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LARGE MINT CHACO DONUT BIRD EFFIGY C. 1100AD ANASAZI

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Pottery: Pre 1492   item# 752589 (stock# T-320)

LARGE MINT CHACO DONUT BIRD EFFIGY C. 1100AD ANASAZI
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$11,250.00 

This wonderful and quite rare "donut" duck effigy measures 7 inches long, 6.25 inches tall and 6 inches wide at the breast. The "donut" descriptor comes from the interior hole which goes completely through the center of the effigy. The reason for this design element is unknown and subject to much discussion and conjecturer. It should be noted though that very similar designs are found in Mayan pieces excavated in the Mexico and Guatemala areas. The exterior exhibits a classic Chaco "pennant" design and extremely fine line-work; the entire piece is in "as found" condition and has no breakage, restoration or addition of any paint. Such examples are quite rare and generally found only in the most advanced collections.

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MINT RESERVE QUADRAPED EFFIGY CANTEEN C. 1100AD

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Pottery: Pre 1492   item# 752541 (stock# t-318)

MINT RESERVE QUADRAPED  EFFIGY CANTEEN C. 1100AD
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$15,900.00 

This wonderful and rare effigy was excavated on the Tommy Cox ranch in New Mexico in the summer of 1998. It measures 7.25 inches long, 7.5 inches tall and 4.75" wide at the breast. The piece was made to be a canteen as evidenced by the two loops; one loop is at the tail and the other at the back of the neck. The top of the spout shows significant wear from what was most likely the stopper which held the water in. The eyes are each protruding and emphasized by a black mask-like design. It should be specifically noted that this piece has absolutely no restoration of any kind which means that all four of the legs are original and unbroken.

The sides exhibit a classic Reserve lightening design with the back a plain white. Of specific note is the symbol on the breast which is that of an upside down, headless, human. The significance of this symbol is not fully understood.

Effigy figures are some of the most highly sought of all the Anasazi pottery and perfect mint examples are exceedingly rare.


GIANT ARIZONA RAINBOW PETRIFIED WOOD TABLE - 218M YEARS

Catalogue: Fine Art: Geological   item# 659496 (stock# T1343)

GIANT ARIZONA RAINBOW PETRIFIED WOOD TABLE - 218M YEARS
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REDUCED TO $69,000 FROM $82,500.00 January 14, 2009 

This is an absolutely amazing, single piece, specimen (90 inches x 64 inches) of the now rare Arizona Rainbow Petrified wood which is itself 218 million years old! This specific piece was cut from a 21 ton piece that was discovered in about 1993 on the Paul Sells ranch which borders the Petrified Forest National Park to the east in northern Arizona. The piece was from the lower portion of the tree which included that portion which flared out as part of the stump. This particular piece was obtained as a horizontal slice through that base with a, yes, 150 inch diameter diamond saw. It was subsequently stabilized and then hand polished over many, many months.

Why is this so rare?

Petrified wood in general is not a rare substance as it is literally found all over the world. What is not common is the survival of very large pieces and the occurrence of the proper environment to create bright vibrant colors. There are three major reasons very large (in excess of three feet wide or four feet long) specimens are so rare; two are natural and one is political. First very specific conditions have to occur in order to create any petrified wood. These involve volcanic activity, a wet marshy environment and the presence in the soil and volcanic ash of very specific minerals which will become the source of the colors. Virtually all large petrified wood occurs in dull colors such as browns, blacks, white or combinations of those because the proper minerals were not present to impart the colors. Then it takes a hundred million years or so for the wood, mud and minerals to "cook." In other places, such as Russia where the minerals were present the actual trees which became petrified were relatively small so no very large pieces. Secondly, because the process is created by volcanic activity there are and continues to be earthquakes. Those earthquakes, and the uplift of the Colorado Plateau sixty million years ago, caused the brittle quartz rock-like logs to break up into relatively small pieces, a surviving four foot long piece now becoming a big piece.

There are though two specific locations that did have the necessary combination of size and minerals - Argentina and Arizona. With respect to Argentina - if one wants to get some big brightly colored pieces one will have to move there because Argentina considers all of that material to be a National Treasure and therefore it cannot be exported. Game over! That leaves Arizona which had enormous examples of a now extent type of pine tree known as Araucarioxylon arizonicum from the Late Triassic (200 to 250 million years ago) paleo-ecosystem. Some of these trees exceeded 100 feet in height and 10 feet in diameter. As many people know the land now designated as the Petrified Forest National Park was set aside by President Teddy Roosevelt on December 8, 1906 as a National Monument and made a National Park on August 25, 1916. The boundaries of the park were selected based on where there were large specimens and logs exposed on the surface. This resulted in a strange very long (about 50 miles north/south) and very narrow (about 10 miles east/west) park. What in fact was present was a large gentle sloping dome with only the top (the park) portion eroded enough to expose the logs - in fact the major deposits of petrified wood were just below the surface and to the east of the designated park. That area has been private property known as the Paul Sells ranch.

Which brings us to the political reason of the rarity of the large specimens. The large logs which were commercially available, one of which this table was made from, had to come from private property therefore the Sells ranch. On December 3rd 2004 President George W. Bush signed a bill that authorized expanded boundaries for the Petrified Forest National Park, more than doubling the size of the park, from 93,533 acres to 218,533 acres. With that legislation a moratorium went into effect prohibiting the removal of any more petrified wood from the lands to be added to the park - in an instant the known supply was totally gone (Game almost over).

The table, mounted on a base of bristlecone pine, offered here is already rare and in the next few years will significantly escalate in value as the lack of supply is realized and the demand increases because of its rarity. The table can be used as a dining table or an office conference table that really makes a statement. This is a rare opportunity to purchase what will become an amazing family heirloom to be passed down from generation to generation. It is assured that there will not be another one like this next door, across town or most anywhere else.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SPECIMEN CAN BE HUNG ON A WALL AS A TREMENDOUS PIECE OF ART. OBVIOUSLY IT TAKES SPECIAL PREPARATION TO ASSURE SUCCESS AND WOULD BE DONE ON A COST BASIS.

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C. 1540-41 CONQUISTADOR GRAVE MARKER - KATCHINA

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Pottery: Pre 1700   item# 164821 (stock# S-2020)

<B>C. 1540-41 CONQUISTADOR GRAVE MARKER - KATCHINA</B>
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REDUCED IN OCT. 2011 TO $10,650.00  

Background

Spaniard Francisco Vásquez de Coronado became the first known European to lead an expedition into the USA when, in 1540, he with 335 soldiers and about 1100 settlers crossed the Mexican border near the Huachuca Mountains, site of the present day Coronado National Monument. Six months into the march he rode into a cluster of Zuni pueblos, Cibola, near present day Gallup. He attacked the Zuni at Hawikuh, taking over that principle town and its food stores for his famished soldiers. At Cicuye, later called Pecos, 150 miles east the reception was different. The Indians welcomed the Spaniards with music and gifts. A Plains Indian captive at Pecos told of a rich land to the east, Quivira, and Coronado set out in spring 1541 to find it. Wandering as far as Kansas he found only a few villages. His Indian guide confessed he lured the army on to the plains to die, and Coronado had him strangled. The expedition turned back. After a bleak winter along the Rio Grande the broken army went back to Mexico empty handed.

Colonizers and Missionaries

Nearly 60 years now passed before Spaniards came to New Mexico to stay. In 1581 explorers began prospecting for silver in the land of the Pueblos. Their failures foreshadowed a truth that determined much of Spanish New Mexico's history: that province held neither golden cities nor ready riches. But the fact that settlers could farm and herd there focused the joint strategies of Cross and Crown: Pueblo Indians could be converted and their lands colonized. Don Juan de Oñate was first to pursue this mixed objective, in 1598. Taking settlers, livestock, and 10 Franciscans he marched north to claim for Spain the land across the Rio Grande. Right away he assigned a friar to Pecos, richest and most powerful New Mexico pueblo. The new religion got off to a shaky start. After episodes of idol-smashing provoked Indian resentment, the Franciscans sent veteran missionary Fray Andrés Juárez to Pecos in 1621 as healer and builder. Under his direction the Pecos built an adobe church south of the pueblo, the most imposing of New Mexico’s mission churches.

War and Re-Conquest Decades of Spanish demands and Indian resentments climaxed in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Indians in scattered pueblos united to drive the Spaniards back to Mexico. At Pecos loyal Indians warned the local priest, but most followed a tribal elder in revolt. They killed the priest, destroyed the church, desecrated symbols of the Catholic Church, and, symbolizing the discontent, built a forbidden kiva in mission’s convento itself. One of the most often desecrated symbols were the crosses, both those used in the churches as well as those marking graves. Twelve years later, led by Diego de Vargas, the Spaniards came back to their lost province, peacefully in some places but with the sword in others.

The Katchina Stone Cross

Coronado's group spent the winter of 1540 - 1541 at the Pecos Pueblo very near the town of Pecos New Mexico in the upper Pecos River valley. During this time many of the soldiers and settlers died not being able to withstand the winter. It is documented in the writings from the expedition that those who died were buried in graves each marked with a stone cross. As a result of the revolt in 1680 the Indians desecrated many crosses including those that marked graves. The cross offered here was found in the Pecos Valley of New Mexico east of Santa Fe, the same area Coronado wintered in 1540 and is consistent in form and size with known Conquistador grave markers. It measures 38.1cm tall, 19cm wide and 5.1cm thick and exhibits significant age and mineral deposits on the reverse. As a result of the desecration of the cross, there is a deep inverted triangle inscribed above the cross member forming the face of the Katchina. Attached just below this first triangle is a second inverted, more shallow triangle, which forms the breast of the Katchina. Descending from the second triangle is a vertical inscribed line which extends to the bottom edge. The two horizontal extensions of the cross each exhibit a deep grove which forms the arms of the Katchina. In addition the upper triangle forms the face and has indentations which form the eyes, nose and mouth - these are clearly evident in the photographs. Both triangles have an ancient olive-green paint which was applied most likely to set off the body of the Katchina. Overall the front of the cross has significant "hand patina" which could only have formed over a long, extended time thus attesting to the age of the piece. During all periods excluding the Pueblo Revolt years Catholic icons were held in high esteem and would not have been desecrated or altered in any way by the Indians. This is without question a historically important piece from the now famous time period known as The Pueblo Revolt.


HOHOKAM SLATE LIZARD PALLET, C. 950AD Anasazi

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Stone: Pre AD 1000   item# 1104397 (stock# C-1004)

HOHOKAM SLATE LIZARD PALLET, C. 950AD Anasazi
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3,650.00 

Offered here is an incredible and very rare ​Hohokam, C. 950AD, slate pallet in the form of a lizard formerly in the Robert Worsley collection in Chicago, IL. I purchased it several years ago from the noted Hohokam authority Matt Thomas of Temple, AZ. It measures 8.25" long and 3.3" wide a generally only 3/8th of an inch thick. The lizard has four extended legs emanating from equilateral diamond shaped body; the body has a lip extending around the entire circumference of the body. Normally such pallets were crushed during the 1000 years since its manufacture but this example is intact. The third photo shows two black lines, one at the tail and one at the left rear leg. These indicate the extent of the only restoration on the piece; the tail extended and the downward portion of the right rear leg is also restored. The red line indicates the reattachment of the front left leg which is original but glued back to the body. If the lizard was completely intact it would sell in excess of $8,500 to $9,500 except there are only one or two known to exist in private hands and their current location is not known. The example offered here is exceptional, extremely rare and very well priced in this somewhat down market.

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