An important Taino mushroom-capped anthropic sculpture, c. AD 1000 - 1500, possibly Deminan Caracaracol, one of the four creation brothers of Taino mythology. The top of the head represents what appears to be a mushroom cap. The psychoactive mushroom (Psilocybe cubensis) is common throughout the Greater Antilles and likely used by Antillian shaman during spiritual transformation ceremonies. This may suggest contact with the Mayans of the Guatemalan highlands who were known for their stone, mushroom capped Gods. Complex symbolic glyphs decorate the cap, head, and lower back. Made of magnetite with a strong magnetic field. Recently a number of Olmec 'pot belly' sculptures were discovered to have 'directed' magnetic fields, thus adding to the intrigue of this unusual sculpture. H: 15 1/2 in (39.3 cm). Finely made in excellent condition, museum quality and exceedingly rare. Comes with a contoured metal museum mount. 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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