This seated figurine is dressed in Chieftain regalia and is wearing a fierce mask of a demon. It is carved from antler and has some glued repairs, but no restoration. It is from the Chimu, Peru culture, C950AD. See "The Gold of Peru", page 242 for similar carvings. It is 2" long by 1" wide and stands alone for display. It is from a Dutch private collection. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
This Classic Mayan mother-of-pearl figurine is 1 1/8" wide. It was found by Dr. Allen Heflin. Although I could not capture it in photos, it is nicely opalescent. It would make a very unusual jewelry finding. It is C300-900AD.
This finely carved shell skull was found by the famous Dr. Allen Heflin on 9-16-61 in Cuautitlan, Mexico. This Aztec piece dates to 1200AD. It is drilled for suspension. A nice little ancient piece that could be used in jewelry. It is 1/2" long and solid.
This fine frame of engraved bone is from Tiahuanaco, Bolivia. I purchased them on 12-12-94 and have the original documentation. The long bone on the left depicts two figures seated facing each other in some sort of exchange. The other four bone pieces depict authority figures wearing elaborate headdresses. The long bone on the right has been broken and glued back together. The bone on the top center is drilled laterally for suspension. The longest bone is 7 1/2" and the shortest is 2 1/2&qu ...click for details
This engraved bone carving was found by Dr. Allen Heflin. The drawing was made by him which is what is depicted on the carving. The notes are his and it is signed by him. It is made from deer bone and his 5 1/2" long. He states "various decorative elements indicate that this is or may be a depiction of the god xochipilli. This is C1400. This piece has been broken in half and split as seen in the pictures. It has not been glued back together, but fits together perfectly. This allows eas ...click for details
The Sotheby's auction was held today, March 23rd, where a shell mask, not as nice as this, was sold for $9740.00. I will leave this price as is for one week and then I will raise the price to reflect its true market value. If you would like a link to the auction catalog, please e-mail me. This stunning Colima shell mask measures 3" by 2 5/8" tall. It is attributed to the Colima culture, 200BC-200AD. Beautiful patina. Authenticated by a forensic laboratory. Please view my youtube vi ...click for details
This Mayan bone carving is unique in that it has a Mayan glyph carved on the back which translates to "Old God". It is 2 1/4" long. The carving is very well done and has extremely rare iconography. Seldom seen for sale.