This muscular, Comala type canine effigy has been slipped brown and rich red, and sits on its haunches as if awaiting command. Large ears and a distinctive broad face indicate the breed portrayed is an Escuintle, a type of dog once raised for food, as well as companionship, in ancient Mexico. The opening and vent for this hollow ceramic effigy is the red, conical form on the head. Coffee-bean shaped eyes, a well-defined nose, and anatomically correct features add to the naturalistic, life-like ...click for details
This perfectly preserved, somewhat whimsical effigy whistle is a fine example of the molded ceramics made for funerary use on Jaina Island or the coastal Campeche area of Mexico. The effigy whistle represents an anthropomorphic harpy eagle, the greatest of the avian, sky predators found in the tropical lowlands of Mesoamerica. Anthropomorphic traits include the standing posture, eyes placed on the front of the face, and the use of a loincloth. The wings are personified and represent saurian hea ...click for details
This is a large example of the pendant type known as an 'anchor' form. It comes from Ross County, Ohio, and dates between the Early to Middle Woodland period (BCE 500- CE 500). The material is a deep charcoal gray, banded glacial slate. This type can be attributed to either the late Adena or Hopewell peoples due to the wide period of time from which they originate. 6 5/8"L x 2.50"W.
Condition is very fine, intact with several minor, ancient edge losses; expected deposits and m ...click for details
The Shaft Tomb cultures of ancient west Mexico created a myriad of fired earthenware objects solely for use in funerary rites. Placed deep into tombs cut through living rock, such figures, like this large example, display postures which can be compared and interpreted with others from the region. This figure shows a kneeling female with a large, mask-like face, right hand placed on left shoulder, and left arm outstretched with prominent, well-modeled hand. This type of pose is believed to repres ...click for details
This exceptional, life-size head fragment is executed in the Lagunillas, or Chinesco, type D tradition as cataloged by Hasso Von Winning. The delicate and subtle contours have been enhanced with a cream and red paint. Thin, painted lines in a slightly darker cream tone accent the face and recall a wood grain effect. From a monumental figure, the head alone measures 8"H x 6.50"W, and it has been custom mounted.
From the Shaft-Tomb region of Nayarit State, Mexico. 200 BCE- CE 300. It is ...click for details
The plump, spirited Viringo shown in a relaxed pose with small legs and paws held calmly together, and with caricatured facial features emphasized. This thin-walled, ceramic dog has been slipped in a red-orange color and has been painted with cream details. From the north central coast, Lambayeque Valley region of Peru, CE 1200-1450. About 6.75" x 6.75", in mint, intact condition. Provenance: Private Chicago collection since the 1970's.
The Huastec peoples are linguistically related to the Mayas, separated from the peninsular Mayan-speaking groups as early as the beginnings of the Olmec Horizon, circa BCE 1500. One, if not both of the two enigmatic, somewhat lifeless faces seen on this well-modeled and unusually elaborate Postclassic period ceramic may represent the Mesoamerican act of whistling to the storm gods as a petition for soaking rains. This same tradition is documented today in parts of Veracruz and in the Maya world ...click for details
These abstract textiles are singular in the history of pre-Columbian weaving from South America. Attribution is Early Nazca or Siguas (Sihuas)region, southern Peru, ca. 3rd century CE. A true painterly expression done with organic dyed camelid fiber wefts and cotton warps.
The textile panel itself measures 26"L x 16.50"W, excluding the long tassels folded for presentation. Condition is fine and original; the tapestry has been 'couched' in several areas due to the loose nature ...click for details