Glacial Kame Culture / Late Archaic Period, 4000-1500 B.C. Mecosta County, Michigan 4-3/8 in.
an exemplary example of the "Animal" or "Chunky" type of birdstone. This form traditionally exhibits small heads, thick, heavy bodies and zoomorphic characteristics sometimes resembling animals other than birds. This piece is made from green, highly banded slate and carved with an exceptionally long neck terminating with a small reptilian-like head with drilled eyes and incised mouth. The base retains an old inked inscription with the following: Surface Find, Mecosta Co. Michigan, 4-20-35. From Sargeant Col'n. 360.
Collection History: Sargeant Collection, MI Harvey E. Bouwknegt, Grandville, MI A.B. Cassell, Minneapolis, MN Earl C. Townsend, Jr., Indianapolis, IN Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, OH
Publications: The Minnesota Archaeologist, Vol. 8, No. 1, Jan. 1942, Pgs. 15 and 16 Hobbies Magazine for Collectors, Aug. 1943, front cover and pg. 75 Ohio Indian Relic Collectors’ Society, Bulletin No. 26, Jan. 1951, Inside Front Cover Birdstones of the North American Indian, Townsend, Earl C., 1959, pg. 525-A Legends of Prehistoric Art, Vol. 2, Onken, 2011, Pg. 538 and Pg. 45 Prehistoric American, Vol. 43, No. 4, 2009, (Birdstone Special Issue), Pg. 81, (9 o’clock)
Provenance: Ex Sargeant Collection, Michigan; Harvey E. Bouwknegt, Grandville, Michigan; Ex A.B. Cassell, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Ex Earl C. Townsend, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana; From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Ohio