Mirror with Jaguar or Coyote Mosaic

A work made of iron pyrite, jade, shell, magnatite or ilmenite, and spondylus shell.
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  • A work made of iron pyrite, jade, shell, magnatite or ilmenite, and spondylus shell.

Date:

A.D. 500/600

Artist:

Teotihuacan
Teotihuacan, Mexico

About this artwork

For over 2,000 years, polished stone mirrors were an important component of Mesoamerican attire, ritual, and symbolic imagery. This mirror is made of a single sheet of polished pyrite stone and includes a jade jaguar mosaic at its center. Mirrors often functioned as emblems of rank and office and were typically worn at the small of the back. The depiction of such mirrors in ancient murals, as worn by warriors, priests, and state officials, attests to their importance in the spectacular art of ritual performance in Teotihuacan.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Culture

Teotihuacan

Title

Mirror with Jaguar or Coyote Mosaic

Origin

México

Date

500 AD–600 AD

Medium

Iron pyrite, jade, shell, magnatite or ilmenite, and spondylus shell

Dimensions

Diam. 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

S. DeWitt Clough and Ada Turnbull Hertle endowments

Reference Number

1994.313

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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