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A fine Maya polychrome tripod plate with avian theme

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pre AD 1000   item# 1250096 (stock# M46744)

A fine Maya polychrome tripod plate with avian theme
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A sturdy vessel with an ornately painted interior surface showing a so-called 'Muan' bird (owl) of the Maya underworld. However, the central bird forms depicted on these plates are more likely to represent a Turkey Vulture, a creature equated with Maya lordship/rulership. The profile of an anthropomorphic old god also can be seen as part of its head here - the bird's upper beak representing the elongated chin or jaw of the old deity. Iguana-like creatures are found on the beveled wal ...click for details


A K'iche Maya earthenware jaguar head fragment

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Americas: Pre Columbian: Pre AD 1000   item# 1240927 (stock# M92373)

A K'iche Maya earthenware jaguar head fragment
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Representing the sun in its nighttime guise, this large and graphic head fragment shows a jaguar with bared fangs and teeth, prominent rounded ears, and squared-circle, deity eyes. It is a classic, hollow fragment from a monumental, lidded burial urn of the type found in the Guatemalan highlands of Quiche Department. Dating to the Late Classic period, CE 600-900, the effigy head has extensive remains of post-fire red, yellow and black pigment, and is in very fine, solid condition. Dimensions are ...click for details


A Bamana standing female figure

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: African: Pre 1930   item# 1228883 (stock# B49233)

A Bamana standing female figure
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The sensuous, fluid forms of this figure have been ritually cleaned and rubbed with special oils; the facial plane, especially, appears moist on the surface from numerous, annual applications. The resulting deep and glossy, reddish-black surface of this beautifully composed standing, young female compliments its distinctly slender physique. Possibly a 'jo nyeleni' figure or one owned by the 'jo' society'. It is 19.5"H, and in very fine condition with minimal losses, main ...click for details


An important Sepik River region votive stone sculpture

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1900   item# 1227712 (stock# P28481)

An important Sepik River region votive stone sculpture
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Ritually used lithic material is seldom found in Oceanic Art, especially examples originating from Papua New Guinea. This stone object is highly patinated and weathered, showing an orangish undertone layered on top with a deep black-brown, somewhat shiny surface. It was carefully carved on each side with profile, janus images of two anthropomorphic beings. It seems to have been extensively handled as if in ceremony or divination. The sculpture has an aura of antiquity. Conservatively, I will sa ...click for details


A fine Maori wood war club for dance "patu wahaika"

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1930   item# 1214948 (stock# M52237)

A fine Maori wood war club for dance "patu wahaika"
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A small but finely carved example used in mock dance battle, possibly by a young member of a chiefly family line. The phrase "Wahaika" means "mouth of the fish". This Maori object is made from a tight grain wood and has a fine, medium brown to dark brown, aged patina; softened and worn surface, overall. It measures 10"L x 3"W. From New Zealand, and dating to the Early 20th C. Provenance: Old New England collection pre WWII years. Florida private collection, 1998-pr ...click for details


An important and fine Maya earthenware tripod plate

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre AD 1000   item# 1211622 (stock# M453029)

An important and fine Maya earthenware tripod plate
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A throne room scene with seated lord resembling the famous 'Fat Cacique' of the IK polity ceramic corpus has been painted across the whole of the interior of this "jawate", or tripod plate. He is seated cross-legged on a large built-in dais, and gestures poetically with his hands to the secondary lord kneeling in front of him. Swagged textile hangs overhead and the stepped platform throne has a backrest. The ahaw wears an oversize headdress in the form of a skeletal, anthropo ...click for details


An archaic Kusu or Kasongo wooden 'kakudji' figure

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1910   item# 1208870 (stock# K490238)

An archaic Kusu or Kasongo wooden 'kakudji'  figure
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The age of this cult statuette is certainly great and the style of the carving indicates an ancient origin in the rolling, forested hills of East Central D.R.Congo. Known as 'kakudji', these half-figures functioned as protection devices on a personal level rather than for a family or community. The shiny, heavily worn and softened features are accentuated by the deep, rich, varied, brown patina. Hollow through the middle, possibly for ritual purposes, all of its 'charges' which m ...click for details


A fine Gidkoi wrapped primordial pair

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1950   item# 1205277 (stock# G34917p)

A fine Gidkoi wrapped primordial pair
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From northeastern Tanzania, this male and female couple has been characteristically covered in a textile which has been applied as if to mummify them. It has been noted such wrapped figures were used during initiation into secret societies or by village healers while performing curing rites. Exhibiting a saturated surface patina, glass bead eyes, and crusty fetish material overall, this pair possibly represents a primordial, creator couple. Large, round ears add to their already surreal appeara ...click for details


Marajoara earthenware seat of power

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1492   item# 1204528 (stock# M91037)

Marajoara earthenware seat of power
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Incised with an interlocking, abstract style on the octagonal top of the seat. The deity, a double-headed, anthropomorphic being, has cleft heads and arms upraised, with a tubular body further surrounded by double-line patterns in the field. The mound-building Marajoara culture existed for a period of approximately 1000 years, occupying the Island of Marajo situated at the headwaters of the Amazon River, in Para State, Brazil, CE 600-1600. 10.75 " D x 3.50" H, the un-burnished redwar ...click for details


A Bullom standing female 'Minsereh' figure

Catalogue: Archives: Regional Art: African: Pre 1940   item# 1204003 (stock# B511962)

A Bullom standing female 'Minsereh' figure
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A standing figure once owned by a female leader or diviner of the Yassi society, showing ample evidence of once being placed in a medicine bowl. The surface exhibits a crusty coating of a reddish substance, particularly on the right side of the head and down the torso. This material has begun to whiten in areas. Underneath this layer, the figure shows the typical shiny, black patina associated with objects from this region of Sierra Leone, West Africa. An elaborate coiffure, scarification on the ...click for details

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