All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1354276 (stock #EVS)
The Genius Of Man
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 : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1344580 (stock #SSF)
The Genius Of Man
Culture: Colima Origin: West Mexico Age: Ca. 300 B.C. - 300 A. D. Size: 5" in height by 2 1/2" in width Description: This compact smiling figure retains the high red burnish so often missing from pieces of the period. He is standing upright and is nude except for his huge ear ornaments and a tall headpiece with a wide band supporting what is most likely a stylized bird. He exudes joy and contentment and can't help but bring a smile to your face.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1344522 (stock #SMWD)
The Genius Of Man
Culture: Jalisco/Colima / Protoclassic Origin: West Mexico Age: Ca. 100 B. C. - A. D. 300 Size: 6" in height by 2 3/4" in width Description: A composed standing male figure wearing a wrapped turban which allows his hair to fall freely on each side of his face. He has a large aqualine nose and incised eyes and mouth. He has four circular raise areas on each upper shoulder which may represent ritual tatooing and a double bracelet on each arm just below. He is wearing a wrap around loin cloth of grass or fabric which covers the front area leaving the rear area open to expose his bare rear end. He has remnants of the original orange/yellow pigment and numerous dendrites attesting to his great age. A simple and beautiful small work of art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1344519 (stock #CSL)
The Genius Of Man
Culture: Chupicuaro (Guanajuato Late Formative) Age: Ca. 400 - 100 B. C. Size: 6 1/2" in height by 2 1/4" in width Description: A pale light fired clay. This lovely lady represents the "choker" variety of Chupicuaro figurine. She is nude save for her ornate upper decoration including a multi-strand necklace with a large pendant in the center, double ear ornaments, and a wide band of fabric allowing her hair to rise in a large double mound and then stream down her shoulders to mid arm length. She has slanted incised coffee bean eyes and a broad smile on her face. Remnants of the original white and orange pigments still remain. She has a few scrapes and minor losses due to her great age. A truly striking example of the type.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1342939 (stock #VMF)
Culture: Veracruz Origin: West Mexico Age: Ca. 600 - 900 A.D. Size: 6” in height by 9 1/2” in width by 4 1/2” in depth. The piece is mounted on a square lucite base which can be removed at the owner’s discretion. When mounted the head stands 10” in overall height. Description: A fantastic large Veracruz head fragment. The face is striking with elongated coffee bean eyes and raised eye pupils with the original bitumen pigment still strongly evident on the headband, eye pupils, and mouth. The figure is wearing a multilevel headpiece consisting of five rows of wide bands…each incised with a different design motif and further flanked on each by wide quadrangular side flaps. There are a few minor losses due to ancient usage but they don’t detract from the strong visual impact of the face. A truly beautiful and intriguing work of art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1335008 (stock #SMF)
The Genius Of Man
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 400-850A.D. Description: A maya effigy fragment measuring 5” in height by 3 1/2” in width. The piece is mounted on a wooden base which makes the overall height 7”. The base can be removed if so desired. There is a pale gold wash covering the figure with a small area worn away from the nose area exposing the brown terra-cotta base pottery beneath. The figure portrays and elderly figure adorned with ear spools, rows of raised circular designs on the upper arms…possibly jewelry or tattooing, a necklace formed of ovoid hanging pendants and a head piece which has ancient erosions and losses. This tends not to detract from the overall power and dignity of the piece. He would be stunning displayed on a mantlepiece or glass or wooden coffee table.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1329517 (stock #SJS)
The Genius Of Man
CULTURE: Jama-Coaque ORIGIN: Ecuador AGE: Ca. 500 B. C. - 500 A. D. SIZE: 10 1/2" in height by 4 1/2" at the widest point. DESCRIPTION: A striking ceremonial shaman figure standing proudly in a rigid upright position. He is wearing small disc shaped ear spools, a large rounded headpiece with a wide brim, and clutching a large ceremonial staff or planting implement. His face is serene as if in a trance. The mouth and the back of the headpiece have been pierced all the way through to allow light to enter from the top which would cause his mouth to glow. Numerous mineral deposits attest to his great antiquity. A small area of the rear headpiece has been professionally restored but the remainder of the figure is as found. His large size (10 1/2") and the care taken during the molding process make this piece a particularly fine gem for any collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1329054 (stock #STF)
CULTURE: Teotihuacan ORIGIN: Central Mexico AGE: Ca. 400 - 750 A. D. SIZE: 7" in height by 3 1/2" in width by 4 1/2" in depth. DESCRIPTION: A large exquisitely hand modeled seated terracotta effigy. This piece is highly ornamented with a complex ornate headpiece, a large triangular yoke collar with large round applied circular discs (most likely jade)... these same discs appear on both arms as well as on his elongated triangular waist cloth. He is wearing round bracelets on each wrist. His eyes and mouth are deeply incised and he has an elegant triangular aqualine nose. His countenance is calm, composed, and in control. An old break to his arm has been professionally reglued and there has been extremely minor restoration to the tip of his left foot and possibly the very bottom tip of his chin. He would make an outstanding and striking display piece for any collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1325928 (stock #TMM)
CULTURE: Maya ORIGIN: Mexico / Central America AGE: Ca. 600 - 800 A. D. Size: The tallest is 9" in height, the middle figure is 5 1/2" in height, and the smallest is 5" in height. DESCRIPTION: Three excellent mold made Maya figures.The tallest is wearing an ornate headpiece, huge spool ear ornaments, and a single strand jade necklace. The middle figure has a close fitting cap with braided hair extending down from each side of her scalp. She has small jade ear pieces . Both of her arms are resting on her waist. The smallest piece is wearing a very ornate head piece, large jade spool ear pieces,and a single strand jade necklace. Each is different in style and as a group they form a stunning trio. PROVENANCE: A New York auction gallery.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1321981 (stock #CMAC)
The Genius Of Man
CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 4 1/2" high by 3" wide DESCRIPTION: A petite endearing solid molded "sheep faced" mother sitting and cradling her infant. She is clothed in a short tunic and is bare breasted. Her headdress is woven at the crown and extends down her back to just below shoulder length. Traces of the original black pigment can still be seen on her tunic and breast area. Numerous mineral deposits attest to her great antiquity. A mother cradling her infant is a universal theme shared by human-kind from the earliest beginnings of our civilization.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1321805 (stock #CDF)
CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: CA. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 4 1/2" in height by 3 1/2" in width DESCRIPTION: A beautifully burnished figure carrying an offering jar in his right hand. He is wearing an incised band around his waist . His feet and hands are deeply incised and he is wearing a round close fitting cap. He has a contented smile on his face. Deformed and unusual people were highly venerated by many of the ancient South American cultures. The feeling was that the gods made them special and unusual for a reason. They were often held in high esteem and honor. They were often the trusted personal advisers to the nobility and rulers. Different times...different beliefs...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1321802 (stock #CNB)
The Genius Of Man
CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 7 1/2" in height by 3 1/2" in width DESCRIPTION: If you look closely you will note that this solid molded figure is sporting a "third leg." He has a shamefaced embarrased look on his face with his right hand covering his mouth. He seems self conscious and sheepish. He is carrying dual bags on his back secured by a tump line. He has applied wide staring round eyes. These humorous figures help bring some comic relief from the violence later evident in the Moche, Maya, and Aztec cultures. Most scholars believe that the Colima people were non-violent and avoided warfare with their neighbors. Human sacrafice happened rarely...if ever! Humor is an integral part of our species and should be practiced more often!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1320968 (stock #CC)
CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico DATE: 100 B. C. - 200 A. D The solid female figure stands 10 1/2" in height. She is sitting with legs tucked under and is wearing a wrap around skirt with complex designs denoted in white accents. She is holding a cup in her hand. She is highly ornamented with tatooing on the upper shoulders, round ear spools,a multi-strand necklace, arm bands,and a fancy headdress with a band holding her hair in place. The male figure stands 9 3/4" in height. He has his right hand on his highly ornamented drum and is blowing an ocarina with his left. His ornamention is complex with large ear spools, tatooing on the shoulders,a single strand necklace and a high headpiece with white striping and a horseshoe shaped upper piece decorated with white circles. Both pieces have numerous dendrites attesting to their great age. Former Lands Beyond Gallery.The overall impression is one of calmness and tranquility. An unsurpassed example of the type. A winsome solid molded Jalisco Couple sit calmly together playing their musical instruments. The femal is 10 1/2" in height.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1306520 (stock #NSBF)
The Genius Of Man
CULTURE: NAYARIT ORIGIN: WEST COAST MEXICO AGE: CA. 100 B. C. - 250 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A 15" tall seated nude female figure. The figure is hollow with two rear support legs. She is wearing double ear cuffs along with a head band and incised hair flowing down her back. She is leaning slightly forward with her arms resting on her upper waist. Scattered mineral deposits attest to her great antiquity. Both rear legs may have been reattached. She has deeply incised eyes and mouth as well as her nostrils. PROVENANCE: Arte Primitivo Gallery
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1306092 (stock #VCW)
CULTURE: Veracruz AREA OF ORIGIN: Gulf Coast Of Mexico AGE: CA. 100 A.D. - 1000 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A massive ( 12" in height by 7" in width by 4 1/2" in depth) solid hand molded effigy. The figure is constructed of buff terracotta clay and is sitting in the classic cross legged position with his hands resting on his knees. He is garbed in a highly ornate headpiece, ear spools, a substantial necklace with four dangling pendants, and a bracelet on each arm. He has an unusual indented navel and heavily incised slits for eyebrows and eyes. He has a long aqualine nose which makes his profile elegant and stunning. The term "coast watcher" has been coined over the years by archaeologists to describe these artifacts but why they were created and their actual use remains a mystery. The Veracruz people were known for their human sacrifice ceremonies such as the ballgame so perhaps they were constructed for some form of ceremonial usage. PROVENANCE: Lost World Artifacts
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1304047 (stock #JHF)
CULTURE: Jamacoaque COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Ecuador AGE: Ca. 200 - 600 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A striking and impressive immense Jamacoaque effigy head fragment measuring 9" in height by 7" in width by 6 1/2" in depth. The piece weighs 2 1/2 pounds. The bust represents a stylized feline with a ferocious countenance. He has a wide toothy mouth with bared fangs and a long extended tongue. He has large bulging globular eyes accented by heavy arching brows and a widely flared nose with open nostrils. Remnants of the original white pigment are present on the lower area below a necklace or collar circling his neck. He is mounted on a custom metal base in such a way that the base is hidden and the head appears to be standing on its own. The visual impact is fantastic and mesmerizing. PROVENANCE: A private California collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1301353 (stock #MSFA)
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 : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1300939 (stock #JBS)
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.