Dominican republic, Taino culture, ca 1000-1300 AD. , ca. 1000 to 1300 AD.
An elaborately carved ritual figure with a terrific ancient patina and provenance to an old German Collection.
The Three Pointer Zemi stone figure are among the very few items from Taino referenced by Spanish chroniclers of the 15th century. The three-pointer is the most unique Taino shape with its characteristic three cardinal points, and it's a fundamental symbol in the Taino religion.
This specimen has the typical large central Cone that looks almost like a headdress in this case, the Zemi figure face with the round deep-socketed eyes, the broad nose, and a very large mouth with full lips. On the back and sides are finely incised stylized geometric motifs representing tattooing.
Interestingly, the back has a Phallic shape!
Size: 16 cm. long and 13,5 cm. tall, massive weighing kilos!
Provenance: From an important German collection of Hermann Hemeick. The collection of 71 stone objects was collected on trips to the Dominican Republic between 1960 and 1984. The exceptional collection was documented and published by the collector and sold 2008. Comes with documentation papers and pictures of the collection from book.
Condition: Superb, a finely polished gem. Great ancient brown patina and some corrosion and wear to the bottom.