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

Colima culture


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.

Object Information

culture
Colima culture
creation date
200B.C.-300
materials
slipped and painted earthenware
dimensions
H: 12 1/2 in.
accession number
60.282
credit line
Gift of Mr.and Mrs. J.W. Alsdorf
copyright
Public Domain
colors