Red figure with spout and two legs. Eyes on front and back

Vessel in the form of an owl, c. 100



The William Hood Dunwoody Fundexpand_more  42.61.15

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In the ancient cultures found in the Pacific Coast region, shamans were known to transform into owls during sacred journeys. In this example from the Colima culture, the object may refer to this transitional process. The form of the vessel portrays that of an owl with the beak doubling as a spout for liquids, and the large eyes can refer to the bulging and dilated eyes of a shaman in trance.

Vessel in the form of an owl
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Red figure with spout and two legs. Eyes on front and back