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ANT 1. Excavated Viking Warrior’s Battle Sword, Ca. 850-950 AD.

Verbal provenance of Northern Germany (possibly near the Viking Trade Center of Haithabu) and from a London UK private sword collection. Condition is superb for being excavated which points to it being found long ago in a pagan cremation grave or barrow. Textbook example of a Petersen Type V Viking Sword. Note gold wire inlay in cross guard. Pommel most likely had the same design but it has been obscured through ground action. Viking swords in any condition are extremely rare. Blade retains it’s temper and sharp edge. When you handle this sword the first thing that surprises you is how light and balanced it is. A true killing machine in the hands of a skilled warrior. Viking Swords were given names such as “Snake of the Byrnie”, “Leg Biter”, Leech of Wounds”, “Flame of Battle and “Hole Maker”. These swords were well made with most of their blades being imported from the Frankish Rhineland. The Vikings became prolific traders of these fine swords along with their slaves, amber and furs. There is a wide variety of intricately crafted hilts influenced by Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon, Irish and Eastern European designs. One can only imagine the scenes of carnage and chaos that were witnessed by this amazing Viking Weapon.



ANT 2. Dug Viking “Ringerike” Dragon Mount. 10th Century AD.

Fantastic piece cast in bronze and a great example of the Scandinavian “Ringerike” art style. Note the three snarling dragon heads. Most likely used to decorate a Warrior’s Horse Harness or Sword Belt. From an English private collection.



ANT 3. Gilt Bronze Viking Drum Brooch ca. 9th-10th Cent. AD.

An exceedingly rare Viking treasure made of gilt bronze and decorated in the Scandinavian Borre Art Style. Most often associated with the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. This hollow cast drum shaped brooch has a central disc, the outer sidewall and panels have regularly spaced knot work. Four rectangular dividing panels also display knotwork. The upper face has cruciform bands, each with a knotted serpent motif, the quadrants filled with a knot and a facing male mask to each angle. Separate base plate has basketwork design with intact hinge pin and catch plate. These were status symbols for wealthy women and were used to pin a “Hangerok” Dress or shawl at the shoulders, possibly worn in pairs like the “Turtle” Brooches. Provenance of a long time British collection, previous to that, it was purchased on the German art market. For reference see “Viking Art” by James Graham Campbell, page 31, fig. 23 for a similar example that was found at Valla, Gotland (Sweden).



ANT 4. Dug Viking Sword Chape or Scabbard Tip.

Textbook example. Made of iron and in remarkable condition due to being found in a cremation burial site. Note design of vertical lines. Excavated in Western Ukraine. 8th to 9th Cent. AD.



 ANT 5. Rare Excavated Danish Battle Axe ca. 1000-1100 AD.

Remarkable condition with a reinforced cutting edge. This type of two handed axe was popular with the Vikings and the Anglo Saxons and it’s use is shown on the famous Bayeux Tapestry depicting the battle of Hastings in 1066. Custom made wooden display stand with brass engraved plaque is included. Found many years ago in Ukraine.



ANT 6. Excavated Viking Child’s Sword Pommel and Cross Guard.

Small sized swords made for boys and the ways of the war band were instilled early on. Life was short and times were beyond brutal. Every boy desired to become a great warrior. This sword is classified as a Petersen Type K, which has a seven lobed pommel. Note pagan solar symbols. The iron blade has deteriorated except for a small trace in the cross guard. Cast in bronze. Extremely rare. Dug on the Baltic coast of Estonia. 9th-10th Century AD.



ANT 8. Excavated “Francisca” Battle Axe ca. 500 AD. 

Rarely seen offered for sale. A very popular weapon of the Franks, a Germanic Tribe that eventually established a long lasting kingdom in what was Roman Gaul (France). This example is in superb condition. Verbal provenance of France or Germany. Marble display stand is included.

$1650.00 HOLD D.C.


ANT 9. Viking Pendant made from an Abbasid Caliphate Gold Dinar ca. late 9th Cent. AD.

In the East, the Vikings exchanged furs, slaves, Baltic Amber and weapons to the Arabs in exchange for gold and silver coins. The silver coins or “Dirhems” have been found in hoards as far West as Iceland. The much rarer gold Dinars were used exclusively for jewelry and adornment. This one is in great condition and was carefully crafted into a pendant by the Vikings. This piece surfaced at London auction house but exact provenance is uncertain. For reference see “Viking Art” by James Graham Campbell, page 61 for a photo of the Hoen Hoard found in Norway which contained twenty of these Dinars, all fashioned into pendants identical to this one.



ANT 9. Excavated “Danish” Battle Axe ca. 10th-11th Cent. AD.

This is a massive and rare “Danish” Battle Axe. These were wielded with two hands and originally mounted on a long wooden shaft. An iconic weapon of the late Viking and early Medieval Period and a favorite of the Saxons and Varangian Guard. Note applied cutting edge which is made of a hardened steel. Condition is superb with only minor pitting. Provenance of Kiev Oblast, Ukraine.



ANT 10. Massive Viking Warrior’s Battle Spear.

When this spear came out of the ground, I had to compete with several collectors to get it. Quite remarkable not only for it’s huge size (22″) but also for it’s spectacular condition. Classic Scandinavian Pattern. Socket has fluted decoration. Spears this size are very rare. 8th-10th Cent. AD. See Holger Arman’s, “Die Graber Birka I” for reference. Dug near Kiev, Ukraine.



ANT 11. Viking “Lunula” Amulet. Silver Filigree. 10th Cent. AD.

A beautiful work of art and a large piece, about 2″ in length. Solid silver. Flawless condition with all filigree beads intact and of various sizes. The Lunula is an ancient and powerful symbol, thought by Slav and Scandinavian Women to ward off the “Evil Eye” and to protect them from sickness. Fertility was a main attribute of the Lunula as well as strengthening of marriage ties and abundance of crops. This ostentatious piece is unusual in its size and decoration and was worn as a status symbol by the wife of a great and successful warrior. Found at the site of a Viking trade settlement along the Dneiper River, Ukraine. For reference, see “Vikings Life And Legend” by Gareth Williams page 21 for a similar example excavated in Runesberga Gardslosa, Oland Sweden.



ANT 12. Gilt Silver Frankish Bow Fibula with Beast Head ca. 6th-7th Cent. AD.

Finely wrought by a Germanic Silver Smith for a wealthy woman. These were worn in pairs to pin a cloak or gown at the shoulders. The Franks were a fierce tribe and were early champions of Catholic Christianity while their barbarian cousins were steadfast Arian Christians. This was due to their great King Clovis’ conversion at Rheims in 496. The Frankish Empire at one time encompassed most of Western Europe. Provenance of France or Germany.



ANT 13. Solid Silver Viking Neck Ring or “Torq” 10th-11th Cent. AD.

An impressive and amazing piece of Viking artwork. The Scandinavians were master metalworkers and the finely interwoven strands on this rare neck ring are a stellar example. Note the “circle and dot” decoration at the terminals. This collar or “Torq” is heavy and weighs oz. and measures in diameter. Condition is superb, just as it was found. The account of Ibn Fadlan (a Muslim emissary to the King of the Bulgars) HERE. describes for us in detail the use of these neck rings “The women wear neck rings of gold and silver, one for each 10,000 dirhems which her husband is worth; some women have many”. Silver rings and bracelets of this type are known to be found in Viking treasure hoards in Iceland and as far east as Russia. This one was recently found in a Viking settlement and detailed information including a photo of it coming out of the ground will go to the buyer. For reference, see “Vikings Life And Legend” by Gareth Williams page 126, fig. 3 for an identical example excavated in Troms, Norway.



ANT 14. Canaanite Bronze Age Battle Axe. Ca. 1900 BC.

Truly ancient. This is a weapon that Abraham and the early Israelites would have been familiar with. Known in archaeological texts as a “Duck Bill” Battle Axe. Remarkable condition with a beautiful green patina. These axes are depicted in detail on Egyptian reliefs of the period. Provenance of Israel near the Mediterranean Coast. Accompanied by a black display stand.



ANT 15. Viking Sword Scabbard Chape. 9th-10th Cent. AD.

Classic Viking bronze scabbard tip profusely decorated in the Scandinavian “Borre” art style with intertwined “gripping beasts” patterns with raven head terminals. This is a large tip for a large Sword. Perfect condition with a deep green patina. Provenance of London antiquities market and prior to that, an English private collection. 



ANT 16. Excavated Silver Gilt Viking Amulet depicting Fenrir the Giant Wolf in the Norse Ringerike style. 

Found by a metal detectorist at the site of a Viking trading post along the Dneiper River in Ukraine. Fantastic condition with no repairs or issues. This is a really rare amulet. Fenrir figures prominently in Norse Mythology as a monstrous wolf that eventually kills Odin in the apocalypse of Ragnarok and bites off the hand of the Norse God Tyr. Click on this link to learn more: . The pendant is about 1.25″ in diameter with an intact attachment loop. A good bit of gold plating still remains. This is a textbook piece of Viking Jewelry. 10th Century AD.



ANT 17. Dug Viking Chieftain’s Stirrups and Bit.

This wrought iron set was very likely found long ago in the pagan cremation grave of a great chieftain. Only very high status warriors or Jarls rode on horseback. The deceased Jarl’s horse was slain and cremated as well as favored slaves and other animals. All to join him in the paradise of Valhalla. The iron is transformed or annealed during the burning process and resists oxidation. This explains the remarkable preservation in many cases of pagan age iron objects and weapons. With the spread of Christianity, burials became inhumations and grave goods were no longer necessary for the afterlife. Baltic Coast, Poland. 8th-11th Cent. AD.



ANT 18. Dug Medieval Two Handed Broadsword ca. 1250-1350 AD.

Dug recently in Eastern Europe, a very impressive relic of medieval warfare. Most likely broken in battle. Note heavy wheel type pommel. In the days of this sword, war was a very personal and up close affair and only a landed knight would have carried a weapon like this. 



ANT 19. Dug Battle Axe Amulet.

Cast in bronze, these amulets are found in several forms and are thought to possess magical and protective properties. Scholars associate them with the Cult of Perun and the Cult of St. Olaf. This example is in very good condition with an untouched patina and was found by a detectorist on the Baltic Coast of Estonia. 10th-11th Century AD. See this article for more information on these prized artifacts.



ANT 20. Excavated Viking Woman’s “Turtle” Brooch.

These were worn in pairs at the shoulders. A small chain was suspended in between that had various amulets and decorative pendants hanging from it. Cast bronze. Ibn Fadlan describes the women wearing these in his Risala or description of his travels among the Kievan Rus. Dug near Tallin, Estonia (Baltic States). 



ANT 21. Silver Viking Valkyrie or Skjaldmaer (Shield Maiden) Amulet.

Extremely rare and in fantastic condition. A similar one has been found in Wickham England and there is a near identical example in the National Museum in Denmark. Several examples of these female amulets have been found by detectorists in all parts of the former Viking world. Solid silver construction with pierced attachment lug on reverse. In Norse mythology, a valkyrie (/vælˈkɪəriˈkrivɑːl-, ˈvælkəri/;[1] from Old Norse valkyrja “chooser of the slain”) is one of a host of female figures who choose those who may die in battle and those who may live. Selecting among half of those who die in battle (the other half go to the goddess Freyja‘s afterlife field Fólkvangr), the valkyries take their chosen to the afterlife hall of the slain, Valhalla, ruled over by the god Odin. There, the deceased warriors become einherjar (Old Norse “single (or once) fighters”[2]). When the einherjar are not preparing for the events of Ragnarök, the valkyries bear them mead. For reference, see “Vikings Life And Legend” by Gareth Williams page 79 for several examples. Provenance: London antiquities art market, Ex. German private collection acquired before 1990. 



ANT 22. Rare excavated pair of Silver Visigothic Bow Fibulae from Spain.

This large (6.25″) matching pair are dated to the end of the 5th Century AD. and were most likely found long ago in a Visigothic Row Grave Cemetery on the Central Meseta. Constructed of solid sheet silver with gilt brass palmettes at the junctures. Iron pins on back rusted away. Two of the arrow shaped terminals on one of the fibulae are restorations. These were worn to close a woman’s cloak at the shoulders and were worn in conjunction with rectangular cloisonne’ Belt Buckle Plates with oval loops. Only women of very high status could afford this ornamentation. Ref. “Art of Medieval Spain”Metropolitan Museum of Art page 59 fig. 14.”The Visigoths, an Ethnographic Perspective” by Peter Heather page 413, fig. 11-1.



ANT 23. Early Anglo Saxon Bow Brooch.

This small bronze brooch is an early type dating to the late 5th, early 6th Century AD. Note beast head finial. County Kent, England.



ANT 24. Visigothic Belt Buckle Plaque ca. 7th Cent. AD.

Classic mid 7th Century style featuring stylized griffin design. Deep green patina. This buckle is a reflection of the Byzantine influence on art of the later Visigothic Kingdom. Connecting pin is a modern replacement. Provenance of Merida, Spain. Ref. “The Visigoths, an Ethnographic Perspective” by Peter Heather page 418, fig. 11-5.



ANT 25. Ostrogothic Bow Fibula. 5th to 6th Cent. AD.

Nice example made of cast bronze. Radiate head type. Spring pin intact. Used to pin a woman’s cloak at the shoulders. Provenance of the Danube River Valley.



ANT 13. Viking “Bearded” Battle Axe ca. 9th-11th Cent. AD.

Heavy two handed type in great excavated condition. Used for shattering shields and skulls. Comes with custom display stand. Western Ukraine. For reference see Holger Arbman’s “Die Graber, Birka I” for an identical example dug in the Swedish settlement and trading post at Birka.



 ANT 27. Dug “Lunula” Amulet.

Great condition and cast in bronze. These amulets were worn by Nordic and Slavic Women and are of very ancient origin. To start researching the protective power of this ancient jewelry, it is necessary to provide a proper definition. Lunula means a small moon. It is a female symbol dating back to the end of the Bronze Age. Women commonly wore the Lunula necklace and used the Lunula elements in various ornaments presenting their devotion to the moon which was a symbol of female fertility. This type of jewelry was of great popularity among Slavic and Viking women. People wearing this symbol hoped to attract luck, happiness and to protect themselves from evil forces, like the Evil Eye and demonic creatures. This example has a nice green patina and was dug in Estonia. 



 ANT 28. Viking Decorated Bronze Bracelet ca. 9-10th Cent. AD.

Great example in very good condition. Note profuse and typical Viking “wolf tooth” patterns with dots. Verbal provenance of Tallin, Estonia. For reference see Holger Arman’s “Die Graber” Birka I. This photographic volume references the archaeological finds made in the huge trading settlement of Birka, Sweden and can be found online.



ANT 29. Superb Viking Sword Scabbard Tip with Norse “Borre” decoration. 9th-10th Cent. AD.

Cast in bronze and in perfect condition. The face on both sides is worn but is thought to depict the Norse God Odin. Fantastic “gripping beast” Borre Style motifs with Pagan Solar Symbols along the edges. Deep emerald green patina. Dug near Zhitomir, Ukraine.



ANT 30. Viking Shield Boss or “Umbo”. 9th-11th Cent. AD.

This type is the most commonly documented style for the Viking period. Superb condition with no restoration. These were attached to the center of round wooden shields and offered protection to the hand. These shields were sometimes rimmed with iron and brightly painted. Provenance of a central Ukraine Viking settlement.



ANT 31. Dug Viking “Bearded” Battle Axe. 9th to 11th Century AD.

All business and designed for chopping down enemies, not trees. This fantastic example comes from a long time and discriminating Ukrainian collection. These axes are just plain wicked looking. Very minor pitting to the iron and thoroughly cleaned and treated for preservation. Dug near the Capital of the Kievan Rus, Kiev Ukraine.



ANT 32. Massive Viking Battle Spear. Ca. 9th-11th Cent. AD.

A thousand years old and over 16″ long. Classic Scandinavian Pattern with wide angular blade. Textbook example. Moderate ground action. Dug near Kiev and from a long time Ukrainian Collection. Very rare to find this large and in this condition. Professionally preserved.



ANT 33. Dug Anglo Saxon “Horse Head” Brooch. 5th-6th Cent. AD.

A relic from the very first days when Saxons, Angles and Jutish Pirates overran the undefended Roman Province of Britannia. They drove the Romano Britons into a corner of the island that became Wales. This invasion came in waves and was accompanied with great slaughter and plundering. The Pagan Germanic tribes settled across the island and under the Christianizing influence of the Catholic Church developed a peace loving society with high levels of art and learning. In the year 786, there is an entry in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle that mentions three Longships coming ashore;  

“Here Beorhtric [AD 786-802] took King Offa’s daughter Eadburh. And in his days there came for the first time 3 ships; and then the King’s Reeve (Sheriff) rode there and wanted to compel them to go to the king’s town, because he did not know what they were; and they slew him. Those were the first ships of the Danish men which sought out the land of the English race.” Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (Winchester MS).

Here is the first contact of what would become two and a half centuries of savage Viking attacks and settlement ravaging the whole island. It seems that the blood shed in the Anglo Saxon Conquest came to fall upon their heads when they least expected it and in greater measure. This Pagan Anglo-Saxon Bronze Brooch is remarkable for it’s size, 5.5″ as well as the fantastic green patina and decoration. They were worn in pairs by women and pinned their cloaks at the shoulders. Found by a detectorist in Kent. No repairs or alterations.



ANT 34. Scandinavian Raven Shield or Purse Mount. 

Dug in England and possibly Anglo Saxon. Measures about 2″ and made of cast bronze. Note similarity in form to the exquisite Viking Raven Mount that was dug in Norway. 9th to 10th Cent. AD.



ANT 35. “Vikings” Reference Book by Tai Larsen.

This great book has been sold out by Amazon and is very hard to get. I have twenty copies that I got directly from the author who has hand signed them all. This book has great pictures of dug Swords, Axes, Amulets, Spears, Arrow Points, Horse Trappings, Belts and much more. Tai composed his own Scandinavian Saga influenced poetry to accompany the pictures. Paperback format and 104 richly illustrated pages. Great stuff and perfect for an introduction to these relics unlike the overwhelmingly exhaustive and academic works by Holger Arbman which cover the excavations at Birka in Sweden. I highly recommend his works if you can find them and want to take your interest further. Two other great introductory volumes I will recommend are “The Viking World” and “Viking Art” both by James Duncan Campbell.

$55.00 ea. 


ANT 36. Excavated Viking “Omega” or “Penannular” Brooch.

Made of  bronze and featuring a poppy design. Great patina and no ground action. Pin intact. Used to fasten a Viking Warrior’s Cloak at the shoulder freeing up his sword hand. These are mentioned by Ibn Fadlan in his 10th Century description of the Kievan Rus. Read this amazing account HERE. Dug in Estonia on the Baltic. 8th to 11th Century AD.



ANT 37. Excavated set of Viking Slave Shackles ca. 9th-11th Cent. AD.

Don’t ever think for a moment that Africans (called “Blue Men” by the Vikings) were the only slaves. The Vikings were prolific slave traders and the muslims had an insatiable appetite for fair blonde women and boys. The Vikings didn’t trade their own women but captured their prey in raids from Ireland to Russia. The Slavic Tribes were their main source of slaves and some scholars say that is where the word “Slave” originates. This set of shackles is in good condition and still retains it’s primitive lock. Found in a Viking Settlement near Kiev, Ukraine.



ANT 38. Excavated Silver Viking Axe Amulet.

Well documented in Viking hoards, burials and trade settlements. This type was worn around the neck attached to a larger silver neck ring or bracelet, often in conjunction with Thor Hammers, Christian Crosses and snake amulets. The Axe Amulet is found in several forms and thought to possess magical and protective properties. Scholars associate them with the Slavic Cult of Perun and the Scandinavian Cult of St. Olaf. This example is in very good condition and was found in Ukraine. 10th-11th Century AD. See this article for more information on these prized artifacts.



ANT 39. Excavated Viking Age Cross Amulet.

Early bronze type with traces of yellow or cream colored enamel in recesses. Superb condition. Excavated at a Viking trade settlement in central Ukraine. 10th-11th Cent. AD. Christianity quickly took hold among the Swedes trading and raiding in the east due to the influence of Byzantine missionaries. The cross of Christ became the most powerful amulet with the greatest protective powers eclipsing the Hammer of Thor, the Axe of Perun and the Lunula of the Moon Goddess. 



ANT 40. Silver Viking Finger Ring. 10th Cent. AD.

Nicely wrought with punch dot decoration and twisted terminals typical of Viking silver work. Flawless condition. Provenance of Estonia near the Baltic Sea. For reference, see “Vikings Life And Legend” by Gareth Williams page 68, fig. 62 for an identical example found in a Viking treasure hoard near Lyuboyezha, Russia.



ANT 41. Excavated “Barbed” Arrow Tip ca. 500-1000 AD.

This type of iron point was used by Germanic Tribes during the great European Migrations and into the Viking era. Condition is remarkable. Note socketed shaft. It would be quite unfortunate to be a victim of this cruel missile. 2 3/8″ in length. Provenance; Central Europe.



ANT 42. Rare European Bronze Age Dagger or Short Sword ca. 2600-1200 BC.

This is an amazing ancient weapon. Note beautiful slick emerald green patina. Aesthetically impressive in it’s design and maintains a very sharp edge. Plowed up recently in an Eastern European farm field.



ANT 43. Dug Medieval Crossbow Bolt ca. 1350-1450.

These cruel missiles were effective for penetrating chain mail and some plate armor. This example was dug in Southern Germany. Slightly over 3″ in length. 

$55.00 HOLD L.C.






ANT 44. Rare Terra Cotta Roman Oil Lamp depicting a Gladiator.

This lamp is in flawless condition and features a detailed Roman Gladiator (a Secutor) in relief with a shield and raised Gladius. Acquired from a London antiquities auction and most likely found in England as well. 1st-2nd Cent. AD. Anything depicting a Gladiator is very scarce and desirable. 



 ANT 45. Roman Bone Dice. 1st-4th Cent. AD.

Strikingly modern in appearance and function. These are found all over the Roman World and the Romans were great lovers of gambling. This die is in excellent condition. Time to “Roll the bones”.



ANT 46. Excavated Roman Silver Ring with the Goddess Minerva  Intaglio. 2nd Century AD.

This is a massive man’s finger ring. Crafted from solid silver. The intaglio is either made of red glass or carnelian and features Minerva on a throne holding a spear or staff and a sheath of wheat or grain. Condition is superb and untouched. Provenance uncertain but from a very old English collection.





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Native American Antiquities

All artifacts on this page were found on private property with land owner’s permission prior to 1979.


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NA 1. Dug Anasazi “Dog Head” Effigy Water Pot.

Rare and perfectly intact with only minor rim chipping. No repairs or restoration whatsoever. Measures approx. 6.5″ in diameter by 6.25″ tall. Note dog or fox head effigy and tight geometric patterns. I believe this type dates ca. 800 to 1200 AD. Found long before 1979 on private property in Catron County New Mexico by the late Dr. Rick Kalister.




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NA 2. Excavated Anasazi Effigy Vessel ca. 800-1200 AD.

This weird looking vessel is shaped like a football and has a spout on top with a dog head effigy projecting from it. Nice black geometric patterns painted all over it. Spout has pressure cracks but no material loss or restoration whatsoever. Measures Approx. 5.75″ across at widest point and 4.75″ tall. This is an extraordinary Native American artifact. Dug long ago by Dr. Rick Kalister on private property. Catron County New Mexico.



NA 3. Caddo Jar.

Flawless condition. No repairs or restoration whatsoever. Lightly decorated with incising. Ex. Hiwassee College Collection.



NA 4. Large Native American “Discoidal” or Game Stone. Ca. 800-1500 AD.

An amazing and quite massive example. Deeply hollowed out on both sides. Extremely well made and highly polished. The stone is very hard and granite like. These discs were made to play a series of games. One documented game was called “Chunky” where players would roll the stone and then cast spears at it once it rested. The closest spear was the winner. Discoidals this large and well fabricated are very rare. It measures 4″ in diameter and 2 5/8″ thick. Verbal provenance of Tennessee. Ex. Tom Davis, Ex. Dan White Collection. Comes with a Tom Davis Certification.



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NA 5. Dug Anasazi Effigy Water Pot.

Nearly flawless example with only a extremely minor rim chips and no restoration or repair whatsoever. Dog head effigy projects from side of rim. Interesting geometric patterns with crosses and lines. Found in 1970 by Dr. Rick Kalister in Catron County, New Mexico. Measures 5.5″ in diameter and 5″ in height. Ex. Dr. Kalister Collection.