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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Oceanic : Artifacts : Pre 1910 item #1336586 (stock #AEO)
The Genius Of Man
$225.00
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
$75.00
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
$75.00
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
$225.00
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
$275.00
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
$225.00
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
$225.00
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
$225.00
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
$375.00
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
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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
$275.00
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
$455.00
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
$375.00
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
$175.00
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
$175.00
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.