Colima dog

This year's advent calendar is on the theme of dogs, with canines from National Museums Liverpool's collections and displays behind each door.

Dogs were important to many Mesoamerican civilisations. They were used as guard dogs, hunting aids, in religious rituals and as a food source.

This little dog was probably made in Colima, western Mexico. Local artists there were famous for their obese dogs – fattened for eating!

This piece was made as a burial object, perhaps as a meal for the deceased on their journey to the Underworld.

This dog is part of World Museum's ethnology collections. It isn't currently on display but you can see other examples of our Mesoamerican collections in the World Cultures gallery at World Museum.

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Accession number 1968.278