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Pre-Columbian Art / Hopewell Green Slate Pendant - PF.0324
Origin: The Mississipi Valley, USA
Circa: 200 BC to 200 AD
Dimensions: 4.75" (12.1cm) high x 5" (12.7cm) wide
Collection: Pre-Columbian
Medium: Slate


Location: United States
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Around 100 B.C. the Hopewell people settled in the northern woodlands. By the first century A.D. their culture had flourished, influencing a wide area as far as the lower Mississippi. The society of the Hopewell, as well as other tribes, were essentially hierarchical--comprising a chief, ruling elite and high ranking shamans; all of whom required specialized objects for domestic and ritual use. This unusual object features a drilled hole through the center, suggesting that it was once worn as a pendant by a high priest during a ceremony or perhaps attached to a wooden staff. The shape appears to imitate a weapon of sorts with arching crescent blades extending both forwards and backwards. Clearly, this gorgeous work must have played a central role in a long forgotten ceremony one practiced by the Hopewell many centuries ago. Its polished surface and perfect balance attests to the carver's expertise in working with stone instruments. There is such elegance in this work it almost seems to be a result of an act of nature; though we can readily see the experienced hand of an artist who created something of power for the sake of his gods. - (PF.0324)

 

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