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RELIEF FROM A PIECE OF HUMAN SKULL, 1 1/2" D; 2 HOLES FOR SUSPENSION AT TOP OF FACE, PLUS INCISED RIM (FOR EAR PLUG OR LIP PLUG?). THIS IS OF THE MISSISSIPPIAN CULTURE FOUND FROM MIDDEN IN HOUSTON CO., ALA. INK ANNOTATED PHOTO: INDIAN MIDDEN AT MOUTH OF BIG MERCY CREEK ALONG CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER, ALA. THIS MIDDEN WAS PARTLY EXPLORED IN DEC. 1939 BY J. WHITNEY AND PARTY, IS ENTIRELY ARTIFICIAL AND JUST BELOW ARE THOUSANDS OF FRESH WATER MUSSEL SHELLS. CONTAINS NO BURIALS AND FEW ARTIFACTS FOUND, POTTERY PIPE AND PART OF POT. MUCH EVIDENCE OF FIRE ON RIVER SIDE. THIS IS PROBABLY A WAR TROPHY. IT DISPLAYS "COFFEE BEAN" EYES, TYPICALLY USED TO PORTRAY DEATH IN THE CARIBBEAN CULTURES JUST SOUTHWEST OF THIS PART OF THE U.S. ALSO DEPICTS THE DEATH TEETH CHARACTERISTICALLY SEEN IN THE WHITE MAN'S JOLLY ROGER. THE NOSE IS STRANGELY REMINISCENT OF THE LONG NOSE GODS, ASSOCIATED WITH CULTS WIDELY SCATTERED ACROSS S.E. UNITED STATES. SOUTHEAST.PICK UP ONLY, NO SHIPPING

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EXTREMELY RARE CULT "DEATH MASK" GORGET CARVED IN

Auction ended on Sat, Mar 25, 2017
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