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Animal Effigy Vessel

Present different cultural examples of animal effigy vessels, explaining relationship tying cultural groups to the animal represented. Prompt students to reflect on their personal reasons for creating a vessel using a specific animal.
by Karen Castro on 22 February 2013

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Transcript of Animal Effigy Vessel

Hairless Dog Effigy Pot The animal most frequently depicted in Colima art is the hairless dog, today known as the Chihuahua but called xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-kweent-lee) by the Aztecs of the fifteenth century. In addition to raising dogs as a food source, many peoples of highland Mexico believed that a dog accompanied a person's soul on the journey into the underworld. Discovery of dog images in tombs suggests they were intended as companions for the deceased. Alligator Effigy Vessel Like eagles and jaguars in different habitats, crocodiles are at the top of the food chain, ferocious predators without animal enemies. All three were considered sacred by ancient peoples in southern Central America because of their power. The American crocodile also inhabits south Florida. This effigy vessel, a symbolic representation of the animal, devotes most of its form to the head filled with frightening teeth. The head and tail are protected by bony plates that form an armored shield. how does the animal you chose represent you? Animal Effigy Vessel
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