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Pre-Columbian Art / Mayan / Mayan Sculpture Of A Jaguar Deity - PF.1229
Origin: Guatemala
Circa: 300 AD to 600 AD
Dimensions: 3.5" (8.9cm) high
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Terracotta


Additional Information: sold

Location: United States
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Throughout ancient America, in cultures from Mexico to Peru, the jaguar was revered as a god. For the Maya especially the jaguar was considered one of the primary gods of the cosmos. This fierce and solitary jungle cat had temples dedicated in his honor, in which friezes depict jaguars marching in procession. This remarkable little statue, depicting a snarling jaguar in an upright pose, was perhaps offered as a votive to win the favor of the god. One look at this regal beast leaves us in no doubt of his divinity. - (PF.1229)

 

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