Framed Cast Precolumbian Taino Lizard Amulet Puertorico For SaleRARE, STRIKING, and VERY UNUSUAL
A Direct Cast Recreation of an
Pre-COLUMBIAN Carved Bone
LIZARD GOD AMULET
Probably an Iguana representing the god of Weather
Original Carved from the Rib Bone of a Manatee
from the TAINO Culture of Puerto Rico
and other Caribbean Islands
circa 1000 to 1500 AD
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Location: Puerto Rico and other Caribbean Islands
Time: c. 1,000 to 1,500 AD
Bone LIZARD AMULET
When Columbus first landed on the islands of the Bahamian archipelago, he described the animal life as follows: "On land I saw no animal of any kind except parrots and lizards." Today there are few to no natural parrots on the Islands, but there still are lizards. This bone carving is probably of an Iguana deity, and was originally part of a larger piece such as a scepter. This lizard figure apparently was broken off in ancient times (this is apparent from close inspection). A hole was then drilled near the top and the piece appears to have been worn as a amulet. The original piece was discovered during archeological excavations in Puerto Rico.
The figure may represent Marohu, the Spirit of good weather. Marohu was the son of Iguana and was born in the maternal cavern, Iguanaboina cave. He took for himself the representation of the Iguana whose dorsal crest looks like rays of the sun and hence 'good weather'. Together with his twin brother, Boinayel, God of Rain, the two represent the balance of weather - between sun and rain. However their clashing egos can cause terrible catastrophes for humans.
The name iguana or "higuana" is a Taino word. The syllable "gua" begins the Taino words for gold, parrots, fire, and the names of many chiefs (caciques). It is possible that "gua" was a designation for a favored thing. Indeed, iguanas were one of the favored foods of the Tainos, but by the time the Spanish arrived, iguanas were so rare they were reserved only for the caciques or chieftains. Other words were passed not only into Spanish, but also into English, such as huracan (hurricane) and hamaca (hammock). This beautifully piece was originally carved from the rib bone of a manatee, an animal much revered by the natives. The Taino respected all forms of life and recognized the importance of giving thanks as well as honoring ancestors and spiritual beings whom they called Cemi. Original pieces such as this are extremely rare and to our knowledge none have ever previously been replicated.
The Taino Culture evolved from an ancient tribal culture that had colonized Puerto Rico about 8,000 years ago. The Taino Culture began about 2,500 years ago. They developed a specialized relationship with this island. They cultivated Yucca and had a long special squeezing basket technique to extract the cyanide poison, powder the extracted pulp in wooden mortars and store it for weeks. They also developed a large special basket to sink on the coral reefs to catch fish. They knew how to follow the terns and other sea birds that fished for small schools of fish that were hearded by the numerous tuna. An even easier catch was the large conch shells that grazed on the shallow beds of sea grass. Huge middens of shells surround the island. At spectacularly beautiful Phosphorescent Bay, bioluminescence was used to catch fish. Leatherback turtle eggs were a seasonal delicacy, as were the forest crabs who ventured from the sea after the rains into the forests for fruit.
The numerous limestone caves on portions of this geologically complex island were used for sacred rituals and perhaps shelter from the hurricanes, a word coined by the Taino. The Tiano had a special relationship with the sky, sea, earth, forest and the underworld along the lines of the Mayans. The less rich Environment of the islands also lacked the corn and other specialties of the Mayans. The Taino are now known to have built quite large stone ceremonial centers, but no pyramids as found in in the Yucatan and Central America. They also used halucinogenic drugs, but from different sources than the Central Americans, which revered the Tree of Life, mushrooms, olilioqui and other plants. The Taino's sacred drugs were probably brought along from South America, where the South Americans are still known to practice similar ancient sacred rituals. Unfortunately, the Taino numbering almost a million, were almost completely wiped out by the Spanish within fifty years and little trace remains of their old native culture and villages.
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Frame Material: Wooden frame, double matted,
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2 1/2" tall x 1 1/4"
wide x 3/4" thick (max)
Amulet Material: Simulated bone (Calcium enhanced resin)
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