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These two sculptures (displayed back to back in the Regional Museum of Tuxtla Gutiιrrez) represent jaguars, seated, with a quantity of maize on their heads. To the Mesoamerican cultures, maize was the source of both their own initial and continuing existence. The sculptures are from the very early site of Izapa in the south of Chiapas, and the date given places them from the Middle Pre-Classic i.e. 1000 - 400 BCE. The jaguars decorated the faηade of a building, probably a temple.

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Additional Photos by Ken Boulter (Sardonik) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 957] (1979)
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