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  • Carved Wood Huichol Jaguar Head

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    This Mexican Huichol jaguar head (jikuri) has been hand carved from copalillo wood from the sierra and stained dark brown.  Measuring 4" high by 4" wide by 4.75" deep, the head shows the jaguar with open mouth and exposed teeth, soulful eyes, and pinned back ears.  The back of the head is flattened.  Traditionally, the Huichols decorate these heads with beads or yarn in tribal motifs.  In their mythology, peyote gives the sacred jaguar the ability to see and communicate with the gods.  In very good condition with minor surface wear primarily on the ears, which is not surprising given the fact that the wood is very soft and light weight.