This figure was stolen on December 11, from the Bella Gallery in Great Barrington, Mass., where it was part of a collection being exhibited.
A gorgeous Nayarit polychrome male, 6" tall. This Ixtlan del Rio variant, ca. 200 BC - 350 AD stands on bifurcated feet and is lavishly painted overall. An excellent example. Intact.
A nice Moche III portrait head from Peru, ca. 200 - 450 AD. The vessel is 9-1/2" high and depicts a specific individual with distinct and strong facial features used to depict a specific individual, who has small, paint enhanced ornaments molded into the ears. The red clay was at one time completely painted with a thin layer of highly burnished red slip, which has minor deterioration in a few areas. An excellent example.
A rare Chimu woodcarving from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. The piece is 7” long and is completely covered with carved fish, birds and feline heads. It is hollow, drilled from both sides and shows signs of extensive usage, most likely as the handle of a ceremonial object. Great find!
A fine jadeite pendant from Costa Rica, ca. 500 BC – 1000 AD. This thin "blade pendant” is 3-3/4” long and is double perforated at the top for suspension. The dark green stone has a lovely calcified patina, evidencing water-borne mineral intrusion into the burial site. Nice example.
An exceptional Chimu wood staff from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. This rare example is 22-1/2” long and features a nicely detailed head topped with a large flared element. The carving is surrounded by multiple bands of delicate pyro-incised designs. In superb condition, fine patina, mounted on stand.
A slender Maya cylinder from the Zeaculeu area in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, ca. 400 – 800 AD. It is 9” high, 3-1/2” in diameter and is decorated with bands of negative resist designs, executed in black over white, as well as directly on the orange slip. Intact, with mineral deposits and root marks. Rare type!
A superb Moche gadrooned vessel from Peru, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This fine olla is 6-1/2” high and is decorated with a spotted feline on each of its four lobes. They are painted in red over cream slip and display a long tongue protruding from tooth-studded mouths. The flared neck is covered with traditional geometric designs. In excellent condition, with good mineral deposits.
An excellent Maya carved cylinder from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 800 AD. This large example is 7-1/2” high, 6” in diameter and is decorated with a pair of crisply carved figures. Each is wearing a complex headdress with flowing backrack and simple loincloth. The carved panels are separated by panels of circular designs, with stripes decorating the concave bottom. Intact, with strong mineral deposits on the cream slip.
An adorable Colima avian vessel from West Mexico, ca. 250 BC – 300 AD. This wonderful Comala style effigy vessel is 6-1/2” high, 7” wide and depicts a pair of conjoined ducks. They are nicely detailed, with wings on the sides and two-tone red slip. An excellent example of the type, highly burnished, with nice mineral deposits evident.
See Townsend “Ancient West Mexico”, page 209, for similar.
A fine Maya footed cup from Guatemala, ca. 400 – 800 AD. This small corseted cylindrical vessel is 4-1/2” high and is decorated with a band of incised glyphs, which are enhanced with paint. The center of the chamber shows extensive remains of resist designs, while the foot has fine linear bands. Good mineral deposits.
A large Huari kero from Peru, ca. 650 ï¿½ 800 AD. This exceptional beaker is 5-1/2ï¿½ high, 4-1/4ï¿½ in diameter and is decorated with two pairs of confronting coatimundis that appear to be speaking to each other. The fine orange slip is nicely burnished and the flared rim is decorated inside and out with a red band. In perfect condition with good mineral deposits.
A wonderful Maya polychrome cylinder from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 800 AD. This corseted vessel is 8” high, 6” in diameter and is decorated with repetitive boxed diamond patterns representing the merging of Fer-de Lance and jaguar pelt designs. The cross-hatching seen within the diamonds connotes darkness in Classic Maya iconography, creating a pattern of repeating sacred portals to the underworld. The paint is vivid and shows good mineral deposits, the underside is slightly concave and th...
A superb Moche zoomorphic vessel from Peru, ca. 400 - 700 AD. It is 11-1/2" long and depicts a crocodilian, most likely a caiman. The head is beautifully detailed, the upper section of the chamber is enhanced with cream pigment, while the lower half is highly burnished red slip. Great example in excellent condition. Cf. "Arqueologia Andina Peru", page 248, for a later Chimu example of this type.
A fine Moche bracelet or wrist armor from Peru, ca. 400 – 700 AD. It is 3” wide, 7-1/2” long and is made from silvered copper, with two perforations for attachment.
A matched pair of Lambayeque (Sican) miniature sandals from Peru, ca. 700 – 1300 AD. They are 1” long, made from silver with touches of gilding. Wonderful examples of an important funerary offering.
An excellent Maya polychrome cylinder from the Sula Valley of Honduras, ca. 500 – 800 AD. This corseted vessel is 5” high and 5-1/2” in diameter at the flared rim. It is decorated with a pair of characteristic glyph bands depicting deity heads and a central register with a stylized guilloche pattern executed in negative style against a black background. Vivid paint, strong mineral deposits, a couple professionally restored stress fractures are barely visible.
An exceptional Moche IV figure from Peru, ca. 450 – 550 AD. It is 8” high and depicts an elaborately attired individual clad in layered garments. He is portrayed either playing a small drum with a stick in his right hand or stirring something in a container. The way the arms come out from under the mantle, leaving empty sleeves at the sides, is a masterful bit of sculpting. The wrapped headdress is secured with a bow tied at the back of the neck and a bulging coca bag dangles down his ba...
An excellent Maya censer (incense holder) from the Pacific slope region of Guatemala, ca. 400 – 800 AD. This fine ceremonial vessel is 9” long and has a handle sculpted in the form of a nicely detailed monkey holding the bowl. He is adorned with large ear spools and a ceremonial bib. Intact, with strong mineral deposits, signs of usage and just a minor repair.