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A Colima Redware Snake Vessel, Protoclassic Period, ca. 100 BCE - 250 CE

PP1804

Of stylistic burnished ceramic covered in red slip, in the shape of a coiled snake with the head lifted above the tail, decorated with incised circles for scales and crosshatching on the head, with an extended rear spout.

In ancient West Mexico, the snake was thought to have magical powers and contacts with the spirit world, acting as a middleman between humans and the spirits beyond.

Dimensions: Height: 3 5/8 inches (9.2 cm), Length: 6 1/4 inches (15.9 cm)

Condition: Head and tail tip reattached with restoration over the break lines, with scattered mineral deposits on the surface. A fine example.

Provenance: Private Nevada collection. Ex. Dr. David Harner collection, Arkansas, 1950s-1960s, collection # PM10. Exhibited at The Pink Palace Family of Museums, Memphis, TN. Published Ceremonial Objects of Ancient Mexico, 1984, item # 54. Exhibited Marjorie Barrick Museum, UNLV, 2000s.


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