A Chihuahua dog or pisote (coatimundi)? Mexican, Late Preclassic period, 200 B.C.–A.D. 300.
7-10th C. Nopiloa culture, Veracruz mold-made ceramic whistle of a mustachioed and bearded male ball player. The Nopiloa interacted with other Mesoamerican cultures, and this Nopiloa figure displays motifs commonly found in Mayan art. Knotted ties, like those around this player's wrist and neck, in Maya pictorial language connote captured prisoners. A motif similar to the Maya mat, a symbol of rulership is the flanged headdress. A protective yoke on his waist. Very perplexing mixed motifs.
Seated Figure, Mexico, Nayarit, Nayarit, 200 B.C. - A.D. 500 - Burnished ceramic with slip | LACMA Collections