1919.1.4

Stone animal figure; a llama. An amulet.

Place details: S AMERICA. Bolivia (Plurinational State of) / La Paz. Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Steatite Stone? / Bone? / ?. Processes: Carved / ?. Dimensions: H = 40 mm L = 50 mm Field Collector: Louis Colville Gray Clarke When Collected: By 1919 Other Owners: Louis Colville Gray Clarke PRM Source: Louis Colville Gray Clarke Acquired: Donated January 1919

KEYWORD: Amulet / Animal Figure / CLASS: Religion / Figure / Agriculture and Horticulture / ?.

Object description: Amulet carved in the shape of a llama.

Publications history, trails & websites: Illustrated along with 1919.1.5 .1 on page 54 of Amulets: A World of Secret Powers, Charms and Magic by Sheila Paine (London: Thames and Hudson, 2004) with the following caption: 'Herd of goats and llama figurines, made of soapstone before 1919, La Paz, Bolivia.' and credited on page 186 as 'Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, Acc. 1919.1.4/5' [sic]. Copy in RDF. [JP 6/10/2004]

Research notes: This object was chosen to feature in a trail around the Pitt Rivers Museum in association with the Museum of English Rural Life on Farming The First 12,000 years (https://merl.reading.ac.uk/explore/online-exhibitions/farming12k/). It featured in a pamphlet with the caption "Amulets. What symbols do we use to represent farming life? These models of a maize-head from Lima Region, Peru, a herd of goats from La Paz, Bolivia, and a llama, reveal the close relationship between people, plants, and animals within a farming society. Such representations also had a symbolic role, as amulets that were buried to promote herd and crop fertility. The objects demonstrates the importance of beliefs and practices that link farming to seasonality and nature." [FB 5/1/2021]