Aymara Native American Indian Fertility Stone Fetish, Amulet
This is a wonderful authentic stone fetish, also called illa, representing an Andean farm from the Aymara culture of highland Bolivia. The protective amulet was carved from huamanga, an alabaster stone readily found in the Andes. The carving depicts a complex of farm buildings as well as different animals around the periphery - this type of amulet is carved for the protection and fertility of the owner's farm and animals. The carved amulet has deposits of untu, or spiritual fat from the male llama's chest, which is ceremonially rubbed into amulets and ritual objects, as well as participant's faces and hands. There is also evidence of the red pigment on the bottom which is ceremonially applied. The substantial carving is beautifully stylized and has a great patina and wear from the years - a wonderful treasure!
Measurements: Approx. 4" x 2 1/2"
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