Lot 330

Hopewell Tradition Porphyry Plummet 100 BCE-500CE

Estimate: $500 - $1,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
Featured in this lot is this Hopewell Tradition porphyry plummet aged from the Hopewell traditional or Middle Woodland period, about 100 BCE to 500 CE. There are four plummets in this collection. The first is the smallest showing a black, white, and brown coloration and a tubular shape with a graduated tip that ends in a groove before the head. The second is a dradle type shape with a flare to the head and a spindle base that graduates than expands toward the head. The third has a coffee brown coloration with swirls of lighter color and shows a graduated cylindrical design with an eyelet ground into the head. The last is the largest and has grey and salmon pink/ cream coloration with an expanding head, an eyelet ground into the piece, and a graduating base. Porphyry is an igneous rock that is characterized by a specific texture. Porphyritic texture is a very common texture in igneous rocks in which larger crystals are embedded in a fine grain mass. The condition of these plummets is good and well-preserved, with no obvious signs of damage. The measurements of these plummets are 3 5/8" x 7/8" to 4 3/4" x 1".