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Pre-Columbian Ritual Metate Grinding Stone Coa

CAD 1,712.57 or Best Offer 14d, CAD 330.61 Shipping, 30-Day Returns

Seller: rodrogrs (759) 100%, Location: New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122239647810 For your consideration is this ancient tripodal (three-legged) metate or grinding stone carved from a single slab of volcanic rock, the rim embellished with a closely-spaced notch design representing a stylized frieze of ritual trophy-heads. Ancient utensils of this type were used for various purposes; to grind corn and other foodstuffs into flour and also as ceremonial paraphernalia; metates often formed part of the mortuary furnishings. Numerous unused metates have been recovered from graves without their (usually) accompanying manos or grinding stones, pointing to a significance greater than just utilitarian grinding. In view of the frequency and importance of the metate as a burial artifact, it appears to have been symbolically associated with life, death and rebirth. The metate, given its ritual importance, may have also served as a throne. The elaborate rim embellishment on this metate suggests a ceremonial function; it is oval in configuration with a deeply concave surface. It measures 20" long x 13.5" wide x 7 6/8" high. It weighs a substantial 20.5 lbs. and aside from an insignificant rim repair, it is in excellent unused condition, pointing to a ceremonial function. Atlantic Watershed, Costa Rica, Pd. VI, A.D. 1000 - 1500. $100 shipping, delivery confirmation tracking service and full insurance coverage within contiguous USA. NY residents add 8.63% sales tax. Please use PayPal for immediate shipment or contact seller for alternate arrangement. Payment is expected within two days of auction's end. Overseas buyer, add $250 shipping. Customs and other importation costs, if any, are the sole responsibility of the buyer. Bidders with fewer than ten (or private) "feedback" listings must contact seller before bidding to verify ID or bid may be declined. GUARANTEE OF AUTHENTICITY The authenticity of this artifact is fully guaranteed by the seller, scholar and longtime Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers (retired), certified Pre-Columbian Art Specialist. Your figure will be carefully packed, insured and promptly shipped with a signed and registered Certificate of Authenticity that includes a description, photo, dimension, cultural provenance and chronology. If not to U.S. buyer’s satisfaction, this artwork may be returned as shipped within thirty days of purchase for a purchase price refund minus 10% re-stocking fee for return of item in original condition and shipping materials. Seller has been a conscientious collector and dedicated scholar of New World antiquities for over a half-century and has complied with UNESCO, federal/local legislation. He has never consciously acquired, traded in or sold illicitly recovered antiquities. CAVEAT EMPTOR: The prospective buyer is advised to acquire New World antiquities ONLY from reputable Pre-Columbian Art specialists and pay a legitimate “Fair Market” price for authentic antiquities with legal provenance and bona-fide guarantees of authenticity. A “Certificate of Authenticity” is only as valid as the issuer’s credentials and expertise. Unrealistically low prices for forgeries, reproductions, illegal or mis-attributed artifacts offered by uninformed or venal vendors are ultimately neither true "bargains" nor prudent investments. All rights reserved for all countries. No part of the contents of this page may be reproduced without prior written permission of the seller. Copyright © Rod Rogers, 2016. Material: Volcanic Stone

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