Dog with a Corncob (Primary Title)
Dog with a Corn Cob (Former Title)
animal figurine (Object Name)

Unknown (Artist)

200 BC–AD 400
Central America,Mexico,Colima,Mesoamerica
Overall: 6 1/8 × 5 × 10 1/2 in. (15.56 × 12.7 × 26.67 cm)
Highly naturalistic and frequently amusing animals are common subjects in West Mexican ceramics. Close inspection, however, suggests that such innocent depictions are symbolically complex: the distinctly human manner in which this dog grips the corncob suggests that the figure may in fact be a shaman transformed into a dog. Among the few domesticated animals in the New World, dogs were common companions of warriors in battle. In addition, many Pre-Columbian cultures believed that dogs guided the dead through the underworld in the afterlife.
Late Formative
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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