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Boletín del Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino

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Abstract

PASTOR, Sebastián  and  MOSCHETTONI, Lara. Inhalation practices and interaction networks. Analysis of bone spatulas from central Argentina. Bol. Mus. Chil. Arte Precolomb. [online]. 2018, vol.23, n.1, pp.101-115. ISSN 0718-6894.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-68942018005000305.

This is an analysis of a set of bone spatulas from central Argen tina and its stylistic connections with similar specimens from the central-south and southern Andes. Their period of validity would be limited to the end of the late Holocene and they would be part of a paraphernalia used for the inhalation of substances. In particular, these spatulas are thought to be of the “mole shaped” subtype, and include decorative side attachments with animal shapes. Finally, after examining its distribution in the macro-regional space, alternative hypotheses are evaluated in order to explain the similarities with specimens registered more frequently in Chile’s Norte Chico.

Keywords : Paraphernalia for hallucinogens; shared practices and senses; stylistic features; end of the Late Holocene.

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