Pisote or dog effigy

Colima
Late Preclassic period
200 B.C.–A.D. 300


Object Place: Colima, México

Dimensions

15.8 x 15 x 29.7 cm (6 1/4 x 5 7/8 x 11 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

1995.707

Medium or Technique

Earthenware: dark red slip paint

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Effigy vessel in the form of a standing Chihuahua dog or pisote (coatimundi), a tree-dwelling animal of Central America characterized by a pointed nose with rounded tip. The large, pointed ears, however, are more characteristic of the native Chihuahua canine. The animal’s tail is replaced by a large, funnel-shaped spout. Black fire-clouding is found on the animal’s right side.

Provenance

In Dominique de Menil collection by the 1960's; to Eleanor D. Sayre in the 1960's; to MFA, September 1995, gift of Eleanor D. Sayre.

Credit Line

Gift of Eleanor Sayre in honor of Dominique de Menil