Taino vessel with anthropomorphic representation

This image represents a chief. Many Taino works of art belong to the chief, the cacique. The Taino culture reached its highest development in the island of Hispaniola. It is difficult to mark the beginning of the Taino. Their society emerged as a continuation of Caribbean prehistory for several thousand years. In some cases artifacts were different in form, style and decoration, but in other instances not. Compared to other societies they increased agricultural productivity and refined the political system. They remade traditional objects in new and elaborate ways. The florescence was about 1200 to 1500 AD.