Pre-Columbian, Hispaniola, Taino Indians, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. About as fine and important example of the wonderful art and artifacts of the Arawak Peoples of the Greater Antilles Islands as one will ever find. Carved wooden bowl of egg form interior completely hollowed out, two confronting anthropomorphic Zemi skeletal figures on opposite sides of the opening. These Zemi figures combine both bat and human elements including arm-like wings, deep inset eyes and small pointed bat-like nose. On the reverse of each figure you can clearly see the arm and leg bones as well as the individual vertebrae of the spine. Beneath the heads of each figure is a suspension loop indicating that this vessel was designed to be suspended. A remarkable example! Size: 4.75" W x 5" H (12.1 cm x 12.7 cm)
Provenance: Ex-Private LA County collection acquired in The Dominican Republic
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Remarkably intact and near choice, the wood having started the fossilization process becoming incredibly dense.