vessel in the form of a leader-priest in a trance

Colima culture

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The art of ancient West Mexico comprises three distinct styles, named from the present-day Mexican states of Colima, Nayarit and Jalisco.

Ancient West Mexicans used a unique shaft-chamber tomb, an underground series of rooms reached by a narrow, vertical opening, or shaft.

The dead were surrounded by offerings of food and objects to aid them in the afterlife, including lively earthenware sculptures of people, animals and plants.

The closed eyes and open mouth of this figure depict a ritual specialist in a trance-like state.

Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf, Chicago, Illinois; given the the John Herron Art Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana, now the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, in 1960.

Object Information

Colima culture
creation date
200 B.C.E. - 300 C.E.
slipped and painted earthenware
12-1/2 in.
accession number
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf
Public Domain
Native Arts of the Americas

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