Pre-Columbian, from Northern Peru, Ca 1000 to 1400 CE.
Hand-hammered solid silver kero in a three-tiered step design, incised with temple design around upper lip. 2-7/8" top diameter x 2-3/8"H. Intact and excellent, save tiny narrow hole at base; original surface deposits. ...click for details
A terracotta drinking vessel of beautiful form and silhouette. This cup is crafted using the Bucchero-ware method, in which the black coloration is a natural occurence when the fabric of the terracotta turns from a near green to black during firing. The Kyathos has an ovular cup that stands on a low pe ...click for details
A beautiful terracotta dipper is slipped in a brownish-white paint, with red pigment added in the interior and bottom of cup. Handle is in a near triangular ovoid shape. This vessel would have been used to "scoop" wine or liquid out of a larger vessel, like a proto-Kyathos. 7"L x 2-1/2 ...click for details
Northern Peru, Ca 1000 to 1300 CE, Chimu culture. A large and quite spectacular silver kero in chalice form, with flared base and rounded cup, slightly everted rim decorated with cross-hatch design. Made from hand-hammered silver sheet, interestingly with red sheen from copper ore mixed with the silver. Weighs an impressive 200 grams! 5-1/4" H by 5-1/2" D. Intact and choice save one tiny area of wear in base of cup. ...click for details
Cyclades - Eastern Mediterranean Region, Late Bronze Age, Late Cypriot II, Ca. 1450 - 1200 BCE.
What a wonderful form! A molded terracotta duck with twin handled tall flared spout emerging out of the back. Head of duck has cylindrical spout, base of duck has three legs, to in front, one in back, a raised ridge for the back that finished wi ...click for details
Northern Peru, Moche culture, Phase 1/2, ca 200 to 300 CE. By far, some of my favorite pottery comes from the ancient Moche. One of the most brutal and blood-thirsty cultures, their art also reflected a love of nature and a hearty sense of humor. This fine example represents a hallucinogenic state that a shaman would enter in which he would transform from human to owl. The owl was greatly revered by the Moche as it was thought to help bring the sun out of its hiding each morning. Human figu ...click for details
Pre-Columbian, Colima, Mexico, Ca 200 BCE to 200 CE. As Colima dogs go, not the largest example, but still quite adorable and with a very rare spout type. Standing puppy with alert ears and tail and large oval spout that goes beyond the side of the dog - spout painted a darker red. Dog appears intact and excellent but there is a small repaired section n the rim and across the belly. Still a quite handsome pup! 7-5/8"L x 5-1/2"H. ...click for details
Pre-Columbian, Western Mexico, Guanajuato River Valley, Ca 300 to 100 BCE. Very fine and attractive pottery bowl in elongated oval shape. Like most Chupicuaro pottery, this ne is decorated with deep red base and rim with added black in cross-hatch design. 7"L x 3"H, intact and near-choice with very minor loss to some of the added black. ...click for details