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Dog Effigy Vessel
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Dog Effigy Vessel

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Description Dogs were indigenous to the ancient Americas, the Mexican Hairless being the likely model for the West Mexico effigies. Throughout Mesoamerica they served as companions, hunting partners, underworld guides, and even sources of food. Ceramic portrayals of dogs are particularly numerous in the shaft tombs of West Mexico, placed among the burials' myriad human pottery figures and dishes of food for the journey after death. Most dogs are depicted as plump and docile. This one is modeled in a more abstract form. As tomb offerings, the fattened versions may have symbolized food for the deceased's arduous underworld voyage.
Provenance Ron Messick Fine Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; purchased by John G. Bourne, Santa Fe, New Mexico, between 1990 and 1999; given to Walters Art Museum, 2013.
Credit Gift of John G. Bourne, 2013

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300 BC-AD 200
burnished earthenware
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H: 7 3/16 x L: 10 3/8 x W: 4 13/16 in. (18.2 x 26.4 x 12.3 cm)
Location Within Museum
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