A prime example of a Sukia (smoker) figure from Costa Rica/Atlantic Watershed/ca400-800A.D. The seated figure is a dark gray lava material and measures 6" in height by 4" in width by 3 1/2" in depth. The squatting figure has raised arms holding a pipe or seashell to his lips. Shamans still use this practice today in remote areas. The shaman would inhale the smoke and then exhale the vapor to help cleanse the ailing patient and remove evil forces from the patient.
An intriguing Moche portrait head vessel from Northern Peru/ca400-650A.D. The vessel depicts a young warrior or nobleman and measures 5" in height by 6" in diameter. The young man has a wide rounded face, a strong aqualine nose, elongated almond shaped eyes accentuated in white, a slight wry smile, short bangs, and large flaring ears. There is a long tubular ear ornament decorating each ear lobe. An excellent example of the type.
A painstakingly hewn jaguar metate measuring 10 1/2" in length by 3 1/2" in height... Costa Rica/Atlantic Watershed/ca400-800A.D....The material is a light off-white volcanic material with dark sparkling mica chips throughout. The face of the feline has an open maw with fangs exposed and a broad splayed nose extends down from the raised ears. The elegantly side sweeping tail is incised with cross hatched lines. The vessel is very mildly eroded which further attests to its great age.
A visually striking ceremonial incensor from the Oxaca area of Mexico ca300-600A.D. depicting a seated anthropomorphic figure. The figure measures 5" in height by 3 1/2" at the widest diameter. The figure has elongated almond eyes, large ear spools, and a double necklace of large circular orbs. The back of the figure incorporates an urn like cylindrical vessel where incense would have been placed. These figures are often found in groupings as burial offerings...
An excellent Nazca polychrome bowl from Peru, ca. 450 – 500 AD. This deep Phase 5 bowl is 7-1/2” in diameter and has an interior decorated with a depiction of the Horrible Bird with Outspread Wings. The creature is portrayed clutching two trophy heads in its beak, the wings consist of trophy heads and tabular snakes, with a large frontal trophy head symbolizing a breechcloth between the avian style legs. Intact, with good paint and strong dendrites on the exterior...
A beautiful Tairona necklace from Colombia, ca. 1000 - 1500 AD. It is 19" long, made from a variety of translucent carnelian and quartz beads, with a nice carnelian pendant. Restrung with modern clasp, ready to wear. Museum deaccession.
A group of three Chimu tweezers (Chimu/North Coast Peru/ca1000-1470A.D.) The largest of the three is a circular copper piece and heavily encrusted. It measures 2 3/4" in height by 2 1/2" in width. The other two are mixed metals. The larger of the two elongated pieces is 2 1/2" in length by 1 1/2" at the widest.
This is a Pre-Columbian MAYAN Zoomorphic VESSEL from Mexico, 300 - 900 A.D. It measures about 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" X 4 1/4" ( 8.9 cm X 8.9 cm X 10.8 cm ). Provenance: Estate of Dr Chalon Rodriguez, Virginia. The Mayans were a Mesoamerican Civilization that developed a complete written language system in the Pre-Columbian era...
A prime example of an Inca (Peru/ca1450-1534A.D.) black stone canopa in the shape of a llama measuring 3 1/2" in length by 3" in height. The drilled hollow area in the upper section was filled with llama fat and the piece was then buried below the floor level of the house as a ceremonial offering to insure the safe occupancy of the owner.
A large and exceptional heavily encrusted Moche copper nose ornament from Northern Peru dating ca100-860A.D. measuring 2 1/4" in height by 3 1/4" in length. The piece is deftly hammered and carefully shaped with its two upcurving circular elements. Elegant and impressive.
This is a Pre-Columbian MAYAN Polychrome BOWL from Mexico, 300 - 900 A.D. It measures about 4" X 4" X 2" ( 10.2 cm X 10.2 cm X 5.1 cm ). Provenance: Estate of Dr Chalon Rodriguez, Virginia. The Mayan art of their Classic Era has high level of aesthetics and artisanal sophistication. Their paintings, carvings, and reliefs show grace and accurate observation of their life...
An exceptional example of a carved lava stone male ceremonial figure measuring 10" in height by 7" in width and weighing 4lbs...from Costa Rica/Atlantic Watershed/ca400-800A.D. The deftly hewn figure has elongated almond eyes, ear ornaments, and striated braided hair. The figure has a square face with a broad nose and an elongated square mouth. He stands, arms akimbo in a serious solid mode with slightly bowed legs. A fine intact example from the area.
A highly stylized mother and child mini sculpture from West Mexico dating ca 300B.,C.-300A.D.She measures a mere 2" in height by 1 3/4" in width. The tiny red burnished female figure has her child sitting on her shoulders and peeking over her head piece. Both mother and child are wearing identical head pieces with two side elements and a center peak.
A charming solid hand modeled "sheep faced" female figure with her arm cradled around her child...West Mexico/ca300B.C.-300A.D. The effigy measures 4 1/2" in height by 3" in width. She is wearing an elongated draping head piece and she has a large nose ornament and ear pieces. The child echos her long aqualine nose and elongated face and appears to have one arm up in a waving posture. Remnants of the original black pigment still remain on the skirt, arm, breasts, and the hand of the child.
Yampara Ceramic Cup with Holder
Age:1100 AD to 1400 AD
Origin:Bolivia. Chuquisaca and Cochabamba Departments
Condition:Good but very Spotted
Size:12 Cm Tall