Incense burner in the form of a jaguar-man transformation figure

 

Incense burner in the form
of a jaguar-man transformation figure
Veracruz, Mexico, 900-600 CE
Clay
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Maremont, Chicago,
to American Friends of the Israel Museum
The contrast between the serene human face and the ferocious expression of the jaguar bursting out of the figure’s belly adds to the power of this magical object, a symbol of both creative energy and destructive forces.