- Museum number
Banner-stone made of stone (slate).
- Curator's comments
- From acquisition "banner-stone".
From acquisition "In" From acquisition "Clark County" From acquisition "Clarksville".
See Christy Correspondence:
Letter A E Douglass, New York/C H Read, 24 Nov 1887 and 'Invoice of Objects, worked in Stone & Shell by American Indians ... sent, in Exchange ... Selected from the Private Collection of A E Douglass Esq. in the Museum of Natural History, New York.
Douglass writes 'The "Ceremonial Axes" popularly known as "Banner Stones" are also breat ornaments. The second one has also the name of "butterfly stone", from its peculiar shape, and is frequently found of this shape, though from its delicacy is very rarely found perfect. My article on "A find of Ceremonial Weapons in a Florida Mound", which I left with you will give you figures of the most beautiful objects of this sort which have ever been found, and the peculiarity of a ridge flattened on one side and rounded on the other, are regarded by Dr. Chas Rau as [later?] their use as an ornament for the chest. I have in my Cabinet about 170 of these objects, unfinished and finished, and of every variety of pattern but unfortunatly many of them, for the reasons mentioned, are imperfect.'
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1887C2.3679 (old CDMS no.)