Illustration principale
ritual pestle
Late Archaic period, Florida, North America, 1st millenium AD
Green hardstone
Length : 22,5 cm

Provenance : Found in the early 20th century in Florida
Geroge Green & Terry Allen collection, Jefferson City, Missouri
Private collection, New York

This mysterious sea-going lizard is possibly a ritual pestle incarnating an ancestral spirit. It is strangely reminiscent of zemi sculptures carved by the Arawaks of the Carribean, a few miles away from the coasts of Florida, where this object was initially found. The striated tarsals are typical of objects such as anthropomorphs or zoomorphic idols carved by native Americans during the Archaid period.
Price : 3.500 euros
Illustration secondaire