A Striking, Keel-Shaped Banded Slate Gorget, From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Ohio

Adena Culture, Early Woodland Period, 1000-200 B.C.
Shiawassee County, Michigan
3-1/4 in.

made of a striking dark green and light yellow banded slate, with two conically drilled perforations; found by Bernard Green in Shiawassee County, Michigan in the early 1950s.  

Collection History:
Bernard Green, Shiawassee County MI
David Shirley Collection, Morrice, MI


Artifacts, Vol. 14, No. 3, 1984, pg. 88
Prehistoric Art ’83, Vol. 18, No. 4, 1983, pg. 123
Prehistoric Artifacts, Vol. 19, No. 2, 1986, pg. 17
Legends of Prehistoric Art, Vol. 2, Onken, 2011, pg. 542

Provenance:Ex Bernard Green, Shiawassee County Michigan; Ex David Shirley Collection, Morrice, MI; From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Ohio


This gorget was once a favorite in the David Shirley collection.  He had it published several times and used it on his business cards.  Another example of this interesting and beautiful material may be found on the Bar Amulet from northern Ohio shown elsewhere in this catalog. 

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


Have a Similar Item?

Consign With Us

Condition requests can be obtained via email (danica@cowans.com). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. 
Cowan's Auctions shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Let Cowan's Handle Your Shipping! 

Cowan's Auctions is one of the only houses to offer full service, in-house shipping.  
Our experts pack and ship over 5,000 purchases each year.  
Shipping costs are included on every invoice to make getting your items as fast and easy as possible. 

For more information, click HERE or contact shipping@cowan.com.