A choice Jamacoaque mask from Ecuador, ca. 400 BC – 500 AD. It is 7” wide, 4-1/2” high and depicts a feline deity adorned with an extensively ornamented headdress and nose ornament. The mouth is open, with the tongue protruding in between the prominent fangs. These types of masks are typically seen on shamanic transformation figure. Mounted on custom stand.
An excellent Huari deity cup from Peru, ca. 650 – 800 AD. It is 3-3/4” high and features two panels depicting zoomorphic deities. They are separated by panels of traditional chevron designs. Intact, vivid paint, good mineral deposits.
A large Pihuamo figure from Colima, West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. This large polychrome male is 8-5/8” tall and is posed standing with hands on hips. He is adorned with a typical headdress and ear spools, with his clothing painted in dark red and cream. Rare type in excellent condition, with heavy mineral deposits on the highly burnished slip.
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...
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 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 gorgeous Mixtec plate from Mexico, ca. 1000 – 1500 AD. This beautiful polychrome example is 7” in diameter and is decorated with intricate designs. It stands on a trio of elaborately painted legs created via cut-out pyramid openings in the flared pedestal. In excellent condition, with good mineral deposits.
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 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.
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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.