Antique Native American Indian

SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s

SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s
SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s
SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s
SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s
SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s
SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s
SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s
SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s
SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s
SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s
SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s
SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s

SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s
SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s. Weight: 2 lbs 5.2 oz. A RARE mortar and associated pebble-pestle from a southern California collection giving us perspective of what the Los Angeles area was like (See historical photo of the marsh area, circa 1880). In the late 19th century a duck hunter wandering around the marshes of Ballona Creek--where the current Marina Del Ray exists, south of Santa Monica/Venice--spotted some stone objects immersed in the muck. He pried them out and stuffed many into his hunting bag.

The objects were a collection of stone tools, round donut stones and this intriguing mortar and pestle. I acquired these artifacts from his out-of-state descendants. The mortar listed here is oval shaped and relatively heavy. Its association with round donut stones is telling. Native American shamans used these round stones for various spiritual ceremonies.

And small mortars like this one were used by these special tribesmen to crush / grind various herbs for medicinal and spiritual use. (Historical photo shows an early Native American shaman using a similar, small mortar and pebble pestle for crushing medicinal herbs).

The mortar was carved from a heavy, volcanic stone. The grind area is long suggesting it was used for a good portion of whatever item needed crushing. Minor dings, abrasion scratches and ancient notches can be seen on this fascinating artifact. Native Americans known as the. And the Chumash hunted and gathered in small villages throughout the Ballona Creek watershed.

The artifact set probably dates to around 600 - 800 B. When theish explorers got to the southern California coast the Native population quickly vanished with slow and steady urbanization taking hold.

While almost all of the ancient sites are buried beneath concrete and asphalt, occasionally a voice from the past makes itself known. These are a RARE and very special set of stone artifacts from a vanished people. If only they could see the changes in Ballona Creek today. The item "SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE.

Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s" is in sale since Thursday, March 23, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Erie, Colorado.

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  • Color: Brown
  • Maker: Prehistoric indigenous people of S. California
  • Material: Stone
  • Original/Reproduction: Original

SACRED SHAMAN MORTAR & PESTLE. Marina del Rey, California, late 1800s