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Lot 0127
**Originally Listed At $600**

Pre-Columbian, Dominican Republic, Taino or Ciboney people, ca. 1200 to 1500 CE. A smooth, round, grey serpentine ball with a milky white natural inclusion forming a curved, natural rift across much of the body. Stone balls like this one are found in burials of the Ciboney and Taino people. Its beauty and perfect form demonstrate the mastery that these people had over pecking stone, shaping it through abrasion and polishing. This must have been some kind of offering, perhaps because of the intensive work that went into crafting it. Size: 4.4" W (11.2 cm)

Fascinatingly, these stone balls may tell us something about the people they memorialize. For example, in excavations at Cueva de los Ninos, archaeologists found a group of child burials where the size and age of child seems to correlate to the size of the ball in the grave (aka, older child, bigger ball). This example is large for being from a grave and may have commemorated a different kind of event.

Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection

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#127611

Condition

Very light surface scratching. Plastic ring shown in photographs not included.

Starting Bid

$450.00

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  • 24.5%

Rare Taino Stone Spherolith / Ball

Auction ended on Thu, Feb 1, 2018
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Estimate $1,200 - $1,500
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