This exceptional were-jaguar mask was sculptured from the Olmec’s most favored jade
stone. Ranging 7 on the Mohs hardness scale, this masterful creation was extremely
difficult to produce. The mask is unique and considered to be a shaman in the midst
of transformation. Exhibits both animal and human qualities in high relief. Notable
for its characteristic upraised upper lip, bifurcated tongue, curved fangs and cleft
forehead. Perforated almond shaped eyes, 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.
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 attesting to its authenticity
and Ruffner Art Advisory Fair Market Value report.
Appears on pg 73 in the July/August 2020 issue of the Apollo - International Art