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The Jaguar's Paw: A Moche Ceramic

The Jaguar's Paw: A Moche Ceramic

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A Moche ceramic that contains both the imagery of mountain peaks and a jaguar's paw. Composed in gesture signs and imagery it presents a cosmological statement about The Sun, A Sun Chieftain, and springs containing water-spirits on the mountainsides. It is presented as a prediction or prophecy regarding the after-life.
A Moche ceramic that contains both the imagery of mountain peaks and a jaguar's paw. Composed in gesture signs and imagery it presents a cosmological statement about The Sun, A Sun Chieftain, and springs containing water-spirits on the mountainsides. It is presented as a prediction or prophecy regarding the after-life.

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The Jaguar's PawA Moche Ceramic
ByClifford C. Richey
September 2009
 Illustration 1: Moche Ceramic Photo Credit: C-Monster.net 
 
This is a very interesting Moche ceramic as the Mountains are in the Form of a Jaguar's Paw (orangedots). The overall Form is a compound of the signs for
earth-female
and
 place
signs.The Upper-WorldThe Place
This is from the two signs that make up the form of the ceramic.
The Great Jaguar's Paw,The Great Hand of the Sun
The seated figure on the Mountain (green circle) has a headdress with a jaguar's face on it. There are two hands in thegesture sign for
flight (the Hand's Their Flight).
The curved sign above the jaguar is an upper-half-
upper world
signand its curve represents the
arc of the sky.
 AboveThe Hands, The Stewards
(of the Sun)
 In The Sky-Arc
The Hands of the Spirit above the headdress delineate the arc of the sky between them.His Seat
 
This figure is the representative of the Sun on Earth and Inca like leader. His seat is a
 place
sign.
On The Mountainside
The seated Figure
 Illustration 2: The Jaguar's Paw -The Hand of the Sun
 
The Dead Below
Below him is the prostrate body of a dead person who appears to be floating in water.
The Female Water-spirits
On the left side of the scene is a small figure with the
female
,Triangular, (yellow) sign in the genital area. The same istrue of the figure directly above (yellow circle). These figures are
female water-spirits.
The One About to Arise.On the right side of the scene (blue) is a kneeling figure whose Stance means, about to arise.
Sitting and Waiting All The Water-Spirits Looking Upward
(expectantly, see the prophecy below)
ToThe Sky-Arc
The overall Form or shape that the upper tips of the Mountains make.
The Dog, The Prophecy of Ascending
The figure in violet is holding a Dog which means a
prediction or prophecy.
The Dog's Tail forms the signs for a
place
and
ascending
 His Face, His AppearanceUnder A Covered Place
The signs for place and covered over the face.
Below On The SideThe Turning-Place

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