A wonderful Colima village scene from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. It is mounted on a 5-1/2” diameter platform and consists of 2 houses and six figures. The dominant figure is a pregnant female leaning against one of the structures, her status is communicated via her relative size. There is also a figure on a funerary pallet and a hunched-over individual looking sideways. Two of the figures are located inside the houses, which are decorated with linear designs. Rare find in excelle...
A choice Huari painted vessel from Peru, ca. 650 – 800 AD. This fine chicha jug from the Huara Valley is 7-1/2” high and features a nicely detailed figure seated atop the chamber. The upper half of the vessel is decorated with panels of linear and mesh décor, echoing traditional textile motifs. Intact, with vivid paint and strong mineral deposits.
An excellent Chimu monkey vessel from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. This nicely burnished blackware bottle is 7-1/4” high and features a prone monkey draped over the top of the stippled chamber, with the tail protruding from under the broad handle. Intact, with good mineral deposits.
A wonderful Tairona crocodilian deity vessel from Colombia, ca. 1000 – 1500 AD. This large effigy is 12” long, 10-1/4” high and depicts the reptilian with the head arched up. He is wearing a solar symbol headdress and rows of teeth surround the long snout. Heavy mineral deposits overall.
Cf. Labbe, “Colombia Before Columbus”, page 174.
A marvelous Chorrera figural vessel from Ecuador, ca. 1200 – 200 BC. It is 8-1/4” long and depicts a prone figure mounted atop the rectangular chamber. The head is superbly detailed, with the chin resting on the hands. The chamber and top of the head have highly burnished orange slip, the face and body are unpolished. Rare example.
Cf. Valdez “Amerindian Signs”, page 48.
An excellent Quimbaya retablo figure from the Middle Cauca region of Colombia, ca. 1200 - 1400 AD. This seated male is 8" high and is posed with hands resting on the knees. He has the enigmatic facial expression characteristic of the type, with deeply incised grooves used to indicate jewelry or clothing. Nice example with strong mineral deposits.
Cf. Labbe "Colombia Before Columbus", page 74.
A rare Moche comb from Peru, ca. 200 – 600 AD. This choice example of a textile manufacturing tool is 4-1/8” wide and is made from split Carrizo reed and palm spikes, bound together with braided string. Rare type in excellent condition.
Cf. Larco Hoyle "Los Mochicas II", page 194.
A choice Cupisnique fruit effigy from Peru, ca. 800 - 200 BC. This single-spout bottle is 10-1/4" wide, 8" high and is finely detailed with paint and incising. The incised lines are highlighted with tan paint and spotted patterns are created with the use of a negative resist technique. Intact, with good mineral deposits.
A choice Jamacoaque sello (roller seal) from Ecuador, ca. 300 BC – 400 AD. This excellent hollow example is 2-1/2” long. 1” in diameter and features two rows of figures separated by a band of geometric designs. Rare type in excellent condition.
Cf. Usillos “El Eje del Universo”, page 162.
A striking Sinu crocodilian jar from Colombia, ca. 1000 – 1500 AD. It is 5-1/2” in diameter and features a nicely sculpted reptile wrapped around the chamber, grasping the widely flared rim. Overall in excellent condition, with heavy mineral deposits and a kill hole at the center of the base. Comes with ring base to display the piece on its side.
A nice Chimu phytomorphic bottle from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. It is 6” high and depicts a lúcuma. This fruit was highly prized and cultivated by ancient Andean cultures and is still widely used in the production of desserts and baked goods. Intact, with heavy mineral deposits.
A large Bahia whistle figure from Ecuador, ca. 200 BC – 300 AD. This lovely figurine is 10-1/4” high and depicts a standing female with hands held to the mid-section. Her facial features clearly show the earlier Chorrera stylistic influence. She is wearing a long skirt and is adorned with multiple ear ornaments and a necklace. Good paint, strong mineral deposits and clear tone on the pair of whistles hidden inside.
An excellent Jamacoaque offering vessel from Ecuador, ca. 300 BC – 400 AD. The jar is 4” in diameter and is decorated with appliqué elements and painted geometric designs. The vessel is fronted by a 4-1/4” high shaman attired in elaborate ceremonial regalia, including a winged headdress, dual horns on the forehead and extensive jewelry. Intact, with good paint and strong mineral deposits.
A beautiful Nazca-Huari transitional shell-form vessel from Peru, ca. 700 – 800 AD. It is 6-3/4” long and is decorated with a Radiating or Flying Eye design painted over the cream slip in the Atarco style. Small bar elements surround the large spout.
Cf. Proulx “Sourcebook of Nasca Iconography”, page 111.
A fine Moche IV molded bottle from Peru, ca. 450 – 550 AD. This lovely zoomorphic vessel is 8-1/2” high and features four lizards atop the chamber. They are molded in relief, connected at the tips of the tails and set off with kaolin pigment. The flared base is decorated with a band of traditional wave designs. Nice example with good mineral deposits.
A rare Jamacoaque Jaguar deity from Ecuador, ca. 300 BC – 400 AD. He is 6-1/4" high, is posed standing with hands to the sides and is wearing a necklace with pectoral pendant. The face is nicely detailed, with fangs visible in the open mouth. Covered with bright orange paint. Mounted on stand.
An excellent Valdivia stone carving from Ecuador, ca. 3000 – 1200 BC. It is 6-1/4" high, 4-3/4” wide, is carved from the characteristic greenish sedimentary limestone and represents an owl. Good mineral deposits, mounted on stand.
Cf. Klein “The Secret Art of Precolumbian Ecuador”, page 46.
An excellent Tumaco bone idol from Colombia, ca. 300 BC – 400 AD. It is 2” high and depicts a female figure, perhaps a fertility goddess, with hands folded over the abdomen. Nicely carved, heavy mineral deposits, mounted on stand.