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Aymara soapstone fetish,  charm or amulet

Aymara soapstone fetish,  charm or amulet

Aymara soapstone fetish,  charm or amulet

Aymara soapstone fetish,  charm or amulet



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Item-Number:

740010

Item-Description:

Aymara soapstone fetish, charm or amulet

Medium:

Soapstone

Origin:

Bolivia Andes - Aymara

Dimensions:

Height 8 cm

Age:

Early 19th century

Provenence:

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 amulet is a flute player.



Price:

£350

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