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  1. Do arrowheads appreciate?

    great question, and I believe that the greater the information that can be made available to prospective buyers mostly in general, w/ accurate details given in the sale description of an object, the greater the interest then among viewers and buyers. for example, segmenting a collection then...
  2. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    Regarding the use of the solitary mark of the face of a bird, and as with some other bird or animal figures that might appear in Plains art, the reason for the appearance of this one would be subject to conjecture. On the Bonhams auctions website, A very interesting, Native Indian painted...
  3. Family dies in Mariposa county due to possible mineshaft gasses

    Hi All, in a follow-up article to this sad and tragic event, the Washington Post reported yesterday that following a litany of tests over the past two months, investigators have determined that the cause of death for the family was hyperthermia and possible dehydration. some detail on the...
  4. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    Hi Joshua, grateful that you asked, thank you, but no not drill holes as two oblong marks for the eyes and a beak beneath. They were impressed into the clay when it was still wet by the ridges that formed around the edges from the force in making each impression. The marks have different...
  5. Patterns on artifacts

    Hello, thank you for reaching out! Hopi , possibly - there are many different representations and different uses for this crossed circle theme. Crossed circles can be found among the arts of the Native Cultures in the different regions. Here is a link to a Hopi ring. the ring also...
  6. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    Hi Dave, All Adding only at this point that while generally, the Plains People were not known as potters, - Bear's Heart, Southern Cheyenne, learned his skills in painting and or making pottery while imprisoned, a time when new materials came available to Native Cultures through increased...
  7. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    It's worth noting that some may have held that the orange color of the clay body by itself, setting aside the details of the painting to be from the Southwest, however, as many may already be aware there are large red clay deposits of this type in the Lakota home of the Black Hills. More...
  8. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    Hi All, adding further detail, thank you Complex geometric patterns w/ principal elements of symmetry in a repeating pattern, four cardinal directions- symbolized by triangles surrounding a sacred center can also be found in the use of the very powerful Plains pattern of the crossed...
  9. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    adding further detail, it would seem that a very discreet mark appears on the interior of the jar at the base, unrecognizable in the 1st set of photos w/ a close-up provided here. And, rather than a random configuration from how the jar was made, it appears to be a deliberate one left by the...
  10. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    Very interesting old one - thank you for posting - great example from that region w/its loose curvilinear pattern-an important characteristic of wares from the SW
  11. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    the identical rectangular warrior emblems on the chest of the Crow war shirt example given above from the Dyker collection show a balance in all four of the cardinal directions , together symbols of protected space, and as a rectangle may be interpreted of the four directions. A pair of green...
  12. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    Hi, Thank you for your comments! yes, a very different type of paint was used to produce the band than what we might expect to see on the highly refined clay pots of the SW for example of a similar age. These paints match with the European paints that were received in trades w/ the French...
  13. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    from the digital library site, a link is provided below to an article on the topic of Arapaho symbolism by Alfred Kroeber, dated 1900 w/ a wiki page link about the author...
  14. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    Hi All, Adding further detail, thank you the well decorated war shirts of the Plains people were worn by warriors who held an elevated position in their culture. these shirts are frequently found to have segmented rectangular ground patches, equal in shape and dimension which might run the...
  15. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    Hi All, offering a brief synopsis in a review of the key design elements and symbolism of the polychromed geometric band to what has been presented in the details of the text and photos found in the pages above, thank you The complex minimalist theme of the painted and incised composition...
  16. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    Adding an interesting article in the link below from the National Park service website on Fort Bent, 1833-1849. Then known as Fort William, after William Bent one of its founders, the post was built in a strategic location on the Arkansas River to take advantage as new commercial trade...
  17. COA business

    Often provenance may be regarded as an effective substitute for a COA . And, sometimes the ownership record for an individual piece, might only be "skin deep" - that is, the collector who had an item last might matter most, regardless of who had it or where it might have come from before them...
  18. COA business

    ***And, i would only add a cautionary note to anyone who may be thinking that a TL test on their valuable ceramic piece may be necessary to determine age- IMO dont! the only certainty of any outcome in such a test would be the damage that was done to remove a test sample - exhaustive elemental...
  19. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    The different tribes w/in the Plains region, and more broadly along with the tribes of the Southwest included for consideration, as some of the links have demonstrated had an Influence on one another in terms of artistic expression with geometry in textile art. The summary in a reference given...
  20. Old Incised Great Plains Painted Pottery Jar

    Hi, Very glad to see that you enjoy the thread! Hoping, I can give some helpful information on some of your questions, and maybe others can add more to this Unfortunately, we may not be able to prove a specific tribe origin w/the limited clues available. What we have is the empirical...
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