The sculpture represents a man sitting on a small seat decorated with chalchihuites or jade beads and conches, richly dressed with a paper fan on the back of his head and fine stone jewelry like earflaps, bracelets and a green stone necklace, bangles with turquoise and gold, and an anthropomorphous breastplate that, for its style, seems to be a relic. All these elements indicate that this is the image of a noble, who in addition carries a helmet in the shape of a feline head. This attire has suggested to several researchers that it is the representation of a warrior of the prestigious order of the jaguars, reserved only for those who had a noble lineage, besides having achieved some extraordinary military action. Others believe that it is the image of Tepeyollotl (“Heart of the mount”), god jaguar of caves and one aspect of Tezcatlipoca.Arqlga. Bertina Olmedo Vera


  • Title: Guerrero Jaguar
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 1250/1500
  • Physical Location: México
  • Physical Dimensions: w565 x h780 x d530 cm (complete)
  • Period: Posclásico Tardío (1250-1521 d.C.)
  • Centro Histórico Ciudad de México: Mexica
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia., INAH. Proyecto de Digitalización de las Colecciones Arqueológicas del Museo Nacional de Antropología. CONACULTA-CANON-MNA.
  • External Link: http://www.mna.inah.gob.mx
  • Medium: Basalto

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