This time I found a representation of a Chimu gold vase, coastal Peru, from sometime between 100 and 1000 AD. This one also does not have a tail but it is connected to the vase part by a pipe attaching to the middle of the back. This one also seems to be eating a sweet potato or possibly an avocado. This is posted at the website:
I also have another example from Mexico, but because the body is obviously human and wearing clothes, it is probably misleading as to the anatomy of the actual animal intended.
Best Wishes, Dale D.