We specialize in picking artifacts from the finest private collections from around the globe. Our mandate is to keep history alive by ensuring these precious items get passed along to a new generation of collectors. Mississippian 1050 – 650 B. Provenance: Old private British Collection. This was a well curated very old collection and many pieces are labeled with early tags from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. These pieces have not been seen for a very long time, and now they are being brought to light. We will be listing many arrowheads and other very rare artifacts from this collection. This may be the holy grail of sorts for collectors. This piece is the rarest of the rare and may in fact be the only one known to exist. This is a falcon effigy knapped mace head. This weapon would inflict serious damage to any opponent in Warfare or one one combat. The claw or beak portion would inflict a mortal slash wound to the throats of the slain. The piece looks like it could have been used as a weapon but also may have been used special ceremonial or dances. I have only read of descriptions of these claw weapons and have yet to find any photos. The closet I found was a carved shell gorget featuring two warriors with what looks like this weapon at each others throats. It has an late 1800’s cotton tag inscribed with “Mississippi Culture” and. Has a wonderful patina with obvious signs of age and no modern tooling. In fact, you can see in the photos plenty of evidence that this was buried for a log time due to the various mineral deposits and iron oxidation. This piece is from the mysterious and. Culture who where one of the Mound Builder tribes. The Mississippian culture was a mound-building Native American civilization that flourished in what is now the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States from approximately 800 to 1600, varying regionally. It was composed of a series of urban settlements and satellite villages (suburbs) linked together by loose trading networks. The largest city was Cahokia, believed to be a major religious center. The most ancient Native American Indian symbols, like the Falcon symbol, came from the Mississippian culture which was established in 1000AD and continued to 1550AD onward. The Mississippian Native Americans were the last of the mound-building cultures of North America in the Midwestern, Eastern, and Southeastern United States. The Mississippian culture was based on warfare, which was represented by an array of emblems, motifs and symbols. The Mississippian culture warrior icons like the Falcon symbol provides interesting history and ideas for tattoos that include cosmic imagery depicting animals, humans and mythical beasts. The Mississippian Native Americans practiced body painting, tattooing and piercing. Native American Indians of the Mississippian culture were sun worshipers and had a highly complex warfare culture. Their symbols, such as the Falcon symbol, reflect the warfare culture and the religious beliefs and cosmologies of the different historic tribes who existed at the time of the first European contact. The Mississippians believed that the universe consisted of three parts with good and bad spiritual forces. These three worlds were linked together and their connection was usually portrayed as a cedar tree or a striped pole. The Underworld was inhabited by spirit snakes, the Upper world was inhabited by spirit birds and the people of the earth who were ruled by these powerful spirits like the Falcon. Items displaying symbols, like the Falcon symbol, from the Mississippian culture have been found in burial sites that contained war axes, knives and other weapons. This type of symbol was embossed in valuable materials such as rare shells, copper and lead and depicted on pottery and stone tools and weapons. Always open to offers! Ancient Origins Boutique stands by all of our picks and always try and provide the best information possible, based on the information we are provided with from the original collector. We guarantee the authenticity of each piece for life. Questions are always welcome and if your looking for more items similar to what we offer, please ask. We constantly have new pieces arriving and don’t always have time to put everything up. The item “Authentic Native American Mound Builder Falcon Effigy Claw Mace Old Collection” is in sale since Saturday, February 22, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\Pre-1600\Artifacts”. The seller is “ancientoriginsboutique” and is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Handmade: Yes
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Artisan: Native American
- Provenance: Ownership History Available
- Tribal Affiliation: Native American