A rare Moche I bottle from Peru, ca. 50 BC – 100 AD. This fine example is 8” high and features a pair of nicely detailed crustaceans, painted in different shades of red over the cream kaolin slip. Intact, with good mineral deposits.
A fine Lambayeque (Sican) bridge vessel from Peru, ca. 700 - 1300 AD. This choice blackware example is 7-1/4" high and has two spouts connected with the typical bridge handle. A large hand-modeled crustacean is draped over the top of the chamber. It is surrounded by a pair of fish to the front and a pair of crabs to the rear, with stylized serpent heads projecting from the base of the spouts. The flared base is incised with traditional geometric designs...
A fine Recuay figural vessel from Peru, ca. 200 – 500 AD. It is 6" high and depicts a central figure surrounded by a trio of females, each wearing a decorated headdress. The chamber is covered with stylized geometric designs, as well as a mythical zoomorphic creature behind the short spout, all painted in red over the cream slip. Vivid paint, good mineral deposits.
A gorgeous Maya cylinder from the Peten region of Guatemala, ca. 250 - 600 AD. This beautiful polychrome is 6-1/4" high, 5-1/2" in diameter and is decorated with a trio of complex water symbols. A band of glyphs encircles the rim. Intact, with brilliant colors and strong mineral deposits, even the interior is painted with an orange wash.
A fine Maya figural jar from the Tiquisate area of Guatemala, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This lovely creamware vessel is 6” high and features the face of a Maya lord or deity emerging from its side. He is adorned with a large emblem on his forehead, as well as ear ornaments. Intact, with good mineral deposits.
A large Nazca globe with feline deities from Peru, ca. 150 – 300 AD. This early example is 7-1/2” high and features two distinct depictions of the Masked Mythical Spotted Cat, each surrounded by peppers, seed pods and other plants. Intact, with vivid colors and good mineral deposits. Ring base will be included.
Cf. Proulx “Sourcebook of Nasca Iconography”, page 89.
A striking Maya polychrome plate from Guatemala, ca. 600 - 900 AD. The plate is 12-3/4" in diameter and shows a frontal image of Tlaloc as a War Deity. The other objects shown are probably eccentric flint forms for bloodletting rituals. A drilled kill hole in its center conveys the plate's importance, having served a ceremonial function. Professionally restored from 5 pieces with no new material added. Vivid paint, good mineral deposits and root marks...
A choice Maya bowl from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This fine polychrome example is 8-1/2” in diameter and features three depictions of a Moan bird, each with a speaking glyph in its beak, facing a panel of glyphs. The tondo features the typical group of vultures surrounding a solar motif, although there is some loss due to erosion and mineral encrustation. Very rare motif!
A fine Cajamarca pedestal bowl from Peru, ca. 200 – 800 AD. This delicate bowl is 4-1/2” in diameter and is decorated with the stylized volutes and geometric designs characteristic of the type. Two of the interior panels have floral characteristics. Painted in brown over the orange tinted kaolin. Rare type.
Cf. Lumbreras “Peoples and Cultures of Ancient Peru”, page 147.
A marvelous Maya cylinder from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 800 AD. This choice example is 6-7/8” high, 5-1/2” in diameter, it is decorated with carved zoomorphic and stucco covered registers that are fertility related. The two carved bands depict frogs and are accented with highly burnished black slip. The intervening bands are ribbed and covered with blue and red stucco, with the broad rim band retaining some of the original designs painted in white, blue and yellow...
A large Maya cylinder vase from Jutiapa in southern Guatemala, ca. 400 - 800 AD. This elegant, corseted creamware beaker is 9-3/4" high, 6-1/2" wide at the flaring rim and is decorated with a trio of deeply incised Moan birds. The large birds are executed in fine detail and remnants of rare negative resist paint are still visible. The rim band consists of molded glyphs, a characteristic type for vessels from Jutiapa...
A great Ica polychrome bowl from Peru, ca. 900 - 1500 AD. This rare, large example is 8" in diameter, has a convex bottom and is decorated with the traditional geometric designs characteristic of the type. Intact, with strong paint and extensive mineral deposits.
Cf. Donnan "Ceramics of Ancient Peru", page 104 - 105 for similar examples from the Fowler Museum and the Museum of Natural History.
An excellent Maya polychrome jar from the Ulua Valley of Honduras, ca. 500 - 800 AD. This fine example is 6-3/4" high and represents a phytomorphic form, probably a pumpkin, on a flared pedestal base, which is decorated with pyramid symbols characteristic of the type. The two sides of the chamber reflect the male-female duality motif and the elongated neck is decorated with a rim band of jaguar-headed birds...
A choice Narino bowl from Colombia, ca. 750 – 1250 AD. This lovely Piartal cultural complex example is 8” in diameter and is decorated with four animated monkeys encircling a central design. The exterior has linear designs. A nice example with good mineral deposits.
Cf. Labbe “Colombia Before Columbus”, page 166.
A wonderful Nicoya footed bowl from Costa Rica, ca. 800 – 1200 AD. This choice Mora Polychrome type is 6-5/8” in diameter and is decorated with two representations of the Two-Headed Monster. The intervening panels are intricate designs associated with serpent and jaguar motifs. The flared pedestal is painted black and is separated from the rest of the designs by blood red stripes. In exceptional condition, with strong dendrites and root marks.
An excellent Maya bowl from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This fine chocolateware example is 7” in diameter and is decorated with a register of glyphs, one of which is the symbol for flint. The glyphs retain remnants of cinnabar and the lower band consists of fluted panels. Repaired from two sections, with strong mineral deposits covering the highly burnished slip.
Cf. Guzman Museo Nacional de Antropologia”, page 67, for similar from the National Museum.
A large Chavin bottle from Peru, ca. 1000 - 200 BC. It is 10-1/4" high and features four depictions of the Fanged Deity deeply incised into the burnished slip. Intact, with extensive mineral deposits and trails.
A beautiful Nazca jar from Peru, ca. 200 – 400 AD. It is 3-5/8” in diameter and features two different depictions of the Mythical Spotted Cat, executed in black over cream slip. Each is studded with peppers and Pacay pods. Beautifully detailed, intact loop handles.