Late Woodland Period, A.D. 500-1000 Morgan County, Indiana length 4.875 inches
Carved of finely polished dark greenish-gray slate with a distinct shoulder that slopes sharply to the "head."
The Sorgenfrei Collection contains two of these mysterious effigies that are commonly called lizards or lizard stones. While they are commonly assumed to be from the Late Woodland period, this affiliation is uncertain, as is their presumed use. Their distribution includes the western half of Ohio and sporadically in the eastern half of Indiana. Retaining an old collector's label in white ink on the shoulder, and two paper labels on the bottom side, including a partial label suggesting it was found near Morgantown.
Provenance: From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, Ohio