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loves: you win if you guessed "pets" and "museums". Also books, art history, travel, British punk, Korean kimchi, bindis, martinis, and other things TBD. I will always make it very clear if a post is sponsored in any way. Drop me a line at thepetmuseum AT gmail.com !

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

a lovely pup pot

The Proctor Stafford Collection, purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch (M.86.296.156)
courtesy of www.lacma.org
How satisfying this clay vessel must feel when you pick it up in two hands (it's 6 3/4 x 8 x 10 in.).  This bright-eyed dog from Mexico's Colima culture dates somewhere from 200 BC to 500 AD.  Dogs were believed to guide souls to the land of the dead; the vessel probably held liquid or food offerings for the departed.  Read a little more about your typical Colima dog vessel here at the British Museum.

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