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Item Details
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Culture
Caribbean, Greater Antilles, Taino, 10th-15th century
Title
Spatula
Work Type
Sculpture
Date
900-1492
Material
manatee bone
Measurements
Diameter: 1.7 cm (11/16 in.); Overall: 19.1 x 3.2 x 11 cm (7 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 4 5/16 in.)
Description
In 1492, when Christopher Columbus sailed into the Caribbean, the islands of Cuba, Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic), Jamaica and Puerto Rico were inhabited by the Taino people. Taino religious ceremonies often included the snuffing of hallucinogenic herbs to alter the consciousness and facilitate contact with the spirit world. Carved spatulas were used to blend the powdered herbs. After purifying the body through purging the stomach, the snuff was inhaled into both nostrils.
Repository
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Collection: AA - Intermediate Region
Department: Art of the Americas
Gift of Brian and Florence Mahony
Accession Number
Source
Image and original data from The Cleveland Museum of Art
License
Use of this image is in accordance with the applicable Terms & Conditions
File Properties
File Name
1995.244_full.tif
SSID
24620630

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