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 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 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.
An unusually large Colima bed figure from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. It is 6-1/4” long and depicts a female deceased during childbirth. Her head rests between large cushions and she is held to the funerary pallet with a broad cloth. Intact, retaining its vivid orange paint and extensive mineral encrustation.
An excellent Cocle figural effigy jar from Panama, ca. 1300 – 1500 AD. This choice El Hatillo style vessel is 6-1/2” high and depicts a mythological creature with large claws. The stylized facial features are painted on the head and four feet are indicated along the bottom edge. Intact, with strong paint and good mineral deposits.
Cf. Labbé “Guardians of the Life Stream”, page 49.
A choice Maya carved cylinder from the Motagua Valley of Guatemala, ca. 400 – 800 AD. It is 6” high, 4” in diameter and is decorated with four deeply carved panels, as well as a broad rim band of highly detailed glyphs. Two of the panels depict a Vision Serpent, the other two are complex woven mat designs. Intact, nicely burnished, strong mineral deposits.
A fine Jalisco figure from West Mexico, ca. 200 BC – 300 AD. This lovely example is 5” high and depicts a seated male. He is wearing a beautifully decorated poncho that is draped over his knees. He is adorned with a headband, as well as nose and ear ornaments. Strong paint, good mineral deposits.
A superb Maya cylinder from the Sula Valley of Honduras, ca. 600 – 900 AD. This highly burnished blackware example is 6-1/4” high, 5-1/4” in diameter and is carved with volute design patterns similar to the “false glyph” designs on the famous alabaster vessels from that region. A beautiful vessel in great condition, with stucco remnants in the grooves and just a barely visible hairline crack.
A large Chavin bowl from Peru, ca. 1200 – 200 BC. This rare Cupisnique example is 8” in diameter and is decorated with incised trophy and deity heads. The interior and underside are finished with a highly burnished dark brown slip. In excellent condition, with good mineral deposits.
A fine Jalisco figure from West Mexico, ca. 1 – 250 AD. This lovely Cuisillos example is 5” high and depicts a pregnant female, with hands grasping the heavy belly and the hollow belly button acting as the firing hole. The figure appears to have been in a fire in antiquity and has good mineral deposits and extensive calcified roots overall.