MORTAR & "BALL" PESTLE: Ceremonial, SAN NICOLAS ISLAND, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, 19. Sometime in the late 19. Century, a Los Angeles businessman, family and friends scoured the island of San Nicolas Island, the most remote of Californias Channel Islands, looking for ancient artifacts. While today this activity is illegal, insensitive and politically incorrect, the artifacts were collected, stored and then later, distributed to various collections around the country for safe keeping.Many of these early pieces were obtained decades ago by this site from stateside descendants. The mortar is a small, elongated bowl while the pestle is a somewhat flattened ball-shaped hard stone. Abrasion streaks, crush/grind grooves and minor dings are evident on both pieces of the assemblage. Shamans would use these small mortar and pestles to prepare various poultices made of herbs and roots. These types of vessels also would be used to mix/apply paint pigments. These artifacts are a small, portable crush/grind tool set. Typically shamansspecial people within a tribe who both acted as doctors and spiritualistsutilized centuries-old ground-up roots/leaves/ poultices to heal people. These stone items would be carried in small leather pouches and used when needed. They were NOT used for utilitarian/food preparation. (Historical photo shows an early Native American shaman using a similar, small mortar for crushing medicinal herbs). San Nicolas Island was inhabited for thousands of years by the Nicoleno, a group of Tongva (sometimes known as Gabrielinos). These people maintained a thriving culture trading with the nearby Chumash and with mainland tribes. Since 1933 the island has been off limits to the general population due to its jurisdiction under the U. But before that time, in the late 19th early 20th century the island was a. Go-to destination for courageous southern California yachtsmen. This artifact was found along the southeastern shoreline by one of these sailors. Rarely does one have such an outstanding provenance/location of a found artifact. In fact, the availability of this artifact from a locale that is currently inaccessible to people makes it even more special. Such is the case here with this artifacts from the farthest Channel Island off the California coast. The item "SHAMAN MORTAR & BALL PESTLE SAN NICOLAS ISLAND, SOUTHERN CA, 19th C. Find" is in sale since Wednesday, January 18, 2017. 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, DO, PA, TT, GT, SV, HN, JM.