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Large and Rare Hohokam Effigy Mortar of a

Coyote or Bighorn Ewe

Exceptionally Rare Stone Sculpture

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This Hohokam effigy was originally collected in the late 19th century to very early 1900's and a part of the famous Edward Payne collection of Peoria, Illinois. Mr. Payne was an ammasser of cultural artifacts from around the world and particularly known to own the United State's largest collection of Native American Prehistoric relics in the 19th century.

The collection of Edward Payne was sold during the Great Depression and a local oil tycoon, Mr. Richard K. Meyer Sr., purchased approximately one third of the collection and continued expanding his ethnographic collection into the 1970's.

MP349 A Fabulous Hohokam gray volcanic stone effigy of a sturdy four legged mammal, most likely, depicting either a Coyote or a Desert Bighorn Sheep Ewe. Carving is formed from a heavy gray stone, probably basalt, and in a rectangular block form.

The body of the animal is a thick rectangle supported on four short thick legs with appropriate shaped bends to the legs and the top features a concave recess bordered by four corners. To the rear is a long tail, a portion damaged and missing. The front of the sculpture has a large, thick head, with a grooved mouth, pecked recesses for eyes, and tall ears. The creature appears to be in a relaxed pose, possibly grazing.

This rare figural stone carving is a wonderful larger size at approximately 6 1/2 inches long, 3 1/4 inches tall, and 2 1/2 inches wide. Intact condition, missing a portion of the tail, and with excavation tool surface chips to the underside of the mouth and two of the feet, otherwise, quite wonderful. The dense stone carving weighs just over two pounds, quite heavy for small carving such as this.

Hohokam Culture of Arizona, United States, circa 800-1200 A.D.

$3,250

Fine Hohokam Stone Figural Rattle Snake Mortar

Very RARE Arizona PreHistoric Carving

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This Hohokam effigy was originally collected in the late 19th century to very early 1900's and a part of the famous Edward Payne collection of Peoria, Illinois. Mr. Payne was an ammasser of cultural artifacts from around the world and particularly known to own the United State's largest collection of Native American Prehistoric relics in the 19th century.

The collection of Edward Payne was sold during the Great Depression and a local oil tycoon, Mr. Richard K. Meyer Sr., purchased approximately one third of the collection and continued expanding his ethnographic collection into the 1970's.

MP350 A beige stone Hohokam effigy mortar in a rounded form depicting either a coiled rattlesnake or a desert tortoise. The donut shaped stone is incised with a coiling effect with panel separations, more indicative of a snake layering upon itself, and with a protruding small head with large open mouth and drilled eyes, much like a turtle, and the rear features a relief image like a tail with three incised notches. Appearing to be more serpent bodied than tortoise, the image has a shallow mortar recess in the top and the underside with curving features showing, possibly, this had started as a mano grinding stone before being embellished and re-purposed into the existing effigy.

The stone holds strong patina and measures 2 3/4 inches tall with an approximate diameter of 4 inches. The stone exhibits various ancient chips and surface nicks, and is overall intact. Underside has a museum collection number from being on loan to a museum for decades.

Hohokam Culture of Arizona, United States, circa 800-1200 A.D.

$ 2,250

Lot of four Prehistoric Salado Culture Vessels

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Large Bowl, nearly 4 1/2 inches tall with 9 1/2 inch diameter 2 | 3

Orange Jar Rear Right, 5 3/4" tall with 5 1/2" diameter 6

Red Jar Front Right, 5 inches tall by 4 1/2" diameter- 4 | 5

Small Bowl Front Left, 2 3/8" tall by 4 1/4 inch diam.- 7 | 8

CL515 A 'beginning collector' lot of four southwestern pottery vessels, all, probably, Salado culture of Arizona. The four pieces all have smooth surfaces with red and orange painted exterior walls with blackened interiors. The large bowl is reconstructed missing some sherds from the center. Rear right jar has an orangish polished surface with golden mica flakes, heavily reconstructed missing several pieces and covered with dendritic growths. The front right is red painted with the body heavily reconstructed, missing much of the center base. Last, on left front, this short bowl has some sherds reglued on one side, chips to rim, and a puncture hole. All pieces from Arizona, ca. 300- 1300 A.D.

$275

Washington State PreHistoric Bell Pestle

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CL512 A wonderful bell pestle or maul from the northwestern coast of the U.S.. This very attractive example is carved from a dense, heavy stone, possibly granite, with a deep dark green hue appearing to be black. The grinding tool is formed with a flattened round finial with a flaring middle coming to a mushroom cap shaped grinding base.

The stone is heavily worn with strong ancient patina, sitting upright at 7 1/8 inches tall, nearly 4 inches wide, and weighs nearly four pounds. The example suffered a large ancient fracture to one side, otherwise is intact with great surface patina. Such fractures are fairly common because such a tool would have been used for easily grinding maize or nuts into a mush with very little effort and, on occasion, a hammering device or wedge. Prehistoric, Washington State.

$285

 

Rare Northwest Coast Stone 'Bear Mother' Effigy

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CL513 A particularly Rare Northwest coast bear effigy stone pestle. This highly unusual ceremonial sculpture is carved from a very dense volcanic gray stone rendering the image of a standing bear with human female breasts, which, is frequently referred to as the 'Bear Mother'. The image is better appreciated in person due to strong use and only lightly defined curves.

The sculpture shows a bear head with raised ears, recessed eyes, a wide nose, and arms curving on the torso; then, interestingly, the sculpture shows two pointed breasts, one side shaved off from farming machinery. This tool is highly ground and polished smooth on the grinding base, as if it was used predominatly for soft materials.

Quite an unusual pestle at approximately 5 inches tall, 2 3/4 inches wide, and 2 1/4 inches deep.

Pre-historic Washington State, U.S.

$400

Collection of Chumash, Central California Tortoise Shell Pendants

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MP321 Collection of Pre-Historic tortoise shell pendants from Central California. This group includes a very wonderful rectangular pendant measuring just over 2 3/4 inches long, with notched decoration on the lower side and six other smaller pendants, either intact or complete. The main pendant has been reconstructed cleanly from all original pieces. This lot appears to have suffered ceremonial fire damage, probably indicative of a burial through cremation. Chumash culture of Central California, ca. 1000-1400 A.D.

$100

Ex. Richard K. Meyer Collection of Peoria, Illinois since the 1930's; Ex. Edward Payne Collection of Peoria, Illinois prior to that

Historic Southern California Pottery Cooking Vessel

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CL516 A larger sized Historic California cooking vessel. This utilitarian pot is is formed from a smoothly polished brown pottery with golden mica flakes, shaped with a round body and slightly corseted neck having two small lug handles. Sits on a slightly flattened base at 8 1/4 inches tall with a 9 inch diameter. Jar is reconstructed nicely from many original pieces, approximately 95% complete, missing only small sherds, and exhibits nice old patina, the interior with strong pitting wear. A very nice sized and decorative example.

Southern California, Pre-1900, probably ca. 1750- 1870 A.D.

$285

A Red Hohokam and Gray Anasazi Jar

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CL517 A lot of two corrugated jars, one a Hohokam red painted, the other, a gray Anasazi.

The smaller, at 3 1/2 inches tall and approximately 4 1/4 inches diameter, is well handled with one side being reconstructed from a few original pieces, missing a shard at the rim, and with nice deposits. The other has more detailed design, the underside with some fracturing and two reattached shards, with rim chips, and sits nearly 4 1/2 inches tall and approximately 4 3/4 inches in diameter. Both could use proper conservation.

Arizona, circa 1000- 1400 A.D.

$275

Hohokam Stone Paint Palette with Incised Designs

 

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 MP272 A fine Hohokam 'paint palette' carved and ground from a thin piece of gray stone. This very nice example is rectangular shaped with a slight recess in the center, the outer border with a band of incised diamond patterns and each corner with a swirl motif. Example measures approximiately 6 3/4 inches long and 4 inches wide, reglued cleanly from two halves with only one small sherd missing else complete. Retains strong ancient patina, root markings, and ancient deposits. Hohokam of Arizona, c. 1000 A.D.

$400.00

Ex. Richard K. Meyer Collection of Peoria, Illinois since the 1930's; Ex. Edward Payne Collection of Peoria, Illinois prior to that

Hohokam Chert 'Side Knife'

 

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 SW344 Hohokam knife in a large size at 4 1/2 inches long. This very well formed example is made in a grayish chert with strong white patinated surface and crafted with random flaking and a squared base. Intact and nice retaining old museum or collection numbers.

Hohokam, Arizona, c. 1000 A.D.

$40

Ex. Richard K. Meyer Collection of Peoria, Illinois since the 1930's; Ex. Edward Payne Collection of Peoria, Illinois prior to that

California Historic Period Glass Trade Beads from near San Francisco

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CL510 A very nice strand of early Historic beads from southern California. The interesting necklace comprises a varied coloration of small glass trade and stone beads, most measuring about a half centimeter in diameter or length with colors from cream to pale green and plum. Overall, the strand measures nearly 24 inches long and all in excellent condition, uncleaned, with strong patina.

Two vintage tags are attached, one written with 'Lake Co. California' and the other with #1019 Beads' with '$2.50' overwritten in pencil with '$1.00'. Lake County exists just north of San Francisco.

Circa 17th-18th century.

$115

Scarce Chumash Stone Mush Paddle, Central California

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This piece was housed for decades at the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences of Peoria, Illinois as a part of the Richard K. Meyer collection, on loan, and originally collected prior to 1930, probably as a part of the highly important Edward Payne collection which Meyer bought during the Great Depression.

CA206 A large and scarce central California Pre-historic paddle for grinding acorns into mush. Such implements are documented in an early Smithsonian publication as a Yurok or Chumash paddle for grinding acorns into mush; source-'Smithsonian Scientific Series; North American Indians; Author Rose A. Palmer; Smithsonian Institue, NY, 1910.

The stone implement is sculpted with squared bit and originally with long stem or handle, snapped in ancient times. This large example is well formed from a very dense caramel colored stone with various natural pitting. One side with very flattened face, the opposite with slight curvature. A heavily worn and useful tool, this could have been used for clam digging through sand or agricultural purposes as well as acorn grinding. Retains strong ancient mineral deposits and polish. 7 1/2 inches long, 5 1/4 inches wide and approximately only three quarter inches thick with tapering sides.

Such paddles would, quite understandably, have snapped at this point of the handle. The early Smithsonian publication states that known intact examples are as much as two feet long so the leverage of such a stem handle would easily cause a break like this sooner or later. Further research shows that more wooden examples are known than the stone examples which makes this quite a RARE find!

An impressive example from central California and dating to c. 1000 A.D. or earlier.

$300

Lot of Three Southern California Pre-Historic Stone Manos

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This lot was housed for decades at the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences of Peoria, Illinois as a part of the Richard K. Meyer collection, on loan, and originally collected prior to 1930, as a part of the highly important Edward Payne collection which Meyer bought during the Great Depression.

CA204 A collection of three very nicely formed and handled ancient Southern California mano grinding stones, all nicer examples than the norm. The manos here are, most likely, from the San Diego area. The smaller, a dense creamy white colored stone with rosy veins, possibly a quartzite, is quite biscuit shaped with both faces having strong polish, at 3 1/4 inches wide. The middle example is slightly oval with nicely curving sides, the two faces being ground smoothly and is stained with red pigment; just over 4 1/2 inches long. The larger example is from a blood red dense volcanic stone with the top side being extremely smooth and the opposite showing rough grinding or pounding and measures just under 5 inches wide.

Southern California, ca. 1000-1500 A.D.

$95

Rare Northern California Prehistoric Shark Vertebrae Necklace

 

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CA205 A wonderful California Pre-Historic shark vertebrae necklace. This rare necklace is a long strand of well preserved cartlilage vertebrae, most likely from a shark, and well graduated in sizes ranging from around 1.25 inches diameter to the smallest beads being 3/8 inch diameters.

The necklace measures approximately 38 inches in total length and strung on a copper wire. The beads are mostly all intact and excellent condition with strong soil patina and mineral deposits. Such material, due to it's fragile nature, is scarcely discovered so well preserved. Would make an excellent shadow box display.

Pre-Historic Central to Northern California, ca. 1000- 1400 A.D.

$700

This lot was housed for decades at the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences of Peoria, Illinois as a part of the Richard K. Meyer collection, on loan, and originally collected prior to 1930, as a part of the highly important Edward Payne collection which Meyer bought during the Great Depression.

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