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Greenstone Cootamundi

Taino culture in the West Indies.
This is a very fine depiction of the small furred animal that played a large part in the religious ceremonies of the villages. This portable sculpture gave prestige to its owner, usually the village chief.
Made from a soft pale green stone that has darkened (oxidized?) over the past 5-600 years to its present grey – green.
San Dominica, 1400 – 1600

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