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Taino Anthropozoomorphic Shell Vomit Or Purging Stick. Published. PreColumbian

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Seller: flapast (14.081) 100%, Location: Gainesville, Florida, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 263223991850 Published in my book "Taino Sculpture" pg. 52 Fig. 68. Vomit sticks or purging spatulas were usually made from manatee ribs, wood and occasionally stone. They were forced down the throat to induce vomiting prior to taking cohoba. A type of purification. Shell examples are extremely rare. This example features a human in the center with a alligator or crocodile head. The eyes of the reptile are pierced for suspension. It measures 19cm or 7.5". From the Taino Culture originally from Puerto Rico, and dating c1000-1500AD. For those interested in Taino art check out my book, "Taino Sculpture, Art of the Gods". It features 400 previously unpublished picture of PreColumbian Taino art. Available on eBay and Amazon

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