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Some of the most popular figurines from Colima are the numerous representations of dogs, depicted in all sorts of activities: fighting, grooming themselves, standing or merely sleeping. Invariably, these dogs are short-legged and appear to be excessively fat. This may be due to the fact that Mesoamericans were no strangers to using dogs as food and they even fattened them just for that purpose.

Vessel in the shape of a dog
Colima cultures
Early to Middle Classic (200-600 A.D.)
State of Colima
Red, burnished clay
24 x 42 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara