Lovely ancient Mayan vase from the Northern Petén area of Guatemala. Dates to circa 250 – 600 AD and measure 5-1/4” in diameter. This lidded vessel is decorated with a series of water glyphs painted in red and black over cream slip on the chamber, as well as the lid. It is intact with vivid paint, good mineral deposits. Has some calcification, root marks and just a bit of erosion of the slip as seen in the photo. Beautiful piece!
Here you find a large and rare molded Archaic Greek figure of a male figure balancing a dove in his hand at his chest. This terracotta is modeled after larger marble statues such as the korai from the Acroplis and East Greece. The result is this lovely example of a well moulded and pleasing votive that would have adorned the altar of a temple dedicated to the worship of a goddess...
Large two-tone Colima redware dog having a rear tail spout, pointy snout and perked ears. Has incised mouth and eyes, black painted mask over the eyes. Plump belly decorated with a large red circular spot on both sides of the stomach. Scattered mineral deposits and root marks. Has a minor stable hairline on right side of neck, otherwise intact. Overall in excellent condition. An extremely nice example! Dates to circa 100 BC to 250 AD. Measures 14.75 inches x 10 inches high.
NORTH AMERICAN SIOUX SADDLE BLANKET: LATE 19TH CENTURY
The blanket with central canvas panel with geometric and valero star patterned beaded hide. Each spirit has a color which corresponds to an element and allows to acquire specific skills, the cardinal points and their intermediates; the big star 8 branches for example. The spirit of the East, it is generally eagle, south , frog , West, Bear, North White Buffalo Calf ...
Here you find a lovely Lekythos in the form of a Silenus; follower of the wine-god Dionysus . Has long sharp horse ears and wavy beard and hair. Hands and legs are in elongated form. The vase appears to have some grape clusters remaining on the body. The Lekythos has a fine spout which was most likely used as a libation offering vessel. The vessel has some deep rich glaze still remaining. Much of the slip is now gone and in buff form. Handle missing and a portion of the lip as well...
A lovely pre-columbian bowl with birds from Nazca. Dates to circa 400 AD. Rich mauve and polychrome decorated pottery bowl having an exterior band with four large birds. This ancient vase has a minor rim chip and a stable spider crack on the base, otherwise intact. Measures 3 3/4” H x 7-1/8” D.
Provenance: Ex. West Virginia collection, acquired late 1960s to early 1970s.
Lovely Haida horn spoon having a carved handle in totemic form with a long beaked bird head at the top, toothy zoomorphic bear head, in the center, and an eagle head at the bottom. Well carved with curved ladle spoon at base. A very minor tiny flake on the spoon edge, otherwise intact and in excellent condition. Measures 7 3/8” in length. Dates to the 1800's and from an American collection.
Here you find a hollow molded terracotta female figure, seated with hands held to lap and wearing a knee-length, black-painted skirt. Has black painted detailing with orange tan burnished surface. Note the very intricate and well formed breasts. Very fine sculpted face with recessed, almond-shaped eyes, realistic nose and slightly parted lips. The master craftsmanship is evident with the attention to detail placed on the well sculpted fingernails...
Ancient Greek Sicilian askos. Dates to circa the 5th Century BC. In the form of a Bull which represents a central theme in many civilizations ( Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Anatolian, Crete, Persian, Cypriot and Athenian) being a major religious object . Measures 9inches in length. Has some wear to the surface and restoration to the head.
From a private Dutch collection.
Here you find an ancient Daunia funnel krater. From the Apulia region of Italy. Dates to circa the 4th Century B.C. Large globular body with a funnel-shaped mouth and stylized animal heads on the shoulders between the vertical handles. Has a rich red, black and brown paint, with geometric ornaments on a creamy white ground. Intact said for repair on rim. Measures 10inches wide x 9inches high.
Here you find a lovely elegant Black-figure lekythos. The shoulder of the vase is decorated in a scrolling ivy pattern. Very characteristic on Greek lekythi. A nice burgundy band surrounds the tip of the rim and lower portion of the body of the vase. Two standing hoplites done in silhouette surround a horse riding warrior. All wearing characteristic Corinithian gear; helmets, greaves, tunics, spears and shields. Small but intact and in great condition. Measures 5inches in height...
An ancient Chimu-Inca silver Pectoral from Peru. Dates to circa 1400 - 1500 AD. It consists of 26 silver disks and all ranging from 1” to 2” in diameter. Each silver disc is perforated and attached onto a black cloth and framed. The frame measures 19" x 21-1/2" and would make a great addition to any collection or room. Silver and Gold was plundered by the Spanish Conquistadors therefore making these surviving pieces ever more valuable.
A CAMPANIAN RED FIGURE OINOCHOE
CIRCA 320 B.C.
On the left side of the vase we have a seated woman, clothed in a high grit peplos. In one hand she is holding a cista and the other a thyrsus (staff with pine cone ). Her hair is wrapped in a beaded and ribbed saccos...
Ancient Greek Xenon skyphos with wide open mouth and intact strap handles. Scroll design around the entire body and a palm leaf style design further up...
ANCIENT MESSAPIAN KANTHAROS
CIRCA 400 B.C.
Beautiful and elegant pottery kantharos from the Messapian Greek tribes of Southern Italy. Has an ivy scroll around the neck of the vessel and lovely hook design across the body. Rays decorate the outer high arching handles. Intact said for a small hairline where one handle connects to rim (as seen in photo). Measures 6.5 inches in height.
Provenance: Ex. Gebhard and Johannes Hager. Exhibited at the Stadtmuseum Ottweiler.
APULIAN GNATHIA WARE EPICHYSIS
ATTRIBUTED TO THE ROSE PAINTER
CIRCA 340-320 B.C.
Elegant epichysis with a reel-shaped body and high gloss finish. On the top portion of the body, a vine band of grape clusters, leaves and tendrils, dots, ovolo and ray pattern on the neck. All painted in classic Gnathian colours; red, yellow and white. On the handle, mold-made masks where the handle joins the rim. The inner body decorated with a finely painted dove framed by a dotted flower and wreath...
ANCIENT APULIAN GNATHIAN-WARE BOTTLE
ATTRIBUTED TO THE ROSE PAINTER
CIRCA 340-320 B.C.
Beautiful bottle from Gnathia attributed to the Rose Painter. Done in the classic Gnathia style with large bands of ivy garlands, dotted ovolo, filled dots and rays. Painted in red,white and yellow highlights.
The central figure shows imagery of a swan, an iconographic identifier of Aphrodite. Measures
6 1/4 inches in height.
Provenance: Ex. Gebhard and Johannes Hager. Exhibited ...
Exquisite ancient Etruscan Bird askos from Tarquinia or Vulci. Has a large eye created by a painted circle and central dot with a feathered head and neck; head slightly tilted to the right. Vertical filing spout with flared rim set to the rear next to the extended “feathered” tail, the black painted flanged handled extends from the neck of the bird to the base of the spout. The bulbous body has tear and wave motif design and central arrow and palm shaped design on the front.