Taíno Icons in the British Museum
3 May – 17 June 2007
Part of Atlantic Trade and Identity season
The Asahi Shimbun Displays
Objects in focus
This exhibition introduces a selection of rare objects sculpted in wood by Taíno artisans.
Taíno people were the original inhabitants of much of the Caribbean. Taíno culture (AD 1000–1520) predates the voyages of Columbus by several hundred years.
The Caribbean before Columbus: Taíno Icons in the British Museum offers a glimpse into a vibrant society that was nearly completely eclipsed by European contact and its aftermath.
Male figure (deity?). Wood. Taino.