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Elongated Slate Long Neck Birdstone Found in Delaware County, Indiana From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei

Glacial Kame Culture / Late Archaic Period, 4000-1000 B.C.
Delaware County, Indiana 
5-3/4 in.

Made from highly-banded dark green slate, utilizing the natural band to extraordinary effect.  This birdstone has a long and distinguished historical record and has resided in some of the finest birdstone collections ever assembled.  

The first known collector was Dr. Rollin H. Bunch of Muncie, Indiana.  Before his death in 1948, Bunch, a three term mayor of Muncie, assembled an extraordinary collection of the highest quality of prehistoric art.  Past owners include Hugh Young, Clem Caldwell and Steve Fuller. Like others in the Sorgenfrei collection, this birdstone is illustrated in Townsend's 1959 Birdstones of the North American Indian.

Collection History:
Rollin H. Bunch, Muncie, IN
T. Hugh Young, Nashville, TN, No. 159
Julian Gentry, Danville, KY, No. 34
Clemens Caldwell, Danville, KY, Bi:105
Steve Fuller, Wooster, OH
Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, OH

Publications:
Birdstones of the North American Indian, Townsend, Earl C., 1959, pg. 405-F
Legends of Prehistoric Art, Vol. 2, Onken, 2011, pg. 539
Prehistoric Art, Vol. 15, No. 2, 1980, pgs. 58, 59
Prehistoric Art, (Birdstone Special Issue), 1983, pg. 24.

Provenance:Ex Rollin H. Bunch, Muncie, IN; Ex T. H. Young, Nashville, TN, No. 159;Ex Julian Gentry, Danville, KY, No. 34;Ex Clemens Caldwell, Danville, KY, Bi:105;Ex Steve Fuller, Wooster, OH;From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Ohio

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$43,200
04/08/2017

 

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