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Valdivia Flat Sand Stone Effigy
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A symmetric Valdivian flat green sand stone plaque with nicely rounded edges. Bas-relief with deeply excised carvings. Good age deposits throughout in microscopic crevices. Chebe Region, Ecuador. Ca. 1700-1500 B.C. (Phase 7-8). Measures 7.125" in height by 3.5” wide, .5" in thickness. Condition is Choice

During the Late Formative period, there developed a great interest and desire for green stones in general. They were exotic in most areas and would have been sought in exchange over long distances as it became widespread use in domestic and mortuary contexts. The dramatic growth in popularity of green stones also occurred at about the same time in Mesoamerica.

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