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 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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
An enormous Maya tetrapod plate from Honduras, ca. 400 - 700 AD. This vividly painted plate is 12-1/4" in diameter and features a deer wearing a ceremonial feather rack on its back in the center of the tondo. This central character is encircled with a complex geometric design band. The broadly flared rim is decorated with solar motifs, stylized figures and woven mat panels. The exterior is covered with large step-fret designs, even the underside is painted. The legs are hollow and contain rattle...
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.
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 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.
An excellent Tumaco-LaTolita grinder from southwest coastal Colombia, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. This ceremonial grinder is 10-5/8” long and was most likely used during manioc rituals. This large example is intact, with traces of red pigment and strong mineral deposits.
Labbe “Colombia Before Columbus”, page 66.
A choice Vera Cruz head from Mexico, ca. 600 – 900 AD. It is 4-1/4” high and portrays a Sonriente adorned with a fancy headdress, necklace and ear ornaments. Strong mineral deposits, mounted on stand.
Cf. Leyenaar “Von Kuste Zu Kuste”, page 128.
A lovely Moche IV Fineline bottle from Peru, ca. 450 – 550 AD. It is 9-1/8” high and features a scene with mythological warriors. An Eagle Warrior and a Rodent Warrior are presenting a decapitated human head to the Strombus Monster. All three figures are painted in intricately executed detail. A small animal stands atop the broad false spout. Intact, with good paint and strong mineral deposits.
A superb Nariño effigy vessel from Colombia, ca. 850 – 1500 AD. This choice Griton (screamer) is 6-1/4” high and depicts a seated female with elbows resting on the knees and hands holding her chin. Her face is beautifully detailed and highly expressive, with the arms and legs modeled as appliqués. The chamber is decorated with the resist painted designs characteristic of the type. In excellent condition, with strong mineral deposits. Rare example.
Cf. Labbe “Colombia Before Col...
An excellent Moche II figure from Peru, ca. 100 – 200 AD. This nicely sculpted example is 7-3/4” high and depicts a seated male resting his chin on the folded hands wrapped around one knee. He is wearing a simple headdress, with straps loosely flowing down his back. Intact, with heavy mineral deposits on the highly burnished slip.
A fine Nazca polychrome bowl from Peru, ca. 300 – 600 AD. It is 3-3/4” in diameter and is decorated with a zig-zag pattern similar to textile designs. In excellent condition, with vivid paint and good mineral deposits.
Cf. Kroeber “Archaeology of Nazca. Peru”, page 128.