A group of five Pre-Columbian heads from Teotihuacan, Mexico, ca. 250 - 750 AD. They range from 1-1/4” to 1-5/8” in height and include various types, including Xolalpan and Metepec examples. All are individually mounted. The set makes a great display.
Cf. Berrin "Teptihuacan", page 74.
A choice Colima figure from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. This lovely female figurine is 5-1/8” high and is depicted seated on a four-legged stool. She is wearing a long dress and is adorned with a fancy headdress and shoulder scarification. Benches were reserved only for the elite. Intact, with strong mineral deposits and root marks.
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.
A rare Chimu zoomorphic effigy head from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. It is 7-3/4” long and depicts a Spectacled Bear, the only species of bear remaining in South America. The upper half of the head is highly burnished, the lower half left matte, in order to convey coloration. Intact, good 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 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 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.
An exceptional Moche II monkey deity from Peru, ca. 100 – 200 AD. This beautifully sculpted anthropomorphic effigy is 7-3/4” high and depicts a seated monkey. The face is superbly detailed, with feline-like fangs displayed in the open mouth. The hands are resting on the feet and have fingers detailed with fingernails. He is wearing a belt and sandal straps show on the underside of the feet. A beautiful sculpture, good mineral deposits.
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.
A wonderful Maya figure from the Tiquisate area of Guatemala, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This finely detailed figurine is 7-1/4” high and depicts a seated member of the elite. She is portrayed with hands resting in her lap and is adorned with a complex headdress, nose plug, large ear flares and multiple necklaces with matching bracelets. The orange slip is highly burnished and shows strong mineral deposits.
Cf. Schmidt “Maya”, page 550.
An exceptional Jamacoaque figure from Ecuador, ca. 300 BC – 400 AD. This beautiful Chone type standing female is 6-3/4” high and is depicted with hands open to her sides. She is wearing a long skirt and large headdress, both of which are decorated with gold and blue paint. She is adorned with ear and nose ornaments, as well as a multi-strand necklace with matching bracelets. In excellent condition, with strong paint and good mineral deposits.
An exceptional Nayarit musician from West Mexico, ca. 50 BC - 200 AD. This elaborate figure is 5-1/8” high and depicts a seated drummer. He is cradling a turtle shell in one arm and striking it with a deer antler baton. He is wearing an elaborate conical headdress and is adorned with an unusually large nose ornament. In excellent condition, with much of the decorative paint remaining, as well as strong mineral deposits.
An unusual Moche reptilian figure from Peru, ca. 400 - 700 AD. It is 8-1/2" high and depicts either a deity or a shaman transformed into a reptilian creature. He is posed seated and is nicely adorned with a headdress featuring a small skull ornament, ear plugs and bracelets, as well as a shuspa tied around his waist. A rare transformation effigy in excellent condition, good mineral deposits.
An excellent Nayarit figure from West Mexico, ca. 200 BC – 300 AD. This choice San Sebastian is 12” high and is depicted seated on a two-legged stool. The hand to mouth gesture communicates that the individual is eating. He is adorned with the characteristic multiple ear ornaments, large nose ring and crisply incised coif. In exceptional condition, with strong dendrites over the highly burnished red slip.
Cf. Leyenaar, “Von Kuste Zu Kuste”, page 305.
A rare Inca paccha from Peru, ca. 1300 – 1500 AD. This elaborately molded vessel depicts a ceremonial bowl overflowing with corn, representing a successful harvest. It is 7-1/4" in diameter, with one of the flanges forming the pouring spout of the paccha. Pacchas are vessels through which Chicha or water was passed during fertility rituals. This shows the abiding Andean belief in reciprocity: humans give the earth what they hope to receive from it...
A choice Moche figural vessel from Peru, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This nicely detailed jar is 5-1/4” high and depicts a seated man wearing layered clothing. He is adorned with a fancy headdress, large ear ornaments and a broad collar. Intact, with good paint and mineral deposits.