An unusual Inca stone amulet from Peru, ca. 1300 – 1500 AD. It is 3-1/4” high and depicts two conjoined ears of corn. Nicely detailed, heavy mineral deposits.
An exceptional Maya Deity bowl from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This unusually large example is 8-7/8” in diameter and features two depictions of an Underworld deity, most likely an elaborate version of the Spotted Dog God. They are surrounded by four seated lords presenting offerings. The interior depicts six vultures, each holding a mirror, surrounding a complex central design, while eight smaller birds cover the underside...
A group of five Pre-Columbian heads from Teotihuacan, Mexico, ca. 200 - 750 AD. They range from 1-1/4” to 1-1/2” in height and include various types, including Early Tlamimilolpa, Xolalpan and Metepec examples. All are individually mounted. The set makes a great display.
Cf. Berrin "Teotihuacan", pages 74 and 226.
A rare Teotihuacan candelero from Mexico, ca. 200 – 750 AD. This choice Metepec example is 3” wide and consists of a pair of conjoined chambers. The bodies are decorated with the deep “thumb-impressed” décor characteristic of the type.
Cf. Rattray “Teotihuacan”, page 543.
A fine Jalisco female, ca. 200 BC – 350 AD. She is 5-1/4” high and is adorned with a fancy headdress and ear spools. Clothing and jewelry is indicated with paint. Good mineral deposits.
A fine Vera Cruz figure, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. This excellent Remojadas type is 4-1/8” high and is adorned with a fancy loincloth, complex headdress, segmented necklace and matching ear ornaments. Good mineral deposits and chapopote décor.
Cf. Leyenaar "Von Kuste Zu Kuste", pages 87 - 89.
An excellent Maya tripod cylinder from the Tiquisate area of Guatemala, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This deeply carved, corseted example is 7-3/4” high and features stylized depictions of the Hero Twins Hunahpu and Xbalanque. The grooves retain remnants of cinnabar and the square feet show the stylistic influence of Teotihuacan on this region.
A beautiful Chimu phytomorphic effigy vessel from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. It is 7-1/2” high and depicts a fruit or seed pod. It is sculpted in realistic detail, is highly burnished and shows strong mineral deposits.
A rare Moche deity head vessel from Peru, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This superbly detailed example is 5-1/4” high, 6-1/2” wide and portrays an owl deity. The curved beak is surrounded by piercing eyes and reptilian heads are used as ear ornaments. Minor restoration of rim chips, else in excellent condition, with strong mineral deposits.
Cf. Larco Hoyle “Los Mochicas II”, page 344 for similar from the Herrera Museum.
An excellent Moche canchero from Peru, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This beautifully decorated ceremonial water dipper is 11-1/4” long and has a handle terminating in a jaguar head. The underside features a pair of animated serpents, as well as additional décor resembling textile fringe. In excellent condition, with strong paint and mineral deposits.
A fine Gallinazo-Viru warrior vessel from Peru, ca. 1 – 100 AD. It is 8” high and depicts a warrior with club and shield. He is wearing an ornament studded cap and has diamond designs incised on his face. The chambers are decorated with the negative resist painting characteristic of the type.
Cf. Berrin "Ancient Peru", page 92 for the type.
A rare Maya polychrome bowl from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 700 AD. It is 6-1/4” in diameter and is decorated with a trio of parrots in flight. The interior has glyphs and date symbol surrounding a central Lamat glyph, which symbolizes the eighth day of the ritual calendar and is associated with the Heavenly Dragon. Fluted base, vivid paint and strong mineral deposits.
A choice Moche Portrait vessel from Peru, ca. 400 – 700 AD. It is 4-1/4” high and depicts an individual wearing a feline pelt headdress and large ear ornaments. His face is elaborately decorated with ritual tattoos in the form of a large curled mustache and he is wearing an unusual necklace. In excellent condition, with strong paint and good mineral deposits.
An excellent Maya toad vessel from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 800 AD. This beautiful polychrome effigy is 6-3/4” long and depicts a Bufo Marinus toad, highly prized for the psychotropic substance secreted from its glands. The toad is molded in high relief along the sides of the bowl, with the hollow head containing a rattle. The body is orange, with the spots akin to jaguar pelt representations. The flared rim is decorated with typical Copador glyphs. Intact, with strong mineral deposits.
A fine Chancay coca bag from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. It measures 3” x 2-1/2” and is woven with beautiful traditional patterns. The bag contains an offering of a piece of alpaca hide covered in red pigment. In excellent condition.
A rare Inca bone cup from Peru, ca. 1300 – 1500 AD. This rare example is 2-1/2” high and is made from hollowed out bone. It is decorated with a variety of deeply incised designs and shows extensive mineral deposits.
A group of five large Pre-Columbian head fragments from Mexico, ca. 300 BC - 500 AD. They range from 1-1/2" to 2" in height and include an Olmecoid, a Vera Cruz, a Huastec and Pre-Classic examples. All are nicely mounted and make for a nice exhibit.
A gorgeous Inca stone conopa from Peru, ca. 1300 – 1500 AD. This exquisitely carved example is 2” high, 2-1/4” long and depicts a finely detailed alpaca with an expressive face. It is carved from beautiful alabaster that has great color variations and the offering cavity occupies nearly the entire body. Choice example.