Now through September, the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum in San José, Costa Rica will host an exhibit entitled Felines in Costa Rican Archaeology: Past and Present featuring beautiful stone, gold & clay objects depicting the six wild cats native to Costa Rica – the jaguar, ocelot, oncilla, margay, puma & jaguarundi. These pieces date back from 300 BC to 1,500 AD and were found throughout Costa Rica. The exhibition will help visitors learn a little more about the origin of these species and their present-day predicaments, appreciate the different pieces that were identified based on the felines living in Costa Rica, and appraise the different styles and techniques with which these animals were depicted in different regions and periods. The exhibit also addresses another important topic: the myths involving these species to date and the symbolism that made them a steadfast presence not only in the past, but also in present days. The exhibition will also feature Cruzada Jaguar, a video made by Producciones UNA Mirada, as well as an interactive game, which will allow visitors to recognize all six felines of Costa Rican fauna that were represented, including some of their characteristics.
In addition, Eduardo Carrillo from the National University and Gustavo Gutiérrez from the University of Costa Rica recently published a book entitled Felines in Costa Rican Archaeology: Past and Present with the support of Panthera and the Evergreen Foundation, which was presented on March 21st at the Museum. Authors Carrillo and Gutiérrez offered valuable input in the research process for the Museum exhibit by identifying various felines in the archaeological pieces. Their latest book will be available for purchase in the Museum gift shop.
Learn about the work of Panthera’s scientists in Costa Rica to protect the jaguar and other wild cats native to the country.
Learn more about the exhibit