Museum Cast Of Original Shaman Manatee Bone Purging Stick, Taino Culture 1000 Ad For Sale
Tiano Purge Bone
RARE, STRIKING, and VERY
A Direct Museum Quality Cast of an
PURGING BONE or VOMIT
Originally Carved from the Rib Bone of a Manatee
from the TAINO Culture of
and other Caribbean Islands
circa 1000 to 1500 AD
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FOR THE TAINO PURGING BONE ONLY.
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Bone Purging Stick
Republic and other Caribbean Islands
c. 1,000 to 1,500 AD
PURGING or VOMIT BONE
During certain ceremonies, the Taino would
induce vomiting with a swallowing or vomit stick such as this. The purpose
was to purge the body of impurities, both a literal physical purging and
a symbolic spiritual purging. This beautifully piece was originally carved
from the rib bone of a manatee, an animal much revered by the natives.
The head is exquisitely carved in the form of a cayman, a
close relative of the alligator and powerful spirit. 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.
The back of this piece is carved with a powerful animistic god-like
ancestor figure underneath which is carved what appears to be a god's
eye image. 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 herded 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 hallucinogenic
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.
and the PURGING BONE:
Throughout the ancient Americas, rulers
and shamans used hallucinogens to connect with the spirits of the other
world. Only those in touch with the supernatural realm could heal
the sick, predict the future, ensure the fertility of the world, and resolve
the larger problems of existence. Natural hallucinogens were regarded
by pre-Colombian cultures as sacred and endowed with inherent force.
Their preparation and ingestion were associated with elaborate rituals,
and they were consumed only by people considered to have sufficient power
to communicate with the spirits and ancestors who dwelled in the other
The most important sacred substance for
the Taino was cohoba, a psychoactive powder ground from the
seeds of trees native to South America and the Caribbean. The Taino
sometimes mixed cohoba with tobacco to maximize its effect.
Taino shamans took cohoba to cure illnesses for individual patients
and to ensure the well being of the community. Caciques took cohoba
to communicate with zemies (spirits and ancestors); they acted as the primary
intermediaries between people and the supernatural realm. Before
ingesting such hallucinogenic mixtures, caciques and shamans fasted and
purged themselves with vomiting spatulas of wood and bone in order to consume
the "pure foods" of the spirits. Then, they inhaled their concoctions
from small vessels and trays, using delicately carved snuffers of wood
The Taino believed it was possible to travel
to the supernatural realm during cohoba-induced trances. One of the
strongest psychoactive substances used in the pre-Colombian world, cohoba
is still taken by shamans in the Amazon Basin of South America. The
effects of cohoba make the user see the world in an inverted way;
people, animals, and objects appear upside down; movements and gestures
are reversed; and perceptions are marked by constantly shifting shapes
and kaleidoscopic colors. Everything is the opposite and the inverse
of the here and now, intensely colored, and completely mutable. Many
Taino works associated with the cohoba ceremony, especially the
vomiting spatulas, are exquisitely carved with fierce animals, upside-down
images, and skeletal figures from the other world. Thus such instruments
are completely unique in all of pre-Columbian art.
UNIQUE PreCOLUMBIAN ART
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Simulated bone (Calcium enriched dental resin)
This reproduction was molded directly
from the original Taino bone vomit stick using a unique, patent pending
technology which exactly duplicates the object without risking direct
contact. This guarantees the safety and integrity of the original
antiquity while permitting an exact duplicate to be produced.
The technique perfectly reproduces the original piece down to it's
finest features. Unlike other reproduction techniques, no modern
reinterpretation or recarving of the piece was necessary. The original
artifact is currently in a private collection and was reproduced by Echoes
In Time under exclusive agreement with the owners.
The reproduction was individually handmade
and hand finished by artisans in USA with particular attention to authenticity
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