A unique Ancestral stone from the Bahia culture, Ecuador. Ca. 500-500 A.D. Curved
tusk-like shape with anthropomorphic features incised on the front. Face has ovoid
eyes and mouth and a parallel sided nose. Arms with interlacing fingers. Found both
on the Island of La Plata and in habitation sites on the mainland. Valdivian flat
plaques (Palmer Stone) by contrast are similar, but lack the distinctive rounded
curved tusk-like shape.
Measures 5" in height.
Ref: Ecuador, Betty J. Meggers
Similar examples shown in Charms in pre-Columbian Ecuador pg 40.; Amerindian Signs
pg 96 plate 59.