MORTAR (STONE BOWL) & PESTLE, TONGVA/GABRIELENO, ARROYO SECO RIVER. A gorgeous stone bowl / mortar.
& pestle uncovered in the late 19. Along the Arroyo Seco by during a rabbit hunting trip.The artifact along with many more, was recently acquired from descendants of that time. This mortar was found along the original streambed to the west of original settlement. Intact stone bowl was left in place near the stream thousands of years ago. One of the best yet acquired by this site. Abrasion scratches and shaping cuts both inside and out.
That said, the bowl interior is remarkably smooth and intact, revealing the expert carving that went into this prehistoric design. The pestle is thick and heavy. From personal experience, the wider / heavier a pestle, the easier it is to crush/grind any material inside the mortar/bowl. By the early 1900s Pasadena was the go-to destination for wealthy, health-conscious Easterners. Millionaires flocked to this gorgeous city nestled at the base of spectacular mountains to partake of the clean air.
Flowing just west of the city, the dry stream known as the Arroyo Seco seasonally flowed down from the mountains of a 25-mile-long journey. In the 1700s, long before white settlement,ish explorer. The Tongva Indianslater known as the Gabrielenos. The Tongva lived along the Arroyo Seco for thousands of years, trading with their Chumash neighbors.
Rarely does one have such an outstanding provenance/location of a found mortar/bowl/pestle. Such is the case here with this RARE artifact combination from Southern California. Reports indicate all of the artifacts were found near here well before the river was reengineered.
The item "STONE MORTAR (BOWL) & PESTLE, ARROYO SECO RIVER, PASADENA, CA. 19th C, Find" is in sale since Saturday, January 30, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American".
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