Double Headed Bird Effigy

Double Headed Bird Effigy

7,000.00

Region: Northeastern Woodlands

Circa: Pre-contact

Material: Dense hard stone

Dimension:  7 ¾” x 7” x 4” (Weight: 8 lbs.)

Condition: Surface heavily weathered, no restoration. Object includes professional mount

Reference: Kraft, Herbert C. Lenape and/or Susquehannock Treasures in Skokloster Castle, Sweden. Abstract p.12

Collection History: Acquired at an antique venue in Mass. among a collection of stone artifacts locally found. (MA/CT/RI)

Comments

A naturally formed boulder with eye sockets, pecked and abraded. One side depicts a full-headed avian image, the obverse depicts a pair of boldly defined eyes suggestive of an owl. Monumental effigy carvings were placed as boundary markers and/or indications of heightened spiritual power within an area. 

This effigy appears to have been carved over two distinct periods. The fully developed bird head appears to be older than the obverse. Both effigies are clearly from a pre-contact period. 

A similar effigy-face petroglyph was found at Mt. Arlington, Morris County, NJ. “This cobblestone effigy probably represents the ‘Mësingw' or ‘Living Solid Face’” (Kraft, Herbert C. Lenape and/or Susquehannock Treasures in Skokloster Castle, Sweden. Abstract p.12)

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