An excellent Chimu-Inca zoomorphic vessel from Peru, ca. 1400 – 1500 AD. This large bottle is 8-1/2” high and features a nicely detailed monkey draped over the top of the chamber. The head has expressive facial features, with the legs and tail molded in relief. The piece is intact and covered inside and out with strong mineral deposits and trails.
A choice Inca ceremonial pitcher from Peru, ca. 1400 – 1500 AD. This finely made vessel is 4-1/4” high and is decorated with two bands of geometric designs painted in black over the highly burnished red slip. The broad strap handle is decorated with a variety of linear designs and shows signs of extensive usage.
Cf. Domingo “Arqueologia Andina Peru”, page 365, for similar from Madrid’s Museo de America.
A nice group of Maya stone celts from Guatemala, ca. 250 – 700 AD. They are 1-1/2” to 1-5/8” long and are made from dark green and black stone. These are votive pieces called “Tears of the Gods” and were thrown into the fields and placed on altars as offerings to agricultural deities. Nice set.
An excellent Chimu whistle bottle from Peru, ca. 1100 - 1450 AD. This lovely double-chambered orangeware example is 7-3/4" wide, 6-1/4" high and features a superbly detailed monkey perched atop one of the spouts. The chambers retain much of the original geometric design elements. Nicely burnished, good mineral deposits, clear tone on the whistle.
A fine Maya Underworld Swimmers bowl from El Tazumal, El Salvador, ca. 550 - 900 AD. This colorful example is 6" diameter and 3-1/4" deep. The two well detailed Underworld figures are topped with a band of finely drawn Copador glyphs. The interior is covered with an orange wash and shows encrustation remaining from burial contents. Painted overall in red, orange, and black over cream slip with orange wash. The theme of this type of vessel is thought to relate to the story in Maya mythology recou...
An excellent Maya stone figure from Guatemala, ca. 250 – 600 AD. This beautiful jadeite figure is 3” high and depicts an individual bent forward and holding both hands to the stomach. The figure is nicely detailed and perforated lengthwise, perhaps once a pendant for an important necklace. Good mineral deposits and root marks. Mounted on stand.
An excellent Nayarit bed figure from West Mexico, ca. 200 BC – 300 AD. It is 4-1/4” long, 2-1/2” wide and depicts an individual ensconced on a complex four-legged pallet. He is wearing large ear ornaments and a nose ornament. Vivid paint, strong mineral deposits.
Cf. Von Winning “Anecdotal Sculptures of Ancient West Mexico”, page 95.
An adorable Colima maternal figure from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. It is 3-3/4” high and depicts the mother cradling an infant in her lap. Both are adorned with identical headdresses. Intact, with good mineral deposits and root marks.
A rare Chimu bowl from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. This elaborately decorated example is 6” in diameter and features four radiating panels of animated foxes, separated by panels of step-fret and serpentine designs. Nice find.
A group of five heads from Teotihuacan, Mexico, ca. 400 - 650 AD. All are Xolalpan and Metepec types, range from 1-1/4" to 1-1/2" in height and are individually mounted.
A group of five Pre-Columbian heads from Mexico, ca. 200 BC - 1000 AD. The group consists of two Zapotec examples from Mitla, a Toltec head and two Pre-Classic Maya examples. They range from 1-3/4" to 2-1/8" in height and are all individually mounted. Choice group!
A fine Vera Cruz figure from Mexico, ca. 300 BC - 300 AD. This excellent Remojadas type is 4-1/8" high and is adorned with a fancy loincloth, complex headdress, segmented necklace and matching ear ornaments. Good mineral deposits and chapopote décor. Mounted on stand.
Cf. Leyenaar “Von Kuste Zu Kuste”, page 89.
A beautiful Chimu silver nose ornament from Peru, ca. 1100 - 1450 AD. It is 2" in diameter and consists of intricate wire work connecting spheres to the heavy outer ring. Superb workmanship, good mineral deposits, rare type.
An excellent Chimu necklace from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. It is 28” long and consists of 11 large copper bells, each with embedded eyes made from shell beads and hammered noses. Many of the bells retain textile fragments absorbed into the verdigris surface and all are separated by a variety of copper and shell spacers. A unique artifact in excellent condition.
A choice canoe prow from Papua New Guinea, ca. early to mid 1900's. It is 14-1/2” long and depicts a beautifully detailed crocodile head. Rows of teeth, raised eyes and intact paint. Mounted on stand.
A group of 10 Tairona beads from Colombia, ca. 1000 – 1500 AD. The 5 “bullet” beads are 3/4” to 7/8” long, the 5 “mace head” beads are 1/2” in diameter. All are perforated for suspension.
A lovely Lambayeque (Sican) bottle from Peru, ca. 700 – 1300 AD. It is 6-1/4” high and depicts the primary deity Naymlap with tears streaming down his face, representing rain. He is flanked by a pair of attendants, typically identified as his children, peering out from the inside of ceremonial huts. A nicely detailed example with good mineral deposits.
Cf. Kauffman-Doig, "Empire of Mystery", page 135.
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 it's 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 rattl...