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Stone Charms - Fetish
Objects of stone have always been vigorously collected, hoarded and/or traded by Timorese People in remote rural areas. If the stone is found under special circumstances or if it has a special property it is considered to be an object of magic. Smooth stones found in the gut of an animal, bezoars, are considered extremely potent. Natural rock formations with "faces already in them" or forms implied can be considered omens or charms. Stones that inspire can be formed with intent to perform a special function.
ammo 83 f

Shaman Stone
ammonite fossil
2.25" X 2" X .75"
83 grams
Amanuban District
West Timor

REF#FO83

ammonite 83
ammo 48 front

Shaman Stone
ammonite fossil
1.5" X 1.25" X 1.25"
49 grams
Amanatun District
West Timor

REF#FO48

ammo48 back
stone sculputre detail 1 stone tim stone large front
detail yoniyoni side full

Shaman Stone
Amanuban District
None Village
8.5" X 5.5" X 3"
3.485 Kg
A rare and outstanding example of Animistic "found" sculpture. Minimal carving has been used to release the spirit of the stone

07- stone charm

Shaman Stone
Amanatun District
West Timor

525 grams
5" X 2.25" X 2.25"

 

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Luis Kaesmetan's Ammonite Carving

Born early 20th deceased 2005

Luis was a typical old fashioned Timor mountain man, Animist, farmer, family man. His mountain top garden plot, which he tilled using a only a sharp stick was part of an ancient seabed 250 million years ago and rich in fossil deposits.

His adopted children remember him for his fine sense of humor, gentle nature and the fossils he would collect and carve.

Luis Kaesmetan

 

There were no chairs at the house so we sat down to exchange betel and have a strong cup of village coffee on what looked like an upside down canoe. Luis went on to tell the story that our bench came to live in front of the house several years earlier when he fell sick and almost died. The bench was his coffin.

Luis passed away a few months after this photo was taken but he managed to get almost a decade of practical use out of his bench!

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ammo 140

Shaman Stone
ammonite fossil
4.5" X 1.75" X 1"
141 grams
Amanatun District
West Timor

REF#FO140

ammo 140 back
ammonite 1 mamma timor ammo 16
Shaman Stone
Ammonite Fossil
1.5" X 1"
25 grams
REF# FO25
Shaman Stone
Ammonite Fossil
1.75" x 1" x .75"
24 grams
REF#FO24
Shaman Stone
Ammonite 16
2" x 3" x 1"
100 grams
35.00 - REF#FO100
396 grams


Hand Carved Stone Charm
Highland Atoni People
West Timor
3.25" X 2.25" X 1.5"
late 20th C

398 grams

REF#FO398

 

3.5x3x1.75
amm81grams
amm81back

Shaman Charm - Highland Atoni People West Timor
Ammonite fossil - 2.5" X 1.75" X 1" - 81 grams
REF#FO81

ammo 103
ammo 103 back
Shaman Charm - Highland Atoni People West Timor
Ammonite fossil - 2.25" X 2.75" X .75" - 103 grams
REF#FO103
stone556

Charm Stone
Highland Atoni People
Amanuban District
West Timor
Sandstone concentration cluster
5" X 3" X 2.5"
556 grams

REF#ST556

 

 

fossilized coral mask

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link to contemporary carving using 250 million year old fossilized coral

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