Ceremonial Mace (Club) Head: Bird (Male Curassow?)

Ceremonial Mace (Club) Head: Bird (Male Curassow?)

300 BC - AD 600

Stone

Gift of John Wise 1949.194

Description

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.

See also
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Stone
Credit line: 
Gift of John Wise

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