PICTOGRAPH, SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO, collected in the 1870s. This is one of the few pictographs yet collected by this site.
It comes out of a very old private collection from the southwest of Colorado. The rock slab shows a human figure hunched over clearly playing a flute of sort. Radiate out of the head area.
In a very clever bit of composition, the ancient artist utilized a fracture in the rock for the images feet. The image apparently was made by adding thick pigment of some type to the rock slab.
The broken form of the slab strongly indicates the piece perhaps was part of a larger panel of images. The image is extremely dark, no doubt due to the extreme heat of the region and decades of desert patina combining with the images pigments. The image was photographed at various angles to reveal its nuances. Known as Kokopelli this image is found throughout the Southwestern United States on many cliffs and on pottery. Was a fertility deity, usually depicted as a humpbacked flute playeroften with feathers or antenna-like protrusions on his head.
The deity has long been venerated by the indigenous cultures of the region. According to early legends, Kokopelli presided over childbirth and agriculture. AND his was also a trickster who used his music to uplift and challenge the spirit of all who listened.
The rock art is extremely RARE to have in a private collection. This piece apparently was collected in the 1800s well before there was any necessary and proper restriction of collection of such. The artifact has multiple nicks, dings, abrasion scratches and chinks. But it still maintains the essential mystery of this very peculiar, yet almost anciently universal icon!
In the 1800s, soon after the strange, cliff-like dwellings strewn throughout the steep canyons of southwestern Colorado became knownthe Four Corners areacowboys and others wandered throughout the region examining and taking home samples of the mysterious people who lived in those high abodes. While the actions of those at the time is culturally insensitive to todays mindsetand laws-- the fact is this happened well before the ancient cliff dweller cultures were studied/understood AND when it was NOT illegal to collect artifacts. That time period, fortunately, did not last too long for within a few short years the U. Congress made it illegal to do any of that former activity. This slab dates to the time period when the cliff dwelling remains were just being brought to the publics attentionthat is, before there were any laws against it.
The item "KOKOPELLI PICTOGRAPH, SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO, collected in the 1870s" is in sale since Sunday, September 25, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Erie, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States, to Canada, to United Kingdom, DK, RO, SK, BG, CZ, FI, HU, LV, LT, MT, EE, to Australia, GR, PT, CY, SI, to Japan, SE, KR, ID, to Taiwan, ZA, to Belgium, to France, to Hong Kong, to Ireland, to Netherlands, PL, to Spain, to Italy, to Germany, to Austria, IL, to Mexico, to New Zealand, SG, NO, SA, UA, AE, QA, KW, BH, HR, MY, CL, CO, CR, PA, TT, GT, HN, JM.