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2000. Dimensions: 7".
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This was the last piece done inspired by the Cave of the Jagua stories. It is meant to be a fusion of male-female elements. A penis and a vagina symbiotically turn into each other by means of a conch which in Taino mythology represents and eternally open (i.e. fertile) vagina mounted on the back of a young man. The references are many, and reworked shells have a ritual use in both South Asian and Caribbean religions, so the fusion is also of a cultural nature. This female-male fusion is used as an architectural design element (mandala) when planning out a Hindu-Buddhist temples, and Tainos saw them as a conduit between the physical and metaphysical.

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