- Museum number
Zoomorphic votive figure made in tumbaga by lost-wax casting. It depicts a jaguar that appears ready to leap.
- Production date
Height: 1.50 centimetres
Width: 2.50 centimetres
Depth: 1 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Vila Llonch 2013
Jaguars are the largest predator in South America, known for their ferocity and strength. They can walk silently in the forest, run long distances and see their prey in the dark. Across South America they were associated with rulers and power. Chiefs and spiritual leaders would symbolically transform themselves into jaguars, for instance by wearing their skins, or masks with menacing fangs or necklaces with fierce claws. Goldsmiths also made many representations of these creatures, probably for ritual use. They were associated with the sun, with thunder and fire, because of their golden colour.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1996, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 1), 'Gilded Image'
2013 Oct 17 - 2014 Mar 23. BM, ‘Beyond El Dorado: Power and Gold in Ancient Colombia’
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1931E1.1329 (old CDMS no.)