One of the fun things about working full time in the relics business is the people that stop in each week with items to share. Whenever people stop in for authentication work, or to drop off consignements for auction, or just to stop by and talk rocks for a bit, they usually will bring along a couple neat artifacts to look over.
Such was the case today when Jason Hanna from Medina Ohio was in the area on his way to look at a collection that was for sale. Jason dropped in and he, Keith Ray, a local collector who works for us doing photography and digital image work and myself had a grand time at the local diner having lunch and talking relics, and looking over this neat artifact from Jason's collection.
I have always loved panel banners due to their oblong drilled hole, and Jason knew of my penchant for salvaged relics - so this was a real treat to handle. A panel banner which was uniquely salvaged in to a pendant. Based on the wear patterns in the hole that we saw under the microscope, the cord came down through the center hole, and then through the two perforated holes that were added at some later time to convert this banner into a pendant.
Why Panel Bannerstones and Geniculate Banners were drilled in this fashion remains unknown, but no doubt there was a purpose to spending the extra time to gouge out the hole into this shape.
As it typical for many slate relics that were altered from breakage, or salvaged - incised carvings were added to the relics surface - another ancient mystery. Why ancient man
would add such designs to items that were salvaged in another mystery - and another reason i love salvaged relics - lots of curious intrigue.
The fun part about history is studying the things that occured before our existence. The most fun thing about ancient history to me is that since it predates the written record, we have many thing such as oblong holes, curious salvage and strange design carvings such as are on this piece to ponder, theorize and hypothosize about - all which add to the allure of collecting ancient relics.
Thanks Jason for stopping by and sharing this very unique item - it was nice to visit and talk relics :-)