Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Art of the North American Indians

Some objects that have come up at the online auctions recently. Above, a Ross Blade, c. 100 to 500 CE.

Hohokam vessel, southeastern Arizona, c. 900 to 1100 CE.

A "discoidal" from Tennessee. Archaeologists think these are "chunky stones" used in a game something like field hockey. As with the Mayan ball game, chunky sometimes had ritual meanings, which explains the great care lavished on some of the stones.

A Mississippian bowl from Arkansas.

A famous "birdstone," the Parks birdstone, found in a field in Indiana, dated to c. 500 BCE.

Salado bowl from southeastern Arizona, c. 1300 to 1600 CE.

Greenstone pipe, Ohio Valley, c. 1650 CE.

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