Anthropological Collection

"The Taino artistic universe moved within a predominantly religious context, where religion was an important form of social cohesion. In that case, many objects that apparently had a daily use ended up being introduced in spaces whose main objective was rituality. In short, the Tainos knew how to masterfully combine their religious beliefs with art, technology and creativity. "

Jorge Ulloa Hung, excerpt from the book Treasures of Taino art


The amulets are a miniature art, almost always a squat or crouching shape made mostly of stone, and in some cases of wood, bone and shell. The objects could symbolize the idol of the cohoba or a mythical animal. At all times these appeared with a large array of incised and various sizes that implied a specialized, delicate and difficult trade of miniature art.

In this piece we can see an amulet representing Siamese in blades, joined by the sides. At the shoulder level, there is a perforation that indicates its use as a pendant. The hanging deities, were the particular form of veneration and relationship with the world of the gods and, therefore, with an essentially sacred function, and protection, which did not prevent each amulet was conceived, in itself, as an object decorative by the set of interventions that accompany it. In general they are designed from a crouched figure that has eyes, ears and mouth, is shaped like a snout, which bring us closer to their familiarity with the animal or human figure. Other amulets usually represent the frog, the bat, among others, and their repeated squatting position, represented in them the cycle of life and death. 

See other amulets and similar pieces in the Mediateca section, in the section Collection of Cultural Assets, entering the word "amulet". 


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