Auction Preview: Ancient Art of the Eastern Woodlands - The Art Gerber Collection: Premier Auction at Cowan’s, Cincinnati, Jul 28 | BLOUIN ARTINFO
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Auction Preview: Ancient Art of the Eastern Woodlands - The Art Gerber Collection: Premier Auction at Cowan’s, Cincinnati, Jul 28

Hopewell Culture, Middle Woodland Period, 200 B.C. - A.D. 400. Spencer County, Indiana, lot of 19, blade length 11 in. Estimate: $50,000 - $80,000
(Courtesy: Cowan's)

What: Ancient Art of the Eastern Woodlands - The Art Gerber Collection: Premier Auction

Where: Cowan’s, 6270 Este Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45232, USA

When: Jul 28, 10 am

Top lots of the sale:

- Hopewell Culture, Middle Woodland Period, 200 B.C. - A.D. 400. Spencer County, Indiana, lot of 19, blade length 11 in. Estimate: $50,000 - $80,000

- Middle - Late Archaic, 6000-1000 B.C. Spencer County, Indiana, length 4.5 in. heavily cleaned. This bannerstone is one of the highlights of the Art Gerber collection. It was found by Floyd Stewart in 1968 while surface hunting across the river from Owensboro, Kentucky. This rare bannerstone is remarkable for its graceful form, striking bands and beautiful light colored slate. It has been very well documented in the literature. Estimate: $20,000   - $30,000

- A Translucent Quartz Tennessee Type Discoidal. Mississippian Culture, Late Prehistoric Period, A.D. 1000-1500, length 5.75 in. with restoration. Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000

- An Expanded Center Bottle Bannerstone and Associated Antler Atlatl Hook, Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C. Barrow Site, Ohio County, Kentucky lot of 2, longest 3 in. Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000

- An Expanded Center Bottle Bannerstone and Antler Atlatl Hook. Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C. Ohio County, Kentucky, lot of 2, longest 3 in. Atlatl hook was found with the accompanying Expanded Center Bottle Bannerstone. Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000

- An Expanded Center Bottle Bannerstone and Antler Atlatl Hook. Middle - Late Archaic Period, 6000-1000 B.C. Barrow Site, Ohio County, Kentucky [AG B26] DeWeese Mound, Butler County, Kentucky [AG SB411], lot of 2, longest 3 in. Atlatl hook with restoration. Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000

- A Hopewell Copper Breastplate with Preserved Fabric. Late Archaic Period, 3000-1000 B.C. Crib Mound, Spencer County, Indiana, length 9.75 in. Art Gerber found this exceptional Copper Breastplate at the Crib Mound. Attached to the breastplate are remnants of organic cord that has been preserved by copper salts. David Lutz pictured and discussed several of these rare artifacts in his authoritative book, The Archaic Bannerstone. Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

- A Frame of Shell Pendants. Archaic - Late Prehistoric Period, 8000 B.C. - A.D. 1650. Crib Mound, Spencer County, Indiana, lot of 11, longest 3.5 in. This is a fine frame of Crib Mound artifacts exhibiting the different varieties of shell pendants found there. Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

- A Cumberland Fluted Dart Point. Paleo-Indian Period, 12000-8000 B.C. Perry County, Indiana, length 3.25 in. Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

- A 3/4 Grooved Porphyry Axe. Late Archaic Period, 3000-1000 B.C. Northern Indiana, length 5.75 in. with professional restoration to one corner of the poll. This axe was definitely one of Art Gerber’s favorite artifacts. The striking porphyry material with large phenochrysts has been highly polished. It has a unique ridge running from the bit to the poll on the bottom. Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

For details, visit: https://www.cowanauctions.com/

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