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Pre-Columbian Art / Colima Stone Bird Amulet - PF.2129
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. Amutets can carry a thousand different powers, depending on their shape, their color or the material 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. This charming pendant, carved with abstract detail, depicts a crested bird, perhaps a woodpecker or a duck. Without sacrificing the natural beauty of the subject, the artist has achieved a decorative elegance of lines and curves. As we hold it in our hands today, we cannot help but wonder who first held it long ago, what they hoped for and dramed about. L. 2cm(3/4IN) - (PF.2129)

 

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