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Valdivian Stone Lime Container
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Phase 6-8, Valdivian Stone Lime (Cal) Receptacle (poporo) in the form of a human effigy. Beautifully executed with sweet iconic Venus face. Laying on her back with arms and legs poised outwards. The center opening could suggest entering of the inner soul. Used to activate coca and other hallucinogenic drugs.

Ample mineral deposits throughout. Measures 3" in height.

Valdivia, Ecuador Ca. 1900-1500 BC., Extremely Rare piece


During the Late Formative period, there developed a great interest and desire for green stones in general. They were exotic in most areas and would have been sought in exchange over long distances as it became widespread use in domestic and mortuary contexts. The dramatic growth in popularity of green stones also occurred at about the same time in Mesoamerica.


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