A California Native American steatite stone lantern of oval shape, designed to hold whale oil. Used during night ceremonies. The underside is blackened with age. Indians are believed to have occupied the California coast for 12,000 years. This piece may be several thousand years old.
Found Emerald Bay, Santa Catalina Island 1929. Ex. Hovard Collection. Ex Britt Marin, Malibu. Ex-Anthropos Fine Arts, Laguna Beach, CA.
7 1/2 in / 18 cm
2 lbs 6 oz / 1.1 kg