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Cedar wood mask, 'Jaguar Man'

Item # 47702
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Vivid and mystical, the jaguar holds a sacred place in Maya mysticism and architecture. Used for ornamentation, the original mask was taken from its location without proper recording, and at Jaguar Archeological Project it was concluded it comes from El Salvador's western regions. This replica is carved by hand with extraordinary care for artistic detail, including a crest and triangular beak where fangs denote power. Featuring painted details and conscious of the environment, the Jaguar Archeological Project only uses branches and does not cut down trees.

Throughout El Salvador there have been found images depicting the jaguar with a crest, big mouth and fangs, as well as an inverted "u" shaped nostrils and swirling eyes. Known as Balam or Chac, according to Maya cosmogony the jaguar represents natureís elements: water, earth, fire, and air. Maya shamans, priests and rulers used the jaguar as a symbol of authority and leadership. The upper part of the head usually represents life elements, and the lower part connotes a skeleton. Jaguar masks are believed to represent the transformation of a human into a being with magical powers.

  • Museum replica(s)
  • Wood grain and color can vary slightly
  • Eco-Friendly: carved from natural and sustainable wood
  • 15.3" H x 13.2" W x 3.8" D
  • Weight: 7.4 lb
  • Cedar wood
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

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Artisan: Jaguar Archeological Project

Artisan Jaguar Archeological Project Jaguar Archeological Project is an academic and cultural program with a mission to make prominent the legacy inherited to the people of western El Salvador. They replicate masks found in pre-Hispanic constructions dating over 1500 years. 'To join our project, an artisan must be sincere, be able to work in a team, and above all, have a good sense of humor,' says Federico Tlaloc. 'We are using the proceeds from the sales of these items to prevent the deterioration of our ancestral Maya monuments, as well as to prevent illegal exportation of the original pieces.'

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