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Large heart shaped potrait resembling two breasts at the top, on each side presents an anthropomorphic face followed by an incised decoration dotted in concentric circles, with the central circle ending in a point.


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Potrait armored of great size resembling two breasts, in the part superior, in each lateral one presents / displays an anthropomorphic face followed by a decoration with incised dotted in concentric circles and with the central circle finished in a point and that is frequently used in the imaginary taíno as symbol of female fertility. Part of its surface is eroded.

With great handling of what many authors call the geometric, without omitting in turn the three-dimensional in the artistic configuration, Taíno art is present in multiple ways in the life of these people who in many cases were represented by tiny formats that never they affected the thematic, aesthetic and formal grandiloquence of the work itself, but also this art was sculptural and of regular size.

In its anthropomorphic expression, the sexual referent (male or female) of Taino art is evident. The female genital organ is made common through the closed incision or the center dot circle used in figurines and effigy vessels in which the open legs are decorated with these symbols as an expression of female fertility.

Likewise, the sexual is recurrent in the art of the potizas through the acorazonas forms, whose cases refer to the woman's breasts and their fertility, with some decorations ending in a tip as an analogy to what one wants to imitate or represent.

Obviously, in Taino society, women played a less active role than men, who were not only dominant in the structures of cacical power, but also in religious practices such as the rite of the Cohoba and other social spaces. However, the fact that Taíno art dedicated some important creations to women as a fertile matrix for fertility and fertility is more than evident in the importance that the group gave to it as a nucleating center and as a body for social reproduction.

Anacaona was a faithful reflection of that social participation of the Taino woman in the power structures, conquering an insurmountable leadership among the cacical heads of the island at the arrival of the Spaniards in 1492, despite the female absenteeism in the historical narratives of the Chroniclers and from some of our historians.-


Veloz Maggiolo, Marcio. Prehistoric archeology of Santo Domingo. McGraw-Hill Far Eastern Publishers (S) LTD. Singapore Dominican Educational Credit Foundation

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