Lot 51: Huge Pre-Columbian Black Stone Ear Spool

Artemis Gallery

November 7, 2016, 8:00 AM PST
Louisville, CO, US
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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An enormous black stone ear spool, carved using hand tools like drills and sandstone. It is unclear if huge, heavy spools like this were made to be worn by living humans, placed only in graves, or used as decorations on statuary. Size: 3.1" W x 0.75" H (7.9 cm x 1.9 cm) Provenance: Ex-James Bernard Byrnes estate. Mr. Byrnes was the first curator of LACMA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117040
Condition Report: Slight signs of age wear, but shape is excellent
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