Pacific coast, a rich pottery tradition arose at the end of the 1st millennium BC in which deep shaft tombs were often filled with pottery in the form animals and human figures, likely companions and offerings of sustenance for the Afterlife.

cf.: H. von Winning, Shaft Tomb Figures of West Mexico, (Los Angeles, 1974), fig. 101.

Formerly in a New Jersey private collection.

Inv#: 5940


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