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Jaguar Knight acrylic on board 18x24, it can be framed by Belize artist Errol Yearwood, in one of a kind mayan themed frame, msg for details on cost.. [ it will change shipping cost however, please inquire]
Jaguar warriors or jaguar knights,They were an elite military unit similar to the eagle warriors.

The jaguar motif was used due to the belief that the jaguar represented Tezcatlipoca, god of the night sky. Aztecs also wore these dresses at war because they believed the animal's strengths would be given to them during battles.Jaguar warriors were used at the battlefront in military campaigns. They were also used to capture prisoners for sacrifice to the Aztec gods. Many statues and images (in pre-Columbian and post-Columbian codices) of these warriors have survived. They fought with a wooden sword studded with obsidian volcanic glass blades, called a macuahuitl. They also used spears and atlatls. They believed their feathered shield had magic powers.

To become a jaguar warrior, a member of the Aztec army had to capture twelve enemies during two consecutive battles. This was said to honor their gods in a way far greater than killing enemy soldiers in the battlefield. For a warrior to kill an enemy was considered clumsy.

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liquitex acrylics

Jaguar Knight (2015)

$1,500

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Paul Sandilands

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