on that plate

Stumbled on this vintage occult bookplate and print from the plate while at the flea market today. Would have bought it except it was out of my price range.

As per the dealer, it’s from the 1920’s and “very occult, some dark stuff.”
…sir, you have no idea who you’re talking to 😂

The longer you look at it, the more stuff starts popping out, like a magical I Spy!

If you recognize this or know where it’s from, let me know!

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The Mound Builders and the Mississippian Copper Plates,

One of the most least known subjects in American history is the life and culture of pre-Colombian civilizations. We know quite a bit about Meso-American (Aztecs, Maya) and South American civilizations, but little about North American societies. The prevailing notion among people today who aren’t well versed in history is that North America lacked complex centralized urban societies compared to those south of the border, that basically they were all all nomadic peoples or hunter/gatherers. Nothing could be farther from the truth, as societies such as the Anasazi, Pueblo, and Iroquois had very large and complex societies. One example of a lost civilization in North America forgotten to popular history were the Mound Builders, a name given to various peoples who lived in the Ohio River and Mississippi regions and flourished from around 1,000 BC to around 1400 AD.

 The Mound Builders are named after the large earthen mounds on top of which they build their administrative, religious, commercial, and military structures. The mound builders lived in large independent city states, one of the largest being Cahokia, with a population around 40,000 in the 13th century, comparable in size to medieval London.

The Mound Builder culture began to decline in the 14th century and is believed to have collapsed around 1400 AD. Theories include the use of unsustainable agriculture, pollution of waterways, climate change, and flooding. By the time the Spanish had arrived in the 16th century, at that was left of the Mound Builders were the ruins of long abandoned cities and earthen mounds.

The Mound Builders produced a number of artifacts for archaeologists to discover, including pottery, flint items, stone statues, and copper items. Native Americans generally are not known for metal working, however many Native American cultures had knowledge of copper working. In Wisconsin copper tools and weapons have been uncovered dating to 3,000-1,000 BC.

Starting in 800 AD, Mississippian cultures began to craft hundreds of ornamental copper plates. The copper itself was imported from the Great Lakes region and Appalachian Mountains. Copper nuggets were were repeatedly heated, cooled, and hammered into thin, pliable plates. Once soft enough, the plates were embossed using stone, wood, or bone tools. Many of the plates from the bear avian type images, leading archaeologists to believe that they worshiped some type of avian deity. Now of course I’m just an amateur, not an expert, but I can’t help but see a similarity between between the Mound Builders artwork and that of Meso-American civilizations. Perhaps they influenced each other? 

The Mound Builders not only made ornamental copper plates, but made a wide range of copper items such as tools, weapons, and jewelry.