Dings, abrasion scratches along bottom, nicks/dents along both ends. A bit of Catalina background facts may help put this astonishing artifact into context.Catalina Island, off the west coast of southern California has long been a mysterious place. Rediscovered by the Wrigley family in the late 1800s, throughout the 1920s and 1930s it became a haven for movie stars and vacationing elite. Often shrouded in marine fog, when revealed, the island juts out of the ocean like a sleeping dragon.
For centuries the original native islanders were in control of soft stone quarries (known as steatitelapis ollaris) from which they carved decorative, useful and mystical images that were traded to mainland peoples. Rarely did the recipients of these beautifully carved items sail to Catalina, for the islander were known as shamans, seers, people who conversed with demons. The Catalina islanders worshipped a sun god known as Chinigchinich.
The firstish explorers refer to this god in frightening terms. They mentioned seeing a large circle of standing stones somewhere in the middle of the island.In the center of this ritualistic circle was a wooden image of a hideous idol with wide, staring eyes. On the breast of this god was a painting of the sun and on the back, the moon. At its base were many images of children. Not far from the location of this artifact, back in the 1930s a researcher uncovered a gigantic stone bowl with a child buried within it! Perhaps this stone effigy of a boat has something to do with that incredulous discovery!
The size and shape of this find necessitates double boxing and much packing material. The initial listing represents the complete unique nature of this artifact. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a piece of Catalina ancient past.
The item "STONE BOAT-EFFIGY / MORTAR-PESTLE, CATALINA ISLAND, CALIFORNIA, 19th C. Find" is in sale since Sunday, May 08, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Lafayette, Colorado.
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