Museum Collections - Mesoamerica - West Mexican Cultures - Artifact #6

Ceramic representation of a temple scene - West Mexican Cultures

WHO: Culture group from the Colima region of West Mexico

WHERE: Colima, West Mexico

WHEN: Late Preclassic Period, 200 B.C. - A.D. 250

WHAT: Within this ceramic representation of a temple scene there are two men and an animal. The male at the top of the structure is depicted lying on his back, lacking all clothing. The male at the base is shown seated with modest adornment, in the company of a dog.

The relationship between the characters depicted here and the structure is unknown. One might suggest that the naked individual, lying atop the temple, is not engaged in mundane activity and is part of a ritual and possibly a sacrifice. While the exact nature of the scene depicted is unclear, this object does shed light on the style and architecture of ancient West Mexican buildings.
Height: 18.8cm

HOW: Hand-modelled brown earthenware, unslipped.

MUSEUM: Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. G83.1.28

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