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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1320858 (stock #MG)
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ORIGIN: American Southwest CULTURE: Mimbres AGE: 1000 A.D. - 1250 A. D. An exceptional Classic Phase Mimbres geometric. The bowl measures 9" in diameter by 5" in height. The design,complexity, and execution are of superior quality...It is arguably in the top 5% realm of outstanding creativity in the Mimbres ceramic tradition. Geometric designs include two banded areas enclosed within parallel lines with multiple fine lines,upright and hanging triangles, along with stepped wide lines. The design elements are divided into four repeating quadrants. The zig-zag repeating design in the center area creates and optical illusion of spinning movement. There is less than 1% restoration. It is this kind of creative genius which makes Mimbres pottery the very best of black on white wares in the Southwest.Some pieces of Anasazi are beautiful in design but rarely if ever reach the level of the Mimbres.They just don't come any better! The bowl is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal laws. It comes from the collection of the now defunct Soutwestern Archaeological Institute.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1320832 (stock #MCO)
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CULTURE: Mimbres LOCATION: American Southwest AGE: 900 - 1250 A.D. This exceptional example of a clapboard corrugated olla measures 14" in height by 10 1/2" in diameter. What makes it special is the fine corrugation work and the fact that it is intact. There are a couple of minor pressure cracks that have been stabilized but it has never been broken...which is rare in a piece this size. It has double lugs on each side. The thin walls and the shape and workmanship make it appear delicate. A fine intact example of the type.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1320759 (stock #mb)
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CULTURE: Mimbres LOCATION: Southern New Mexico- Deming Area AGE: Ca 850 - 950 A.D. This masterful work of art measures a full 13 1/2" in diameter by 6 1/2" in height. It has been professionally reassembled using only the original shards. There is a very small area of restoration around the kill hole. It is a masterpiece for the period with finely drawn with a skillfully drawn horned toad as the center motif. Most experts agree that the checkerboard center represents the night sky and the swirling fine lines the wind.Other geometric design elements consist of upright and hanging triangles as well as carefully carefully drawn undulating lines circling the center motif. It is exceptional both in size and balanced beauty of the design elements. The bowl comes from the famous and extensive collection of the late Red Ellis. The bowl is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal Laws.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1317505 (stock #NF)
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CULTURE: Narino ORIGIN: Ecuador / high Andes plain near the border of Colombia AGE: Ca. 850 - 1500 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A polychrome pedestal footed bowl measuring 6 3/4" in diameter by 2 3/4” in height. The negative design colors are black, cream, and a rich cinnamon brown. The central design element which has the appearance of a flower most likely represents the planet Venus. It is flanked on both sides by a smaller version of the center design. Above and below the central motif are wide line upright and hanging triangles with “zig zag” lines enclosed...possibly representing mountains with the star above. There are wide white lines above and below that draw attention to the center design. The exterior is pale gold with faint remnants of wide white lines and there are numerous mineral deposits in the center pedestal attesting to its great age. The bowl appears to have been broken into several large pieces and professionally reassembled. It is a striking piece combining a great use of color combined with well thought out design elements.A great little bowl for the money!! PROVENANCE: A Scottsdale Arizona Gallery.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1317502 (stock #CGJJ)
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CULTURE: Casas Grandes ORIGIN: Northern Mexico DATE: Ca. 1200 A. D. - 1450 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A unique globular Ramos polychrome olla measuring 5 1/2" in height by 7" at the widest diameter with four raised grimacing faces. The background color is a soft tan with design elements in deep red and black. The raised faces are further accented by dividing rows of vertical fine black lines. There is a wide red line just below the rim outlined in black. The eyes are round with a black central pupil giving each face an alert and somewhat threatening countenance....especially when combined with the black lines with vertical "spikes" forming the mouths. There is black ticking around the interior of the rim. The piece is intact and as found with no overpaint or restoration save for a very small chipped rim area which has been professionally repaired. I have a number of books on The Casas Grandes Culture and I have never seen another with this exact shape and design.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Implements : Pre 1492 item #1317501 (stock #CW)
The Genius Of Man
$245.00
CULTURE: Chimu ORIGIN: Peru / North Coast AGE: Ca. 1100 - 1470 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A small carved and inlaid box measuring 4 1/2" in length by 2 1/4" in height by 1 3/4" in width. Both longer sides and the top are ornamented with two deeply incised raptors with inlaid turquoise eyes. The ends of each wide side and top have inlays of turquoise and colored shell. There is a small wooden insert on the underside of the lid that may have been added at a later date to keep the lid in place and keep it from being misplaced. It is a small and beautifully crafted artifact that would show well in even the best collection.Provenance: A former Scottsdale, Arizona Gallery.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1317500 (stock #NDS)
The Genius Of Man
$550.00
CULTURE: Nazca ORIGIN: South Coast Peru AGE: Ca. 100 B. C. - A. D. 600 DESCRIPTION: A classic Nazca polychrome double spout bridge jar in colors of burnt orange, black, tan, deep gray, and pale pinkish/tan. The jar measures 6" in height by 5" in diameter. It is absolutely intact and unrestored. There is some very minor scaling at the tips of the spouts due to ancient usage. Each side of the globe is ornamented with a large feline creature with a wide staring gaze and tall whiskers with trophy heads forming the base of the beard. Each of the four feet has trophy heads as claws. The main section of the body is deep gray with birdlike images enclosed within through the very tip of the upturned tail. This is truly Nazca at its best..in color, design, and forming and firing of the ceramic globe itself. An excellent example of the type. Provenance: A well established auction house.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1313149 (stock #CIS)
The Genius Of Man
$675.00
CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West  Mexico AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A particularly fine solid hand molded Colima litter scene depicting and individual fully prepared for interment. The piece measures 6 1/2" in length by 4" in width. Litter scenes from this period are not particularly rare....pieces of this quality are. The individual is carefully strapped into the litter at waist length as well as an extra strap around his ankles. His head is  supported by pillows on the side. He is wearing a tall quadangular cap and his face is serene with his long aqualine nose and large incised coffee bean eyes. There was great care taken in the fabrication of this piece to even show the details of his hands and feet through the use of deep incising. Each side of the litter has three triangular extensions used for carrying the piece. The underside is square with four pointed legs for support. The large semi-circular bands at the bottom and top were most likely used to lift the body and place it into a shaft tomb. The tombs were hollow and deep with a long stairways leading down. Many pieces of Colima pottery are found in excellent condition unless the roof or sides of the tomb has collapsed causing breakage to the artifacts. This piece is as found and unrestored in any manner. Provenance: Lost World Artifacts.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1312986 (stock #MPB)
The Genius Of Man
$650.00
CULTURE: Maya ORIGIN: Northern Mexico Age: Ca. 400 A. D. - 860 A. D. DESCRIPTION: An unusual white ceramic Maya poison bottle in the shape of a human head. It measures 2" in height by 2" in width. The fascinating face has heavy lidded eyes, a long aqualine nose, a deeply incised mouth with full lips, and a hairdo comprised of "bangs" cut in various lengths and wrapped with a thin headband tied in a bow at the rear. Remnants of the original red pigment are still evident. There are small areas of erosion at the base and around the rim caused by ancient use or exposure to the elements over a long period of time. They don't distract from the strong visual impact of the face. PROVENANCE: A Scottsdale, Arizona Gallery.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1312897 (stock #NB1)
The Genius Of Man
$425.00
CULTURE: Narino ORIGIN: Ecuador / high Andes plain near the border of Colombia AGE: Ca. 850 - 1500 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A large polychrome pedestal footed bowl measuring 8 1/4” in diameter by 3 1/2" in height. The negative design colors are black, cream, cinnamon brown, and a pale gold/yellow. The bowl is divided into four quadrants. Two opposing designs are defined by upside down triangles outlined by a wide white line. The other two elements have upside down stepped triangles, an odd “z-like” design in the center outlined by brown lines, and a double triangle element in the center...one comprised of a wide white line and the other is dark brown. The exterior of the bowl is decorated with 6 rows made up of three wide white lines. There is a museum marking in the center of the pedestal. Although it is difficult to tell for sure....the bowl may have been professionally reassembled from several large original pieces. The exterior is black with six triangular elements comprised of wide cream colored bands. The bowl exhibits strong colors and fine design work. PROVENANCE: A San Diego, California, family collection.  
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1312441 (stock #CTB2)
The Genius Of Man
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CULTURE: Chiriqui ORIGIN: Costa Rica / Panama AGE: Ca. 500 - 1500 A. D. An intact plainware tripod bowl measuring 4 3/4" in diameter by 3 1/4" in height. This compact vessel is circular in form and lightly flares out at the rim. It is terracotta with a dark hue due to ancient usage. The three tripod feet are zoomorphic in shape giving it has an interesting twist. The figures are upside down when the bowl is rightside up and it has to be turned upside down to make out the images. In almost all cases from this culture the figures were upright when supporting a bowl. There is a museum number and the word "Chiriqui" still visible on the underside of the piece. It is a definite museum deacquisition. It is a prime example of the plainwares created by the Chriqui culture. At a later date the ceramics in both areas became highly ornamented polychrome fantasies with supernatural creatures.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1312440 (stock #CTB)
The Genius Of Man
$145.00
CULTURE: Chiriqui ORIGIN: Panama / Costa Rica AGE: 500 - 1500 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A compact intact tripod bowl measuring 4 1/2" at the widest diameter by 3" in height. Faint remnants of geometric designs with circles, triangles, and dots are still visible along with strong remnants of the original white pigment used to paint the piece. The legs are simple round forms with two white stripes around each one. An excellent intact jar from the period and style.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Handiwork : Pre 1492 item #1312261 (stock #MSJN)
The Genius Of Man
$750.00
This finely designed necklace is comprised of 20 Pre-Columbian Maya jade beads (Ca. 100 - 860 A.D.) along with a fine jade zoomorphic pendant (most likely an iguana) dating from the same time period mixed with old Navajo sterling silver elongated hollow beads to act as spacers and make the piece light and wearable. It has been professionally strung to a 15" wearable length with an overall length of 30". It is perfect for formal or casual wear and designed for adornment as well as practicality. An excellent use of treasures from ancient Mexico combined with fine hand made silver beads from The American Southwest. It is meant to be used as adornment rather than just gathering dust on a shelf although it would be outstanding mounted in a lucite shadow box.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1311825 (stock #OSB)
The Genius Of Man
$375.00
CUTURE: Olmec ORIGIN: Tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico....Veracruz area. AGE: 1500 B. C. - 400 B. C. DESCRIPTION: A well made square basalt bowl measuring 4" in length by 3 3/4" in width by 1" in thickness. The piece has a well used deep center area and was most likely a paint palette or possibly a surface for grinding ceremonial substances. It is in excellent condition with no cracks, breaks, or restoration. PROVENANCE: Former Arte Primitivo Auction.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1311664 (stock #IJ)
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CULTURE: Ica ORIGIN: South Coast Peru AGE: 1100 - 1450 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A beautifully balanced polychrome jar measuring 6" in height by 6" at the widest diameter. The base background color is a soft cinnamon brown. The design elements are in black, white, and dark orange. The design has been executed in eight quadrants. Four are orange triangles with four small white squares in the center. The other four are quadrangles with wide wavy black lines. There is black ticking around the flaring rim. The bottom is rounded to make the piece easy to balance when placed on a sandy surface. A circular lucite stand will be included with the piece to make it stand upright. The piece is a clean elegant shape with tastefully balanced art execution. The overall design most likely mimics textile designs of the period. A great non-pretentious ancient creation.Provenance: An old Florida collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre 1492 item #1311359 (stock #ACO)
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CULTURE: Anasazi ORIGIN: Northern New Mexico AGE: 1000 - 1250 A. D. An excellent representation of Prehistoric corrugated utility ware olla used for cooking as compared to the ornate ornamentation which is often found in the black on white wares. The jar measures 8" in height by 7" at the widest diameter. It has been broken and reglued and has a few small shards missing which you can see in the photo. There are also a few minor chips to the rim. A nice example of the type. This jar comes from private property and is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal Laws.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #1311355 (stock #JDE)
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CULTURE: Jeddito ORIGIN: Arizona AGE: 1300 A.D. - 1625 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A life size (8" in length by 5 3/4" in height) plainware Jeddito duck effigy. Duck effigy figures  are rare from this era and location...especially one of this massive size. The base clay is pale yellow with quartz temper which adds slight glints of light. There is restoration to one shard on one side which would amount to a maximum of 12%. PROVENANCE: Former Gene Lang Collection acquired by Walter Knox and resold to a private collector on March 30th, 2005. This pottery artifact was acquired from private property and is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal Laws and regulations.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #1309299 (stock #IJ)
The Genius Of Man
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CULTURE: Jeddito / ancient Hopi ORIGIN: Arizona Age: 1300 - 1600 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A Jeddito olla measuring 7" at the widest diameter by 5" in height. The design elements are divided into three panels. Each panel depicts two stylized dragonflies enclosed within geometric designs. The vessel is in "as found" condition with no cracks or chips. There has been minor professional restoration to a few areas to enhance exfoliation caused by age and usage. Provenance: Former Hyatt Collection sold to a private collector in 2004. This vessel was found on private property and is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal Laws.