MMA 1979.206.1129

Bannerstone view 1979.206.1129
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Bannerstone view 1979.206.1129b
Bannerstone view 1979.206.1129d
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About this Bannerstone

BA#

118

Catalog or Accession #

1979.206.1129

Date Studied

7/26/2023

Bannerstone Type

Material

Perforation

Condition

Provenance/Provenience

Tiffin, Seneca County, Ohio. Acquired by Nelson A. Rockefeller in 1964 from George Terasaki, New York. On loan to the Museum of Primitive Art, New York from 1964-1978. Since 1979 in The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Bequest of Nelson A. Rockefeller.

Location

Color

Greenish black, with off-white inclusions

Width (cm)

15.2

Height (cm)

7

Diameter of Perforation (cm)

1.1

Depth at Perforation/or Widest Point (cm)

1.6

Depth at Edge (cm)

0.2

Weight (g)

121.59

Notes

The matte greenish black phyllite stone of this Single-Notched Butterfly bannerstone has fine, barely perceptible dark banding and cloudy off-white inclusions that would have drawn the attention of an Archaic sculpture who carved the symmetrical flanges into thin wings that are slightly bowed. The sculptor accentuated the center with a pointed ridge parallel to where they drilled a hole for hafting onto a shaft. The flanges of this bannerstone are exceedingly thin and difficult to achieve, testament to the experience and aesthetic sensibility of the sculptor. There are chips along the edges and perforation, signs of use in the Archaic period. On the inner side of the notch 1979.206.1129 is written in red. On one side of the stone Tiffin, Ohio is written in white, referring to a city in Seneca County where this bannerstone was presumably found and first collected in the 19th or early 20th Century.

Date

6000-1000 BCE

Rights

These images may be downloaded and used freely for teaching and personal use. Include the credit line "© Anna Blume, 2021, Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art" along with the object's Catalog Number. Publishing of images is permitted with additional permission from the MMA. For additional publishing questions, contact [email protected].

Citation

“MMA 1979.206.1129,” FIT Archaic Bannerstone Project, accessed April 20, 2024, https://bannerstone.fitnyc.edu/items/show/275.

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