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Terracotta Sculpture of a Jaguar - PF.4331
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 3.5" (8.9cm) high x 7.5" (19.1cm) wide x 9.25" (23.5cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta

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This incredible sculpture is an example of an artist ability to capture its subject matter. The effort and skill comes across two fold in the rendering of this powerful jaguar. The spiritual men of Costa Rica understood this animal’s intrinsic nature of predatorial instinct. They understood the viciousness of character and the grace of its body language. The artist depiction of the elegant curvature of the body and the gentle posture of a lying down beast has not been missed. This depiction represents all the brutality that a jaguar can exercise. The fierceness exudes itself from out of the image. The tail is curled up in a style most likely of agitation. The head is turned into to the body and the mouth is open in a roar. The fangs and lower teeth are well pronounced especially the lips that are pulled back in a hissing gesture. The eyes are well defined and piercing. Much can be said for the jaguar's coat, but this particular artifact captures the ingenuity of nature's creation. It illustrates that this artist has been up close and familiar with this king of the Costa Rican jungle. - (PF.4331)


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