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Elongated Slate Fantail Birdstone, From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei

Glacial Kame/Late Archaic Period, ca. 4000-1500 B.C.
Allen County, Ohio
5-1/2 in.

a stately bird carved from green-banded slate; having a straight, vertical neck which forms a sharp right angle at the lower juncture of the long and forward looking head, suggestive of a soldier standing at attention.  A faint concentric circle eye is evident on the right side of the head and finished with a rounded, expanding fantail.  

Collection History:
Jacob Schilling, Lima, OH
Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, OH

Publications:
Prehistoric American, Vol. 43, No. 4, 2009, (Birdstone Special Issue), pg 38 and 81 (3 o’clock).
Legends of Prehistoric Art. Vol. 2, Onken, 2011, p 538.

 

Provenance: Ex Jacob Schilling, Lima, Ohio; From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, Ohio

Condition:

PLEASE NOTE: Bird is whole but has been broken and glued at neck.

The green-banded slate is well polished.  

Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$9,000
04/08/2017
 

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