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Russell Nash
09-18-2009, 01:18 PM
Bronze flower pots stolen at GTA and Oakville cemeteries - Headlines - News - 680News - ALL NEWS RADIO (http://www.680news.com/news/headlines/more.jsp?content=20090917_115725_3324)

There's been a rash of bronze flower pot thefts from cemeteries across the GTA (Toronto), and Oakville appears to be the latest target.

Halton Regional Police said since last Friday, 60 flower pots were stolen from graves in the Trafalgar Lawn Cemetery, near Dundas Street and Third Line.

Another 30 pots were taken from Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens Cemetery, near Dundas Street and Highway 403.

The pots are worth a total of $16,000.

There have been similar thefts in Toronto, as well as York and Durham Regions.

Eighty bronze pots worth $45,000 were stolen last week from cemeteries in Ajax and Whitby.

Police suspect they're being stolen for scrap metal.

hypnogeist
09-20-2009, 05:17 AM
Wow, had no idea scrap brass was worth that much. Hm..., sure could use some extra cash. Think maybe I'll have to look into a midnight venture to the local cemetary, lol.

Speaking of funerary pots that have value, there was a tribe of American Indians that lived in southwest New Mexico from about
300 AD to 1000 called the Mimbres. It was their practice to bury their dead face-up, with a pottery bowl placed over the face. Typically, a hole was broken in these funerary bowls, called a 'spirit hole', which it is commonly believed was meant to allow the deceased's spirit to escape the body and enter the afterlife.

More often than not, these bowls were painted with elaborate geometrical designs, some quite fascinating and mysterious, the technical craftsmanship of which exceeds, it is widely acknowledged, the artwork of any other native American Indian culture. The bowls are highly sought after by collectors and art connoisseurs. The most precious bowls, usually showing some fantastic mythological entity or ceremonial tableau, have gone for $150,000+, though a poorly painted and incomplete specimen might sell for as little as $200. The most famous collector of Mimbres pottery, I have heard, was Vincent Price.

An estimated 10,000 bowls have been unearthed, and at least that many remain buried near Mimbres ruins throughout the state. Enough of an incentive to send anyone lacking a certain degree of ethical standards running for a shovel, it might seem. However, as you might expect, federal law takes a dim view on such activity; more than a few bowl diggers end up in prison.