How the Met Was Made

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is reopening,…

How the Met Was Made – The New York Times

Photo of museum artifact and description:

Three-Pointed Zemís (Trigonolitos) from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC exhibit

10th-16th century

Taíno, Puerto Rico



National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Museum Description or Artifact:

Sculptures known as three-pointed stones, or trigonolitos, had a symbolic connection to yuca (or cassava), a staple root crop. Appearing in various sizes and featuring humanlike an animal-like zemí imagery, they may have served as tangible representations of the mountainous island landscape and may have held some elusive spiritual significance.  They are found mostly in the Greater Antilles, but some examples come from as  far south as the islands of the Grenadines.

Published by nelsongon

I love media and communication, as well as digital technology. I write in Spanish and English, fluent in both languages: speak, read, write, comprehend. I was born in New York, but was sent to Puerto Rico at an early age, where I lived until drafted by the U.S. army. Upon returning from an honorable discharge, I found Puerto Rico small and limited at the time. I moved to Boston where I pursued musical studies and later worked as a musician, teacher, and speech-pathologist in New York. I studied music at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, and Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at various New York City colleges, including New York University, New York City, New York. I played professionally in Puerto Rico, prior to entering Berklee College of Music, and after finishing studies there I played in the 80’s bass guitar briefly, with various latin bands, including the Machito Big Band Orchestra in 1982. I was part of their recording that year. Once I saw the transitory nature of music, I studied speech-pathology and worked in that function after teaching middle-school and elementary grades in the New York City Board/Department of Education. In that capacity, I also worked for the New York City Department of Health as an independent contractor providing therapy and evaluations for pre-school and school-age children. I later worked in the high school setting in that capacity before I retired from the Department of Education. I am now retired and with my spare time, I pursue old, and new dreams, as age is a reminder of the evanescence and impermanence of life.

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