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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
$365.00
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 AD 1000 item #1357198 (stock #VXW)
The Genius Of Man
$750.00
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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1353435 (stock #ASH)
The Genius Of Man
$450.00
A beautiful caramel colored lance head from Arkansas. The piece measures 6 1/2" in length by 1 1/2" in width. A striking example of flint knapping from ancient times!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1353434 (stock #AKP)
The Genius Of Man
$1,000.00
A beautiful grouping of 20 Prehistoric / Archaic arrow points and blades from a life-long collection. They were gathered over a great number of years on private lands in Arkansas and Kentucky. They consist of a rainbow of colors and shapes. The largest blade in the collection is 3 3/4" in length and is located in the upper left hand side of the custom oak shadow box which is included in the sale. These are some of the best pieces that have become available for some time. The opportunity to own such quality doesn't come along that often these days.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1352844 (stock #MCB)
The Genius Of Man
$375.00
CULTURE: Moche ORIGIN: Peru / North Coast AGE: Ca. 400 - 800 A.D. SIZE: 10" in height by 5" in diameter DESCRIPTION: A beautifully proportioned ovoid stirrup-strap jar with a chocolate brown base clay lightly overwashed with a creamy pale pigment. The vessel is encircled by four rows of raised cocoa beans (totalling almost 40). The rows of beans are connected by a horizontal red-brown fine line element. These vessels were often "killed" by having the handles broken off before being placed next to the deceased. The spout has been professionally re-attached to the body of the jar and a small crack has been stabilized. It is a very fine example of the type. PROVENANCE: A private Florida gallery.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1352842 (stock #CCCJ)
The Genius Of Man
$325.00
CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 300 B.C. - 300 A.D. SIZE: 6" in length by 3 1/2" in height DESCRIPTION: A reddish brown double globed phytomorphic vessel comprised of a pair of conjoined cactus connected by a hollow circular tube. Each cactus is supported by two tripod legs and each is adorned with raised nodules (thorns?) encircling the center area. The piece is intact and as found. There is one miniscule chip to one of the upper rims. An interesting and unusual addition to any collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1352791 (stock #VCW)
The Genius Of Man
$325.00
CULTURE: Veracruz ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 600 - 900 A. D. SIZE: 7" in height by 5 1/2" in width ( the piece comes with a museum quality metal display stand and has an overall height of 9" when mounted) DESCRIPTION: An impressive terra-cotta colored Veracruz head fragment with an aloof and solumn facial expression. He has an elongated face with a prominent aqualine nose. His eyes are elongated coffee bean shaped and both eyes and his slightly down-turned mouth retain the original black bitumen pigment helping to define the overall impact of his visage . He is wearing round ear spools and an elaborate quadrangular head piece with applied raised rope designs outlining his face and ending at the earspools. The upper area of the headpiece has an inverted triangle with round ornaments at each of the three angles...probably jade. This striking lifelike image would be a fine addition to any collection or he stands alone as a beautiful piece of ancient art on his own.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1352708 (stock #CPH)
The Genius Of Man
$475.00
CULTURE:Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca.250 B.C. - 250 A.D. SIZE: 5 3/4" in height by 8" at the widest diameter. DESCRIPTION: A curious and unusual thick walled sturdy vessel with a low rounded form. The lower half is a raised ridged pumpkin or squash and the upper section is encircled by six human faces with wide rounded noses and braided rows of hair. The base clay is a muted red. The jar originally had a light white washed thin coating with substantial amounts remaining and other areas lost to time and usage. There are numerous mineral formations attesting to its great antiquity. It was a very difficult piece to photograph with its many angles and shapes and the photos really do not do justice to its odd beauty and visual appeal.