The Genius Of Man The Genius Of Man
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Stone : Pre 1492 item #1302895 (stock #DW)
The Genius Of Man
$1,250.00
Country Of Origin: Costa Rica / Atlantic Watershed Culture: Diquis Ca. 1000 - 1550 A. D. Description: An intact carved hard gray volcanic stone figure measuring 7" in height by 3 1/2" in width. The figure has stylized hands resting on his chest beneath what appears to be a short tunic. His relief carved facial features bear a tranquil...almost trancelike demeanor. He has a wide nose, long incised eye slits, and a flat close fitting cap. The stone has an excellent patina which helps attest to its great age. The custom metal stand is included in the sale.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Stone : Pre 1492 item #1302894 (stock #CRAM)
The Genius Of Man
$950.00
Country of Origin: Costa Rica / Atlantic Watershed Date: Ca. 800 - 1000 A. D. Description: An avian mace head carved from a dense red/brown speckled volcanic stone measuring 7" in length by 2" in width. The piece is in absolutely pristine condition which suggests that it was used for ceremonial purposes or perhaps as a burial offering. The bird has huge round sunken eye sockets. Recent excavations suggest that many of the avian maces from this period most likely had iron pyrite inlaid in the eye sockets. The frontal crest is well defined and the beak is deeply incised...most likely a condor. The wings are defined by light etching and the rear section terminates in a long tapering point. The custom metal display stand is included in the purchase. For Comparison: See "Art Of Costa Rica From The Arthur Sackler Collection"...page 282. Provenance: A well respected East Coast Gallery.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1302409 (stock #MMM)
The Genius Of Man
$125.00
This distinctive Maya monkey/man head fragment comes from Mexico and dates Ca. 100 - 860 A.D. The figure measures 2 1/2" in height by 2 1/2" in width and comes complete with a custom metal stand which makes the overall height 6 3/4" in overall height. The face has huge striking coffee bean eyes, a compact incised head piece, and large ear spools. His nose is long and elegant. His mouth and nostrils are deeply incised. The detailing is superb for a piece of this nature.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1302407 (stock #MTF )
The Genius Of Man
$115.00
This Maya urn head fragment comes from Mexico and dates Ca. 100 - 860 A.D.It measures 2 1/2" in height by 2 1/2" in width and includes a heavy custom made metal display stand. The figure is fabricated from an orange/brown clay. He wears a rounded head piece with a wide band circling the lower section. The eyes are closed as if he is in a deep trance. His mouth is almond shaped and raised and incised. The overall impression is one of serenity and deep contemplation...an excellent addition to a varied collection of artifacts from The Americas.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1302401 (stock #MSH)
The Genius Of Man
$110.00
This odd "space helmet" Maya mask comes from Mexico and dates Ca. 100 - 860 A.D.It measures 3" in height by 3" in width. A custom made heavy metal display stand is included which makes the overall height 6". This is the variety of artifact from which many so-called "experts" claim ancient alien contact. The helmeted head has a raised center crest and unusual elements extend out from the sides. The mouth is deeply incised and open to expose two needle sharp fangs. The eyes are huge and hollow and add to the eerie feel of the piece. The lower section has been ground down and not broken off so it may not have been merely a fragment but was perhaps the lid of a small incensor which would explain the hollow open eyes to allow smoke to rise as an offering to the gods. Truly strange and wonderful!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1301883 (stock #MMRB)
The Genius Of Man
$145.00
An excellent grouping of small redware jars from ancient Mexico dating C.A. 100 - 860 A.D. The largest stands 3" in height by 3 3/4" in diameter. The base is rounded and it gently flares out to the upper rim. It has two raised circular elements on the exterior for added decoration. The second piece measures 3 1/2" in diameter by 1 3/4" in height and has a rounded squash shape. The third is a small high sided tray measuring 3 1/4" in diameter by 1/2" in height. Other than a few very small chips to the rim they are in as found condition with no restoration or overpaint. The second two would most likely have been used for paint or cosmetics. All very nice examples for the price.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1301794 (stock #NWB)
The Genius Of Man
$495.00
This is one of those really fine Narino bowls rarely offered on the market today. It comes from Ecuador and dates C.A. 850 - 1500 A.D. The piece measures 7 3/4" in diameter by 4 1/2" in height. The base color is a rich dark brown and the design elements are executed in cinnamon brown and off white. The bowl depicts two warriors ... one holding a ceremonial staff and the other a spear in one hand and a snake in the other. There are also two house elements with figures standing in the doorway and one has two avian elements perched atop the roof eaves. The center of the bowl has a round white circle with a stylized star in the center. The Narino Culture held Venus in the highest of respect and planned their ceremonies and special events around this planetary form. The bowl appears to have been broken into three pieces and professionally reassembled with the crack lines painted over. The breakage may have been ceremonial or possibly broken due to it's great antiquity.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1301792 (stock #MRBWS)
The Genius Of Man
$135.00
This simple yet elegant Maya rattle bowl comes from Mexico and dates C.A. 100 - 860 A.D. It measures 5 3/4" in diameter by 2 1/2" in height and is in original "as found" condition. Numerous root marks and mineral deposits attest to its great antiquity. The top quality heavy Lucite display stand is included in the sale.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1301791 (stock #MRB)
The Genius Of Man
$125.00
This Maya redware bowl dates C.A. 100 - 860 A.D. and measures 6" at the widest diameter by 2 1/2" in height. It is in the shape of a stylized vegiform...most likely a squash. There are faint remnants of a geometric design on the underside of the bowl. It is in "as found" condition with no restoration or overpaint. It definitely shows signs of ancient usage with light scratch marks on the underside. It has mineral deposits on the inside of the piece attesting to its great age. There is no doubt that it was a utilitarian piece meant to be used in daily life and not just created for the pleasure of a member of the aristocracy. This bowl stands as a reminder that the vast majority of Maya ceramics were created to be used and not just viewed as a personal treasure.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1301353 (stock #MSFA)
The Genius Of Man
$75.00
This Maya head with a smiling countenance comes from Mexico and dates C.A. 100 - 860 A.D. It measures 3" in height by 3" in width and stands a total 0f 7 1/4" when mounted on the custom metal base. The face is rounded with a slight upturned smile, a highly incised hairline, and a rounded headpiece with a circular design element in the center. It exudes a sense of tranquility and well being as opposed to many of the Maya faces portraying fierce warriors prepared for battle. An all around pleasing artifact from the distant past.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1301340 (stock #MB)
The Genius Of Man
$90.00
This Maya denizen of the dark comes from Mexico and dates C.A. 100 - 860 A.D. The representation of the bat depicts him with large round ears, a large crest from the back of his head to his brow ridge, a pronounced snout, heavy lidded brows, and wide open round eyes. He is impressive but not frightening! The head measures 2 1/2" in height by 3" in width. When mounted on the heavy custom metal base the total height is 7" overall. A great piece for the sophisticated collector or the beginner...and the price is right.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1301053 (stock #JS)
The Genius Of Man
$1,850.00
This large (9 1/2" in height by 8 1/2" long by 4" wide) Jamacoaque Shaman figure comes from Ecuador and dates C.A. 200-600 A.D. The massive figure depicts a shaman in a deep trance in the process of morphing into a monkey. His face is loosing its human form and his feet have already become monkey claws. He is wearing an outrageously ornate headpiece,a huge chest pectoral, woven fabric attire, and he is carrying a basket on his back with a small humanoid creature rising up. The lower part of the basket is adorned with cocoa beans. He is mounted on a long square tray which would have been used to inhale various mind altering powders. He is exceptional in size and complexity. Most pieces of this quality are either in private collections or museums. They rarely, if ever, appear on the market for purchase. Provenence: An old private Florida collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1300993 (stock #NSW)
The Genius Of Man
$145.00
This elegantly painted shell shaped Narino whistle comes from Ecuador and dates C.A. 850 - 1500 A.D. It is mounted on a top quality metal stand which is included in the sale. The shell measures 2 3/4" in length by 2 1/2" in width. It has a small drill hole so that it could be worn around the neck. The base color is a warm brown tan and the geometric design elements are a rich dark brown. Geometric elements include triangles, fine-line work, stepped pyramids, and circular spiriling elements. The painting is excellent and finely detailed. The piece is in mint condition with no restoration or overpaint.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1300989 (stock #MDH)
The Genius Of Man
$550.00
This massive Maya pottery head of a dignitary comes from Mexico and dates C.A. 100 - 860A.D. He measures 7" in height by 6" in width and is mounted on a museum quality heavy black metal stand which is included in the sale. The effigy has a rounded/banded headpiece and huge ear spools. The eyes are upturned almond shaped and hollow. There may have been precious stone or shell insets that have been lost with time. His ample mouth is slightly upturned in a serious contemplative state as he stares straight ahead. There has been minor professional restoration to the tip of his nose and one side piece of the head covering. He has a rounded full face and large ears above the ear spools. A fine piece of art made by a master potter of the period. He would look great on a glass table or perhaps a mantle piece or placed next to other artifacts in a collection. Provenance: A private California collection sold at auction many years in the past. A COA will be provided.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1300939 (stock #JBS)
The Genius Of Man
$575.00
One of those exceptional Jamacoaque transitional shaman figures from Ecuador dating C.A. 200 - 600 A.D. A shaman figure is represented in a deep trance and is in the process of morphing into a bird. He maintains a great deal of the original pigments including deep yellow, red, and cinnamon colored bands in his headdress, wings, and cuffs around his feet. He measures 4 1/2" in height by 8 1/2" from wing tip to wing tip. He has a small support column in the rear which allows him to remain in a standing position. Numerous mineral deposits attest to his antiquity. A beautifully executed and visually striking piece! Provenance: Howard Knowes Gallery, New York City.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1300938 (stock #ACG)
The Genius Of Man
$495.00
This beautiful rendition of the Aztec corn god comes from Mexico and dates C.A. 1300 - 1521 A.D. He stands 6" in height by 3 1/2" in width. He is mounted on a heavy museum quality metal stand and it is included in the sale. He has a highly ornate head piece crowned with feathers, a large circular neck piece, ear spools, arm bands, and he is clutching an ear of corn in his left hand. A remnant of the original red pigment is evident on his face. He was damaged in transit and has been professionally reassembled from three original pieces...no new plaster! Aztec artifacts of any sort are few and far in between. Provenance: An old Sante Fe, New Mexico private collection. A COA will be provided.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1300935 (stock #CW)
The Genius Of Man
$475.00
This fantastical blackware whistle comes from The North Coast of Peru and dates C.A. 1100 - 1470 A. D. It is a bridge spout vessel depicting an avian creature perched atop four globular fruits (possibly sapotes. It measures 5 1/4" in overall height by 4" in width and 4 1/2" in depth. When the spout is blown it emits a high clear tone which comes from a small perforation in the neck of the bird. It shows great artistic creativity along with an adept pottery making ability! It is in mint condition save for one miniscule chip at the top of the spout. It is definitely not the typical run of the mill mass produced vessels so often seen from The Chimu Culture. I have never seen another like it. A great edition to any collection. Provenance: A highly respected gallery/auctioneer located in North Carolina. A COA will be provided upon purchase.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Stone : Pre 1492 item #1299442 (stock #MSB)
The Genius Of Man
$225.00
This heavy volcanic stone bowl dates Ca. 1000 - 1250A.D. It measures 6 1/4" in diameter by 2 1/2" in exterior height. The center hewn out area of the bowl measures 4 1/2" in diameter by 1 3/4" in depth.There is a small hairline crack running through the middle of the bowl which appears to be a natural fissure and not a sign of breakage. The bowl was found on the surface of a private New Mexico Ranch and is legal for private ownership under all existing State and Federal Laws.