Colima Alabaster Amulet of a Coatimundi - PF.1202,Origin: Western Mexico,Circa: 300 BC to 300 AD,Dimensions: 4" (10.2cm) high x .5" (1.3cm) wide,Collection: Pre-Columbian,Style: Colima,Medium: Alabaster. Centuries ago, this elegantly abstract amulet hung around the neck of an important personage. The coatimundi, a racoon-like mammal native to the Americas, is depicted clutching his snout in what may be a gesture of religious significance. It is this combination of the familiar and the mysterious that makes this amulet so intriguing. Who wore it and what sort of magic was it believed to possess? To hold it in our hands today is to touch directly upon the vanished world of the past.
Ancient Central America & Mexico