Saturday, August 18, 2012

Ancient American art

Mica Hand, Hopewell Cultural Tradition, Ross County, Ohio Mound 25 c 100BCE - 500 CE at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, Illinois 

This hand is carved from a single sheet of mica, and is almost a foot long and approximately 6 inches wide. There are two holes delicately pierced into the bottom of the hand, which indicates that this may have been worn as a necklace. Because of the fragility of this work, it is likely that it was only worn as a decorative piece for public viewing on rare occasions.

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