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

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

c. 300 BC - AD 600

Stone

Overall: 8.8 x 7.7 x 10.6 cm (3 7/16 x 3 1/16 x 4 3/16 in.)

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Humphreys, gift of their daughter Helen 1949.469

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.

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