Important massive stone figure, Pre-columbian, the Dominican Republic, Taino Culture, ca. 1000-1500 A.D.
One of most valuable Taino stone figures of the Hermann Hemeick collection, it's authentic and comes with a beautiful ancient patina and provenance, read below.
The massive sculpture depicts a squating Zemi / god or deity in the interesting and peculiar ancient Taino art form; here he is depicted with his hands resting on his thighs, perhaps starving as his ribcage stands out on his back. His face with the round deep-socketed eyes, the broad nose, and an barred teeth. This extraordinary sculpture likely depicts a Zemi figure - the physical manifestation of a Taino god, spirit or ancestor.
Size: ca. 28 cm. tall and 14-15 cm. wide, 23 cm. deep, weighing 10 kilograms or slightly more! Massive piece.
Provenance: Private German collection of Hermann Hemeick. The collection of 71 stone objects was collected on trips to the Dominican Republic between 1960 and 1984. The exceptional collection was documented and published by the collector and sold 2008. Comes with documentation papers and pictures of the collection from the book.
Condition: Choice! Completely intact with fine ancient patina and weathering.