People of the Jaguar


Vessel with dancing Snake Man

The two dancing figures are Gods of Death, depicted with a monstrous snake rising up their backs, scrolls of blood around their necks, and a red spiral shape on their abdomens that represents the internal organs. The circular designs between the figures may refer to the ritual of blood sacrifice, performed to appease the gods. The red and black geometric design at the base is similar to weaving patterns that may symbolize life and death.


Painted terracotta
Unknown provenance
Classic period, A.D. 250-900
Canadian Museum of Civilization, XXI-A-82, K95-442