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Title: Mystery Stone

Object Name: Carving

Object ID: 1927.010

Date: 1872

Description: "MYSTERY STONE". Egg-shaped stone with a hole drilled from the pointed top to the rounded bottom. It is larger at the bottom. It has a smooth surface with carvings; a face in an oval on one side, a teepee on another, an ear of corn and various symbols. There is a geometric decoration around the drilled holes. Stored with cotton batting in tin can with removable cover.

Material: Stone

Dimensions: H-3.8 Dia-2.65 inches Weight-19.2 oz

Provenance: The stone was unearthed in 1872 by workmen digging post holes in Meredith, NH. The men were working for Seneca A. Ladd (1819-1892) of Meredith, who took possession of the stone. His daughters, Frances Ladd Coe and Virginia B. Ladd, donated the stone to the New Hampshire Historical Society in 1927.

Credit Line: Gift of Frances Ladd Coe and Virginia B. Ladd

People: Ladd, Seneca A. (1819-1892), Coe, Frances L. (1841-1930), Ladd, Virginia B. (1861-1927)

Subjects: Faces, Teepees, Corn, Eggs, Stone carving

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