Colima, West Mexico
Protoclassic, 200 B.C.E.-400 C.E.
H: 19.1 cm, L: 32.4 cm (H: 7.5 in, L: 12.8 in)
Bequest of Mary Stansbury Ruiz. X88.513
The belief that dogs led the deceased into the underworld was common across Mesoamerica. Certain myths ascribe the origins of humanity to a dog, and figures of dogs may also have been placed in tombs to provide nourishment during the difficult journey.
Source: Exhibition Wall Text: Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006