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Ceramic Archaeological Replica Vessel from Nicaragua, "Balam the Jaguar"

Fantastic animals from Maya codices cover this finely crafted vessel. It stands... more

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Fantastic animals from Maya codices cover this finely crafted vessel. It stands on three legs that take the shape of jaguars while a fourth spotted cat snaps and snarls on the vessel itself. "For ancient peoples in Mesoamerica, one of the most important animals was the balam, or jaguar. It was a symbol of fertility, power, strength and dominance. Priests wore capes fashioned from its fur and its coat represented the starry sky," says master artisan Gregorio Bracamonte.

  • 1.10 kgs
  • 2.4 lbs
  • 13.97 cm H x 22.86 cm H x 27.94 cm H
  • 5.5" H x 9" H x 11" H

  • Terracotta
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Signed by the artist
  • Museum replica(s)
  • For decorative use only
  • Not watertight
  • Made in Nicaragua.
  • Certified and shipped by our office in Guatemalaicon info
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Dr. Rajesh Balkrishnan

From Charlottesville, VA, USA

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"Beautiful museum quality ceramics"

Just brought my third piece from this artisan extraordinaire. The details are astonishing. The pieces have to be seem to be believed. Photographs do not do justice to the beauty of his craft.

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