|Object Name:||Figure of a were-jaguar human being, possibly a shaman in transformation|
|Creation Date:||1000 BC - 200 BC|
|Repository:||Private collection in the U.S.A.|
|Image source:||© Dr. Manuel Aguilar|
|Original photo taken by Dr. Aguilar in the Olmec Exhibition of Houston in 1995. |
In this transformation figure the human and feline are brilliantly fused. The head and ears remain human, the features of the face flow into one another. The expression of the face indicates the emergence of the jaguar from the human shell. As Peter T. Furst has so perceptibly observed, "We are dealing not with a stylistic aberration but with a well-defined mode of representing a phenomenon."