85. A Shaman’s Jaguar Tablet for Hallucinogens

Southern Houari, Peru/Chile border,
500–700 AD
Size: 16.5 cm long

In the early 1970s the price for Chinese hard stone snuff bottles rocketed. This was because rock-stars and their followers found them ideal for keeping cocaine, suspended around their necks on thongs, and with the convenient spoon attached to the lid. This is a far superior type of drug container, attached to a deep shamanic tradition.

Provenance: Spencer Throckmorton, New York, 1992