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 inchesGift of Dr. and Mrs. Francis Robicsek 1979.23.14
Not currently on view