ANCIENT PETRIFIED STONE, CORAL BUFFALO EFFIGY ROCK FROM SOUTH DAKOTA BADLANDS, W For Sale
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ANCIENT PETRIFIED STONE, CORAL BUFFALO EFFIGY ROCK FROM SOUTH DAKOTA BADLANDS, W: $18,500
ANCIENT PETRIFIED CORAL STONE, GIANT BUFFALO EFFIGY ROCK collected from the South Dakota badlands near the White (Clay) River deposit. It is a one of a kind unique stone that will date back millions of years formation during one of the periods of ancient sea's that covered this area prior to the ice ages. The minor chipping that transformed this piece into the effigy shape was most likely during the ice age period from 10,000 to 15000 years before present. It is a natural petrified rock in formation and shape, petrified from an unknown ancient coral formation, was recognized by an ancient person for it's beauty and natural shape, then lightly chipped to form a hand hold, the eyes, nose and possibly one chip from the back side to reduce the thickness or reduce weight. Other wise it is in the original natural configuration. Dimensions are 5 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches by 2 inches thick. A projection on the bottom at the nose is representative of the Giant (super) Ice Age Breed Bison's long chin hair blowing in the breeze. A more natural Bison effigy stone can not be found, man made or natural. I surmise that this stone was used in primitive hunting rituals and other tribal affairs or as personal medicines. It still retains clay deposits on the surface, and was purposely never completely cleaned. As noted it is ONE OF A KIND AND NOTHING ELSE TO COMPARE IT TO TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE. I can furnish the purchaser the exact location where found, the land is private, with permission, probably under new ownership. I do not wish to answer trivial questions of value or whether some coa thinks it is fake. I am the sole owner, finder and custodian of this piece since I discovered and collected it, so a coa is senseless and unwarranted as the ancient people were the artisan and keepers until I picked it up and carried it home. A new owner has the option of papering this piece in any manner that is suitable after purchase. I would solicit opinions of the type of coral and which ancient sea period it may have been formed from. I am at the end of my collecting era and have no one to pass these on to. Please note the photo's carefully, email questions , if you are a serious buyer. Thanks for your consideration.