An excellent Maya polychrome cylinder from the Sula Valley of Honduras, ca. 500 – 800 AD. This corseted vessel is 5” high and 5-1/2” in diameter at the flared rim. It is decorated with a pair of characteristic glyph bands depicting deity heads and a central register with a stylized guilloche pattern executed in negative style against a black background. Vivid paint, strong mineral deposits, a couple professionally restored stress fractures are barely visible.
A choice Moche canchero from Peru, ca. 200 - 500 AD. This beautiful ceremonial dipper is 10-1/2" long and is decorated with the superbly detailed head of a monkey deity. The lentoid chamber is 6-3/4 in diameter and is decorated with a star design surrounding the opening, most likely representing Venus. An exceptional example with strong paint and mineral deposits.
Larco Hoyle “Los Mochicas II”, page 105.
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.
A lovely Lambayeque (Sican) bottle from Peru, ca. 700 – 1300 AD. It is 6-1/4” high and depicts the primary deity Naymlap with tears streaming down his face, representing rain. He is flanked by a pair of attendants, typically identified as his children, peering out from the inside of ceremonial huts. A nicely detailed example with good mineral deposits.
Cf. Kauffman-Doig, "Empire of Mystery", page 135.
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.
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 it's 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...
An excellent Chimu or Lambayeque canteen from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. This lovely blackware vessel is 7” high and is a ceramic version of a bottle gourd (Lagenaria siceraria). This rare example also mimics the large, stacked vessels used by chicha vendors in the markets. It is highly burnished, has intact suspension loops and shows strong mineral deposits and trails overall.
Cf. De Lavalle “Lambayeque”, page 92.
An excellent Jalisco figure from West Mexico, ca. 200 BC – 350 AD. This standing female is 7” tall and is posed with arms to her sides. She is elaborately adorned with incised clothing which retains white pigment in the grooves, as well as extensive jewelry, including multiple bracelets, necklace, headdress, ear and nose ornaments. Intact, with strong mineral deposits.
A lovely Colima figure from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. This choice two-tone female is 12-3/4” high and is posed seated, with one hand held to the side of her face in a thoughtful gesture. She is attired with a long skirt and her elongated ears are pierced. In exceptional condition, with highly burnished slip and good mineral deposits.
An excellent Maya carved cylinder from El Salvador, ca. 400 - 800 AD. This large example is 7-1/2" high, 6" in diameter and is decorated with a pair of crisply carved figures. Each is wearing a complex headdress with flowing backrack and simple loincloth. The carved panels are separated by resist painted panels of circular designs, with stripes decorating the concave bottom. Intact, with strong mineral deposits on the cream slip.
A fine Lambayeque (Sican) double-spouted bottle from Peru, ca. 700 – 1300 AD. It is 6” high, 7” wide and features two beautifully detailed depictions of the Crested Animal, aka the Sky Dragon. Each animal is flanked by panels of geometric designs. The piece is highly burnished, the broad bridge handle is intact and there are good mineral deposits.
A lovely Cocle jar from Panama, ca. 600 – 800 AD. These fine Conte type is 3-1/4” in diameter and is decorated with linear designs, painted in alternating red, cream and black. Intact, with good mineral deposits.
A wonderful Colima village scene from West Mexico, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. It is mounted on a 5-1/2” diameter platform and consists of 2 houses and six figures. The dominant figure is a pregnant female leaning against one of the structures, her status is communicated via her relative size. There is also a figure on a funerary pallet and a hunched-over individual looking sideways. Two of the figures are located inside the houses, which are decorated with linear designs...
A choice Huari painted vessel from Peru, ca. 650 – 800 AD. This fine chicha jug from the Huara Valley is 7-1/2” high and features a nicely detailed figure seated atop the chamber. The upper half of the vessel is decorated with panels of linear and mesh décor, echoing traditional textile motifs. Intact, with vivid paint and strong mineral deposits.
An excellent Chimu monkey vessel from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. This nicely burnished blackware bottle is 7-1/4” high and features a prone monkey draped over the top of the stippled chamber, with the tail protruding from under the broad handle. Intact, with good 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 marvelous Chorrera figural vessel from Ecuador, ca. 1200 – 200 BC. It is 8-1/4” long and depicts a prone figure mounted atop the rectangular chamber. The head is superbly detailed, with the chin resting on the hands. The chamber and top of the head have highly burnished orange slip, the face and body are unpolished. Rare example.
Cf. Valdez “Amerindian Signs”, page 48.
A rare Moche comb from Peru, ca. 200 – 600 AD. This choice example of a textile manufacturing tool is 4-1/8” wide and is made from split Carrizo reed and palm spikes, bound together with braided string. Rare type in excellent condition.
Cf. Larco Hoyle "Los Mochicas II", page 194.