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  Ancient Pre-columbian Jaguar Tooth Amulet
Pre-columbian Jaguar Tooth Amulett


 
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Product Code: REF:PRE-COL328

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This pre-columbian carved shell depicts a jaguar tooth with correct dental anatomy. It is a very rare find and would make a stunning centre piece on a necklcae or simply kept as a dispaly item.

"The representation of jaguars in Mesoamerican cultures has a long history, with iconographic examples dating back to at least the mid-Formative period of Mesoamerican chronology. The jaguar (Panthera onca) is an animal with a prominent association and appearance in the cultures and belief systems of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican societies. Quick, agile, and powerful enough to take down the largest prey in the jungle, the jaguar is the largest of the big cats in the Americas, and one of the most efficient and aggressive predators. Endowed with a spotted coat and well adapted for the jungle, hunting either in the trees or water, making it one of the few felines tolerant of water, the jaguar was, and remains, revered among the indigenous Americans who live closely with the jaguar. All major Mesoamerican civilizations prominently featured a jaguar god, and for many, such as the Olmec, the jaguar was an important part of shamanism" ~ Wikipedia

Condition: Very Good
Origin: Pre-Columbian. Colina, Ancient Mexico
Believed to be well over 1000 years old.
Provenance: Dr James Keats Collection
length 8.6 cm x 2.2 cm


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