Art of the Americas - Lion Nagual Figure, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico

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Lion Nagual Figure
Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico
Earthenware, slip decoration, glaze
c. 1950s
10.75" (27.3 cm) high by 7.25" (18.4 cm) wide, as photographed below

Ex. Fred and Nancy Roscoe collection, California 

This lion nagual figure was likely made by Julián Acero, an important Mexcian artist who worked in the first half of the 20th century, making toys and animal banks. Nagual were humans who had the power to transform, in the spiritual and physical realms, into the shape of an animal. See a very similar example at the Tuscon Museum of Art. This piece was collected in the 1950s by the Roscoes and is in mint condition.


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