South American Artifacts

Aymara Soapstone Amulet


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Aymara soapstone fetish,  charm or amulet

Details


Item-Number:740012
Item-Description:Aymara soapstone fetish, charm or amulet
Medium:Soapstone
Origin:Bolivia Andes - Aymara
Dimensions:Height 9 cm
Age:Early 19th century
Provenance:Collected Bolivia 1974 from a local family
Condition:Glossy patina
Notes:This is a protective amulet or charm (Uta Illa) carved in huamanga, an alabaster soapstone commonly found in the Andes, designed to bring good luck to the carrier. Such amulets are commonly used by both the Aymara and Quetcha Indians. The amulets often carry traces of untu or spiritual fat from the llamaís chest, which is rubbed onto amulets and ritual objects, as well as participantís faces and hands, during religious ceremonies. Amulets are usually carried but can also be buried. They are used for protection, fertility, luck etc., and are believed to have magical powers.

This example shows an Indian holding his head between his hands in contemplation.


Price: £130