Chavin Stone Mace Head, Star-Shape
Pre-Columbian, north coast Peru, Chavin, ca. 900 to 500 BCE. A hand-carved stone mace head of an intimidating form with thick conical spikes protruding around the circumference. The interior socketing shaft runs through the entire mace head, and a flared base enabled the head to be securely fastened to its handle. Chavin mace heads would have been mounted atop a slender wooden pole and used in battle. However, this example was perhaps a votive funerary offering based on the absence of…
Bandera de Leftraru Symbol - Mapuche Symbols
The Bandera de Leftraru is an ancestral flag. It is also referred to as the Lautaro flag. It is used as an emblem and representation of the Mapuche culture and its presence in Chile and other communities in the region. The flag shows an octagram or a star with eight points.
The Guñelve Symbol - Mapuche Symbols
The Guñelve is a depiction of the star of the dawn or the planet Venus. A common symbol in is Mapuche culture, it can be seen on the Bandera de Leftraru. It is described as an octagram or eight-pointed star. The The guñelve represents the morning star. In the Mapuche language of mapudungun, it is also called Wüṉyelfe or 'bearer of the dawn'. Many have also interpreted it as a representation of the cinnamon flower, which is the sacred tree of the Mapuche people.