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Jaguar Effigy Vessel

1000-1350 CE

(, - present)

Jaguar effigy vessels made in southern Nicaragua and northern Costa Rica portray the transformation into a shaman’s animal spirit companion. Here the pose is that of a human seated on a bench with forearms resting on bent knees. Yet his head has been transformed into that of his animal spirit co-essence. The figure’s hollow front legs contain small clay pellets that rattle when the vase is moved.

Place object was created: Greater Nicoya

earthenware, slip paint

Measurements:    height: 9.25 inches    depth: 9.125 inches

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Robicsek 1979.23.14

Not currently on view