Taino Stone Effigy of a Zemi Figure, Mortar and Pestle
This is a rare Taino effigy sculpture made of stone that serves as a mortar and pestle. This stone sculpture is carved depicting a likeliness to a man, most likely a god like figure,with big eyes and an exaggerated neck. The Taíno were an indigenous people of the Caribbean. Their spirituality centered on the worship of zemís. A zemí/cemí is a spirit or ancestor. The Taíno society was made up of naborias (commoners) and nitaínos (nobles). The naboria women were highly skilled in agriculture; the people depended on it, and worshiped the zemi god Yucahu, which means spirit of cassava, the Taínos' main crop. This effigy has some damage to it, by the head portion of the sculpture. It shows it has been worn at its base,making it a piece that once served a purpose. The face of the figure is abstracted and quite beautiful, a revelation of a deity . The stone itself is soft and very solid. This piece was decommissioned from a museum collection. Taino art is the last unexplored pre Columbian aesthetic, making it a great addition for a collection, a perfect piece for someone interested in indigenous art.
DIAMETER: 3 in | HEIGHT: 6 in
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