Dog Head

Dog Head


Earthenware, asphalt and resin paint

Overall: 10.7 x 14.8 x 17.8 cm (4 3/16 x 5 13/16 x 7 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.250



This dog's snarl and protruding fangs lend him a sinister expression. Although pierced for suspension, the head seems too large and fragile to have been a pendant. Press-molds, used to create the dog's face and ears, were commonly used in the Gulf Coast region, where asphalt occurs naturally and was applied to pottery as a paint after firing.

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