The jaguar was of major importance in ancient Mesoamerica and constitute a large category of the animal head hachas from the Maya region. Jaguar hachas typically show an animated expression with tensed features of open mouth, fleshy snout but interestingly not carved with the distinctive cupped ears. The hachas have a small perforation at the upper back for balance and attachment.
On this example, the elongated open snout with massive curved jaw gives definition and contrast to the deeply sunken oval ocular. For a similar example, see Shook & Marquis, Secrets in Stone: Yokes, Hachas and Palmas from Southern Mesoamerica, 1996, p. 134, no. J14.
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