An excellent Tiahuanaco polychrome kero from Bolivia, ca. 200 - 800 AD. This boldly painted Yamparaez style example from the Sucre area is 6-3/4” high, 5” in diameter and features a pair of mythological creatures. Each has several serpents emanating from its elongated body. Intact, with vivid paint and good mineral deposits.
A fine Moche III avian motif bottle from Peru, ca. 200 – 450 AD. It is 7” high and features the heads of four vultures, connected via a central element reminiscent of traditional wave designs. The heads are nicely detailed, and the kaolin slip shows good mineral deposits. Intact.
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...
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 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.
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.
A fine Narino chalice from Colombia, ca. 850 – 1500 AD. This excellent Capuli cultural complex example is 6” in diameter, 5” high and is decorated with the black-over-red negative resist painted design characteristic of the type. Nicely burnished, good mineral deposits.
Cf. Labbe “Colombia Before Columbus”, page 140.
A fine Inca bottle from Peru, ca. 1300 – 1500 AD. This nicely burnished blackware bottle is 8” high and is decorated with a broad band on water symbols, topped with a band depicting the Crested Animal, also known as the Moon Dragon. A cute bird adorns the spout. In excellent condition, with strong mineral deposits.
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 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 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.
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 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 choice Inca ceremonial pitcher from Peru, ca. 1400 – 1500 AD. This finely made vessel is 4-1/4” high and is decorated with two bands of geometric designs painted in black over the highly burnished red slip. The broad strap handle is decorated with a variety of linear designs and shows signs of extensive usage.
Cf. Domingo “Arqueologia Andina Peru”, page 365, for similar from Madrid’s Museo de America.
A rare Chimu bowl from Peru, ca. 1100 – 1450 AD. This elaborately decorated example is 6” in diameter and features four radiating panels of animated foxes, separated by panels of step-fret and serpentine designs. Nice find.
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.