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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1297771 (stock #ZCU)
The Genius Of Man
$4,800.00
This incredible massive burial urn figure comes from Pre- Columbian Oaxaca, Mexico and dates Ca -300 A. D. - 800 A.D. He stands a full 15" in height, 10 1/4" in width, by 7 1/2" in depth. He represents Cocijo, deity of lightning and rain. Cocijo is shown in traditional fashion with large ear spools, forked tongue protruding from mouth, buccal mask, with a large glyph emblem as a headdress. His front legs are crossed which add to the stolid solidity of the piece. He would have originally have been covered with white pigment/stucco and red accents. pigments of cinnebar still remain visible in some areas. He is intact save for a small area of the headdress which was broken and reglued but there is no fill or overpaint. For the collector of the rare and fantastic!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1297778 (stock #NOB)
The Genius Of Man
$2,850.00
Without a doubt this Nicoya offering vessel is exceptional in all ways. It comes from Costa Rica and dates Ca. - 1100 A.D. - 1300 A.D. The piece stands 6 1/4" in height and has a rectangular offering bowl resting on the shoulders. It represents a deity that is part bird, part man, part jaguar, along with condor heads projecting from each side. The paint is in excellent condition and it has numerous mineral deposits. The feet are jaguar/human and the face is human/jaguar. The feet have large ceramic balls which rattle freely. The extremely fine quality of the piece along with the woven mat designs indicate that this fantastical creation belonged to an individual of the very highest rank...perhaps a member of the royalty or a powerful shaman. It is best displayed on a rotating stand which will be included in the sale. If you are seeking the ultimate Nicoya creation...you are looking at it. Ex: Lost World Artifacts collection
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1297525 (stock #CGFE)
The Genius Of Man
$2,400.00
This skillfully molded and and boldly decorated Ramos polychrome female figure comes from Northern Mexico and dates Ca. 1250 A.D. -1450 A. D. She measures 9 1/2" in height and is in a sitting position with legs outfront.The body of the vessel is a soft tan color with design elements painted in jet black, red, and brown. There are circular medallions on her back along with stylized elements resembling hands as well as woven mat design on her extended legs. Her face is wonderfully expressive with almond shaped eyes and long black lashes. She is in as found pristine condition with no overpaint.One miniscule pressure crack has been professionally stabilized. The photos really do not do her justice. An effigy of this quality is a true rarity in today's Pre-Columbian market and presents an opportunity not to be missed.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1297784 (stock #JKW)
The Genius Of Man
$2,250.00
A striking Jalisco standing female effigy from Western Mexico dating Ca. -350B.C. -250 A.D. She stands a full 12" in height Her prominent buxom chest is decorated with spiral elements. Her feet are tucked under and projecting to the rear. She is wearing a short brown skirt, raised bracelets on both forearms,a close fitting cap, earspools, and a cord around her neck which terminates in a perforated disc on her chest. The necklace cord retains some of the original red pigment. The base color is buff with medium brown designs on the torso and palms of her hands. Her mouth is slightly ajar exposing her teeth. The sculpting of the mouth, eyes, nose, and ears is finely executed. Her nose is prominent but thin and aquiline. She has a slightly no nonsense serious expression on her face. Scattered mineral deposits attest to her great age. A quality piece for a more than fair price....compare and you will see.
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 AD 1000 item #1297789 (stock #ZU3)
The Genius Of Man
$1,675.00
A compact Zapotec urn from Oaxaca Mexico dating Ca. 300 - 800 A.D. He stands 5 1/2" in height by 4 1/2" in width by 6" in depth. He is garbed in traditional Cojico (deity of rain and lightning} fashion with large ear spools, forked tongue, buccal mask, and the glyph "C" as a headdress. Faint remnants of red and white pigment remain as well as light mineral and sediment deposits. Ex: Gerald Alderman Collection. Provenance: Owned by W. Sebald of PA and prior to his ownership by the estate of a NJ doctor.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1297798 (stock #AS)
The Genius Of Man
$1,650.00
This large Jalisco shaman figure stands 13 1/2" in height and comes from Western Mexico Ca. 300 B.C. -200 A.D. It is in as found condition with very little of the original red/orange slip remaining. The base color is a soft orange/buff color. The shaman has a slightly opened mouth with teeth showing, ritual scarification or tatooing on the shoulders, and a circular beaded necklace. The face has a relaxed serene countenance with large almond shaped eyes and a slightly upturned grin. It is intact and has never been broken or repaired. He has great visual appeal even without the bright red glaze which appeals to many collectors. I prefer fine aesthetic form over color.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1304827 (stock #JWP)
The Genius Of Man
$1,575.00
CULTURE: Jama-Coaque Origin: Ecuador/Manabi Provence/ Coastal Age: Ca. 200 - 600 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A standing figure measuring 7 1/4" in height by 4" in width by 4 1/8" in depth. A fantastic warrior priest wielding a spear in one hand and a ceremonial staff topped by a human skull in the other. The figure is wearing an ornate circular band headpiece with raised circular elements, an odd nose ornament, ear spools, a chest shield, and a waist band with a dangling triangular pleated skirt with circular motifs. The after firing red, green, and white pigments are in immaculate condition!! The best of the best..... PROVENANCE: Ex: Jack and Kent Bond Gallery
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1304665 (stock #JSN)
The Genius Of Man
$1,500.00
CULTURE: Jama-Coaque ORIGIN: Manabi Provence, Coastal Ecuador AGE: CA. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A seated dignitary or shaman measuring 9 1/2" in height. The figure is sitting on a rounded stool which denotes his high cultural position. He is ornately garbed with a pointed multi-level head piece, double ear spools, a nose labrette, a long wide necklace with a massive dangling pendant or mirror, bracelets on both arms and lower legs, and a wide knee length tunic. Remnants of the original after firing green and red pigments still remain. An outstanding example of Jama-Coaque art at the peak of its perfection. PROVENANCE: The Genius Of Man
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1305372 (stock #AS)
The Genius Of Man
$1,500.00
CULTURE: Jama-Coaque ORIGIN: Ecuador / Coastal Manabi Provence AGE: Ca. 500 B. C. - 500 A. D. DESCRIPTION: This particularly large figure ( 12 3/8" high, by 6" wide, by 7" deep) is arguably one of the finest pieces available for private purchase in the last few years. The figure is wearing an ornate headpiece topped by a tall stylized crown. He has large ear spools, a necklace with a massive round pendant, an upper tunic with fabric designs, a nose labrette, and double calf and ankle bracelets. He is holding a cup in one hand and a "paccha" (an agricultural implement used to guarantee an abundant harvest in the other hand.) One end of the hollow paccha would have been inserted into the soil and a liquid (possibly corn beer) poured through the exposed end. The beginning of the growing season was of paramount importance as a good crop would insure the welfare of the culture. He is appropriately attired for such an important event to mark a critical time during the calendar year. After firing pigments of cinnamon brown and white are still evident. PROVENANCE: Lost World Artifacts
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1297530 (stock #SNF)
The Genius Of Man
$1,500.00
This imposing polychrome figure comes from Costa Rica and dates C.A. 500 A.D. -1000 A.D. He stands 9 1/2" in height with legs spread in a broad authoritative stance. His hands are resting on his hips and he exudes a stern being of obvious authority. The figure is elaborately attired with a wrapped pyramidal cap, earspools, a large discoidal pectoral, a backflap, and a shirt with a woven design. He is painted in colors of burnt orange, yellow, white, and black. The piece is in excellent as found condition with no restoration or overpaint and mineral deposits attest to his great age. There are a couple of small insignificant areas of paint loss on the front and back but they in no way distract from the strong visual impact.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1305159 (stock #JSP)
The Genius Of Man
$1,475.00
CULTURE: Jama-Coaque ORINGIN: Ecuador/Manabi Provence/Coastal area AGE: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A standing shaman figure mounted on a slab often called a "snuff palette" but actually used for inhaling ceremonial drug powders to help achieve an altered state. The piece measures 6 3/4" in height by 6" in length. He is clutching a large ceremonial staff or planting stick in his right hand. He is garbed in a highly stylized headpiece with a large addition (possibly an avian figure) crowning the center area. He is wearing a substantial heavy necklace, a wrist and knee length tunic with a center flap in front and raised elements in the rear, wrist cuffs, and ankle cuffs in the likeness of coffee beans. His mouth is slightly ajar indicating that he may be chanting. His eyes are incised and elongated almond shaped. Red and green after firing pigments are plentiful. PROVENANCE: The Genius Of Man Gallery
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1297876 (stock #NAV)
The Genius Of Man
$1,450.00
This fabulous Nicoya avian (condor?) vessel stands 5 5/8 inches in height. The piece is an offering bowl for a deity with human feet and bird features. The paint is in excellent condition and it has rattle feet. There are excellent mineral deposit attesting to its great age. It dates Ca. 800 - 1100 A. D. It has a bulging chest decorated with black paint in snake-like patterns and red paint highlights the black pigment. The effigy is painted in colors of black, red, and cream. The interior of the bowl is red slipped. There are no known repairs or overpaint. It displays best on a rotating stand which is included in the sale. Made by an artist with great imagination and creative ability.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1297398 (stock #NSF)
The Genius Of Man
$1,200.00
This Nicoya piece is exceptional in all ways. The standing female is from Costa Rica and dates Ca. 500-800 A.D. She is of the Nicoya-Galo style and shows strong Maya influence. She is resist decorated with Guanacaste-Nicoya colors of yellow, red, orange, cream, maroon, and black. She stands 8" in height and is highly decorated with geometric motifs and is wearing ear spools and a cap. Pieces of this quality are becoming quite rare.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1297400 (stock #NF2)
The Genius Of Man
$1,200.00
A finely crafted seated Nicoya effigy from Costa Rica dating Ca. 500 A.D.-800A.D. The seated figure is 8" in height and is painted in beautiful polychrome colors of orange and black over a cream colored base. There is minor loss of glaze in a few areas which does not detract from the visual impact.It has numerous mineral deposits attesting to its great age. It is in as found condition with no restoration, breakage, or overpaint. The figure is wearing a hat, ear spools, and a robe with geometric motifs. It has a strong visual impact and would be welcome in any fine collection of the best.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1297603 (stock #NMWH)
The Genius Of Man
$1,200.00
A fantastic male effigy figure from Costa Rica dating C.A. 500 A.D. - 1000 A.D. He stands 8 1/2" in height with very little paint loss. He is decorated with geometric patterns which may represent tattoos or textiles. The broad hat has classic textile decoration designs in all aspects. The head was broken off and cleanly and professionally reattached. He has no overpaint or fill and there are numerous mineral deposits attesting to age. The figure is beautifully modelled and he projects confidence, calmness, strength, and serenity. His curved arms that return to rest on his hips gives the piece an elegant flowing visual impact. An all around great piece for any collector of the best.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1304826 (stock #CPB)
The Genius Of Man
$950.00
CULTURE: Chimu ORIGIN: Peru / Northern Coast AGE: Ca. 1100 - 1470 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A paccha is a ritual watering vessel and one of the rarest items in even the finest artifact collections. They exist in various shapes and can be found in almost all Pre-Columbian cultures. They are always hollow with an opening at each end. They were ceremonially used to insure abundant crop growth. The vessel would be filled with liquid (often corn beer) and then one end would be inserted into the soil to allow the liquid to seep out and penetrate the earth as an offering to the gods of agriculture. This particular unique vessel measures 12" in length by 2 1/2" in width and is modeled in form after the Pacay bean...sometimes known as the ice cream bean. The bean encloses a sweet and pulpy interior and was considered a great delicacy by the ancients. A photo of the actual bean is included to show the similarity in shape. To my knowledge, another example of the type has not been seen by me or a number of other collectors in the field. This may be the one opportunity to acquire an example so do not hesitate if you collect the rarest and the best! The custom museum quality display stand is included in the sale. PROVENANCE: Ex. Arte Xibalba Gallery
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1297770 (stock #MTB2)
The Genius Of Man
$950.00
This robust Michoacan tripod bowl is an exceptional example of fine Pre-Columbian artistry. It dates Ca. 200 B. C - 250 A. D. and measures 9 1/4" in diameter by 5 1/4" in height.It has excellent mineral deposits. There has been some minor professional paint enhancement but the body of the bowl is intact save for a couple of small stabilized pressure cracks which most likely took place at the time the vessel was fired. The exceptional interior painting is in colors of black and red against a buff background. Geometric designs include panels as well as fineline and wideline elements. Due to their independence and lack of association with other Meso-American cultures their work is unique. There is one miniscule rim chip. All in all this bowl is an outstanding example of ancient creativity at its best!