The Genius Of Man The Genius Of Man
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1330575 (stock #CCV)
The Genius Of Man
$575.00
DESCRIPTION: A fantastical and charming bisqueware dual purpose ceremonial vessel. The piece is 9 1/2" in length. Each end has a circular hollow jar with two small rotund legs with balls at the tips of their legs...pottery rattles still intact. One bowl has the applied head of a zoomorphic creature and the other an applied tail. The center tube has long open slits with the pottery rattles once again intact. The vessel would have been utilized in ceremonial gatherings with incense being burned in the two round vessels while the piece would be shaken to make music with the rattles. It is in perfect condition. The small smiling face on one end and the tail on the other are great artistic finishing touches by a clever and talented ancient potter. This Cocle/Chiriqui collection which originally comprised over 500 pieces was inherited by the son of Dr. Glen E. Murphy who was reputed to have amassed the largest personal collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts from Panama in the world. He worked in Panama for over 20 years and later became the President of The Canal Zone University and then returned to the U.S. and became a well known instructor at The Daytona Beach Community College. All pieces were exported to the U.S. with proper legal paperwork that will be presented upon purchase. He donated many artifacts, both pottery and gold, to The Smithsonian Institution and The Rockefeller Museum and split the remainder of the collection among his three children.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1329706 (stock #CA)
The Genius Of Man
$2,600.00
CULTURE: Cocle ORIGIN: Panama AGE: Amphora from Las Tablas / Tonsoi Site....14" in height....Ca. 600 - 1200 A. D. AGE: Base...Veraguas Culture....7 1/4" in height...Ca. 600 - 1200 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A Tall elegant polychrome amphora with concentric rings circling the upper spout and sinuous swirling designs decorating the globular base. The base is a deep cinnamon color with areas of black striping. As a pair they are unsurpassable when it comes to elegance and beauty. A fine addition to even the best collection.PROVENANCE:This Cocle/Chiriqui collection which originally comprised over 500 pieces was inherited by the son of Dr. Glen E. Murphy who was reputed to have amassed the largest personal collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts from Panama in the world. He worked in Panama for over 20 years and later became the President of The Canal Zone University and then returned to the U.S. and became a well known instructor at The Daytona Beach Community College. All pieces were exported to the U.S. with proper legal paperwork that will be presented upon purchase. He donated many artifacts, both pottery and gold, to The Smithsonian Institution and The Rockefeller Museum and split the remainder of the collection among his three children.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1329519 (stock #MLN)
The Genius Of Man
$125.00
CULTURE: Maya ORIGIN: Mexico AGE: Ca. 400 A. D. - 860 A. D. SIZE: 6" in height by 3 1/2" at the widest diameter DESCRIPTION: An unusual blackware Maya vessel with a rounded bulbous base and a tall elegant neck ending in a widely flared spout. The piece shows minor abrasions due to ancient usage. PROVENANCE: A private San Diego collection. A simple clean-lined vessel...unusual for the time and culture.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1329518 (stock #CTH)
The Genius Of Man
$475.00
CULTURE: Veraguas ORIGIN: Panama AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 5" in height by 5 1/2" at the widest diameter DESCRIPTION: A unique superbly graceful redware jar with three oblong loop handles. It is understated and perfectly balanced. The proportions are flawlessly simple. It is highly burnished and in absolute mint condition. The three elongated loop handles are perfectly placed to accentuate the globular base topped with a gently outflaring spout. It has numerous mineral deposits attesting to its great age. Much of the sediment could be removed by the purchaser if he or she wanted a slicker looking vessel...it appears to have never been professionally cleaned. A timeless pottery creation. PROVENANCE:This Cocle/Chiriqui collection which originally comprised over 500 pieces was inherited by the son of Dr. Glen E. Murphy who was reputed to have amassed the largest personal collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts from Panama in the world. He worked in Panama for over 20 years and later became the President of The Canal Zone University and then returned to the U.S. and became a well known instructor at The Daytona Beach Community College. All pieces were exported to the U.S. with proper legal paperwork that will be presented upon purchase. He donated many artifacts, both pottery and gold, to The Smithsonian Institution and The Rockefeller Museum and split the remainder of the collection among his three children.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1329517 (stock #SJS)
The Genius Of Man
$645.00
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 : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1329288 (stock #LN)
The Genius Of Man
$675.00
CULTURE: Nayarit / San Sebastian Style ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 100 B. C. - 250 A. D. SIZE: 11 1/2" in height by 6" in width DESCRIPTION: A hollow redware pottery male figure seated on a two legged bench. His right hand is raised to his mouth...he is possibly injesting a ceremonial substance. His left hand is resting on his knee. He has a nose ring and multiple ear ornaments. He has fine detailed incised hair with a long strand hanging down his back. There are remnants of the original black paint evident on the striping on his rear shoulder and his upper left chest. Very strong mineral deposits attest to his great antiquity. In excellent condition. PROVENANCE: A New York Gallery Auction.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1329243 (stock #CSJ)
The Genius Of Man
$475.00
CULTURE: Chiriqui ORIGIN: Panama / Chiriqui Provence AGE: Ca. 600 - 1200 A. D. SIZE: 8 1/2" in height by 8 1/2" at the widest diameter DESCRIPTION: A timeless example of excellent ancient artistry. This large olla has a skillfully rounded lower base topped by a 2" shoulder decorated with two stylized frog overlays and a 2" spout rising up to complete the vessel. It is simple and elegant with its large pale cinnamon colored bisqueware body and finely applied zoomorphic ornamentation. The particular design of the two frogs can be seen depicted in many of the spectacular gold ornaments created by The Chiriqui.The piece is totally intact and unrestored in any way. The rim of the spout shows minor abrasion in a couple of areas due to ancient usage but this does not deter in any manner from the appealing visual impact of the jar. This Cocle/Chiriqui collection which originally comprised over 500 pieces was inherited by the son of Dr. Glen E. Murphy who was reputed to have amassed the largest personal collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts from Panama in the world. He worked in Panama for over 20 years and later became the President of The Canal Zone University and then returned to the U.S. and became a well known instructor at The Daytona Beach Community College. All pieces were exported to the U.S. with proper legal paperwork that will be presented upon purchase. He donated many artifacts, both pottery and gold, to The Smithsonian Institution and The Rockefeller Museum and split the remainder of the collection among his three children.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1329241 (stock #CGPJ)
The Genius Of Man
$245.00
CULTURE: CASAS GRANDES / VILLA AHUMADA ORIGIN: NORTHERN MEXICO AGE: Ca. 1250 - 1450 A. D. SIZE: 5" IN HEIGHT BY 5 1/2" AT THE WIDEST DIAMETER DESCRIPTION: An ovoid polychrome Casas Grandes jar with a soft tan background and painted elements in black, red, and white. The jar has two pierced handles for hanging or use as a canteen. Design elements include upside down stepped triangles, elongated quadrangles, elongated squares, and fine line red and black designs. The location of the black and red areas creates the visual impact of a wide band white stair step or lightning effect. There has been professional restoration to a couple of areas of the rim and light paint enhancement in a very few areas. It is an excellent example of the type.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1329059 (stock #CGSJ)
The Genius Of Man
$275.00
CULTURE: Casas Grandes ORIGIN: Far Northern Mexico AGE: Ca. 1200 - 1450 A. D. SIZE: 6" in height by 7" at the widest diameter DESCRIPTION: A highly ornamented Ramos Polychrome jar in colors of tan, black, and burnt orange. Design elements include stylized serpents, macaws, fineline orange and black elements, stepped lines enclosed in black quadrangles, upright and hanging triangles, as well as large circular areas. There are many fine books on the market these days with great descriptions of all of the decorative elements seen on Casas Pottery. Various authors give numerous contrasting definitions of the figures...without the use of writing during the period it is up to the observer to decide the true meaning. I really do believe the bottom line is the beauty of the creation and not so much what interpretation is followed. The jar has double lobed pierced handles. There has been moderate professional restoration to a few missing shards and light paint enhancement in some faded areas. It is a great piece for the money and one any collector should be proud to own.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1329054 (stock #STF)
The Genius Of Man
$750.00
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 : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1328749 (stock #CCF)
The Genius Of Man
$2,800.00
CULTURE: COCLE / VERAGUAS AREA ORIGIN: PANAMA AGE: CA. 600 - 1200 A. D. SIZE: 10" DIAMETER X 8 1/2" SUPPORTING BASE DESCRIPTION: An amazingly ornate polychrome fruitera with a deep cinnamon paste painted in orange, black, and cream. The upper plate and stem have stylized avian creatures swirling in circles. The underside of the plate is ornamented and totally circled by other ornate stylized designs. They do not come any finer! PROVENANCE:This Cocle/Chiriqui collection which originally comprised over 500 pieces was inherited by the son of Dr. Glen E. Murphy who was reputed to have amassed the largest personal collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts from Panama in the world. He worked in Panama for over 20 years and later became the President of The Canal Zone University and then returned to the U.S. and became a well known instructor at The Daytona Beach Community College. All pieces were exported to the U.S. with proper legal paperwork that will be presented upon purchase. He donated many artifacts, both pottery and gold, to The Smithsonian Institution and The Rockefeller Museum and split the remainder of the collection among his three children.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1328741 (stock #HC)
The Genius Of Man
$875.00
CULTURE: Chiriqui ORIGIN: Panama AGE: Ca. 600 - 100 A. D. SIZE: 12" in height by 11" at the widest diameter DESCRIPTION: A superb example of understated elegance. This large bisqueware vessel is in mint condition. It is perfectly symmetrical with its rounded bottom and delicate spout. It is lovingly adorned with two three inch frog overlays. The frog in the Pre-Columbian world often represented rain and abundance. A jar this large was most likely used to hold water. It is simplicity and understatement at its best. PROVENANCE: This Cocle/Chiriqui collection which originally comprised over 500 pieces was inherited by the son of Dr. Glen E. Murphy who was reputed to have amassed the largest personal collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts from Panama in the world. He worked in Panama for over 20 years and later became the President of The Canal Zone University and then returned to the U.S. and became a well known instructor at The Daytona Beach Community College. All pieces were exported to the U.S. with proper legal paperwork that will be presented upon purchase. He donated many artifacts, both pottery and gold, to The Smithsonian Institution and The Rockefeller Museum and split the remainder of the collection among his three children.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1328728 (stock #CGS)
The Genius Of Man
***SOLD***
CULTURE: Casas Grandes ORIGIN: Northern Mexico AGE: CA. 1200 - 1400 A. D. SIZE: 7 1/2" in height by 5" in width x 7 1/2" in depth. DESCRIPTION: A highly burnished brownware figure of a woman sitting with legs extended. She appears to possibly pregnant given the fullness of her breasts and lower areas. She has a sublime quizzical expression on her face and appears to be singing or whistling. Her eyes seem to be closed which gives the impression that she is concentrating deeply...she may be in a trance state induced by the inhaling or drinking of local shaman prepared potions. She has her right hand raised to her cheek and her left hand resting beneath her breasts. She is a truly beautiful example of the talent of a potter who could capture the beauty of the human formi repose. There has been professional restoration to the rear cowels on each side of her face as well as the tips of her feet. The cowels follow the lines of the effigy and are not just "guesswork." PROVENANCE: A former Scottsdale Arizona Gallery
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1328718 (stock #CGQ)
The Genius Of Man
$245.00
CULTURE:Casas Grandes ORIGIN: Far Northern Mexico AGE: Ca. 1200 - 1450 A. D. SIZE: 5 3/4" at the widest diameter by 4 1/4" in height. DESCRIPTION: A compact intact and totally unrestored Casas Grandes polychrome seed jar. The base color is a rich cinnamon brown with design elements in black and red. There is a spade shaped face on each side representing Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent and god of the rains. The two sets of hatched triangles represent the rains. The jar is drilled on each side for suspension. Numerous dendrites and root marks found in the interior attest to its great age. The interpretation of the designs comes from the book: "Casas Grandes/Pre-Columbian Pottery Decoded" written by Enest H. Christman, M.D. This jar is an appealing and affordable example of the type.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1328715 (stock #LPCO)
The Genius Of Man
$375.00
CULTURE: Casas Grandes / Ramos Polychrome ORIGIN: Far Northern Mexico AGE: Ca. 1200 - 1450 A. D. SIZE: 8" in diameter by 6" in height DESCRIPTION: An exceptional example of the type. The artwork is beautifully drawn and carefully balanced. The vessel has a light tan background decorated in colors of black, dark red, and cinnamon brown. The many geometric designs include triangles, three quarter circles, excellent fine line work, elongated triangles circling the upper interior, hanging and upright stepped pyramids enclosing stepped lines,and a chain of interlocking rectangular scrolls circling the upper exterior rim. The interior flared rim is decoratedby a concentric circle of elongated black triangles. The bowl was found in several large shards and has been professionally cleaned with the crack lines filled over. It is a striking and beautiful display piece created by a very talented ancient potter.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1328530 (stock #HV)
The Genius Of Man
$875.00
CULTURE: Veraguas ORIGIN: Panama AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. -300 A. D. SIZE: 15" in height by 12" at the widest diameter DESCRIPTION: A superb intact bisqueware water vessel from Panama. This understated jar is graceful and splendid in its size and simplicity. It is truly immense and the pottery is thin walled and highly fired. The handles are delicately applied human female figures. It is rare for a vessel to be this immense and remain totally intact! There are several smoke clouds visible from the time of firing.The balance and shape combine to give it a similar appearance to a Roman amphora. A great display piece for a large area. PROVENANCE: The unsurpassed private collection of Dr. Glen Murphy via inheritance.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1328225 (stock #CB)
The Genius Of Man
$425.00
CULTURE: Chiriqui ORIGIN: Panama (Chiriqui Provence) AGE: Ca. 300 - 900 A.D. SIZE: 5 1/2" diameter {including applied creature) by 3 3/4" in height. DESCRIPTION: A delightful nicely burnished intact bisqueware tripod bowl supported by three hollow legs with clay rattles still intact. The round bowl is ornamented with a stylized elfin zoomorphic figure on the side rim with a tail flaring to the right. This extra applied feature is what makes the bowl special and gives it great charm. There is minor scaling to a few areas of the rim due to ancient usage. PROVENANCE: The Dr. Glen E. Murphy collection via inheritance.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1328212 (stock #CSF)
The Genius Of Man
$1,150.00
CULTURE: Cocle ORIGIN: Panama AGE: Veraguas Cultural period...Ca. 600 - 1200 A.D. SIZE: 8" in diameter by 2 3/4" in height DESCRIPTION: A fantastical intact polychrome Cocle fruitera depicting a single figure of a stylized shark. The sinuous body wraps around the upper plate and stares directly out with a whimsical stare. The piece sits on a short round pedestal base. A fine example of ancient artistry. PROVENANCE: Former Dr. Glen E. Murphy collection via inheritance.