Portfolio Tag: Bone

Bone spoons

Spoon made of bone with anthropomorphic decoration. This artefact was part of the Cohoba ceremony helping to transfer the ground hallucinogen powder from the grinder to a small saucer. From there the powder was snuffed off with an inhaler. The decoration usually represented the zemi that helped the shaman reach a state of ecstasy.
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Little bone zemi with skull head

The Taíno placed strong importance on ancestor worship. They believed in afterlife and great care was given to the dead. Skull designs represent dead ancestors. Zemies who represented ancestors were objects of great power and were perceived as supernatural beings who could help the person who possessed them.
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