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Ex. Rare Turtle Shell Maskette 1000AD

Ex. Rare Turtle Shell Maskette 1000AD


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1422966

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This is an extraordinarily rare unique turtle shell maskette. It is 2 5/8" X 2 1/2". It was found in Southern Illinois. It dates to the Mississippian Period, 1000AD. It has a hairline reminiscent of the Southeastern Shell Masks. I know of only one other example which is pictured in Lar Hothem's 'Antler, Bone & Shell Artifacts', page 309. It has beautiful patina and is a no-brainer for authenticity. It is solid and not fragile. Could be used for modern wear. This is a top shelf artifact and another one may never be seen again. Most all North American Indian artifacts are utilitarian and not effigies. It is an important and incredible artifact.