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Nayarit Pottery Vessel with Double Dog Heads

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A charming hand-built and highly-burnished pottery vessel depicting a conjoined dog with two heads. The vessel rests upon four conical legs that extend upwards and become flush with the rounded body. A stylized and rather minimalist canine head projects from either side of the vessel with nubbin ears, slit-form eyes, and outstretched lips, with a short, flared spout resting in-between. Covered in red slip, this is an adorable example of utilitarian pottery from ancient western Mexico! Size: 9.125" L x 7" W x 6.25" H (23.2 cm x 17.8 cm x 15.9 cm).

Condition: Vessel repaired from multiple large pieces with some small chips, light restoration, resurfacing, overpainting, and light adhesive residue along break lines. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, small chips to legs, heads, and body, with some fading and darkening to pigmentation, and light roughness along feet and underside. Nice earthen and mineral deposits throughout.

Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection

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