By JÖRG WOLLSCHLAGER | In early November 2021, a statue of a winged jaguar was erected in front of the UN’s visitors‘ plaza, evoking associations among some Christians in the US with the first beast from the Book of Revelation or Apocalypse. According to the UN, it is a guardian of „international peace and security“. So are the Christians wrong and is their interpretation based only on imagination and paranoia?


They only quote the second part of chapter 13 from the Book of Revelation (13:2) „and the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion; and the dragon gave him his power, and his throne, and great authority“ and leave out the first part (13:1) which speaks of seven heads and ten horns when describing the beast. At first glance, therefore, a comparison does not seem very appropriate here. But what is this officially well-crafted work of art of a winged jaguar all about?