This carved jade or hardstone figure of Xipe-Totec measures 8.5 inches tall x 4.5 inches in width x 3.25 inches in depth.
It is in basically good condition, with the loss of the bottom portion of both legs. It also has some old repairs to its left hand and right arm at the shoulder. A few other interior cracks round out it's condition problems.
All things considered, it is in pretty good shape, coming from a culture that ritually killed it's pots and figures on a regular basis (along with numerous human slaves and prisoners).
Although it has some stylistic similarities with Olmec figures (except around the mouth), it has more similarities with the Aztec or Mayan Cultures
It shows a figure wearing a second (flayed) skin, with hanging hands and stitch work up the backside to the head which would hold the flayed skin in place. The level of detail on the reverse stitchwork carving is remarkable and an indication of the importance of this piece.
Although we seriously believe this antique jade carving to be authentic and extremely old, we are not going to date this piece. . The buyer should make his or her own judgement as to the merits of this carving.
We never attempt to misrepresent or oversell a piece. For that reason we have priced this huge, well carved jade statue as if it were an old copy. If it turns out that this carving can be verified to be older than that, we are certain the buyer will not be disappointed. _________________________________________________________________________
Xipe-Totec, the flayed god, originated in Teotihuacán culture and continued in importance into Aztec times. In Aztec mythology, Xipe Totec ("our lord the flayed one") was a life-death-rebirth deity, god of agriculture, the west, disease, spring, goldsmiths and the seasons. He supposedly flayed himself to give food to humanity, symbolic of the maize seed losing the outer layer of the seed before germination. He represented a fertility cult and was said to assist the earth in making her new skin each spring.
Annually, slaves were selected as sacrifices to Xipe Totec. These slaves were carefully flayed to produce a nearly whole skin which was then worn by the priests during the fertility rituals that followed the sacrifice. Some accounts indicate that a thigh bone from the sacrifice was defleshed and used by the priest to touch spectators in a fertility blessing.
Paintings and several clay figures have been found which illustrate the flaying method and the appearance of priests wearing flayed skins. Without his skin, Xipe-Totec was depicted as a golden god. The priests of Xipe-Totec impersonated him by wearing a gold-dyed human skin for twenty days, or until the skin rotted away. The priest would then emerge reborn. .
This carving of a dragon in the clouds is carved from one large piece of ruby-zoisite. It measures about 11 by 5 1/2 by 2 inches and weighs about 5 pounds.
Ruby-zoisite is usually found in small pieces of jewelry and sold by the carat. With one carat weighing about 1/5 of a gram, this carving is somewhere around 10,000 carats of ruby-zoisite.
The details of the carving are exceptional and it is excellent condition.
Ruby zoisite fits in well with any collection of jade carvings, because it looks like good jade with rubies floating through it, although it is a completely different mineral from nephrite.
These two sterling silver porringers date from the early to middle 20th century.
Both are marked sterling. One is Gorham sterling and the other is Wallace sterling.
The measure 6.25-6.5 inches at their longest point (about 17 cm).
Each is about 4.5 inches in diameter (11.5 cm). They weigh together 8.3 ounces-see the last photo on scale. They came from the same estate collection years ago. One is simply marked "James". The other is marked, " To James Richard Hittle - From His Godfather, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
They are both in very good condition generally, but have numerous small bungs as would be expected from a gift given to a small child as a christening present.
This old unique jade comb measures 7.5 inches x 2.25 inches x .25 inches in depth.
It is carved from a piece of semi translucent pale green hard jade. This is not serpentine or another jade simulant -this is JADE.
It has a natural feather inclusion along the top edge- a good sign.
We estimate this to be a Qing Dynasty version of a much earlier style of carving.
It has a stylized dragon with archaic symbols as scales on it's body.
This is a very nice jade. The buyer will not be disappointed.
This standing pottery figure measures 11 inches high by 8 inches wide by 5 1/2 inches in depth.
It represents a shaman or tribal leader wearing a feathered cloak. It is Precolumbian in style, but may be a 19th or 20th century copy executed in the same style. It is in very good condition, except for a few small losses.
This large seated pottery figure of a woman measures 11 1/2 inches tall by 7 1/4 inches wide by 7 1/4 inches in depth.
It is in very good condition with the exception of a old repaired break on the leg below the figure's right knee.
It still has remnants of old applied colors on the head band, loin cloth, nose ring, arm bands and jar. It also shows the effect of having been burned black in some areas. The mouth is in an unusual open position, as if singing or chanting.
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This MUSEUM QUALITY NORTH WEST COAST FIGURAL TOTEM was carved from one solid walrus tusk.
It dates circa 1890-1910.
It measures 25 inches long by about 2 1/4 inches diameter at the base.
It is carved overall with an amazing assortment of carved figures, including many native animals and other tribal figural icons.
It is in outstanding condition, with a wonderful ivory patina and age cracks. Virtually all of the 17+ carved figures have abalone eyes and are beautifully detailed and polished.
The photo enlargements do not begin to do it justice. This is truly a one of a kind item and guaranteed to be antique and authentic.
This green nephrite jade carving measures approximately 8 inches by 4 inchs by 3/4 of an inch high.
The subject is a Chinese lion astride a flattened and curling leaf.
Although archaic in style it most likely dates to late 19th or early 20th Century.
It is in very good condition, except for some minor roughness around the edges of the leaf.
This old Sino Tibetan bronze seated figure riding a Chinese Lion measures 6 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches tall by 3 1/4 inches in depth.
The seated figure appears to be a Hotai or Budai wearing a crown and holding a mongoose in one hand and making the Karana symbol in the other.
It dates from the late 19th through early 20th Century.
It is in excellent condition, except that it has no bottom seal ( covering on the base). This may be another case of a bronze figure's base being opened while searching for hidden jewels. It also has two small areas of green verdigris: one on the lions mouth and the other near the left foot of the figure. There is additional verdigris evident up inside the base, leading to the conclusion that the bottom has been exposed for some time.
This tinned brass covered box in the shape of a duck or goose measures 11 x 8 x 10 1/2 inches. It is covered with intricately hand tooled designs. It is in outstanding condition.
It is marked illegibly on the bottom and retains most of it's original tinning.
It dates circa 1880-1920. Most likely from the Far East, although there are some stylistic similarities with Russian or Balkan motifs on the wing.
This antique tinned copper tray has traditional engraved bird motif surrounding a Homa bird symbol (Iran Air logo).
It measures about 16 inches in diameter.
It has a shield with an Arabic inscription at the top and (in English)IRAN AIR in a shield at the bottom of the circular field.
Iran AIR was established in 1946.
This tray probably dates circa 1946-64. The possibility exists that the tray is actually older and the Iran Air markings were added later.
It is in very good condition with the exception of a small dent in the field. it is small and relatively insignificant with all of the detail of the engraved patterns.
This early 20th century tea set consists of 5 pieces of hand hammered pewter (a 4 piece tea set and tray). Although its style could be described as Arts and Crafts, it also has aspects of Art Nouveau in the extensions of the lines of the feet.
Stamped on the base of each piece is a symbol of a lady in a bonnet, "My Lady”over "English”over“Hand Hammered” over “Pewter” which denotes the maker as George Lee & Co. of Sheffield, who used the "My Lady" trade mark some time during the 1920s.
The tea set sits on an old Art Nouveau Kayserzinn pewter tray which dates circa 1900-1910. It is an outstanding classic and original piece of Art Nouveau pewter. It measures about 15 by 22 inches.
While we recognize that the tea set and tray may not have begun life together; they are together now and we hate to breakup a good marriage.
The tea set is in outstanding condition with no dents or dings.
The tray is also in very good condition with a few light scratches as should be expected, given its age and the relative softness of its material. Overall, however, its appearance is quite pleasing.
This ceramic elephant on a stand measures 6 3/4 inches tall by 6 inches wide by 3 inches in depth.
It dates from the first half of the 20th century.
Although the glaze is identical to certain Chinese glazes, it may be American or European in origin.
It may also be Chinese, but we don't believe so, based on it's design.
It is in excellent condition with the exception of two minor flecks to the glaze and two holes drilled in it's base. It may have been filled with sand at one time to serve as a bookend. If there was a mate to this piece, we've never seen it.
It is a charming little piece, with legitimate age - at least 75 years.
This black and iridescent art glass vase measures about 12 inches in height and about 7-7.25 inches in diameter.
It has a wonderful overall iridescence and was created in the threaded style of art glass like that found in Loetz or Pallme Koenig.
It is unmarked but does have a ground spot on it's base where an etched signature would most likely go.
It is in excellent condition, period. No chips cracks or repairs.
We estimate this classic Art Nouveau vase to date circa 1895-1910.
This original antique Chinoiserie wine jar or bottle measures about 9 inches tall by 3 inches in diameter.
It was made in the late 19th century by Rorstrand in Sweden.
It is a classic European interpretation of an Oriental motif, with a robed man holding a tray with serving implements, surrounded by flowering shrubs and plants.
It has TH. WINBORG on it's upper rim. The company TH Winborg was established in Sweden as a seller of vinegar spirits.
It has the Rorstrand mark and additional incised initials (HZ, L and A) on the bottom. The company TH Winborg was established in Sweden as a seller of vinegar spirits.
It is in outstanding condition and much nicer than the photos would indicate.
This bronze figure of a seated shogun or emperor measures 14 inches tall by 12 inches wide by approximately 8 inches in depth.
It is in excellent condition, although it appears to have been mounted to a base at one time (with two drill holes in a bronze cross brace on the interior).
It appears to date to the late Meiji Period (circa 1900), but it may be slightly later (1920-30)..
This bronze sculpture of a standing figure of Parvati on a lotus stand measures 14.5 inches tall by 4.5 inches square at the base.
It is a very heavy, solid bronze casting and it is in excellent condition.
It dates circa 1890-1940.
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This rectangular jade box and cover measures approximately 5 inches by 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches (12cm x 9.4cm x 5.5 cm).
It is covered overall with incised decoration in leaf and flower patterns. The top has a simple lotus pond garden scene within a repeating line patterned maze design.
The box was carved from one piece of pale green celadon colored jade with a prominent natural inclusion along with cloud band patterns.
The bottom of the box appears to have been set in separately, but carved from the same piece of jade..
This box dates from the Qing Dynasty in China (1644-1911).
It is in excellent condition except for a couple of insignificant rim chips along the edge. They are difficult to see or photograph, but they can be felt when running a finger along the edge. They are VERY insignificant nicks.
NOTE: This box has very well patterned inclusions that help to document it's origin from a single large translucent stone.