A large and impressive Pre-Columbian urn shaped vessel of a type known from the ancient Nicoya region of Costa Rica, circa 1000 - 1350 A.D. This example is of the Greater Nicoya, Pataky variety/style, and measures approximately 10 1/2" tall. The form is that of a bulbous, tall, ring-footed urn, which remains in excellent, original condition. The exterior features vibrant original polychrome decoration in black, red and orange against a cream/white slip. ...click for details
A Pre-Columbian Aztec earthenware Figure from ancient Mexico, circa 1300 - 1521 A.D. Measures just under 4" tall. It depicts a seated figure, perhaps a deity, wearing a very large and impressive headdress. There is a very old collection label on the back, penned with what appears to have been a nib pen, suggesting it was originally collected in the 1800's or very early 1900's.
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A small olla-shaped vessel from ancient Panama, circa 600 - 800 A.D. This Conte style example, most commonly referred to as Cocle, measures approximately 3 1/2" wide by about 3" tall, and exhibits polychrome decoration in black and purple against a cream colored slip.
An ancient whistle in the form of a bird from the Colima region of West Mexico, circa 200 B.C. - 200 A.D. Measures approximately 2 3/4" tall. This whistle figure depicts a bird wearing elaborate head ornamentation. The depiction of the button-like adornments on the head dressing suggest the form of Peyote buds. As such, this object may have been associated with ritual or ceremonial use by a shaman.
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A fine Maya polychrome cylinder, circa 600 A.D. 900 A.D. Measures approximately 5 Ύ tall by about 4 ½ wide. This example depicts what appears to be a presentation scene, showing four individuals around the exterior of the vessel. The central figure is that of a Lord seated upon what appears to be steps. He is attended by a standing figure that is holding a canopy over him, while two others address him from his right. One is kneeling and the other is standing behind him as they present what a ...click for details
This large and fine head fragment measures approximately 4 ½ tall by about 4wide (item alone, un-mounted) and about 5 Ύ tall mounted on the simple display stand. This would have come from a substantial Pre-Columbian Olmec figure of exceptional quality, circa 1000 B.C. 500 B.C.
A Pre-Columbian, Macaracas / Cocle style pedestal plate, also referred to as a fruitero, from ancient Panama, ca 800 - 1000 AD. Features a reddish-orange slip with diagnostically typical designs in black, purple, cream/white and red. The designs on the sides of the pedestal stem are thought to represent the pattern of the Boa Constrictor, while the patterns on the top depict complex, stylized Jaguars or Saurian deities and geometric designs. There are small triangular cutouts on opposing sides o ...click for details
A rare type of Pre-Columbian Maya polychrome footed vessel depicting ritual enema use. Circa 600 A.D. 900 A.D. This example measures approximately 6 ½ wide by about 4 Ύ tall, and depicts two Individuals around the exterior scene engaged in self-administering enemas. The ancient artist employed a technique that has been referred to by modern scholars as X-ray view to show the syringe (stem) of the enema being inserted into the hind-quarters of each individual in the scene. ...click for details
A rare Pre-Columbian Toltec carved stone fragment from Pre-Columbian Mexico, circa 900 A.D. 1200 A.D. Pre-Columbian Toltec material is rare to come available in private collections. This piece displays impressively, measuring approximately 13 1/2 tall by about 10 1/2 wide (fragment alone, unmounted) and about 16 1/2 tall (mounted on the included museum quality custom display).
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A large Maya footed polychrome cylinder of a type representative of the ancient Ulua Valley region of Honduras, circa 600 A.D. - 900 A.D. This example measures approximately 7" wide by about 5 1/2" tall, and depicts an interesting scene showing two supernatural bird figures, each with objects in their mouths, separated by K'in flowers. The scenes likely relate to a story from Maya mythology, and may even serve as a metaphor for some cosmic or celestial event interpreted by the anci ...click for details