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Artist: Unknown

Pedestal Sculpture with Seated Feline

350–100 B.C.

Volcanic stone

140.97 × 15.24 × 20.96 cm (55 1/2 × 6 × 8 1/4 in.)
Gift of Theodore N. Kaplan and Henry Tobin
or geography Chiapas, Mexico
On view
Southern Guatemala, or Mexico, Chiapas, Izapa Region
Late Formative Period

Purchased from Lands Beyond, NY May 1995; Private Collection


Suzanne W. Miles, Handbook of Middle American Indians, ed. Robert Wauchope, 2 vols. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1964), 247, fig. 11d.

“Acquisitions July 1, 2015–June 30, 2016,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2016.pdf (accessed December 1, 2016).

Andrew D. Turner, “The Roar of the Rain: A Late Preclassic Jaguar Pedestal Sculpture from Southern Mesoamerica,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2017): 90, fig. 1.

Julia Guernsey et al., “Late Formative Feline Pedestal Sculptures and an Iconography of Cacao,” Mexicon XXXLX (December 2017): 151–69, fig. 7.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.