A Pre-Columbian figure shown seated on, and playing, a large drum. From the ancient Nayarit region of West Mexico, circa 200 B.C. - 300 A.D. Measures approximately 5 1/4" tall. This figure depicts an individual not only actively playing, but sitting on a very large drum, as if riding it.
A Pre-Columbian figure from the ancient Michoacan region of West Mexico, circa 200 B.C. - 200 A.D. Measures approximately 6 1/2" tall by about 5 1/4" wide. This figure depicts a compelling kneeling figure, arms stretched outward, looking upward as if making a plea to a deity or unseen forces. Horned figures such as this one are widely believed to represent shamans, who were intermediaries between the sacred and profane realms. ...click for details
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 ¾” 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 4”wide (item alone, un-mounted) and about 5 ¾” 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