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Native Culture

Pintaderas

"Pintaderas" are signs of identity of the original settlers of the Canary Islands. They are made in baked clay or wood, with a handle so they can be used as a seal or stamp. They offer a wide range of non-figurative geometric designs carefully cut into them. They can be triangular, double triangles, circular, semicircular, rectangular, etc. There are several different hypotheses on the possible use of these "pintaderas". The most widely accepted theories suggest they were used as personal decoration used by the Guanches (original settlers of the Canary Islands) to paint themselves, their clothing and to mark the entrance to the storehouses were they kept their grain, as a sign of ownership.