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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1339410 (stock #MT)
The Genius Of Man
$345.00
Culture: Mixtec Origin: Mexico Age: Ca. 1000 A. D. - 1500 A. D. This carefully crafted Mixtec tripod bowl measures 7” in diameter by 4 3/4” in height. It is painstakingly burnished a deep orange on the interior with three darker orange flat-tipped triangles incised and suspended from the rim. The rim is also incised and the darker orange pigment circles the bowl outlining the rim. The very tips of the three tripods have had minor restoration due to erosion from ancient usage. The vessel is otherwise as found with no plaster or paint touch up. The condition is superb and it stands on its own as a fine example of art of the period or could be added to a n existing collection as a fine example of a rare type.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1339324 (stock #Z)
The Genius Of Man
$525.00
Culture: Zapotec Origin: Mexico / Valley of Oaxaca / Monte Alban Age: Ca. 600 B. C. - 800 A. D. Size: 7" in height x 6" in width. DESCRIPTION: A stunning creative work of ancient art. The effigy has an assured and beautifully modeled commanding face of a warrior or noble staring confidently straight ahead. He is sitting with legs crossed. His countenance is calm, majestic and assertive. He is adorned with ear spools, a large single strand necklace (most likely jade), and a wide belt circles his waist. His headpiece is large and ornate with striations resembling hair and is designed to carefully outline his face to accentuate the deeply incised eyes and aqualine nose. His hands are deeply detailed and deeply incised. His almond shaped eyes are half closed as if in a trance. The right end of the hairdo has been professionally restored as well as the underside which has been resurfaced since it had become somewhat fragile from ancient usage. This is a rare and hard to find example of the type. Very few appear on the market and they are often quite large and very expensive. A number of these figures were often placed in a tomb and range in size from massive sculptures down to miniscule poison bottle size. A fine addition to any quality collection or he stands on his own as a single piece of ancient art to be given a place of honor on a mantlepiece or coffee table.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1339062 (stock #CHD)
The Genius Of Man
$375.00
Culture: Colima Origin: West Mexico / Ca. 300B.C. - 300A.D. Size: 3 1/2” in height by 4” in width by 4 1/2” in depth Description: An intriguing Colima effigy tomb figure from West Mexico depicting a compact hunchbacked dwarf. This small hollow treasure has a terra-cotta base clay burnished with an orange surface. He is in a sitting position with hands resting on his knees. He is wearing a close fitting headpiece with deeply incised eyes and a slightly upturned mouth and a pronounced aquiline nose as well as ear spools. His face and head have been left unburnished to draw attention to his gently smiling face. The Colima people considered dwarfs and malformed individuals as special gifts from their gods. They felt that these figures had been provided with extra powers and they were often top advisors to the nobility and lords of the period. This compact figure has had the bottoms of his feet professionally resurfaced from ancient usage and a few worn areas to the rim of the spout have been smoothed and polished. This compact figure is a heartwarming example of how an ancient culture defined unusual attributes in a much different way than we have during current times. A sweet and kind countenance.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1338410 (stock #TCE)
The Genius Of Man
$395.00
Culture: Tairona Origin: Colombia Age: Ca. 1000 A. D. - 1500 A. D. Size: 9” in length by 3 3/4” in height by 3” in width Description: A blackware ceremonial rattle in the shape of a two headed alligator. This large and unusual specimen stands proudly with both heads raised in the air. It is highly ornamented with bracelets above each claw, raised circular designs on the shoulders, incised circular raised designs surrounding each snout, and a center raised bar on each head. There are five lightly incised lines running down the center of the back. It is hollow with an opening on each side. The rattles have been lost to time. It is intact with no new plaster. One of the heads was cleanly broken off during shipping and has been professionally reattached. It is bound to appeal to the collector of the rare and unusual.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1336672 (stock #MN)
The Genius Of Man
$345.00
Culture: Nayarit Origin: Western Mexico /Ca 300B.C. - 300A.D. Size: 5” in height by 2 1/2” in width Description: A compact hollow pottery figure with a great sense of presence. This small effigy is fully equipped for battle or possibly for a ceremonial ball game with a large club clutched in both hands and a suit of woven armor with a large round collar. He has deeply incised eyes and an elegant aquiline nose. He is adorned with large ear spools and a wrapped head piece with a large crest as the centerpiece. He is wearing a short tight fitting waist cover and remnants of the original black pigment can be seen on his body armor and around his eyes and mouth. This is a fine example of the type and would be an excellent addition to any collection or as a single piece of beautifully executed art. The piece is intact and as found. Provenance: Former Lands Beyond Time
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1336671 (stock #MW)
The Genius Of Man
$275.00
This deftly molded solid terra-cotta figure stands 5 1/2" in height by 5" in width. He is the Maya wind god from Northern Mexico and dates Ca. 400 - 860 A.D. He is adorned with a massive head piece in the form of a large raptor perched atop his head and held in place by a circular belt. The lower area of the head piece is made up of a wide horseshoe shaped band with two circular decorations. He is wearing a simple square loin cloth to cover his lower body. The piece has numerous dendrites attesting to his great antiquity. One of those compact ancient pieces with great charm and presence. Ex: Scottsdale Arizona Gallery.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1336603 (stock #MST)
The Genius Of Man
$355.00
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 400-850A.D. Description: A wonderfully stylized intact polychrome turtle measuring 6" from head to tail and 5" at the widest diameter. The jar has original rattles in each of his legs. The face is deeply incised with a wide grinning mouth and his tail is a slightly rounded quadrangle. Remnants of the original black paint used for ornamentation are still visible....especially on the underside in the form of multiple wavy lines. He has rounded lugs on each side for suspension as well as numerous mineral formations attesting to his great age. This is a fine artifact depicting great form and charm. The Maya considered the turtle a symbol of water and plenty and it was a creature held in high esteem. A great addition to any collection or as a single piece of outstanding ancient artistry.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1335813 (stock #CGE)
The Genius Of Man
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CULTURE: Casas Grandes (Ramos Polychrome) ORIGIN: Northern Mexico AGE: Ca.1250 - 1450 A. D. SIZE: 6” at the widest diameter by 8 1/2” in height Description: A truly exceptional Casas Grandes zoomorphic effigy jar. The base color is a soft tan/brown painted in colors of black and deep crimson red. The figure has an upraised extended mouth as if howling. My research on the piece leads me to believe the creature is most likely a badger. The design elements include black and red triangles, stepped pyramids, semi-circles, checkerboard designs on the forehead with a dot in each one, fine line red and black brushwork, and most important and beautiful of all the front and rear of the vessel has two stylized intertwined macaws sporting tall crests. The jar is of the finest quality both in form and decoration and would have been made for an individual with high rank and status of the period. The upper right side of the cowl has had some professional restoration but there is no guesswork as to the image. Pieces of this quality are becoming quite rare whereas simple painted bowl shapes seem to be plentiful. Provenance: By inheritance from an old California collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1335008 (stock #SMF)
The Genius Of Man
$135.00
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 : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1335006 (stock #SCH)
The Genius Of Man
$355.00
Culture: Colima Origin: West Mexico Ca. 300 B.C. - 300 A.D. 
Size: 4” in height by 3” in width Description: An engaging deftly molded compact pottery figure in a sitting position with legs crossed and arms resting on his knees. This imaginative effigy exudes a confident and serene attitude. His hands are deeply incised and he has a long distinct elegant aquiline nose. His horizontal eyes and slightly smiling mouth are outlined with the originally applied black bitumen pigment as is his closely fitting rounded head piece. The base clay is a dark tan/brown and has been carefully burnished. He appears to be nude and his only ornamentation consists of large three tiered ear spools. From the side you can see that he has a slightly malformed back. The Colima people cherished deformity as a sign that the gods had made a special being unlike most other common human shapes. The special beings were often top confidents and advisors to royalty and led lives of great luxury. Scattered mineral deposits help attest to his antiquity.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1333088 (stock #CCJ)
The Genius Of Man
$375.00
CULTURE: Cocle ORIGIN: Panama AGE: Ca. 600 - 1200 A. D. SIZE: 4 inches in height by 4 inches at the widest diameter DESCRIPTION: A beautifully formed polychrome jar with a red slip painted with swirling designs in purple and orange highlighted with a black border. The jar has a nicely rounded flared rim. It is an excellent example of the type. 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 #1332934 (stock #TMC)
The Genius Of Man
$345.00
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 400-850A.D. Description: A finely and carefully modeled female terracotta ceremonial figure standing 7 1/2” in height by 4 1/2” at the widest point. The figure is staring confidently straight ahead with her arms folded inward grasping her breasts. She is adorned with a short square apron around her waist and large circular ear spools with wing-like extensions on each side and a wide collar. She is wearing a highly unusual headpiece in the form of an anthropomorphic figure with heavily lidded eyes as if in a trance and a simple semi-circular headdress. The figure has been drilled on each side above the arms and may have been attached to a dancer as part of a costume or strung and worn around the neck. The figure is a stately and elegant example of the abilities of a creative artist of the time.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1332932 (stock #MCH)
The Genius Of Man
$275.00
Culture: Colima Origin: West Mexico Age: Ca. 300 B.C. - 300 A.D. Description: A pale tan minature female hunchback figure measuring 3 3/4” in height by 2 1/2” at the widest point by 2” in depth. The figure is sporting an ecstatic smile. Extended arms are resting on her folded legs. Her eyes and brows are slightly raised and her hands are well defined and detailed. She is adorned with a bracelet on each wrist, large ear spools, and substantial circular nose ornaments. She has a fan shaped deeply incised hairdo swept severely to the right side. The Colima Culture held in great esteem malformed humans because they felt that the gods created them as special beings with supernatural powers. They were often top advisors to the rulers and lords. This may help to explain her extreme portrayal of joy. A heartwarming creation from ancient times.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1332091 (stock #CBE)
The Genius Of Man
$345.00
Culture: Colima Origin: West Mexico Age: Ca. 300B.C. - 300A.D. Description: A seated bulbous red burnished Colima male figure. He measures 5” in height by 3 1/2” in width by 3 3/4” in depth. He is in a seated position with sinuous tubular arms raised and resting on his shoulders. He is ornamented with a round helmet headpiece, ear ornaments, and deeply incised designs below his knees. He has deeply hollowed out eyes and mouth which give his face great character. He appears slightly surprised but unafraid. This is an unusual and intriguing Colima pottery shape. He has numerous mineral formations attesting to his great antiquity. A fine addition to any eclectic collection.
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
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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.