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Stone Sculpture of a Jaguar - PF.4348
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 7.5" (19.1cm) high
Catalogue: V24
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone


Location: United States
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Description
For centuries artists have turned to nature for inspiration, especially in a culture where animals such as the jaguar were highly revered. They symbolized strength and prowess in both the physical and non- physical worlds. This figure is a beautiful example of a stone carver's art. Its contours are elegant and refined, making rich use of the splendid color of the stone. The face is quite abstract using a few simple lines, yet very expressive. The artist seems to have delighted in his creation. There is warmth exuding from the material; the natural mineral veins of red, magenta and white glisten in the light, imitating the sleek coat of a jaguar. This superb sculpture will certainly occupy a proud place anywhere. HT. 19cm(7 1/2IN): L. 33cm(13IN) - (PF.4348)

 

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