South American Spanish Colonial Silver Mounted Carved Horn Votive Amulet in the form of a Clenched Fist

An Unusual South American Spanish Colonial Silver Mounted Carved Horn Votive Amulet in the form of a Clenched Fist
Possibly Peruvian or Bolivian
19th Century
Size: 13.5cm long – 5¼ ins long
These votive carvings were known in 16th century Spain as a ‘Higa’, a fist shaped amulet that is directed against the evil eye. The thumb and first finger forming a characteristic position of a ‘mano cornuta’ or ‘potent gesture directed against evil’.

South American Spanish Colonial Silver Mounted Carved Horn Votive Amulet in the form of a Clenched Fist

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