This ultra-rare pre-Columbian shell carving is 2 1/4" and has two suspension holes. The shell is translucent and shows beautiful patina. The holes are correct. It has the characteristics of being from the Nayarit culture c.200 BC- 200 AD. The figure appears to be holding a mace weapon similar to the Spiro Mounds type. The figure is wearing an elaborate necklace and ear spools. It also has a weeping eye motif which connects it to the shell gorgets of the Southeast pictured below on my weeping eye mask. Archeologists have long suspected a link between the two cultures. I know of Nayarit copper bells that have been found in Anasazi pottery. From the collection of the late Randy Jackson of Garden City, Michigan. A no-brainer on authenticity. You won't find another shell carving like this. They simply don't exist.