Mar 21, 2011
Mar 21, 2011

Plate

Plate

c. 800

Earthenware with colored slips

Overall: 6.5 x 41.5 cm (2 9/16 x 16 5/16 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gruener 1990.182

Did you know?

Apex predators like jaguars are natural power metaphors.

Description

Its pose and jewelry suggest this flamboyantly painted figure may represent a human clad in the skin of a jaguar. Because the jaguar is the largest, most powerful predator in Mesoamerica, it was a natural metaphor for earthly and supernatural power alike.

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