Green Serpentine stone mortar in form of a parrot. Beautifully orchestrated in form.
Excellent craftsmanship of the Valdivia Culture 3300 B.C. - 1500 A.D. Measures 9"
in Length. Fine condition.
Similar example is exhibited at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tx., Accession
During the Late Formative period, there developed a great interest and desire for
green stones. 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.