People of the Jaguar


Jaguar God mask

This mask represents the Jaguar God, who first appeared in the Olmec culture as a were-jaguar. Flared nostrils, scrolled eyebrows, and pointed teeth are typical features of this deity. He is also the God of Rain and Lightning who lives in the Underworld. Maya kings and nobles wore jaguar skins and headdresses as a symbol of their elevated status.


Stone (replica)
Kaminaljuyù, Guatemala City, Guatemala
Middle PreClassic period, 900 300 B.C.
Canadian Museum of Civilization, XXI-A-6