Wooden Jaguar Head covered with Pearls



For thousands of years Jaguars have been worshipped as gods by the pre-colombian south american civilizations such as Aztecs, Mayas or Incas. One civilization preceding incas empire in peru were the Chavín people, whose civilization emerged in Peru around 900 B.C. By using visionary medicine plants such as San Pedro which contains mescaline a powerful psychedelic, they were connecting with the spirit of Jaguar as it is showed on carved stones in Chavín representing priests with the head of a jaguar. They believed that people could transform into jaguars and that jaguars could become human as well. Another natives from south america well known for their connexion with another sacred cactus, the Peyote ( a psychoactive cactus that contains also mescaline) are the Huichol people (wixarikas) living in Mexico. For them Jaguar is a messenger from God. During ceremonies of Peyote the spirit of the cactus called “shikuri” comes in the form of a deer helping them to connect with god. These intricated and colored visions we can see on the jaguar head show us the visionary world of peyote as it is seen by those who practice this sacred medicine.



No other pre-Hispanic culture has such highly complex color management as the Wixárika people. The crafts of this ethnic group were born as an offering to the gods, but also as a way of communicating to their community, and even to the rest of the men, the messages of the divinity.

According to their beliefs, when there is communication between gods and people, through bright colors, shapes and figures, a nierika, a portal, opens. That is why their compositions are called nierikas: it is a representation of the knowledge acquired by shamans during the ceremony.



Wooden Jaguar Head covered with pearls by huichol peoples (Guadalajara-Mexico).

Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 30 × 25 × 25 cm


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