A painted cylindrical vase featuring painted designs of trophy heads around the rim, from the
Nazca culture of Pre-Columbian Peru, circa 100 A.D. - 300 A.D. Measuring approximately 5 1/2"
tall and 4" wide, this short vase approaches the form of what Kroeber refers to as a waisted
goblet, since the form tapers in near the top before slightly flaring out again at the rim. The vase
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A Maya polychrome vase, circa 600 A.D. - 900 A.D. This example measures approximately 6 1/2" tall by about 5" wide. It exhibits polychrome pigments of orange, red, black and white, and features a basket weave pattern surrounding three circular cartouches (or portals) containing serpent-like heads- perhaps representing vision serpents.
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An impressive Aztec carved stone figure measuring nearly 13" tall. This sculpture dates to circa 1300 A.D. – 1500 A.D., and shows a seated figure wearing a mask on his head depicting the face of Tlaloc- the ancient Aztec deity associated with lightning, thunder and rain.
A rare and desirable type of vessel incorporating a distinct figural type, from the ancient Jalisco region of Pre-Columbian West Mexico, circa 200 B.C. - 300 A.D. This piece is sizable, and measures approximately 9" tall X 7 1/2" wide X 6 1/2" deep. This represents a well-known, but rarely seen type of Jalisco figure/vessel, often described as depicting a "mourner". These are very distinct from other Jalisco renderings of individuals, in that the figure is always shown w ...click for details
A large Pre-Columbian Maya incensario. This intriguing vessel was deaccessioned the Mint Museum in North Carolina, which holds a world class collection of Pre-Columbian art. It measures approximately 11” wide by about 7” tall, and features applied thorn-like spikes, as well as a face with open mouth on the exterior. The spikes are most likely a symbolic reference to the surface of young Ceiba trees (which have thorn-like spike protrusions on their trunks), a variety of tree with significance in ...click for details
A large and impressive seated figure from the Pre-Columbian Nayarit region of West Mexico, circa 200 B.C. – 300 A.D. This example measures about 11 ½” tall by about 5 ¼” wide, and is of the San Sebastian type, depicting what is often referred to as a “smoking” figure. The hand to mouth gesture is thought by some to perhaps represent smoking, but may instead be intended to imply any one of a variety of gestures or activities such as eating, coughing, vocalizations, or even mourning. Figures such ...click for details
A fine Zapotec figural urn depicting a seated figure, from Pre-Columbian Oaxaca, Mexico, circa 300 A.D. – 600 A.D. This example measures approximately 5 ¾” tall by about 4 ½” wide, and represents a type commonly referred to as a “companion urn”. Companion urns were assembled with others of like kind and size around a larger central figure/urn in Zapotec tomb assemblages accompanying the deceased.
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A Pre-Columbian Maya polychrome plate with glyphs, circa 600 A.D. - 900 A.D. Includes custom Lucite display stand, as shown. This large plate measures about 12" across, and features rattle feet on the bottom. It is nicely decorated in orange, red and black pigment, and depicts a series of 14 readable/decipherable glyphs encircling the top of the plate. The glyphs surround remnants of a central element, showing smoke and fire symbols in red and black emanating toward the four directions fro ...click for details
A very fine figural urn from the ancient Zapotec culture of Pre-Columbian Oaxaca, Mexico, circa 200 A.D. – 300 A.D. (perhaps transitional between Monte Alban periods II and III). This example measures approximately 6" tall by about 4 1/4" wide and 5" deep, and is formed as a seated figure with a built in cylindrical urn-like vessel, which opens at the top of the head.
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A fine Pre-Columbian Maya incised, lidded tripod vase of an early type known from the ancient Tiquisate region of Guatemala, circa 300 A.D. – 650 A.D. Lidded vases are relatively rare amongst Maya pottery. This example measures nearly 8" tall with the lid in place, by about 5” wide. It features incised designs on both the exterior of the lid and the vase, with red cinnabar rubbed into the incised lines for visual accent as well as symbolic meaning. The graceful form of this vessel features ...click for details