Cat power! Cat Power! When I visited a collector of pre-Columbian art in Peru a few years ago, I made the mistake of asking him about some “gatos” on a pot. “No son gatos!” he thundered, implying I’d insulted the predators by describing them as housecats. “Son felinos!” Images of those creatures—the jaguars, and pumas, and other big cats who prowl South America, from the jungle to the sierra—are a common presence in pre-Columbian ceramics and textiles like … Read More

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