This small figurine is a Taino Zemi. A Pre-Columbian artefact from the Taino people who inhabited the Caribbean centuries before the arrival of the Europeans around 1492. They were wiped out by European colonialism. This figurine was an important aspect of their culture, representing their religious beliefs. The zemis were modelled after Taino deities and the Taino would communicate with them through the inhalation of a hallucinogenic substance called cohoba, which they placed on top of the figurine's small bowl above its head.
|Creator of object||Kristin Watkins|
|Size||43cm x 15.6cm x 16cm|
|License||Creative Commons Public Domain (no conditions)|
|Format||text/plain Alias/WaveFront Object|
|Museum||Barbados Museum and Historical Society|