An excellent Maya censer (incense holder) from the Pacific slope region of Guatemala, ca. 400 – 800 AD. This fine ceremonial vessel is 9” long and has a handle sculpted in the form of a nicely detailed monkey holding the bowl. He is adorned with large ear spools and a ceremonial bib. Intact, with strong mineral deposits, signs of usage and just a minor repair.
A matched pair of Lambayeque (Sican) miniature sandals from Peru, ca. 700 – 1300 AD. They are 1” long, made from silver with touches of gilding. Wonderful examples of an important funerary offering.
A fine Moche bracelet or wrist armor from Peru, ca. 400 – 700 AD. It is 3” wide, 7-1/2” long and is made from silvered copper, with two perforations for attachment.
A superb Moche zoomorphic vessel from Peru, ca. 400 - 700 AD. It is 11-1/2" long and depicts a crocodilian, most likely a caiman. The head is beautifully detailed, the upper section of the chamber is enhanced with cream pigment, while the lower half is highly burnished red slip. Great example in excellent condition. Cf. "Arqueologia Andina Peru", page 248, for a later Chimu example of this type.
A wonderful Maya polychrome cylinder from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 800 AD. This corseted vessel is 8” high, 6” in diameter and is decorated with repetitive boxed diamond patterns representing the merging of Fer-de Lance and jaguar pelt designs. The cross-hatching seen within the diamonds connotes darkness in Classic Maya iconography, creating a pattern of repeating sacred portals to the underworld. The paint is vivid and shows good mineral deposits, the underside is slightly concave and th...
A large Huari kero from Peru, ca. 650 ï¿½ 800 AD. This exceptional beaker is 5-1/2ï¿½ high, 4-1/4ï¿½ in diameter and is decorated with two pairs of confronting coatimundis that appear to be speaking to each other. The fine orange slip is nicely burnished and the flared rim is decorated inside and out with a red band. In perfect condition with good mineral deposits.
A fine Maya footed cup from Guatemala, ca. 400 – 800 AD. This small corseted cylindrical vessel is 4-1/2” high and is decorated with a band of incised glyphs, which are enhanced with paint. The center of the chamber shows extensive remains of resist designs, while the foot has fine linear bands. Good mineral deposits.
An adorable Colima avian vessel from West Mexico, ca. 250 BC – 300 AD. This wonderful Comala style effigy vessel is 6-1/2” high, 7” wide and depicts a pair of conjoined ducks. They are nicely detailed, with wings on the sides and two-tone red slip. An excellent example of the type, highly burnished, with nice mineral deposits evident.
See Townsend “Ancient West Mexico”, page 209, for similar.
A slender Maya cylinder from the Zeaculeu area in the Western Highlands of Guatemala, ca. 400 – 800 AD. It is 9” high, 3-1/2” in diameter and is decorated with bands of negative resist designs, executed in black over white, as well as directly on the orange slip. Intact, with mineral deposits and root marks. Rare type!
An exceptional Chimu wood staff from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. This rare example is 22-1/2” long and features a nicely detailed head topped with a large flared element. The carving is surrounded by multiple bands of delicate pyro-incised designs. In superb condition, fine patina, mounted on stand.
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.
A rare Chimu woodcarving from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. The piece is 7” long and is completely covered with carved fish, birds and feline heads. It is hollow, drilled from both sides and shows signs of extensive usage, most likely as the handle of a ceremonial object. Great find!
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.
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.