The figure is in a combat stance, facing to the left with the left leg forward and the right arm pulled back in a striking position. Both hands are drilled, indicating that a weapon or other object was held in the left hand as well as the right. The object shows an entirely feline head and a long, curling tail; nonetheless, it still is in an essentially human, bipedal stance and displays paw-like hands clenched in human fashion with thumbs that slightly cover the ends of the second digits. A considerable amount of cinnabar staining still adheres to the surface, particularly in the more recessed areas, such as the mouth, ears, inner arms, and groin. Along with drilled holes to indicate the nostrils, small and carefully drilled pits mark the spaces between the fingers and toes. A series of curving incised lines delineate the fingers from the backs of the hands, and the rear paws of this figure are marked with a trefoil-like device denoting the pads of feline paws. As in other Olmec examples of serpentine Transformation Figures, minute disks of polished iron pyrite serve as the eyes of the jaguar face.
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