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So I'm attempting to verify that this bowl is authentic Pre-Columbian Narino but I have no idea how to. I thought the hard part was getting it cheap at an estate auction but it turns out this is the hard part lol

Based on the examples I see it looks authentic but I'd like to hire someone to authenticate it. Is there a good way to do this for ancient pottery? Do colleges or museums offer services for this?

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    A quick Google produces results for commercial services doing this, since you're willing to pay. Or you could try a quality auction house, who will probably have their own authenticators. – Steve Bird May 21 at 16:15
  • Hey thanks for the link. I am willing to pay to have it validated, but is there free services or ways to accomplish this for free? – Anthony Russell May 21 at 16:33
  • Are you just looking for an expert to cast his eye over it and be fairly sure it's authentic or do you want scientific proof that it's the right age and materials? The former you might get for free (or perhaps the cost of a pint), the latter is probably going to cost something (and will result in sample material being removed from the bowl). – Steve Bird May 21 at 16:54
  • To be honest I'm not sure what I need. I guess I'd be content for now with just knowing it's authentic. I'm not looking to sell it. I just don't want to have fake things in my collection. I also want to learn how to figure it out for myself too. – Anthony Russell May 21 at 19:44
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    wet the clay and then smell it. it should have a musky earthy type scent to it. Also the area you wet should dry out rather quickly. Though these two tests alone wouldnt guarantee authenticity, it should help weed out most contemporary reproductions. – ed.hank May 22 at 14:18
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I eventually found this lady Dr. Lori, who has a really great youtube channel on all types of antiques.

I went to her site to pay for an appraisal. She does free appraisals if the value of your item is less than $60

I just submitted my bowl - we'll see https://www.drloriv.com/

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  • I'm not sure why my answer got a downvote? It's literally the exact answer to the OP question lol – Anthony Russell May 22 at 15:15
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    What was her answer? – Aaron Brick May 23 at 16:02
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    So she said it was worth more than $60 on Friday. I'm still waiting on the actual report. The email said it could be 10 days to generate it but it'll be from her, include the history of the item and comparable recent sales. I'll make sure to update this when I get it back – Anthony Russell May 24 at 9:31

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