Ceremonial Mace (Club) Head: Feline (Jaguar?)

c. 300 BC - AD 600

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

Probably once mounted on wooden shafts, these objects could have served as symbols of chiefly authority, group insignia, the heads of ceremonial weapons, or all three. They eventually were placed in elite graves. The bird may be a male curassow and the feline, a jaguar.

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  • Title: Ceremonial Mace (Club) Head: Feline (Jaguar?)
  • Date Created: c. 300 BC - AD 600
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 8.8 x 7.7 x 10.6 cm (3 7/16 x 3 1/16 x 4 3/16 in.)
  • Type: Stone
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1949.469
  • Medium: stone
  • Department: Art of the Americas
  • Culture: Costa Rica, Southern Nicoya region, 4th century BC - AD 7th century
  • Credit Line: In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter Helen
  • Collection: AA - Intermediate Region
  • Accession Number: 1949.469

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