Architectural Revival

precolumbian style red clay animal figurine Mexico

During my thrift trip to St. Clair West, I also picked up these two terra-cotta figurines. Both pieces are based on pre-Columbian artifacts discovered by The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

Up top is an animal that I’ve not yet been able to identify. Below is a little sculpture of two dogs, fighting or dancing. It is marked INAH Mexcio. It is a reproduction of a kind of effigies commonly found in shaft tombs. These Colima (Mexican Hairless) canine worked as guard dogs in the mortal world and therefore were good for guiding the soul through the journey through the afterlife. These critters were all probably originally purchased by a tourist from a museum gift shop.

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