Authentic Rare Chumash Incised Asymmetrical Spindle Charmstone. Artifact Classification: An Asymmetrical Spindle Charm Stone, from the Chumash culture in Southern California. One end displays multiple grooves comprising of incised lines, that are not joined. The material is a black polished hard stone with earthen patina. This artifact has been in private collections since the eraly 1900’s. There are incised lines on one end of the charmstone which is interpreted as symbolizing lightning. This type of charmstone was said to be a thunderbolt and was usually found at the foot of a tree that had been struck by lightning (see appraisal description photo provided). The Chumash of Southern California would also use charmstones for shamanistic purposes in ceremonial context. Valuation Guarantee Line: Southern California Chumash Culture, Classification: Incised Asymmetrical Spindle Charmstone; Date Estimate 1300 AD-1500 AD. Size: 6-1/4 inch x 1 inch (measurements taken from longest and widest part of the artifact). Archaeological Charmstone Reference: Elsasser and Rhode, 1992. Provenance: Gallery acquisition, Ex. Britten Marin Collection, California. Britten Marin was the son of John Marin (original founder of Sports Illustrated Magazine). John Marin passed away May 31, 2011. The item “Authentic Rare Chumash Incised Asymmetrical Spindle Charmstone Appraised” is in sale since Saturday, June 22, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\Pre-1600\Artifacts”. The seller is “marieleff” and is located in Georgetown, Texas. This item can be shipped to United States.
- Tribal Affiliation: Chumash