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Plate

c. 800
Overall: 6.5 x 41.5 cm (2 9/16 x 16 5/16 in.)
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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.
Plate

Plate

c. 800

Mexico, Campeche, Maya

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