Important huge granite stone ritual pestle shaped as a bust or head with neck, Pre-columbian, the Dominican Republic, Taino Culture, ca. 1000-1500 A.D.
This sculpture, likely the head of Zemi(?), is authentic and comes with a beautiful ancient patina and provenance to a reknown old German collection, read below.
A very important and large stone sculpture, carved in the form of a skeletal face typical of the Taino culture with a finely decorated head band. The sculpture is made as an enormous pestle, large for much practical use, though there is some fine wear from use under the base, so likely from modest ritual use. Exceptional vivid style and great size.
Size: 23,5 cm. tall and as much 16 cm. deep/wide. Very heavy - the piece weighs ca. 4,750 kilograms.
Provenance: From an important German collection of Hermann Hemeick. The collection of 71 stone objects was collected on trips to the Dominican Republic between 1960 and 1984. The exceptional collection was documented and published by the collector and sold 2008. Comes with documentation papers and pictures of the collection from book.
Condition: Superb, a finely polished gem. Great ancient patina with corrosion and signs of the ancient 'pin-carving' technique used to create this marvelous artifact. Wear from use on the pestle itself.
Important giant Taino carved stone head Pestle, 1000-1500 AD