Framed Cast Pre-columbian Mayan Ceremonial Eccentric Flint C.700 Ad
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Framed Cast Pre-columbian Mayan Ceremonial Eccentric Flint C.700 Ad:
Mayan Ceremonail Flint EXCLUSIVE
A Limited Edition
Direct Cast of
A Large CEREMONIAL ECCENTRIC
Created Over 1000 Years Ago
Shadow Box Framed
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25 of these
Recreations Ever Produced
Picture: 14" x 14"
Flint: Stone filled resin,
Frame: Wooden SHADOW BOX Wooden Frame with double matting, under glass with engraved brass plate
Made In USA
Cast Directly From Original
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This exact reproduction was molded directly from the original ceremonial flint using a unique, patent pending technology which exactly duplicates the object without risking direct contact. This guarantees the safety and integrity of the original antiquity while permitting an exact duplicate to be produced. The technique perfectly reproduces the original artifact down to the finest tool marks made by the original artist. Unlike other reproduction techniques, there has been NO modern recarving or reinterpretation of the piece. It is presented as it was found.
The original flint is currently in a private collection and was reproduced by Echoes In Time under exclusive agreement with the owners.
is individually handmade and hand finished by artisans in USA with
particular attention to authenticity and craftsmanship.
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AD 550 - 950
Location: Central Mexico
The Maya perfected the art of chipping flint to create thin, flat blades for sacrificial and ceremonial use. The complex shapes of many of these objects, which are too fragile for use as cutting tools, have earned them the designation "eccentric flints." The eccentric flint is an exclusively Mayan art form. A complete explanation on the purpose of these flints has not yet been resolved. Eccentric flints have been found in elite tombs and in cached offerings associated with rituals of dedication and termination for buildings and stone monuments.
Some flints may have been carried on heads of staves, as badges of office or symbols of ritual power. Other flints have one or more faces silhouetted along the sides, though the exact identities for these faces are not clear. Some archeologists believe that the more unusual and abstract shaped flints represent symbolically charged objects that may have functioned as talismans for living kings.
The eccentric flint represents a high art form which reached its zenith during the height of the Mayan culture. The work demanded hundreds of hours and was performed by a method long since forgotten. Working with the flat, brittle material such as these flints or obsidian and still produce such delicate carvings demonstrates the craftsmanship developed among the Maya artisans. The famous Copan Flints refer to nine incredibly beautiful eccentric flints that were discovered in Copan, Guatemala, around 1990 and represent the very pinnacle of flint knapping. No one to this day can duplicate the artistic flint craftsmanship that these people mastered.
This particular flint was almost certainly originally mounted on a staff. There is a thick rod-like protrusion at the bottom, finished but not sharpened like the rest of the piece, which appears to have been deliberately left as a means of attachment. The interpretation of the shape is unknown. While the Maya frequently utilized a type of semi-abstract imagery, artistic works almost always appear to have had symbolic meaning. In this case we can only use our imagination.
Flint knapping is the process of creating stone implements (i.e. projectile points, arrowheads, hand axes, etc.) from flint rock. The art of flint knapping is quite ancient and examples dating to about 4 millions years ago have been discovered. Flint knapping techniques have evolved as well, and it was not until relatively recently that man ceased flint knapping for survival purposes (although there still a few remote groups that depend on the the art).
Flint cannot easily be sculpted or carved in a traditional manner. Flint knapping refers to a gradual reduction process that causes flakes of stone to break off the of the original piece. The process, both in ancient and modern times, generally begins with a technique called direct percussion. This is accomplished by directly striking the target stone with a tool, such as a hammer stone or bone, to remove large flakes. The main purpose of direct percussion is to thin the stone to the desired thickness. The next step is generally pressure flaking. This is achieved by placing a pointed tool, such as an antler tip or copper-tipped pressure flaker, on the edge of the stone, and applying an inward pressure to the tool. Pressure will result in removing a small, thin flake from the stone. Pressure flaking shapes and refines the piece. Part of the art is knowing where and how to apply this pressure to a particular piece of a stone. The final finishing of the implement can include techniques such as notching, stemming, fluting, etc.
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