In Amerindian thought, the feline is the prime natural symbol of spirituality and power. This stone mortar, in feline form, was probably used to pulverize substances consumed in rituals of sipitual communication.
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Title: Zoomorphic Mortar
Creator: Culture Valdivia
Date: 3999 B.C. - 1499 B.C.
Physical Dimensions: w13,7 x h22,4 cm
Provenance: Museo Casa del Alabado. Inventoried by National Institute of Cultural Heritage of Ecuador (INPC), Ecuadorian North Coast, Ecuadorian North Coast