A fine Moche IV stirrup vessel from Peru, ca. 450 - 550 AD. It is 9-1/2" high and is decorated with a bean motif covering a little more than half the chamber. The Moche used such ideographic designs to communicate messages. The stirrup is decorated with a serpent, as well as a Cereus cactus. Vivid paint, good mineral deposits.
Cf. Larco Hoyle "Los Mochicas I", page 164.
A fine Narino pedestal bowl from Colombia, ca. 850 – 1500 AD. This lovely Capuli cultural complex example is 7” in diameter, 4-3/8” high and is decorated with the black-over-red negative resist painted design characteristic of the type. The interior is quartered with boldly painted red lines. Nicely burnished, good mineral deposits.
A fine sello from Colima, West Mexico, ca. 300 BC - 300 AD. This solid Las Tumas roller seal is 2-7/8" long, 1-3/8” in diameter and creates a deeply cut
Cf. Enciso, “Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico”, page 2.
A large Recuay canteen from Peru, ca. 200 – 500 AD. It is 9-1/2” high and is decorated on both sides with demonic heads, executed in black using the characteristic negative resist paint technique. Good mineral deposits and trails.
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 Bahia shaman figure from Ecuador, ca. 200 BC - 300 AD. It is 5-3/4" high and depicts a seated shaman, posed with hands resting on the crossed legs. He is wearing a large hat and is adorned with a segmented necklace and animal head pectoral. Much of gold, red and blue decorative pigment remain intact. Good mineral deposits.
A nice Maya Cylinder from Guatemala, ca. 250 – 500 AD. This highly burnished blackware example is 5” high, 3-7/8” in diameter and is decorated with deeply incised linear designs, as well as two rows of appliquéd knobs. Intact, strong mineral deposits.
A large Maya Monkey bowl from El Salvador, ca. 400 – 700 AD. This fine polychrome vessel is 9” in diameter and features a trio of monkeys, depicted upright, with arms held out front. A broad band of geometric and step-fret designs encircles the rim. Intact, with heavy mineral deposits.
An excellent Olmec snuff spoon from Guatemala, ca. 1000 - 500 BC. This rare example is 4-1/4" long and is made from light green jade. The long bar is grooved and the three extensions all have shallow indentations drilled. Nicely polished, strong mineral encrustation. Mounted on custom stand
Cf. "The Olmec World", page 305.
A lovely Nazca flared bowl from Peru, ca. 600 – 800 AD. This fine polychrome vessel is 5-1/4” in diameter and is decorated with spears and vertical lines. The bottom of the vessel is quartered. In perfect condition, with vivid paint and good mineral deposits.
Cf. Proulx “Sourcebook of Nasca Iconography”, page 187.
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 pair of Maya stone celts from Guatemala, ca. 250 - 700 AD. One is 5-1/8" long and is made from highly polished black stone. The other is 4-1/2" long and is made from nicely polished, speckled greenstone, probably serpentine. Both have good mineral deposits.
A large Maya zoomorphic cylinder from the Tiquisate area of Guatemala, ca. 400 – 700 AD. It is 7-1/2” high and depicts an armadillo. The head, legs and tail of the animal are hand-modeled onto the chamber, which is tiered to emulate the leathery armor covering the armadillo's body. The front side of the chamber surrounding the animal is enhanced with paint and decorative elements. In excellent condition, with strong mineral deposits.
A fine Maya jade figure from Guatemala, ca. 250 – 600 AD. This nicely detailed sculpture is 2-1/2” high and depicts a kneeling individual with hands held to the chest. His face is expressive and the head is drilled through the ears for suspension. Good mineral deposits.
A fine Maya figure from the Copan area of Honduras, ca. 250 - 400 AD. This seated female is 3-1/2" high and depicts a pregnant dwarf holding her swollen belly. She is wearing a headdress with ornament and retains pigment remnants under the encrustation.
A rare matched pair of Recuay gilded tupos from Peru, ca. 1 – 650 AD. These beautiful mantle pins are 5-3/4” long and depict a pair of serpents. The eyes are inlaid with red Spondylus shell on both sides and much of the gold layer remains intact.
Cf. De Lavalle “Cobre”, page 406.
An enormous Colonial Inca wood kero from Peru, ca. 1540 – 1575 AD. This large beaker is 8-1/4” high, 5-3/8” in diameter and is decorated with elaborately carved designs that have lost all but vestiges of the earlier, traditional Pre-Columbian motifs. This highly detailed example shows wear consistent with extensive usage and good mineral deposits. Rare find in this size!
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.