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Pre-Columbian Art / Gold Pendant of a Jaguar - FJ.6153
Origin: Costa Rican/Panamanian Border Area
Circa: 500 AD to 1550 AD
Dimensions: 2.75" (7.0cm) high
Catalogue: V21
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Gold

Additional Information: sold....247 grams Trudy

Location: Great Britain
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Cats, and cat imagery, are significant to Pre- Columbian art from very early times. The cat that had the greatest impact in New World mythology and art is the jaguar, the most impressive of the large American felines. The average size of a full-grown male jaguar is about eight feet, nose to tail. The lustrous, full volume of this exceptional gold work sparks our imaginations to take flight into the ancient jungles of Meso-America where this great cat once freely roamed the land. The broad, elongated, flat-end tail curves over the jaguar's back. The exaggerated curly-tail may be symbolic of the hypnotic manner in which jaguars swish their tails while they are hunting. The jaguar is shown standing, his head turned to the side, and his mouth is half open. Fierce, pointed teeth are well defined. Both ears are in an erect position and the deyes are large and wide. Under the front paws are two suspension loops. The surface of his gorgeous pendant is highly polished and glistening. The entire composition emanates a remarkable amount of energy which intensifies the longer we admire it. The shaman, priest, nobility who may have worn this fabulous work of art must have a great statement by his exquisite taste which can only be appreciated by a kindred soul.....trudy - (FJ.6153)


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