This is a very unusual artifact. It is bone that has been covered with 22K hammered gold. It is 8" long. It is either a pectoral or perhaps a nose ornament. The bone is broken near the center, but is completely covered by the gold. It is from La Tolita, Ecuador C500BC-500AD. This piece was found with a gold death mask in a tomb. It was found lying next to the mask and was part of the mask. The two were separated. The mask sold for $75,000. It is from the Ken Klassen collection, Bogota.
This fine frame of engraved bone is from Tiahuanaco, Bolivia. I purchased them on 12-12-94 and have the original documentation. The long bone on the left depicts two figures seated facing each other in some sort of exchange. The other four bone pieces depict authority figures wearing elaborate headdresses. The long bone on the right has been broken and glued back together. The bone on the top center is drilled laterally for suspension. The longest bone is 7 1/2" and the shortest is 2 1/2&qu ...click for details
This whopping point is 4 7/8" long and 2 1/4" wide. Lar Hothem calls it a 1st stage St. Charles Dovetail. Tom Davis authenticated it as a Lost Lake, G-9. It is made from semi-translucent high quality burlington chert. It has excellent mineralization and patination. It was found near St. Louis, Missouri. It is pictured in Who's Who, John A. Atkins, Volume 8, page 8 and 234. It is also pictured in Lar Hothem's Midwest Artifacts III.
This beautiful Olmecoid true light green translucent jade (specific gravity tested at 1.66) axe-god is 3 3/4" long and 1 1/4" wide. The back shows no evidence of modern repolish. This piece is ex. Keith Finello. Authenticated by a forensic laboratory, Orenda Labs. Comes with a custom made gold-plated cage so it can be worn. Please view my video of this item at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVv0z3Bhvr4
This is a very rare female effigy bone carving from West Bloomfield, New York, Seneca. "1600 to 1620" carefully printed in black ink on the reverse. She shows a pronounced band at the forehead, as if wearing some head gear or maybe some hair style. Cheeks are shown as broad and flat. Prominent breasts. Right hand resting on top of left hand. This piece came from the Robert N. Converse collection. Robert wrote The Glacial Kame Indians, Ohio Flint Types, and is editor of "Ohio A ...click for details
This beautiful jadeite bead necklace is attributed to the Preclassic period 400BC-200AD from Guerrero, Mexico. It is about 22" long when opened and laid flat. It is a very wearable piece. It has been restrung for modern wear. This is a very scarce necklace with fine beads.
This petrified wood tang knife is from the four-corners area of the southwest. It is 3 1/4" long. It is from the Wallis-Thomas collection. The base of the tang has been snapped off anciently, but does not detract.