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A Mexican Tiger. Polychrome clay.
In pre-Hispanic times the jaguar was considered a sacred animal for his ability to hunt his prey, navigate in the dark, and for his strength and power. Whilst the spots of his skin symbolised the stars, the pre-Hispanic warriors imitated the animal to gain his strength and power, and were thus named ‘Jaguar Warriors’. These warriors became the most fearsome military elite.
Today it exists as a dance outfit in the Mixtec region of Puebla, so with this piece the artists highlights the importance to this emblematic symbol of our ancestors and the region.