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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1358981 (stock #SFJF)
The Genius Of Man
$727.00
Culture: JAMA-COAQUE Origin: ECUADOR/MANABI PROVINCE/ COASTAL REGION Age: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. Size: 9” in height by 4 1/2” in width DESCRIPTION : An elegant example of a Pre-Columbian shaman figure from Ecuador. She is ornately adorned with a dual sectioned rounded headpiece with long side flaps trailing down below shoulder length. She has a nosepiece as well as circular multiple segmented earpiece and a double segmented “rope-like” necklace hanging to her waist. The figure is wearing a simple wrap around skirt reaching to her ankles. The skirt and small breasts indicate that she is a female. Her face is calm and regal with large heavily lidded almond shaped eyes possibly representing a trance-like state of mind. She has some very minor abraded areas to her headpiece and one side of her nose decoration due to ancient usage in ceremonies. They do not effect the beauty and striking visual impact of the artifact. A truly elegant and appealing figure.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1358806 (stock #SBJ)
The Genius Of Man
$325.00
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 100-850A.D. Size: 4” in height by 4” at the widest diameter Description: A globular Maya redware jar with a flaring rounded pedestal base and a deep circular ornamented jar sitting atop the support base. The upper rim is widely flaring on each side giving the impression of raised stylized wings. A smiling animated zoomorphic head with raised applied round eyes and ears and two extended legs are emerging from the upper rim as well as a set of two hind legs extending directly across from the head. The piece has strong mineral deposits and some mild surface abrasion attesting to its great age. There is a narrow pressure crack which has been professionally stabilized. This little fellow can’t help but bring a smile to your face!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1358735 (stock #MS)
The Genius Of Man
$275.00
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 400-850A.D. Description: This fantastical creature measures 4 1/2" in height by 3 1/2" in width. It comes complete with a museum quality metal stand. When mounted on the stand the measurement is 6 1/2" in height. The feline has large round deeply incised eyes as well as careful incising to help make the rounded nose stand out. The jaguar has a wide threatening fully open mouth with fangs on the upper and lower jaws. Numerous mineral deposits help attest to its great antiquity. The artifact captures the impressive power of the creature held in the highest esteem by The Maya as the ultimate predator. It is visually striking and would be a welcome addition to even the finest collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts. Pale remnants of the original red pigment can be seen, especially around the eyes.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1358734 (stock #SJP)
The Genius Of Man
$375.00
Culture: Jama-Coaque Origin: Ecuador Age:Ca. 500B.C. - 500A.D. Size: 6" in height by 4" in width Description: A finely molded effigy of a seated male shaman with a trance-like expression due to his heavily lidded eyes. His legs are crossed and his hands are resting on an elongated square object...most likely a grinding stone for preparing a substance to assist in the process of changing realities and realms. He is adorned with large circular bands on each arm and circular ear spools. He is wearing an elongated conical headpiece with side flaps hanging down. Remnants of the original dark orange pigment are highly evident on his headpiece and bracelets. This a beautifully created and executed example from the period and culture.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1357889 (stock #FJF)
The Genius Of Man
$175.00
Culture: Jalisco Origin: West Mexico Age: Ca. 300B.C. - 300A.D. Size: 6" in height by 5" in width Description: A full bodied female figure with a hatchet shaped or sheep faced head with incised coffee bean eyes and a simple dual banded headpiece. She stands upright displaying more than ample breasts and short stout legs. Both ears are drilled all the way through so she probably had ornaments hanging down which have been lost with time. She has a relaxed and somewhat sleepy look on her face. The original dark red pigment is evident on the lower half of her body,the chin area, and from the eyes to the top of her headpiece. Her hands and feet are deeply incised. The overall visual effect is humerous and pleasing!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1357883 (stock #SJF)
The Genius Of Man
$350.00
Culture: Jama-Coaque Origin: Ecuador Age:Ca. 500B.C. - 500A.D. Size: 4 1/2" in height by 4 1/2" in width by 4" from the tip of the toes to the back of the piece. Description: This compact terra-cotta effigy of a female Jama-Coaque shaman is a particularly fine example of the type. The effigy depicts a highly ornamented female figure in a sitting position with a ceremonial grinding stone and mano placed in her lap. She is wearing an ornate headpiece with vertical and horizontal bands in the center and long flaring side flaps trailing down to her elbows.She is elegantly attired with long dangling ear ornaments, a substantial necklace of square beads, bracelets on each wrist as well as a circular nose piece. She has large almond shaped eyes and carefully incised hands and feet portruding from a long wrapped skirt. Remnants of the original orange and blue pigments are still evident. There is a small of ancient abrasion on the upper section of her left headpiece...a timeless work of beauty and grace.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1357561 (stock #CSW)
The Genius Of Man
$350.00
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico / Central America Age: Ca. 400A.D. - 860A.D. Size: 3 1/2" in height by 2 1/2" in width Description: A compact seated male figure wearing a headpiece bound with a circular indented band with one forelock of hair dangling down from the left side. His face is highly expressive with a well defined nose and raised almond shaped eyes. He is wearing large circular ear spools and a massive necklace of large stones. He is sitting with both legs extended. His left arm is resting on the rear of his upper thigh while his right arm extends to his ankle. When blown he emits a soft soothing tone. A real charmer to be added to any collection!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1357210 (stock #MBBW)
The Genius Of Man
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Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 100-850A.D. Size: 4” in height by 3” in width Description: An unusual terra cotta whistle combining the face and beak of a bird…most likely an owl…with the body of a mammal…possibly a feline or bat. It i a great little piece with a lot of charm and character and the slight pot belly on the mammal can’t help but bring a smile. The surface is smooth and slightly worn from ancient usage in ceremonies. A great addition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1357208 (stock #JSJ)
The Genius Of Man
$445.00
Culture: JAMA-COAQUE Origin: ECUADOR/MANABI PROVINCE/ COASTAL REGION AGE: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A terra-cotta Jama-Coaqe “snuff jar” measuring 4” in height by 5 1/2” in length by 3 1/2” at the widest diameter. This elegant effigy figure depicts an ornately attired shaman connected to a hollow rounded vessel used in ceremonial gatherings for the purpose of inhaling or drinking various substances to help transform the user into a mythical creature outside of the human realm. The shaman has a rounded headpiece encircled with large circular ornaments (most likely jade), dangling ear spools, a nose ornament, a multi segmented neck piece with a large central pendant…possibly a mirror…as well as a highly decorated tunic and numerous ankle bracelets. The jar is ovoid with three rows of incised bands circling the base of the spout. Remnants of the original orange and blue pigments are evident in various areas. A truly creative and imaginative work of beauty.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1357200 (stock #NSB)
The Genius Of Man
$425.00
Culture: Narino Origin: Ecuador/ Ca. 850 - 1500 A.D. Description: A bichrome pedestal footed bowl measuring7 1/4” in diameter by 3 1/2” in height. The design colors consist of a pale tan background with dark brown multi-line motifs. This vessel is a particularly outstanding example of a Narino negative resist pedestal footed bowl. The design motif consists of numerous “super nova” dark brown lines streaming down from the rim… which is encircled by two wide brown lines…to connect with a six sided star symbol in the center of the bowl. The star may well depict the planet Venus…highly venerated by The Narino People as the mother star. The overall effect is visually dramatic and eye catching to say the least! A truly creative artifact created in ancient times by the hand of a master potter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1357198 (stock #VXW)
The Genius Of Man
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Culture: Veracruz Origin: West Mexico Age: Ca. 600 - 900 A.D. Size: 9” in height by 31/2” in width by 3” in depth Description: An absolutely superb example of a Veracruz whistle in the form of Xipe…god of the Spring. He is finely molded of a tan colored terra-cotta and boldly decorated with profuse ornamentation. He is wearing a mask with wide extended side flaps and long dangling ear ornaments as well as a multi-segmented neckpiece extending down to support a large chest plate. His left arm is extended in a straight down position and he is brandishing a ceremonial club in his left hand. The very bottom of the club was worn down in ancient times most likely due to repeated ceremonial usage. He is clad in a waist length tunic. His recessed almond shaped eyes, mouth, and nose are deeply incised. His large open mouth appears to be speaking or he may be in a trancelike state. This is indeed a stunning work of ancient craftsmanship.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1354526 (stock #SMF)
The Genius Of Man
$375.00
CULTURE: Maya ORIGIN: Mexico/Central America AGE: Ca. 400 - 860 A.D. SIZE: 3"in height by 4" in width. A museum quality custom metal display stand is included in the sale. When mounted the overall height is 6". DESCRIPTION: A buff pottery hollow urn fragment from a large Maya urn depicting a monkey with an animated and delighted expression. The lively face radiates a humorously cunning expression. He is sporting ear spools and has his tongue extended in a teasing manner. The Maya defined the monkey as a sign of playfulness and sexuality. Even today these playful creatures are a favorite for most animal lovers. A great addition to any collection and one that can't help but bring a smile to your face.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1354440 (stock #JISF)
The Genius Of Man
$625.00
CULTURE: Maya ORIGIN: Mexico/Central America (possibly Jaina Island) AGE: Ca. 400 - 860 A. D. SIZE: 7 1/2" in height by 4" in width DESCRIPTION: A Hollow molded figure of a noble or shaman. He is richly attired with a raised semi-circular banded headdress, large ear spools with suspended side flaps, a multi strand necklace supporting a large chest ornament depicting a highly decorated avian creature with raised wings. He is clad in a long tunic with two wide raised bands at the bottom. His eyes are almond shaped and his nose is small and aqualine. His overall presence is one of calm power and dignity. The front of the figure retains the original whitewash applied after firing. There is an original museum number on the rear. There are four holes drilled for attaching the figure as an ornament for burial or ceremonial usage. The whitewash on the back is poorly applied adding further credence to the concept that the figure was meant to be viewed straight on from the front. The figure definitely represents a fine example of the type.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1354432 (stock #CGEJ)
The Genius Of Man
$525.00
CULTURE: Casas Grandes / Ramos Polychrome ORIGIN: Northern Mexico AGE: Ca.1250 - 1450 A.D. SIZE: 6" in height by 5" in diameter DESCRIPTION: A low rounded polychrome jar topped by an ovoid anthropomorphic head. The base clay color is tan/brown with design motifs in black and burnt orange. The round incised eyes are encased in horizontal black lines with a row of black circles above and topped by a flat crown with stylized macaw figures. The impression is of a mask as opposed to just pigment applied to the face. Geometric designs on the body of the vessel include fine black lines and ornate upright and inverted triangles. The jar has minor wear to the tip of the nose from ancient usage and there are a few areas of light professional paint enhancement. Many small mineral deposits attest to its great antiquity. ex. Arte Primitivo Gallery
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1354285 (stock #NBV)
The Genius Of Man
$375.00
CULTURE: Nicoya ORIGIN: Costa Rica AGE: Ca. 1200 - 1500 A.D. SIZE: 4 3/4" in diameter by 3 3/4" in height DESCRIPTION: A fantastically ornamented Nicoya bichrome vessel. For such a compact pottery creation the amount and detail of the painted motif elements is truly superb. The piece has a tripod base comprised of three hollow stylized jaguar heads with the original rattles in the legs still intact. The base color is a cream/yellow clay with design elements in a rich burnt orange. The interior central motif is a bird with an upside down triangular body and a long neck and spiraling tail. The bird is outlined and highlighted by a wide line element with two smaller lines above. The other interior designs consist of rectangles with multiple fine lines, groups of "wiggly" vertical lines, upside down serrated triangles and an upper border of semi-rounded design elements. The exterior of the piece has rows of square dots, three fine line circles with a wide line below. The hollow legs have stylized jaguar heads with open mouths and each appears to have six eyes. The piece sits perfectly balanced on its three legs. There has been very light professional paint enhancement to the bird's head and one of the original three legs has been reattached with the crack line filled over. This artifact is without doubt the work of a highly creative and talented pottery maker from ancient times.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1354276 (stock #EVS)
The Genius Of Man
$425.00
CULTURE: Veracruz ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 600 - 900 A.D. SIZE: 5 1/2" in height by 6" in width (The piece comes with a wooden base for mounting and stands 7 1/2" in height when mounted) DESCRIPTION: A visually striking large ornate Veracruz shaman head fragment. The buff colored clay figure has large circular ear ornaments as well as a profusely decorated banded headpiece enclosing incised circles and deeply slashed horizontal slits. The headpiece has two large triangular flaps beneath the lower band. The figure is also wearing a rope-like applied necklace. The eyes are quite narrow and the nose is small and aqualine in shape. The original black bitumen pigment is still evident around the mouth, cheeks, and chin. The figure personifies elegance and confidence. A fine example of an unusual type.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1354273 (stock #PMP)
The Genius Of Man
$345.00
CULTURE: Maya ORIGIN: Mexico/Central America AGE: Ca. 400 - 860 A.D. SIZE: The larger of the two measures 2" in height by 1 3/4" in diameter. DESCRIPTION: A pair of deeply incised buff colored poison jars in the shape of a gourd or pumpkin. Each of the two is beautifully shaped and carefully incised. Both have dual holes for wearing or hanging. They are intact and as found. Simple and elegant.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1354090 (stock #MCF)
The Genius Of Man
$1,400.00
ORIGIN: Panama CULTURE: Cocle AGE: Ca. 600 - 1200 A.D. SIZE: 12" in diameter by 6" in height DESCRIPTION: One of the best of the best. The vessel has a low rounded form with a round pedestal base. It is a work of polychromatic virtuosity in colors of deep purple, jet black, rich tangerine, set against a light buff background. The elaborate motif consists of four stylized raptorial birds surrounding a swirling circiular center most likely representing the sun or another important celestial star. Each avian creature has numerous wicked curved talons and spikes extending from the rear of the head along with long toothy bared fangs extending from the beak. The eyes are huge spiriling circles with a black center pupil. Numerous mineral deposits attest to its great antiquity. The piece has been professionally reassembled from several large segments with the crack lines filled over. This is not uncommon in ceramics originating from Cocle sites since ceramics were often purposely ceremonially broken when buried. A truly timeless work of creative genius. From the extensive Glen E. Murphy Collection.