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Pre-Columbian Art / Colima Stone Coatimundi Amulet - PF.2128
Origin: Western Mexico
Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD

Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Stone


Location: United States
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Since the dawn of history, mankind has sought to bring luck and avert evil through the wearing of amulets. Amulets can carry a thousand different powers, depending on their shape, their color of the matrial they are made from. In Ancient Mexico, amulets of stone and shell were especially popular. Worn on leather or fibre cords around the neck, they invited the benevolent protection of the gods, stimulated bravery in war, and brought good luck and sexual success in times of peace. The coatimundi was a native mammal in Central America, worshiped as a God in some cultures. Shown clutching his nose, he is used as frequently in Colima as a protective amulet. As we hold this stone token in our hands today, we cannot help but wonder who wore him in the jungles of Mexico so long ago. L. 4.2cm(1 5/8IN) - (PF.2128)

 

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