Certified Shaman Ceremonial Tablet, Alabama - Ex B.W. Stephens, 1000-1500AD
Certified Shaman Ceremonial Tablet, Alabama - Ex B.W. Stephens, 1000-1500AD:
Certified, Extremely Rare Engraved (Incised) Ceremonial/Shaman Tablet with Incised Face From the Famous B.W. Stephens Collection - COA & Appraised. This artifact has been appraised between $25,000-$40,000 with an Insurance value of $65,000 (see appraisal highlight picture info). This rare Shamans Tablet has been attributed to the mound builders. Item is legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, Chapter 14 Artifact Info: This ceremonial tablet has been identified and termed as a Shamans Tablet due to the features of this artifact versus a standard paint palette. Line and geometric engravings cover the front to include an incredible human face emerging from the stone (gives it a 3D appearance), and line engravings appear on the back. The face symbols are Mississippian iconography. The symbol around the eye represents weeping and is known as an eye surround or forked eye symbol, which is well documented in scientific papers. The face also contains a distinct feature of just one eye. The symbolic missing eye could be interpreted as an injury resulting in the loss of an eye, or a birth deformity. Evident above the face is a 2-1/2 inch diameter circular depression, 1/4 inch deep, with residue stains in which this area was likely used as a mortar for grinding pigments or entheogens (plant material) for Shamanistic practices. This is a Rare artifact and is the only Shaman's tablet currently in existence that contains a human face. There have been a few Ceremonial Tablets recovered that are currently in museums. The majority of the tablets are round. Archaeological documentation notes that rectangular tablets are rare. This artifact takes the rarity to the next level with the human face emerging from the stone.No restoration. This artifact is fully in-tact, has some nicks in various places (please review pictures)Date estimate: 1000AD-1500ADFound in Colbert County Alabama, by Tennessee River, in 1901 (faded writing on front appears to read F Rice, Colbert County Alabama 1901)Size: Large 11-3/4 inches long x 9-1/16 inches wide x 5/8 inch thickStone: Tight grained sandstoneColor: Medium Green/speckled (camera flash used on some pictures to show detail make artifact appear lighter color)Incised carvings of geometric symbolsIncised carving of an incredible human faceIncised symbols on the faceScalloped edgesProvenance: Ex B.W. Stephens Collection. This artifact is identified and documented in the famous B.W. Stephens catalog. This particular artifact has undergone scientific testing for a week to insure authenticity. Every inch of this tablet has been analyzed and has been confirmed as 100% authentic.The provenance documentation of this artifact from 1965, scientific Infrared Laser Spectroscopy, high definition microscopic analysis, archaeological consultation and expert appraisal analysis has certified this artifact to be genuine and 100% authentic.Certificate of Authenticity (COA), in-depth scientific analysis reports and expert appraisal(s) included with your purchase.Please review all large photos, COA and appraisal documents and video which shows every detail of this amazing artifact.Free Overnight Shipping, Insured, Signature Required for Delivery.Shipping Schedule: Monday-Friday 8am-1pm CST, Saturday 8am-10am CST. 2 Short Videos of this Artifact showing top, sides, bottom and engravings. View on PC, will not play on smart phone or app. Click Arrow to Open, then in next window, Click Arrow to Play Video. The large pictures provided and video of the artifact show every inch of detail. What you see is exactly what you will receive...an extremely rare, certified and appraised Native American artifact attributed to a burial mound recovery from the early 1900's. This is the only artifact of this type currently documented with a human face engraved into the stone. Extremely Rare Engraved Ceremonial Tablet with Face - Top Video of Artifact [isdntekvideo] Thanks for looking.