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Taino Anthropic zemi made from cream colored marble

Lot 0371
An extra fine Taino Anthropic zemi made from cream colored marble, c. AD 1000 - 1500, the face well defined with elaborate head band, legs extended from the back end. The piece likely depicts Yucahu, a male god of planting and reproduction. According to the Spanish, smaller examples were buried in growing circles called cunacos. To assure the growth of cassava, the primary source of botanical carbohydrates. This form is another type of ceremonial artifact only carved by the Taino. They are called zemis, triforms or three pointers. L: 4 3/5 in (11.5 cm). Beautifully preserved with deposits within the recesses. Ex collection of Flor Maria Alvarado and Carlton Rood of the Dominican Republic. Mr. Rood was the author of 'A Dominican Chronicle', a concise history of the island, and a US diplomat as part of the A.I.D. program from 1965 to 1969; Ex collection of Alfredo Carrada acquired from Mr. Rood in 1989.


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Taino Anthropic zemi made from cream colored marble

Estimate $450 - $700May 04
Montrose, CA, USA