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Paint Pot: Engraved, Santa Barbara Hill Cave Region, California

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Seller: saltrento (1,634) 98.2%, Location: Erie, Colorado, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 173111851088 PAINT POT: ENGRAVED, SANTA BARBARA HILL CAVE REGION, CALIFORNIA Length: 2” Width: 1 ½” Weight: 1.6 oz One of the more remarkable paint pots from the hills above Santa Barbara. This tiny, stone “cup” among several others were uncovered near a painted cave sometime around 1880-1885 according to one of the family members of the original finder. As those who frequent this site have heard before, I have listed many stone artifacts from the same collection which currently resides further south in the Santa Monica area, off San Vicente Blvd. This paint pot is unique among the listing in that the Chumash people took the time to carve some type of linear design along the sides/bottom of the artifact. One side has vertical incisions while the other side appears to have a form of cross-hatching. The interior has clear evidence of extraction marks. Dings, abrasion scars and tiny nicks are evident. Paint pots are so called because they were used to hold pigments of crushed berries/herbs/plant leaves. The small nature of the currently listed artifact suggests it was used as a facial/body paint receptacle: the idea was to dip a finger into the grease-impregnated pigment solution and then smear along the face/body with a finger. This is a RARE item due to the nature of incisions, which are clearly in some type of regular pattern. Alas, the meaning at this time has been lost to the ancient ones who lived/roamed in an area of almost perpetually good weather. Condition: Extraction marks, dings, abrasion scars and tiny nicks, Color: Tan/Brown, Maker: Prehistoric indigenous people of S. California, Material: Stone, Original/Reproduction: Original

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