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Pre-Columbian, Caribbean/Florida, Taino people, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. A striking cream-hued carved stone zemi - a deity or ancestral spirit who is housed in a sculpted object. The head is wide-eyed, wide-mouthed, somewhat simian in shape, has large protruding ears, and is biconically-drilled through the neck for suspension. The body below has broad shoulders and attenuated limbs, with arms resting on legs in a seated position. Two biconical holes have been drilled through the chest, and one in-between the legs. Worn as an amulet, this figure would have been worn so as to keep the spirit of a deceased ancestor with the wearer at all times. Suspension cord not included. Size: 0.625" L x 0.75" W x 1.75" H (1.6 cm x 1.9 cm x 4.4 cm).
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection
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