1919.1.5 .1

Amulet in the form of a model of a herd of goats [CF 19/3/2002]

Place details: S AMERICA. Bolivia (Plurinational State of) / La Paz. Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Steatite Stone? / Pigment / ?. Processes: Carved / Incised / ?. Dimensions: W = 52 mm H = 35 mm D = 24 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 / ?.

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]