Colima ceramics are characterised by their brown-red colour and by their varied morphology, which represents animals, plants and humans. Of particular note among the zoomorphic representations are the xoloitzcuintles, which are a unique breed of American dog characterised by the lack of hair and popularly known as perros pelones (hairless dogs). Their presence in tombs can be put down to the fact that they symbolically led the deceased to the afterlife and helped their souls to traverse the darkness of the underworld. Besides having a ceremonial function, these dogs were fattened up to be eaten in certain rituals.

Creatorcolima (Search Europeana for this person)
CollectionMuseu de Cultures del Món
(Museu de Cultures del Món)
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Subject Termsfigures (representations), figure (representation), ceramic (material), ceramic material
ProviderInstitut de Cultura de Barcelona (ICUB)