April 05, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


Salish Nephrite Property Celt, From the Collection of Thomas Amble, Minnesota

of large and tapering form, with single beveled edge, length 9 in.
2500-1000 B.P

...large celts... appear to have been used as prestige objects (Hayden 1998), demonstrating the wealth and success of their owner.  Ethnographic evidence from the [Canadian] Plateau is unequivocal in stating these large celts were "property" rather than tools and were highly valued (James Teit referenced in Emmons 1923:26)... and good ones were exchanged for considerable value (Morin: 2010, p14).

2010  Morin, Jesse. "Calling All Celts: Exploring Pacific Northwest Exchange Relationships Through Stone Celts" in The Midden, vol. 42(3).

Provenance:ex George A. Flaskerd, Seattle; ex Monroe P. Killy; From the Collection of Thomas Amble, Minnesota

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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