Who made this?
This is a Reclining Jaguar from the Aztec culture in current day Mexico. As you may have read on the label Jaguars held special significance in Aztec culture, representing power and might (not too far of a stretch given how powerful and dangerous these animals are). Often Jaguars were associated with warriors and rulers. This sculpture may have been placed in a temple, palace, or the home of an elite family. Due to the jaguar imagery, it may have adorned a military academy where warriors were trained.
The Aztecs have a hugely complex society and many people are familiar with their step pyramids, impressive gold jewelry and elaborate and beautiful frescos. One interesting fact is that despite their skilled metal working techniques, due to the rarity of copper in the region the majority of stone cutting was done with flint tools. These amazing details and sumptuous forms are even more impressive when you realize the difficulty of the process!