A choice Huari painted vessel from Peru, ca. 650 – 800 AD. This fine chicha jug from the Huara Valley is 7-1/2” high and features a nicely detailed figure seated atop the chamber. The upper half of the vessel is decorated with panels of linear and mesh décor, echoing traditional textile motifs. Intact, with vivid paint and strong mineral deposits.
A wonderful Tairona crocodilian deity vessel from Colombia, ca. 1000 – 1500 AD. This large effigy is 12” long, 10-1/4” high and depicts the reptilian with the head arched up. He is wearing a solar symbol headdress and rows of teeth surround the long snout. Heavy mineral deposits overall.
Cf. Labbe, “Colombia Before Columbus”, page 174.
A marvelous Chorrera figural vessel from Ecuador, ca. 1200 – 200 BC. It is 8-1/4” long and depicts a prone figure mounted atop the rectangular chamber. The head is superbly detailed, with the chin resting on the hands. The chamber and top of the head have highly burnished orange slip, the face and body are unpolished. Rare example.
Cf. Valdez “Amerindian Signs”, page 48.
A rare Moche comb from Peru, ca. 200 – 600 AD. This choice example of a textile manufacturing tool is 4-1/8” wide and is made from split Carrizo reed and palm spikes, bound together with braided string. Rare type in excellent condition.
Cf. Larco Hoyle "Los Mochicas II", page 194.
A nice Chimu phytomorphic bottle from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. It is 6” high and depicts a lúcuma. This fruit was highly prized and cultivated by ancient Andean cultures and is still widely used in the production of desserts and baked goods. Intact, with heavy mineral deposits.
An excellent Jamacoaque offering vessel from Ecuador, ca. 300 BC – 400 AD. The jar is 4” in diameter and is decorated with appliqué elements and painted geometric designs. The vessel is fronted by a 4-1/4” high shaman attired in elaborate ceremonial regalia, including a winged headdress, dual horns on the forehead and extensive jewelry. Intact, with good paint and strong mineral deposits.
A beautiful Nazca-Huari transitional shell-form vessel from Peru, ca. 700 – 800 AD. It is 6-3/4” long and is decorated with a Radiating or Flying Eye design painted over the cream slip in the Atarco style. Small bar elements surround the large spout.
Cf. Proulx “Sourcebook of Nasca Iconography”, page 111.
An excellent Valdivia stone carving from Ecuador, ca. 3000 – 1200 BC. It is 6-1/4" high, 4-3/4” wide, is carved from the characteristic greenish sedimentary limestone and represents an owl. Good mineral deposits, mounted on stand.
Cf. Klein “The Secret Art of Precolumbian Ecuador”, page 46.
A lovely Chimu-Inca phytomorphic vessel from Peru, ca. 1100 - 1450 AD. This fine example is 7" long and depicts a pepino, a sweet melon-like fruit of great importance to ancient Andean people. The upper half of the chamber is highly burnished, the lower half is matte. In excellent condition, with good mineral deposits. Comes with ring base.
A sweet Quimbaya figure from the Middle Cauca region of Colombia, ca. 1000 - 1500 AD. This seated female is 3-1/2" high and most likely depicts a toddler, portrayed seated with hands resting on her legs. Intact, with strong mineral deposits.
An unusual Colima zoomorphic effigy from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. It is 4-3/8” long and depicts a dog with a turtle-shell body. It is adorned with a complex headdress or crown. Heavy mineral deposits on the burnished red slip.
A rare Tairona pectoral pendant from Colombia, ca. 1000 – 1500 AD. It is 3” long and is carved from the columella of a large shell. It depicts a bird of prey and is drilled and cut to depict an open beak holding prey. Highly polished, good mineral deposits, mounted on custom stand.
Cf. Levenson “Circa 1492 – Art in the Age of Exploration”, page 622.
An exceptional Amazonian Indian ceramic polychrome vessel from Brazil, early 1900’s. This superb example is 8” in diameter, 5-3/4” high and comes from the Asurini tribe, which apparently is no longer a functioning tribal entity. These magnificent jars were used to store liquid foods and are coated with a natural tree resin (post-firing), which preserves the brilliant colors and makes it leak proof. In excellent condition.
Cf. Braun’s “Arts of the Amazon”, page 7, for similar...
A superb Moche shell vessel from Peru, ca. 500 - 700 AD. This fine orangeware effigy piece is 5" high and depicts a sea shell. It is decorated with a large number of nacre inlays, as well as rare purple. A rare type in excellent condition, with intact suspension loops and strong mineral deposits.
A lovely Colima olla from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. It is 7” in diameter, 7” high and stands on a trio of avian form legs. Tip of one leg reattached, else in excellent condition, with good mineral deposits on the highly burnished red slip.
A beautiful Mixtec stone pendant from Mexico, ca. 1000 - 1500 AD. This masterfully detailed example is 1-3/8" long and depicts a fox, portrayed with its head twisted to look over its back. Even the feet on the underside are finished in fine detail. Carved from speckled olive green serpentine and perforated for suspension. Highly polished, perfect.
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...
A group of 4 iron ballista points, Medieval Europe, ca. 1200 – 1400 AD, each with long two-barbed swallowtail heads, 4-1/4", 3-1/2" 3-1/4" and 2-1/4" long. All have a wide socketed neck, two with a spiral-twist shaft just behind the head, likely to be intentionally broken off at impact, rendering it useless as return ammunition.