For comparison prices, please see the "Old World Typology and Price Guide" section of the "OVERSTREET IDENTIFICATION AND PRICE GUIDE TO INDIAN ARROWHEADS" editions 7th, 8th and 9th.
This scarce AFRICAN CAPSIAN NEOLITHIC artifact was found on an exposed northwest African Neolithic site in the Sahara Desert. It was fashioned by ancient man (Homo sapiens sapiens) between 10,000 and 4,700 years ago.
Carved and polished out of hardstone, this unbroken bar-shaped drop bead pendant is a RARE and complete piece of African Neolithic jewelry. Compared to ordinary beads in which many made up a necklace, main feature pendants like these were often worn alone and were far more scarce in numbers. This exceptionally fine example shows excellent workmanship. In ancient times, to make a carved stone pendant like this would have taken an extraordinary amount of time and skill. This pendant is complete as originally made with all the important traits of age and authenticity - intact mineral deposits deep in microscopic crevices. Beware of modern forgeries lacking these features, or later Colonial trade beads being sold as "Neolithic". Both dominate the market! Authentic Neolithic stone pendants like these are very scarce.
This is a classic artifact of African Capsian Neolithic body adornment and ornamentation. Beads and pendants were part of the main personal decoration of a Neolithic man or woman over 5000 years ago in Africa. Completely durable and safe to wear for another 5000 years! Archaeological sites of the African Neolithic yield some jewelry items and give us a glimpse of what body ornamentation and personal adornment looked like back in this period long ago. Beads, lip plugs and bracelets are sometimes found. Tools and weapons were an item of necessity but body jewelry reveals to us another side of the mind of primitive and ancient Man that the other artifacts do not give us. Perfect to display alongside similar period tools and weapons to illustrate the larger picture of life in this time!