Seated Shaman
200 BCE - 300 CE
13.5" x 11.5" x 4"
Sculpture, Ceramic
Region: Colima
Culture: Colima Culture
The sculpture of Colima is stylistically distinctive from that of the neighboring regions of Jalisco and Nayarit. Round, smooth forms with little variation in the warm red-brown surface color characterize Colima work. The wide array of postures and expressions often make the sculptures particuarly pleasing to modern tastes. The strapped horn has recently been interpreted as a stylized conch shell, meaningful because of its relation to rulership. The horns have also been interpreted as warriors or shamans.