Oct 13, 2011
Oct 13, 2011

Pendant Plaque

Pendant Plaque

c. 500–700

Jade

Overall: 15.1 x 7.3 x 0.7 cm (5 15/16 x 2 7/8 x 1/4 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1948.358

Location

Description

This exceptionally large and elaborate plaque depicts a human being costumed as a jaguar, with claws on hands and feet, and a jaguar-head helmet. At the Zapotec capital, Monte Albán, dignitaries in feline garb are portrayed in several relief sculptures. A pendant similar to this one was found in an architectural dedicatory offering deposit at Monte Albán.

See also
Collection: 
AA - Mesoamerica
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Jade
Medium: 
Jade

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