Wisconson Winged Bannerstone
Arts of the Americas
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.
In the woodlands regions of North America, stone and quartzes were materials used extensively for ritual and utilitarian items. A bannerstone likely had a practical function as a counterweight on an atlatl, a long wooden shaft with a hooked end that was used to add power to a hunter’s arm when throwing a spear. The bannerstone’s wings may have provided balance. Bannerstones are often found far from stone sources, indicating they were part of a large trade network.
Spotted porphy stone
Late Archaic Period
A. Augustus Healy Fund
Bannerstone resembling a bow tie with a slight irregularity in the overall shape. There is a round, drilled hole through the core; with a concave area at each side of the core. The drill openings at top and bottom are not entirely symmetrical with each other. In the hole itself there are flattened drill markings. The outer edges are flattened with the outer edges of the wings tapering abruptly.
Wisconson Winged Bannerstone, 4000-2000 B.C.E. Spotted porphy stone, 4 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. (11.1 x 14.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 77.30.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.77.30.1.jpg)
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