A marvelous Maya cylinder from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 800 AD. This choice example is 6-7/8” high, 5-1/2” in diameter, it is decorated with carved zoomorphic and stucco covered registers that are fertility related. The two carved bands depict frogs and are accented with highly burnished black slip. The intervening bands are ribbed and covered with blue and red stucco, with the broad rim band retaining some of the original designs painted in white, blue and yellow. Strong mineral deposit...
A large Maya cylinder vase from Jutiapa in southern Guatemala, ca. 400 - 800 AD. This elegant, corseted creamware beaker is 9-3/4" high, 6-1/2" wide at the flaring rim and is decorated with a trio of deeply incised Moan birds. The large birds are executed in fine detail and remnants of rare negative resist paint are still visible. The rim band consists of molded glyphs, a characteristic type for vessels from Jutiapa. This large, showy vessel is in excellent condition, with good mineral deposits ...
An exceptional Guangala shell carving from Ecuador, ca. 400 BC – 500 AD. This rare amulet is 3” high and depicts a beautifully detailed shaman. He is posed standing, shown in the characteristic profile, with an inlaid bead used to create the eye. Perfect, with good mineral deposits. Mounted on stand.
A superbly carved Hemba fly whisk from the D.R. Congo region, ca. early 20th century. Overall length is 13”, with the hollowed out head designed to hold another object. Lovely patina from extensive usage.
A 12" long strand of shell beads from Illinois (Cahokia?), consisting of white shell tubes with 12 zoomorphic pendants. A rare find in excellent condition, with good mineral deposits.
A great Ica polychrome bowl from Peru, ca. 900 - 1500 AD. This rare, large example is 8" in diameter, has a convex bottom and is decorated with the traditional geometric designs characteristic of the type. Intact, with strong paint and extensive mineral deposits.
Cf. Donnan "Ceramics of Ancient Peru", page 104 - 105 for similar examples from the Fowler Museum and the Museum of Natural History.
An excellent Maya polychrome jar from the Ulua Valley of Honduras, ca. 500 - 800 AD. This fine example is 6-3/4" high and represents a phytomorphic form, probably a pumpkin, on a flared pedestal base, which is decorated with pyramid symbols characteristic of the type. The two sides of the chamber reflect the male-female duality motif and the elongated neck is decorated with a rim band of jaguar-headed birds. Intact, with vivid paint, good mineral deposits and just a few spots of minor slip de...
A rare Inca wood conopa from Peru, ca. 1300 – 1500 AD. It is 3-1/4” long and has a beautifully carved head, detailed with finely incised teeth. Lovely patina from extensive handling.
An exceedingly creepy Vodun ritual vessel from the Fon peoples of Benin. This rare fetish is 5-1/2” high, 5” in diameter and consists of a conglomerate of numerous carved wood figures and bundles with unknown contents, all bound together with cloth, interwoven cord and ritual material. These surround an old fluted glass mounted atop. An old ritual object with a deeply disturbing presence.
A lovely Nayarit female figure from West Mexico, ca. 200 BC - 300 AD. This extensively painted figurine is 5-5/8” high and depicts a female seated on a two-legged stool. She is adorned with a necklace and clothing that is created with cream paint over the red slip. A choice intact example, with strong mineral deposits.
An excellent Olmec snuff spoon from Guatemala, ca. 1000 - 500 BC. This rare example is 4-1/4" long and is made from light green jade. The long bar is grooved and the three extensions all have shallow indentations drilled. Nicely polished, strong mineral encrustation. Mounted on custom stand
Cf. "The Olmec World", page 305.
An excellent Maya bowl from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This fine chocolateware example is 7” in diameter and is decorated with a register of glyphs, one of which is the symbol for flint. The glyphs retain remnants of cinnabar and the lower band consists of fluted panels. Repaired from two sections, with strong mineral deposits covering the highly burnished slip.
Cf. Guzman Museo Nacional de Antropologia”, page 67, for similar from the National Museum.
A choice Ogboni Society figure from the Yoruba peoples of Nigeria, West Africa, early 20th Century. This finely sculpted bronze figure is 5” high and depicts a kneeling female with hands clasped. She is adorned with a fancy headdress and a necklace with a pendant in the form of a soul disk. Beautifully detailed, nice patina.
A fine Jalisco figure from West Mexico, ca. 200 BC - 350 AD. This fine Ameca style Mother Goddess is 5-3/8" high and is depicted with arms spread to her sides. She is adorned with the characteristic headdress, a painted necklace and ear ornaments highlighted with red pigment. The white kaolin slip shows extensive mineral deposits and is nicely burnished.
A rare Calima figural incensario from the Valle Del Cauca, Colombia, ca. 1200 – 1600 AD. It is 6” high and depicts a seated saurian deity with hands resting on the knees. He is elaborately adorned and decorative elements at the rear create another stylized face. Strong paint and mineral deposits, minor losses.
Cf. Labbe “Colombia Before Columbus”, page 62.
A rare Cocle figural effigy from Panama, ca. 600 – 800 AD. This eerie Conte style piece is 8” high and depicts a masked deity or demonic figure with arms spread, feet resting on the flared base and teeth visible in the open mouth. The characteristic C-Y scrolls cover the entire body and four spikes protrude from the back of the head. Heavy mineral deposits, minor restoration.
A rare matched pair of Recuay gilded tupos from Peru, ca. 1 – 650 AD. These beautiful mantle pins are 5-3/4” long and depict a pair of serpents. The eyes are inlaid with red Spondylus shell on both sides and much of the gold layer remains intact.
A fine Pihuamo figure from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. This seated male is 6” high and depicts an individual with hands resting on the knees. He is wearing a simple headdress and is adorned with large ear ornaments and bracelets. Intact, with good mineral deposits. Museum deaccession.