This exceptional were-jaguar mask was sculptured from the Olmec’s most favored jade
stone. Rarest among transforming Were-Jaguar mask types. The mask is unique exhibiting
both animal and human qualities in high relief. Notable for its characteristic upraised
upper lip, bifurcated tongue, curved fangs and cleft forehead. Perforated almond
shape crossed eyes (strabismus), pug nose and projecting thin elongated ears. Two
pierced holes for suspension.
Mexico, ca. 900-600 B.C. Very Rare mask in Jade - Investment piece.
Measures: 5.25”/13.33 cm H; 4”/10.16 cm W; 2.25”/5.71 cm D.; Over 7.25”/18.41 cm
on custom upward projected metal stand.
Polished face with partly smooth back. No fractures. Completely intact in choice
Provenance: L. Smyth, Florida. Acquired 1970s - 80s.
Accompanied by a hardbound CIRAM Scientific Analysts report attesting to its authenticity
and Ruffner Art Advisory Fair Market Value report.
Appears in the advert section in the July/August 2020 issue of the Apollo - International
Art Magazine; Dec/Jan 2020 issue of the Native American Art Magazine.