This entry adds more information to the December 3, 2006 initial posting on The Bayer Stone Head.
The Bayer Stone Head’s owner, David Chisholm (a military security consultant) shares the following and forwards the photograph of the bottom of the head:
The color is brown paint. William Bayer’s uncle painted it brown. The best estimate to its color is the base. The eyes, William’s uncle cracked a marble and glued the halves in for eyes; they fell out some years ago. I surmised that it is glue residue in the sockets. I had the thought of removing it and started to scratch it out and then had second thoughts so I stopped.
Click image above for a larger view of the bottom of the Bayer Stone Head.
I asked about the possibility of it being placed on display close to his home, so others could observe/examine it. The reply:
I would love to get it on display somewhere. Even if it says modern fake on the display. It does need restoration done by a professional before it gets displayed, i.e. remove the paint and glue residue.
I have the same apprehensions that others do about the head. [As to experts] being able to study it and look at it close up, its worth the expense of travel on my dime to go further.
Ancient Tsimishian carved mask from British Columbia.
Click image for full size version
The Bayer Stone Head, discovered in 1932, in New Paltz, New York; presently located in northern Virginia.
Update: On Sunday, December 3, 2006, Coast to Coast has decided to post the images you saw here yesterday.