Paiute/nuwa Quartz Crystal Mortar Native American Indian Medicine Grinding Bowl
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Paiute/nuwa Quartz Crystal Mortar Native American Indian Medicine Grinding Bowl:
This is a great story I was widening my dirt driveway and lowering it about 3 to 4 feet .The earth is hard as a rock here .The ground has to be softened with water or slowly picked away at with an ax I prefer wetting the ground and digging hard with a shovel .. I live in an oak grove studded community called Bear Valley Springs Calif .This is a private town and gated .Before it became a superb community this land was purchased by the Fickert family in 1869 . Before the rancher owned this Paiute Indians lived here and migrated through this area for the acorns The exact tribe of Paiutes belonged to the Bear Valley Springs or Tehachapi California Area and they were known as the Kawaiisu or as they called themselves , the" Nu Wa " Their winter home is about 20 miles form here in a place called Sand canyon California .This was known as toma kahni .The Toma Kahni state historical park is located here which is an ancient indian site possibly over 3000 years old .At the peak of the kawaiisu tribe their were about 1000 in the tribe to the best of current knowledge .That is when the Nu Wa people moved here .Their is a guided tour ,for this is a protected ancient indian village site .Guided tours are available April thru June and September thru November by appointment .You can contact the forest service at 661-946-6092 Any ways after I had moved about 8 cubic yard of earth I found the grinder I continued to dig out the driveway and at about 30 to 35 cubic Yards [ exact location within a few feet is known ] I found the bowl .It is beyond museum grade 10A or whatever .This is in pristine condition with a patina rarely if ever seen on an artifact of a similar type or any artifact for that matter This is one of the nicest personal Indian Grinding bowls I have ever see .This bowl is a gem It is almost perfectly symmetrical .Not a sphere but it makes a perfect circle .The dark blackish area around the lip of the bowl is [ I believe ] where acorns were continually ground for a very long or medicine How long I do not know .The red on the outside of the bowl is probably some berry perhaps the acorn color diluted on to the quartz crystal A river rock at some point and then turned into a tool by the indians .This was found at a campsite underneath the oaks just about 100 yards above an old stream bed near some craggy rocks I have pictures of the exact area where this was discovered I documented the locations and measured them out .Apparently Indians lived on my property or had a campsite here .After all of my hard work moving 30 to 40 cubic yards with shovel and wheel barrel This was extremely difficult work .I was rewarded with these items .Treasures really ,invaluable truly. A quartz crystal grinding mortar bowl of this genuine quality completely and accurately documented I have never seen anything like this on e bay .I have recently bought a few grinding bowls and rocks to compare them to this .They simply do not compare in quality to the uniqueness genuineness patina or shape .This is how a true bowl of this nature appears Many of the other indian mortars I see have no patina no simple symmetry or innate beauty .Museums lack these kind of pieces because the few that exist of this type are mostly in private hands .If anyone has a bowl like this I would love to see it I know that they exist but I have never seen one so small so intensely fine .A personal grinding bowl of this stature with which I believe probably to be the original grinding stone as well. Found about 12 feet apart at the same earth level This is a superb piece I think it was the bowl of someone who was an expert Indian craftsman .This was certainly not someones first bowl that was ground down and created into this shape and color The picking of the near perfect rock , the type of rock chosen as well as the overwhelmingly simple design that becomes a fantastic true Indian Artifact .This was made by someone who knew what they were doing .They just did not pick up any old sandstone or Rock but they looked for a certain type of rock [ river tumbled quartz ] with the ideal shape . The grinding stone appears to be a dark grey or black granite ! I have been looking at paiute, nu wa or kawaiisu grinding bowls .I can not fond a personal bowl quartzite crystal grinding bowl this nice This is not a cheap piece or any sort of reproduction I know this for a fact .This is not second hand from someone who got it from someone who thinks it was found in a certain area , valley or geographical area .I am very proud and most extremely lucky /fortunate to say that I discovered these artifacts and at the same time I am humbled by the simplistic beauty These have very real and special meaning to me as a true Discovery I have made on my land Thank You for taking the time to read this Any questions or offers please do not hesitate to contact me. 50% of this sale goes to benefit sick children Thank You very muchp.s.[ This may have been made when it was sandstone .This bowl through metamorphosis and recrystallization has become quartzite .This a never ending process whereas quartzite will be turned into sand someday may reemerge as sandstone and can become quartzite again This is kind of glassy and would have been difficult and fragile to grind as quartzite . That is why I think that the bowl may have been made very long ago when in fact it was sandstone]