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Art of the Ancient Americas
Maker: Unknown

Bound Figure with Feline Headdress

A.D. 650–800

Sodalite or turquoise

2.1 × 1.2 cm (13/16 × 1/2 in.)
Gift of Thomas De Mott, 1942
This standing male, a miniature figurine made of  a deep green stone, wears a snarling jaguar headdress. Similar figurines were excavated in two offerings in the administrative center of Pikillacta in Peru’s southern highlands. Each offering contained forty turquoise figurines, shells, and copper objects. This figurine may have been placed in a comparable offering. Each figurine in such groups is unique, individualized by facial and costume variations that may identify lineage, place of origin, or position in the government hierarchy. Although shown in rich dress and standing erect, this figurine has his hands behind his back, possibly signifying deference to the powerful Huari administrative and military system.
Geography Central Andes, Peru
Not on view
Central Andes, Wari
Middle Horizon
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