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Day of the Dead Jaguar Warrior figurine

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Mexican Folk Art. Hand painted and polished.

The life of Aztec warriors was one of constant battle. The primary purpose for this continual Aztec warfare was to take prisoners to be sacrificed to their gods. As the Aztec empire expanded, however, another major purpose of Aztec wars was to expand the size and power of the empire.

Regarded as the "jaguar death", this figurine embodies the Jaguar Warriors, for the Aztecs believed the jaguar to be associated with the god of night. Jaguar Warriors captured enemies to be sacrificed to the gods. They would wear jaguar fur and claws for they believed the items would make them stronger and braver.

Cold cast resin with intricate detail.
10cm long x 5.5cm wide x 17cm high