Ceremonial Mace (Club) Head: Bird (Male Curassow?)

Ceremonial Mace (Club) Head: Bird (Male Curassow?)

300 BC - AD 600


Gift of John Wise 1949.194


Probably once mounted on wooden shafts, these objects could have served as symbols of chiefly authority, group insignia, the heads of ceremonial weapons, or all three. They eventually were placed in elite graves. The bird may be a male curassow and the feline, a jaguar.

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Art of the Americas
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Gift of John Wise

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