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