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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Pre 1492 item #1342042 (stock #CHJ)
The Genius Of Man
$750.00
Description: Culture: Chiribaya Origin: Chile / Peru / Atacama Desert Age: Ca. 400 - 1000 A.D. Size: 6 1/2" in height by 5 1/2" in diameter Description: An obscure small cultural group related to The Tihuanaco of Bolivia. They are believed to be a satellite community living near The Pacific Ocean where their major source of subsistence came from fishing and limited agriculture. They traded for other needed materials such as maize, chili peppers,and llamas with other communities located at various levels above the ocean.The base clay is a deep rich cinnamon in color with geometric design elements in black, white, and dark orange. Geometric designs include circular motifs outlined in black enclosing a smaller circle. Just below the handle there is a wide black band enclosing orange and white quadrangles. There is black and white ticking encircling the rim. Artifacts from this obscure culture are rarely available for purchase. The jar was brought into the U.S. around 1971 by the now deceased original owner and it has never been offered for sale before. This piece will appeal to the collector of the rare as well as the beautiful.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1342040 (stock #CHP)
The Genius Of Man
$750.00
Culture: Chiribaya Origin: Chile / Peru / Atacama Desert Age: Ca. 400 - 1000 A.D. Size: 6 1/2" in height by 5 1/2" in diameter Description: An obscure small cultural group related to The Tihuanaco of Bolivia. They are believed to be a satellite community living near The Pacific Ocean where their major source of subsistence came from fishing and limited agriculture. They traded for other needed materials such as maize, chili peppers,and llamas with other communities located at various levels above the ocean.The base clay is a deep rich cinnamon in color with geometric design elements in black, white, and dark and light orange. Geometric designs include hanging multiple triangles, stepped pyramids, semi circles, and wide lines enclosing small circular white dots. There is a small amount of erosion to one area of the rim due to ancient usage. Artifacts from this obscure culture are rarely available for purchase. The jar was brought into the U.S. around 1971 by the now deceased original owner and it has never been offered for sale before. This piece will appeal to the collector of the rare as well as the beautiful.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1341899 (stock #TEJPL)
The Genius Of Man
$325.00
CULTURE: Jalisco ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: CA. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 2 1/2“ in width by 7” in height DESCRIPTION: A particularly elegant terra cotta solid molded “pretty lady” from West Mexico. She is standing with legs slightly akimbo with her arms raised and her hands resting on her chin. She is showing early signs of pregnancy with a slightly swollen abdomen and large full breasts mostly covered by her raised arms as in a stance of modesty. Her head is beautiful in its elongation with a prominent aquiline nose and deeply incised coffee bean eyes. She has a slightly upturned mouth which gives her a contented and happy demeanor. She has large ear ornaments and a finely wrapped head piece framing her forehead. She has two small holes drilled below her chin which extend all the way through her body so she could be worn as a pendant should her owner desire. A drilled piece of this type is truly rare. Remnants of the original white and red pigments are still visible from the time she was created. The piece comes complete with a museum quality black metal stand which allows her to be shown at her finest. They don’t come much better than this! She is exceptional alone as a work of art or would make a fine addition to any quality collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1340446 (stock #ESCF)
The Genius Of Man
$275.00
CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: CA. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 6" in height by 4” in width by 3 1/2” in depth. DESCRIPTION: A fine large example of one of “The Little People Of Mexico.” These wonderful miniature sculptures are often called flat figures or gingerbread figures. Each one is individually modeled of heavy cinnamon colored clay. This ornate fellow is wearing a rounded turban cap, ear spools, a necklace of round jade beads, and a wrap around waist cloth with long tassels in the front and an incised ovoid rear cover. He has circular raised designs on his upper arms most likely representing ritual tattooing. He has round coffee bean eyes and an elegant aquiline nose. The entire figure is liberally spotted with dendrite mineral deposits attesting to his great age. His overall demeanor is calm and elegant. He sits upright beautifully with no support needed. Excellent examples of these figures are becoming hard to acquire. Many were quickly fabricated and crude.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1339789 (stock #NM)
The Genius Of Man
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A beautifully flaked banded chert stone blade with multiple layers of color running throughout. It has been classified by Dwain Rogers, a well known expert in the field, as a "Pandora Knife." His Certificate of Authenticity along with a custom fabricated metal base will be included in the sale. The blade measures 4 5/8" in length by 1 11/16" in width. It was found on a private ranch in Northern New Mexico and is legal for private ownership under all current state and federal laws. The large size and outstanding choice of multi-colored stone combine to make this a rare and fine addition to any collection of carefully selected blades.
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 : South American : Implements : Pre 1700 item #1336669 (stock #PCV)
The Genius Of Man
$275.00
An unusual pair of handled and spouted vessels from South America. From the scant information that I have found available they were most likely made for the Spanish by local potters sometime during the 16th Century. They have the colors of Pre-Columbian ceramics but the shapes were definitely dictated by colonial settlers. The taller of the two is 5" in height by 5 1/2" from the tip of the pouring spout to the back of the handle. They both have circular rounded bases for stability. Other than a few chips and scratches from ancient usage they are intact and as found. Very few pieces from this period have survived the centuries and are still available today. They make an excellent contrast as part of a Pre-Columbian collection help to trace the changes introduced after Spanish settlement in The New World.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1336603 (stock #MST)
The Genius Of Man
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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 : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1910 item #1336586 (stock #AEO)
The Genius Of Man
$325.00
A pair of turn-of-the-century (or earlier) carved whale ivory or highly polished substantial bone ear ornaments from The Pacific Islands…most likely Hawaiian. They were collected in the mid 60’s and were purchased from a Hawaiian family on The Big Island. The verbal history told by the adult daughter is that they were given in payment to her grandmother…as a seamstress…for work done for a client who just did not have the funds to pay for the “fancy” dress outfit he had ordered. He was supposed to return with the money at some point….but never did. They are beautifully carved and measure 3” in length by slightly under 1” in width. They come complete with a museum quality heavy metal black stand. When mounted, the overall height is 4 3/4”. They have both historical value as well as they stand on their own as fine works of creativity and beauty.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Handiwork : Pre 1920 item #1336561 (stock #DOTDM)
The Genius Of Man
$125.00
An outstanding hand carved and painted mask which originated from a 19th century life-size leather costume. The mask measures 20" in length by 9" in height by 6" in width. It is carved from one piece of wood and painted in colors of black, white, red, orange, yellow, and shades of cinnamon brown. It has no restoration and is totally intact with no breaks or cracks. The red lips are pursed as if he is blowing wind. There is a small original hole drilled in the very top for hanging. It is timeless and finely executed piece of art created by the hand of a master artist of the time.
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.