Intact with nice rattles. Finding Vera Cruz pieces that are intact and with this much white slip remaining is rare. They are low fired pieces, and most have been broken. This one has what is probably a dozen small rattles inside. Beautiful headdress and necklace. Really nice find. 6-3/4" tall.
This large beautiful bowl has three "Cat-Faced Anthropomorphic Mythical beings" (See "A sourcebook of Nasca Ceramic Iconography" - pg. 74.) Has a rare painted bottom. Very nice example. 8-1/4" by 4".
This cylinder measures 6" wide by 4 3/4" tall. It features two different shaman figures in elaborate ceremonial dress, each wearing a large backrack and extending a ceremonial staff. One figure is shown wearing a stylized Jaguar headdress, while the other wears one showing a bird form...
This Maya seal has two feline figures on it and a serrated edge all around. Very nice example. 3-1/4" long.
On either side is the head of a man wearing a headdress with jaguar heads. Between them is a feather staff. It is believed that the pachas were used in water or fertility rites. 6" wide by 4" tall.
This phenomenal Maya cylinder has three standing figures, each holding an instrument (fan or banner) that has a long billed bird perched on top that could represent the primary bird deity. Sits on three small legs. Gorgeous. 6-1/4" by 5-3/4".
Two part lidded vessel that is 12" high and is decorated with a highly detailed figure mounted on the top. The lower part consist of a two handled bowl on a flared pedestal. The bowl is studded with spikes used to depict the Ceiba tree, representing the Maya Maya axis mundi, its stable world center. The cross design cut into the pedestal was viewed as an iconic representation of the Yaxche, which traditionally is the Ceiba tree...
This beautiful Moche bottle has 6 lizards, each separated by lines. The lizards were somewhat venerated, as they would eat the bugs and help protect crops, etc. There is some minor chipping at the foot of the piece, else perfect. This is an incredible early piece. 9-3/4" tall.
There are two sea lion heads coming up from the top of the headdress, giving this a sea theme. The sea lion bodies are morphed into snake bodies as they run down the side of the figure. Beautiful condition. There is a TL test included from the Ralf Kotalla Lab in Germany, done in 1993. The report is in English and German with the graphs included. Dates last firing as 1250 years ago. 8" tall. Ex. E. Roth collection.
This exceptional Vera Cruz figure stands with outstretched arms and wears a headdress, necklace and large earspools. This are bituman remains around the mouth. Stands an impressive 24" tall.
Absolutely stunning Vera Cruz figure attached to an offering bowl. He has a huge pectoral and a fantastic "serpent" mask, with snakes coming from his headdress and running down to his nosering. He wears large bracelets and earspools. VERY complex piece. 10-3/4" tall by 9" deep by 9" across. Still has some white stucco remains. Incredible.