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"Sacred Ritual Spoon of the Jerico Bay Rock People"


2007    8" x 3" x 2"    carved/ textured cherry, 23 kt gold lf,  acrylics, cut nails    

for the Haystack Mtn. School session 7 auction  2007

collection of Tucker and Liz Garrison

Jacques Vesery    Damariscotta, Maine, USA     jvesery@mac.com

© all rights reserved Jacques Vesery 2011

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Art, Sculpture, Artifact or Legend?

These are the “ Sacred Spoons of the Pemaquid Rock People” objects of utility and ritual used by an ancient civilization that vanished thousands of years ago from what is now known as Coastal Maine. Many of these artifacts were discovered on the Pemaquid Peninsula in cranberry bogs, in mud deposits along the coast and other tidal areas. Carbon dated between 987 and 2584 BCE making some three to five thousand years old, they have been painstakingly restored as close to their original condition as possible yet still show signs of period use and patina. Natural preservation from peat in the bogs and the heavy amounts of clay in the mud deposits have protected and in most cases petrified the wood [oak, ash, honey locust or a closely related ancient species].

The Pemaquid Rock People are possible descendants of the “Red Paint People” as many of the oldest artifacts have similarities to objects found from the Red Paint Period in the Midcoast region. They too mysteriously died out, but some researchers have found evidence of a possible tsunami that may have decimated the inhabitants of the ancient Maine coastline. The earliest dated ritual objects tend to be located at slightly higher elevations rather than the current coastline due to change in sea levels of the “Late Archaic Period” that were several feet higher than in the later “Ceramic Period” or now known as the “Rock People Period”. As more information is uncovered, this new legend will continue to unfold... art, sculpture, artifact, myth... what legends are made of.

“ Sacred Spoons of the Pemaquid Rock People  2584 BCE”

2010

4.5“ x  3“ x 1“    red oak burl, gold leaf, acrylics

available through the artist

“ Sacred Spoon 144 BCE”

2010

6“ x 2“ x 1 “  ash, oxidized silver leaf, acrylics

available through the artist

“ Sacred Spoon 233 BCE”

2010

4.5“ x  2“  x   1“   honey locust, gold leaf, acrylics

collection of Olivier de Tribolet

“ Sacred Spoons of the Pemaquid Rock People  1597 BCE”

2010

4“ x  3“ x 1“    red oak burl, dyed silver leaf, acrylics

private collection

“ Sacred Spoons of the Pemaquid Rock People 124 BCE”

2010

5“ x  2.5“ x  1“    red oak burl, dyed silver leaf, acrylics

available through the artist

“ Sacred Spoons of the Pemaquid Rock People  987 BCE”

2010

3.5“ x  2“ x  1“    white oak burl, gold leaf, acrylics

available through the artist

“ Sacred Spoons of the Pemaquid Rock People  610 BCE”

2010

4.5“ x  2“ x 1“    oak, gold leaf, acrylics

available through the artist