Spiro, Le Flore County, Oklahoma, United States, North America
30 Dec 1966
Style: Craig C Raw Material 2: Busycon sinistrum Element: Complete apex and body - distal missing. Alteration: Weathered Manufacturing Notes: Bold deep incising - similar artistry to A448794. Design: Two men - busk - large motif. Surface Modification: Incised Symbols: Forked pole, speech scrolls, beaded forelock, projection from back of head, sash, lines at knees, ankles, wrists, split semicircle neck ornament, typical facial tattoo. Perforated pulley earspool. Residue: Area of decayed organic matter (Joan Gardner, conservator, wonders brown burial accretion?) or altered surface outside on right. Use Trace: Inside not scoured, no striae. Comments: Little detail ( as per Craig C) Bird heads on belts are pointed downward and have no detail. 3 banns of || lines on staff. Trifurcate speech scrolls. On this and prev. cat # the man on the right has a long jaw line, the one on the left a short one. See Phillips and Brown, Pre-Columbian Shell Engravings from Craig Mound at Spiro, Oklahoma,1983, PL 317 for discussion of meaning.