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HOHOKAM SLATE LIZARD PALLET, C. 950AD Anasazi

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Stone: Pre AD 1000   item# 1104397 (stock# C-1004)

HOHOKAM SLATE LIZARD PALLET, C. 950AD Anasazi
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480-596-3700


3,650.00 

Offered here is an incredible and very rare ​Hohokam, C. 950AD, slate pallet in the form of a lizard formerly in the Robert Worsley collection in Chicago, IL. I purchased it several years ago from the noted Hohokam authority Matt Thomas of Temple, AZ. It measures 8.25" long and 3.3" wide a generally only 3/8th of an inch thick. The lizard has four extended legs emanating from equilateral diamond shaped body; the body has a lip extending around the entire circumference of the body. Normally such pallets were crushed during the 1000 years since its manufacture but this example is intact. The third photo shows two black lines, one at the tail and one at the left rear leg. These indicate the extent of the only restoration on the piece; the tail extended and the downward portion of the right rear leg is also restored. The red line indicates the reattachment of the front left leg which is original but glued back to the body. If the lizard was completely intact it would sell in excess of $8,500 to $9,500 except there are only one or two known to exist in private hands and their current location is not known. The example offered here is exceptional, extremely rare and very well priced in this somewhat down market.


LARGE MINT CHACO DONUT BIRD EFFIGY C. 1100AD ANASAZI

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Pottery: Pre 1492   item# 752589 (stock# T-320)

LARGE MINT CHACO DONUT BIRD EFFIGY C. 1100AD ANASAZI
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$11,250.00 

This wonderful and quite rare "donut" duck effigy measures 7 inches long, 6.25 inches tall and 6 inches wide at the breast. The "donut" descriptor comes from the interior hole which goes completely through the center of the effigy. The reason for this design element is unknown and subject to much discussion and conjecturer. It should be noted though that very similar designs are found in Mayan pieces excavated in the Mexico and Guatemala areas. The exterior exhibits a classic Chaco "pennant" design and extremely fine line-work; the entire piece is in "as found" condition and has no breakage, restoration or addition of any paint. Such examples are quite rare and generally found only in the most advanced collections.

Additional details are available upon request.


ANASAZI INTACT RESERVE PARROT EFFIGY C. 1100AD

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Pottery: Pre 1492   item# 752552 (stock# T-319)

ANASAZI INTACT RESERVE PARROT EFFIGY C. 1100AD
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Reduced To $8,500 NET. This is an exceptional buy! 

This mint Reserve Parrot was excavated on the Tommy Cox ranch in New Mexico in the summer of 1998 along with an animal quadruped which is also listed on this site. The bird measures 6.4 inches long by 7.25 inches tall and 6 inches wide at the breast. This piece was made to function as a canteen as evidenced by the loop near the tail and the loop at the back of the head. The beak of the bird is curled just as would be with a parrot. The piece is excellently potted and the painted design is bold and well done. The eyes protrude and are surrounded with mask-like elements. There is a chip at the top right of the opening which is the only thing keeping this piece from being mint. There is no restoration or addition of paint of any kind.

A close comparison of this parrot to the quadruped will leave no question that both pieces were created and painted by the same person. For that reason it would be desirable to keep the two pieces together.


MINT RESERVE QUADRAPED EFFIGY CANTEEN C. 1100AD

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Pottery: Pre 1492   item# 752541 (stock# t-318)

MINT RESERVE QUADRAPED  EFFIGY CANTEEN C. 1100AD
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$15,900.00 

This wonderful and rare effigy was excavated on the Tommy Cox ranch in New Mexico in the summer of 1998. It measures 7.25 inches long, 7.5 inches tall and 4.75" wide at the breast. The piece was made to be a canteen as evidenced by the two loops; one loop is at the tail and the other at the back of the neck. The top of the spout shows significant wear from what was most likely the stopper which held the water in. The eyes are each protruding and emphasized by a black mask-like design. It should be specifically noted that this piece has absolutely no restoration of any kind which means that all four of the legs are original and unbroken.

The sides exhibit a classic Reserve lightening design with the back a plain white. Of specific note is the symbol on the breast which is that of an upside down, headless, human. The significance of this symbol is not fully understood.

Effigy figures are some of the most highly sought of all the Anasazi pottery and perfect mint examples are exceedingly rare.


GIANT ARIZONA RAINBOW PETRIFIED WOOD TABLE - 218M YEARS

Catalogue: Fine Art: Geological   item# 659496 (stock# T1343)

GIANT ARIZONA RAINBOW PETRIFIED WOOD TABLE - 218M YEARS
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REDUCED TO $69,000 FROM $82,500.00 January 14, 2009 

This is an absolutely amazing, single piece, specimen (90 inches x 64 inches) of the now rare Arizona Rainbow Petrified wood which is itself 218 million years old! This specific piece was cut from a 21 ton piece that was discovered in about 1993 on the Paul Sells ranch which borders the Petrified Forest National Park to the east in northern Arizona. The piece was from the lower portion of the tree which included that portion which flared out as part of the stump. This particular piece was obtained as a horizontal slice through that base with a, yes, 150 inch diameter diamond saw. It was subsequently stabilized and then hand polished over many, many months.

Why is this so rare?

Petrified wood in general is not a rare substance as it is literally found all over the world. What is not common is the survival of very large pieces and the occurrence of the proper environment to create bright vibrant colors. There are three major reasons very large (in excess of three feet wide or four feet long) specimens are so rare; two are natural and one is political. First very specific conditions have to occur in order to create any petrified wood. These involve volcanic activity, a wet marshy environment and the presence in the soil and volcanic ash of very specific minerals which will become the source of the colors. Virtually all large petrified wood occurs in dull colors such as browns, blacks, white or combinations of those because the proper minerals were not present to impart the colors. Then it takes a hundred million years or so for the wood, mud and minerals to "cook." In other places, such as Russia where the minerals were present the actual trees which became petrified were relatively small so no very large pieces. Secondly, because the process is created by volcanic activity there are and continues to be earthquakes. Those earthquakes, and the uplift of the Colorado Plateau sixty million years ago, caused the brittle quartz rock-like logs to break up into relatively small pieces, a surviving four foot long piece now becoming a big piece.

There are though two specific locations that did have the necessary combination of size and minerals - Argentina and Arizona. With respect to Argentina - if one wants to get some big brightly colored pieces one will have to move there because Argentina considers all of that material to be a National Treasure and therefore it cannot be exported. Game over! That leaves Arizona which had enormous examples of a now extent type of pine tree known as Araucarioxylon arizonicum from the Late Triassic (200 to 250 million years ago) paleo-ecosystem. Some of these trees exceeded 100 feet in height and 10 feet in diameter. As many people know the land now designated as the Petrified Forest National Park was set aside by President Teddy Roosevelt on December 8, 1906 as a National Monument and made a National Park on August 25, 1916. The boundaries of the park were selected based on where there were large specimens and logs exposed on the surface. This resulted in a strange very long (about 50 miles north/south) and very narrow (about 10 miles east/west) park. What in fact was present was a large gentle sloping dome with only the top (the park) portion eroded enough to expose the logs - in fact the major deposits of petrified wood were just below the surface and to the east of the designated park. That area has been private property known as the Paul Sells ranch.

Which brings us to the political reason of the rarity of the large specimens. The large logs which were commercially available, one of which this table was made from, had to come from private property therefore the Sells ranch. On December 3rd 2004 President George W. Bush signed a bill that authorized expanded boundaries for the Petrified Forest National Park, more than doubling the size of the park, from 93,533 acres to 218,533 acres. With that legislation a moratorium went into effect prohibiting the removal of any more petrified wood from the lands to be added to the park - in an instant the known supply was totally gone (Game almost over).

The table, mounted on a base of bristlecone pine, offered here is already rare and in the next few years will significantly escalate in value as the lack of supply is realized and the demand increases because of its rarity. The table can be used as a dining table or an office conference table that really makes a statement. This is a rare opportunity to purchase what will become an amazing family heirloom to be passed down from generation to generation. It is assured that there will not be another one like this next door, across town or most anywhere else.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SPECIMEN CAN BE HUNG ON A WALL AS A TREMENDOUS PIECE OF ART. OBVIOUSLY IT TAKES SPECIAL PREPARATION TO ASSURE SUCCESS AND WOULD BE DONE ON A COST BASIS.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE.

DELIVERY AND SETUP IN CONT US OR CANADA INCLUDED IN STATED P


RARE BIG HOMOLOVI BOWL C. 1300 - 1400AD MINT

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1492   item# 588547 (stock# A-119)

RARE BIG HOMOLOVI BOWL C. 1300 - 1400AD MINT
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$2,775.00 NET 

Homolovi pottery comes from only two sites near Winslow Arizona and is one of the important types that bridged the gap from Anasazi to Hopi pottery. The area was popular for cotton farming, as evidenced by the weaving looms, spindle whorls and massive amounts of cottonseed that have been found at the ruins. The nearby Little Colorado River provided water for the inhabitants, the cotton and their other crops. The site was along the prehistoric Palatkwapi Trail, which ran from Montezuma Castle to the Hopi mesas. Trading of cotton, pottery and parrots was common between the many prehistoric sites in northern Arizona. At the peak, it is estimated, 5,000 people lived at Homolovi. Homolovi II, the largest of the four pueblos, it had three plazas and stone walls rising two to three stories, and housed several thousand people. In the 1400s, the area was abandoned, just as were many other Southwest ruins.

We recently acquired acquired this beautiful and important bowl in a small estate auction back east. It must have been an item that someone had acquired on a trip out west. The bowl is in absolute pristine condition with not a single flaw; it measures 11.25 inches wide and 4.75 inches deep.

This is absolutely one of the finest pieces, condition wise, that we have had the privilege to own. The price is way below what the true market value would be as we purchased it very reasonably and want to pass the savings on to one of our collectors.


LARGE MIMBRES GEOMETRIC BOWL W/GREAT DESIGN

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1492   item# 582312 (stock# K-906)

LARGE MIMBRES GEOMETRIC BOWL W/GREAT DESIGN
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480-596-3700


REDUCED TO $3,995 FROM $4,400.00 ON JAN 29TH. 

This is a wonderful Mimbres (C. 1100AD) geometric bowl that measures 12 inches wide and about 5.5 inches deep. At the reduced price it is an excellent value! The design is beautifully executed with bold dark designs and the bowl does not have a kill hole. The previous owner purchased the bowl several years back at a Butterfields auction and had it taken apart and re-glued and some of the interior cracks filled for aesthetic purposes. It is assembled from just a few pieces and has no areas of plaster or over-paint.

This is a beautiful and large example of the Mimbres art which is the most desired of all of the Southwestern prehistoric pottery. There are lots of "run of the mill" geometrics out there but ones in this condition and with the superb design are hard to find - they are a very good investment..


LARGE MIMBRES STONE TURTLE EFFIGY,RARE!! C.400-1200AD

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Stone: Pre 1492   item# 322794 (stock# A800)

LARGE MIMBRES STONE TURTLE EFFIGY,RARE!! C.400-1200AD
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$2,600.00 

This wonderful turtle effigy measures 6 inches long, 5.5 inches wide and 3 inches tall and exhibits excellent carving and relief. The stone, which has significant wear all over, is volcanic which is used in both the Hohokam and Mimbres cultures; this example I believe is Mimbres (C. 400 - 1200AD). The detail is quite extraordinary with the protruding head, feet, side lines and the crisscross design of the shell on the back. The piece is in mint condition. A very scarce and desirable item.............. ARTIFACT AUTHENTICATION papers from Ben Stermer will be provided attesting to age and origin. (please see photo 6)


MIMBRES STONE FROG WITH ORIGINAL PAINTS, C 1100AD

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Americas: American Indian: Stone: Pre 1492   item# 284879 (stock# X-100)

MIMBRES STONE FROG WITH ORIGINAL PAINTS, C 1100AD
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480-596-3700


$6,600.00 Reduced $5,400 January 14, 2010 

A wonderful Mimbres stone frog with original green, yellow and red paints. It measures 5" x 3.6". From an old collection dispursed in recent months.


MINT HOHOKAM TANQUE VERDE BOWL C. 1050 - 1200AD

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Pre 1492   item# 196362 (stock# A84)

MINT HOHOKAM TANQUE VERDE BOWL C. 1050 - 1200AD
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$3,100.00 

This is a wonderful Tanque Verde bowl (C. 1100 - 1200AD) measuring a full 11" in diameter and 7" deep. It has bold paint against a cream background encompassing all of the exterior and extending into the interior. It is intact with a small pressure crack in the bottom which cannot be seen from the exterior. This item was discovered by Dr. Raymond Thomas of Phoenix Arizona and has no restoration of any kind. A very rare piece. This item was discovered by Dr. Ray Thomas on private land in the early 1980's.

This rare bowl was in my collection from 1996 to 2003. Because of the exceptional condition we recently repurchased the bowl as we do with so many of the pieces we sell.

A RELEASE AND DISCLOSURE, WITH PICTURE, IS PROVIDED STATING THE CONDITION, APPROXIMATE AGE AND THAT POSSESSING IT IS NOT IN VIOLATION OF ANY FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL LAWS.



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