Glacial Kame Culture / Late Archaic Period, 4000-1000 B.C. Allen County, Ohio 4-3/8 inches
Made of highly banded slate with tan inclusions, the original maker took advantage of these qualities to create a marvelous sense of movement, even using the concentric banding to create a raised nodular "eyes." The result is a carefully planned masterpiece.
This is one of the five birdstones in the Sorgenfrei collection originally in the pioneer collection of Harry B. Mapel of Columbus Grove, Ohio. Found in Monroe Township of Allen County, Ohio, by Otto Hoffman, it was acquired by Mapel. It was subsequently included in Townsend's pioneering Birdstones of the North American Indian.
Collection History: Harry B. Maple, Columbus Grove, OH Gilbert Wall, Gomer, OH Jan Sorgenfrei, Findlay, OH
Publications: Birdstones of the North American Indian, Townsend, Earl C., 1959, pg. 629-I Legends of Prehistoric Art, Vol. 2, Onken, 2011, pg. 538 Artifacts, Vol. 2, No. 1, Jan. 1972, pg. 9
Provenance: Ex Harry B. Maple, Columbus Grove, Ohio;
Ex Gilbert Wall, Gomer, Ohio;
From the Collection of Jan Sorgenfrei, Ohio
The condition of this birdstone is near flawless.