The jaguar is an animal which holds a lot of meaning and symbolism to the Mesoamerican peoples located in the South and Central Americas. This Aztec Nahuatl Jaguar Vase is a creation by artisans in Nicaragua that is an example of how the jaguar animal is portrayed in the arts and crafts of the indigenous Americans or former peoples of the Aztec and Mayan Empires. Known in native languages as the ‘Panthera onca’, the jaguar was not only revered as a God but also used in shamanistic ceremonies.
Nahuatl is the name of the language group still spoken in the central American region where the Aztecs lived in what is now modern day Mexico, El Salvador and the small neighbouring states. This Aztec Nahuatl Jaguar Vase as seen above is in the typical style that has been passed down from generation to generation for many hundreds of years. In many ways, the jaguar design on this Nicaraguan pottery jar is reminiscent of the Aztec warriors known as Jaguar Warriors. These professional soldiers made up an elite unit of the Aztec army and dressed in costumes which echoed the markings of the Jaguar cat.
The beautiful rich reds and oranges of this Aztec Nahuatl Jaguar Vase will suit a variety of interior design styles. If you have a fondness for Central and South American art and culture, especially from the Aztec period, then this Jaguar vase will make a nice addition to a living room, hallway or bedroom. The jaguar themed vase has been made by skilled artisans in the nation of Nicaragua which if you’re a stamp collector you might be familiar with due to the fascinating stamp designs that originate there.
You can buy this Aztec Nahuatl Jaguar Vase from the following website: Aztec Nahuatl Jaguar Vase made in Nicaragua.
Did you know?: A few years ago archaeologists found a jar in Guatemala which portrayed on its side a stringed musical instrument. Dating from the Maya of the Late Classic Era (600-900 AD), it is the only known representation of a stringed instrument before the arrival of the Spanish. What is even more amazing is the sound it makes. When the instrument was reproduced and played the sound that resulted was virtually identical to a jaguar’s growl.