Spatula or bone pendant
Bone spatulas and needles are common artifacts, but, generally, devoid of any decoration. The exhibit on display is, therefore, a rare object in Brazilian Archaeology.
Made of a long fauna bone, this mobile art artifact was decorated with lines and dots along the body of the piece. At one end, a hole mark in what is left of one of the faces suggests that it was a pendant used as a time marker by its owner.
Cultural affiliation of the object
Location Unaí, Minas Gerais
Lapa da Foice I site – MP RG 08
Level 50 – 60 cm (19,9 – 23,6 inches)
Cultural analysis of the object
Type Pendant or spatula
Dimension 12x 2 cm (4,7 x 0,7 inches)
Relative Dating 1500 BP
IAB 1980 Collection Source