**Originally Listed At $400**
Pre-Columbian, Caribbean, Hispaniola (Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, or Jamaica), Taino, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. Taino art is comprised of many religious objects associated with the worship of "zemis" - a term referring to deities, ancestors, or earth spirits believed to be inhabited by powerful spirits. This pendant, carved from a manatee bone, represents a kneeling sacred zemi figure with a cadaverous visage. Owners of zemi figures have traditionally honored them with offerings of food or precious gifts. Each Zemi had its own identity and name, personality, distinct characteristics, and powers. Perforation beneath clasped hands for suspension. Size: 4.375" H (11.1 cm)
Provenance: Whisnant Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana USA, acquired over twenty years ago
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