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Terracotta Sculpture of a Jaguar - PF.3546
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 8.5" (21.6cm) high
Catalogue: V16
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

Location: United States
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This realistic depiction of a jaguar is stunning and impressionable, with its symbolic reference and artistic quality. Its body and face decorated with black dots and short curving lines, and both sides of the body shows hollow, cross-shape forms. The legs are accentuated with brown and black lines and the long tail is curved to complement the aesthetic form of the jaguar's body and position. The open mouth showing large, lethal fangs and the large eyes suggest aggressive power and force. Moreover, as we look into the face of the jaguar, we are taken by the dramatic expression; the hollow mouth that leads to the dark interior creating a mysterious sense of the unknown. Although the figure is a sculpture, we can almost hear the roar of a jaguar, which roamed the deep forests of Ancient Costa Rica. Jaguars were revered beings in Meso-America, often considered as one of the most powerful gods. Perhaps ancient people of Costa Rica realized the strength and agility of jaguars in nature, in which humans were too often fragile and vulnerable. Because of such reasons, jaguars were worshiped and represented as deities in Meso-American art. Skillfully sculpted, the modern viewers can feel this revered creature's power. HT. 21.5cm( 8 1/2IN): L. 40cm(15 3/4IN) - (PF.3546)


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