A fine Zapotec figural urn from Mexico, ca. 100 – 500 AD. It is 7-3/4” high, 6-1/4” wide and depicts the God with the Headdress Composed of the Upper Jaw of the Serpent. The deity is posed seated, with hands resting on the knees and is wearing a long ceremonial bib. The figure is further adorned with ear spools and bracelets. Intact, with pigment remnants and strong mineral deposits.
Cf. Boos “Ceramic Sculptures of Ancient Oaxaca”, page 95.
A beautifully sculpted Ameca figure from Jalisco, West Mexico, ca. 200 BC – 350 AD. This elaborately painted female is 8” high and is posed kneeling, with the legs tucked underneath. She is carrying a large vessel, strapped to her head with a tump line and supported with one hand. She is adorned with painted necklaces and has ritual tattoos on her breasts and chin. An excellent example of the type, with vivid paint and good mineral deposits.
Cf. Leyenaar “Von Kuste Zu Kuste”, pag...
A wonderful Roman bronze theater mask applique, ca. 1st - 4th Century AD. This superbly detailed example is 2-1/4” high and depicts the mask of an actor portraying a deity. Most likely an attachment from the box of an important performer. Lovely patina.
An excellent Maya ballgame hacha from Guatemala, ca. 250 – 600 AD. This masterfully sculpted example is 6” high and is carved from a greenish-gray hardstone. It depicts one of the monkey deities, Hun-Batz or Hun-Chowen, the step-brothers of the Hero Twins, known as patrons of the arts. The carving is beautifully detailed and well-polished, showing good mineral deposits. Mounted on custom stand.
A superb Maya cache vessel from the Quiche area of Guatemala, ca. 400 – 700 AD. The highly burnished tripod jar is 4-3/4” high and is decorated with a trio of Saurian deities separated by panels of glyphic designs and set off with nicely carved decorative bands. The lid is decorated with incised designs and a nicely detailed head, which brings the total height of the vessel to 7-1/2”. The jar is intact, the lid has one glued break. An exceptional example with good mineral deposits.
A rare figural metate from Costa Rica, ca. 500 – 1500 AD. This well-used example is 11” long and depicts a crouching human form, with hands holding the head and supporting the grinding platform as its body. A trio of trophy heads decorates each side. In excellent condition.
A fine turtle effigy olla from Costa Rica, ca. 500 – 800 AD. This lovely Huerta Incised type vessel is 4-1/2” in diameter and is decorated with a broad band of incised designs characteristic of this type. The nicely detailed head protrudes from the side of the chamber. Intact.
A group of 5 large Teotihuacan heads from Mexico, ca. 150 – 200 AD. All are late Tzacualli or Early Tlamimilolpa examples, ranging from 1-1/2” to 2-1/8” in height. Three are adorned with complex headdresses, some retaining pigment remnants. All are individually mounted.
Cf. Berrin “Teotihuacan”, pages 224 – 227.
An excellent Maya glyph bowl from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This nice brownware example is 6-7/8” in diameter and is decorated with a band of deeply carved glyphs over a base of vertically fluted panels. Nice example with strong mineral deposits.
A fine Narino chalice from Colombia, ca. 850 – 1500 AD. This excellent Capuli cultural complex example is 6” in diameter, 5” high and is decorated with the black-over-red negative resist painted design characteristic of the type. Nicely burnished, good mineral deposits.
Cf. Labbe “Colombia Before Columbus”, page 140.
A fine Inca bottle from Peru, ca. 1300 – 1500 AD. This nicely burnished blackware bottle is 8” high and is decorated with a broad band on water symbols, topped with a band depicting the Crested Animal, also known as the Moon Dragon. A cute bird adorns the spout. In excellent condition, with strong mineral deposits.
A superb Persian Empire zoomorphic rattle, ca. 500 – 300 BC. This beautifully detailed figure is 3-1/4” long and depicts an antlered deer with an expressive face. The hollow body contains numerous rattles, the body is painted with lightly burnished red slip and the neck is perforated for suspension. In perfect condition, showing good mineral deposits.
A fine Moche IV stirrup vessel from Peru, ca. 450 - 550 AD. It is 9-1/2" high and is decorated with a bean motif covering a little more than half the chamber. The Moche used such ideographic designs to communicate messages. The stirrup is decorated with a serpent, as well as a Cereus cactus. Vivid paint, good mineral deposits.
Cf. Larco Hoyle "Los Mochicas I", page 164.
A fine Narino pedestal bowl from Colombia, ca. 850 – 1500 AD. This lovely Capuli cultural complex example is 7” in diameter, 4-3/8” high and is decorated with the black-over-red negative resist painted design characteristic of the type. The interior is quartered with boldly painted red lines. Nicely burnished, good mineral deposits.
A fine sello from Colima, West Mexico, ca. 300 BC - 300 AD. This solid Las Tumas roller seal is 2-7/8" long, 1-3/8” in diameter and creates a deeply cut
Cf. Enciso, “Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico”, page 2.
A large Recuay canteen from Peru, ca. 200 – 500 AD. It is 9-1/2” high and is decorated on both sides with demonic heads, executed in black using the characteristic negative resist paint technique. Good mineral deposits and trails.
A fine Chimu orangeware bottle from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. It is 7-1/2” high and is decorated with a band of recurved step fret designs, combining agricultural terraces and wave designs into a fertility motif. A step adorno decorates the spout. Highly burnished, good mineral deposits, with trails etched into the firing cloud.
A fine Bahia shaman figure from Ecuador, ca. 200 BC - 300 AD. It is 5-3/4" high and depicts a seated shaman, posed with hands resting on the crossed legs. He is wearing a large hat and is adorned with a segmented necklace and animal head pectoral. Much of gold, red and blue decorative pigment remain intact. Good mineral deposits.