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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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 phytomorphic vessel from Peru, ca. 1300 – 1500 AD. This well-made bottle is 7-3/4” high and depicts four pepinos surrounding the central chamber. The spout is encircled with an additional design band, which is an unusual feature. In perfect condition, with strong mineral deposits.
A fine Chimu orangeware bottle from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. It is 7-1/2” high and is decorated with a band of recurved step fret designs, combining agricultural terraces and wave designs into a fertility motif. A step adorno decorates the spout. Highly burnished, good mineral deposits, with trails etched into the firing cloud.
A fine Inca bottle from Peru, ca. 1300 – 1500 AD. This nicely burnished blackware bottle is 8” high and is decorated with a broad band on water symbols, topped with a band depicting the Crested Animal, also known as the Moon Dragon. A cute bird adorns the spout. In excellent condition, with strong mineral deposits.
A rare Chimu avian bowl from Peru, ca. 1100 - 1450 AD. This wonderful example is 5" in diameter and is decorated with four panels depicting conjoined birds, an important representation of the male-female duality motif. The birds and surrounding dividing lines are highly burnished, to make them stand out against the matte background. Perfect.
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 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.