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Atlantic Watershed Jade Mace Head in the Form of a Jaguar Head - PF.2175
Origin: Eastern Costa Rica
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD
Dimensions: 3.375" (8.6cm) high
Catalogue: V6
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Jade

Location: Great Britain
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With stylized abstraction, this superb carved jade represents a fierce snarling jaguar head. Throughout Ancient America, the jaguar was worshipped as a God, a sacred symbol of power and regality. Among the peoples of Costa Rica, a ceremonial mace head represented worldly status and authority. Derived from a weapon of war, carried atop a staff, like a scepter or a royal flail, these mace heads identified clans or individuals of importance. One look at this splendid jade will assure us that it was the insignia of a high- ranking person or group. Even in a world with different priorities, it radiates an aura of strength and authority that is unmistakable. - (PF.2175)


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