Barakat Gallery
Login | Register | User Services | Search | Newsletter Sign-up
Barakat Gallery
HOME : Pre-Columbian Art : Basalt Jaguar Metates : Basalt Metate in the Form of a Double-Headed Jaguar
Basalt Metate in the Form of a Double-Headed Jaguar - CK.0529
Origin: Costa Rica
Circa: 500 AD to 1000 AD
Dimensions: 10" (25.4cm) high x 13" (33.0cm) wide x 30" (76.2cm) depth
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Basalt


Location: United States
Purchase
Currency Converter
Place On Hold
Ask a Question
Email to a Friend
Previous Item
Next Item
Description
The metates found in tombs suggest the beginning of differentiated levels of society, as wealthy individuals demanded beautiful objects to 'journey' with them into the afterlife. Though metates have a functional purpose as a tool for grinding corn, they also served as a visual symbol of elite control of food production and processing. This handsome metate is a variation on the classic jaguar motif, with a second head protruding from the hind in place of the traditional tail. The edges of the square table are decorated with a triangular pattern while the legs are embellished with a similar pattern of interweaving lines, creating diamond shapes. Since the jaguar was regarded as something of a mythical beast, the representation of it would have thought to communicate power to the object. It's perfect symmetry and balance is certainly a powerful force, and a testimony to a superb sculptor's dedication and talent. - (CK.0529)

 

Home About Us Help Contact Us Services Publications Search
Terms and Conditions Privacy Policy Security

Copyright (c) 2000-2020 by Barakat, Inc. All Rights Reserved

contact-form@barakatgallery.com - TEL 310.859.8408 - FAX 310.276.1346

coldfusion hosting