Zapotec Sculpture of a Ferocious Feline - PF.0887, Origin: Veracruz, Mexico, Circa: 300 AD to 600 AD, Dimensions: 20" (50.8cm) high, Catalogue: V4, Collection: Pre-Columbian, Style: Zapotec, Medium: Terracotta. This magnificent sculpture seems to evoke man's deepest fears about the unknown, dark heart of the jungle. A fiercely snarling cat--perhaps a jaguar--rears up on his haunches and extends his menacing claws. Perhaps it was felt that by confronting such a demon, one could conquer it. After all these centuries, the compelling power of the image has not faded.
Ancient Central America & Mexico