18 December 2011

"Mammiform" cone similar to artifacts from Trowbridge (14WY1), Kansas


"Mammiform" cone similar to artifacts from Trowbridge (14WY1), Kansas
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The provenance of this piece is weak, described only as "from an Illinois collection."  I am fairly skilled at detecting modern reproductions and fraudulent artifacts.  This piece jumped out of a collection of mostly flint field find artifacts because of its deep blue color.  After inspection I could find no evidence of modern stone working and it has the correct attributes and patination for a genuine artifact.  So at this time, I think the drilled cone is worth presenting here because of its possible iconic breast-like shape, unknown cultural purpose or value or meaning, and its uniqueness.  The blue stone material is indeed striking.  It seems the cone was purposely centered on a white banded circle which corresponds with the imagery of a nipple on the breast form.  








After some research, I located three other similar artifacts from the Trowbridge, KS, Ohio Hopewell Culture sphere site located in suburban Kansas City.  The significant noted difference is the blue example featured here has two holes drilled from the base toward the top of cone, as if to be attached to a cord or something.  None of the Trowbridge artifacts has been drilled.

Trowbridge site, Kansas City, KS (14WY1)

 Trowbridge site, Kansas
  Trowbridge site, Kansas

Trowbridge site, Kansas

Link to other Trowbridge artifact photos

-kbj

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