**Originally Listed At $400**
Pre-Columbian, found in Venezuela, traded from the Colombian Tairona culture, ca. 10th to 16th century CE. An interestingly-shaped example of a "batwing" pectoral, so called because of its resemblance to the flying mammal. Carved from a beautiful navy blue and green hardstone, it is very thin, with more squared-off edges than most examples. The "wings" widen at their terminals; the "head" is at the upper center, with a trapezoid form with sharply acute corners. Items of this general shape have been found from southern Mexico to Venezuela as well as on some islands in the Caribbean, often found in caches of other stone artifacts buried under floors of houses and temples. Size: 5.55" W x 1.7" H (14.1 cm x 4.3 cm); 2.25" H (5.7 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private West Palm Beach, Florida, USA collection, acquired via inheritance from the collection of Louis L. Scher, found in Venezuela during the 1960s and 1970s
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A few tiny chips from edges, but otherwise in very nice condition. Light deposits on surface.