Prehistoric Venus: Lingham Charms

Published on November 18, 2012 by Amy

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Father of Men
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The “head” on this sparkling lingham charm looks as if it had been carved or worked, but this is a naturally formed stone originally found by the clan in the river. This expressive lingham even has “war paint” which turns out to be the natural coloration within the stone. Gritstone, a sparkling form of sandstone, was prized by early man to work wood and smooth the ends of atlatl spears. We’ve found a flat gritstone sanding block with divots attesting to being used to terminate lances (and possibly to keep fingernails filed down). In the sun, these sparkling (Note whites specks.) olive-green gritstone pieces show no signs of such use suggesting it was prized even more highly for its symbolism, 2 parts. 4.3”L; 211 gm

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Little Big Man

The head stone of this free-standing prehistoric statuette has an uncanny resemblance to a Native American male with a facial expression of dogged determination. Was probably a male vitality idol to help bring many sons. Highly polished from ancient handling. Coffee bean jasper, 2 parts. 3.8” long – no lie; 266 gm

Squat Round

This lingham charm was found just southwest of site 2601C where the river had washed the site as it was going back down after the 2009 flooding. 1 part. 3.7” h; 319 gm

Red Eye Copperhead

There is nothing more unsettling then stepping on or near a copperhead or cottonmouth snake. As a warning to the young, this horizontal figure could also startle the unawares. Copperhead, along Cottonmouths or “Water Moccasins” are notoriously aggressive and are often well-hidden from the weary traveler. Though the copperhead snake is venomous and its bite very painful, its bite is generally not deadly. The copperhead snake was originally named for the copper like coloration on the dorsal side of its head. The copperhead snake is chestnut colored and has bands that are either dark or brown. The size of an adult copperhead is 20 to 40 inches and young copperhead snakes can be recognized by the yellowish or greenish tip on their tails, and they are more grayish than adults. The red jasper “eye” recovered nearby fits perfectly in the snakes head eye socket and the eye has been worked by the ancient artisan. there is no eye on the other side. The tail seems to be missing too and it may have been 2 or 3 pieces. Note head fits tongue-in-groove fashion with an “S” form to the first body stone. The second body stone has multiple arcs to position the viper in various sinister poses. The original Archaic Halloween prankster prop. Jasper eye was painstakingly worked by ancient artist. Head and body composed of drab-tan jasper. 5 parts. 15.0″ L; 1057 gm

Man-in-Snake w Yoni

The third stone of the snake is the “head” of the man inside. The snake’s stones fit together tongue-in-groove fashion forming this S-shape figurine and the tail is pointed up like some snakes do. The yoni stone was found with the snake stones posing a deep philosophical question. Did the clan believe in rebirth as some esoteric religions of the world do today? All “snake” stones are caramel jasper highlighted with black in-the-stone carbon facial features on the “man”. Found with the blush jasper yoni, 7 parts; horizontal orientation. 7.5”L; 229 gm

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