An exceptional Guangala shell carving from Ecuador, ca. 400 BC – 500 AD. This rare amulet is 3” high and depicts a beautifully detailed shaman. He is posed standing, shown in the characteristic profile, with an inlaid bead used to create the eye. Perfect, with good mineral deposits. Mounted on stand.
A fine Inca stone votive axe from southern Ecuador, ca. 1300 - 1500 AD. It is 2-1/2" high and is carved from the blueish-gray sedimentary stone characteristic of the area. Nice form, heavy mineral deposits, mounted on stand.
A fine Quimbaya figure from the Middle Cauca region of Colombia, ca. 1200 – 1400 AD. This standing male is 7-1/2” high and is depicted with hands held to the chest. He has the typical enigmatic expression on his face and the hollow body contains rattles, an unusual feature. In excellent condition, with strong mineral deposits.
Cf. Labbe “Colombia Before Columbus”, page 74.
A group of seven stone tools from Ecuador, mostly Valdivia culture, ca. 3000 – 1200 BC. These celts range from 2-1/2” to 3-1/4” in length and are made from several types of stone, including the blue-green sedimentary stone typical of Valdivia figures. Nice group.
A beautiful Carchi olla from Ecuador, ca. 750 – 1250 AD. It is 2-1/4” high and is decorated with the intricate negative resist designs characteristic of the type. Both loop handles are intact and attached to the curled rim. Good mineral deposits.
A exceptional Tairona gold nose ornament from Colombia, ca. 1000 – 1500 AD. This superb tumbaga example is 1” wide, weighs 6 grams and shows good mineral deposits. In exceptional condition. Rare type.
An exquisite Jamacoaque snuff jar from Ecuador, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. It is 4-1/4” in diameter and is made in the form of a ceremonial hut. Connected to the container is a couple mounted on an attached platform. The male is depicted with one hand raised, the female with both hands held to her abdomen and her hollow body containing rattles. Superb appliqué workmanship, good blue and gold paint remnants and good mineral deposits.
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 excellent LaTolita sello (roller stamp) from Ecuador, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. This choice example is 2-7/8” long, 7/8” in diameter and features monkeys creatures surrounded by various stylized zoomorphic elements. Intact, with good mineral deposits.
A beautiful Narino polychrome olla from Colombia, ca. 850 – 1500. This lovely example from the Capuli cultural complex is 4-3/4” in diameter and is decorated with a complex five-prong star design, most likely representative of Venus. Intact, with vivid paint, strong mineral deposits and root marks.
An excellent Tumaco bone idol from Colombia, ca. 300 BC – 400 AD. It is 2” high and depicts a female figure, perhaps a fertility goddess, with hands folded over the abdomen. Nicely carved, heavy mineral deposits, mounted on stand.
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 rare Jamacoaque Jaguar deity from Ecuador, ca. 300 BC – 400 AD. He is 6-1/4" high, is posed standing with hands to the sides and is wearing a necklace with pectoral pendant. The face is nicely detailed, with fangs visible in the open mouth. Covered with bright orange paint. Mounted on stand.
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 large Bahia whistle figure from Ecuador, ca. 200 BC – 300 AD. This lovely figurine is 10-1/4” high and depicts a standing female with hands held to the mid-section. Her facial features clearly show the earlier Chorrera stylistic influence. She is wearing a long skirt and is adorned with multiple ear ornaments and a necklace. Good paint, strong mineral deposits and clear tone on the pair of whistles hidden inside.
A striking Sinu crocodilian jar from Colombia, ca. 1000 – 1500 AD. It is 5-1/2” in diameter and features a nicely sculpted reptile wrapped around the chamber, grasping the widely flared rim. Overall in excellent condition, with heavy mineral deposits and a kill hole at the center of the base. Comes with ring base to display the piece on its side.
A choice Jamacoaque sello (roller seal) from Ecuador, ca. 300 BC – 400 AD. This excellent hollow example is 2-1/2” long. 1” in diameter and features two rows of figures separated by a band of geometric designs. Rare type in excellent condition.
Cf. Usillos “El Eje del Universo”, page 162.
An excellent Quimbaya retablo figure from the Middle Cauca region of Colombia, ca. 1200 - 1400 AD. This seated male is 8" high and is posed with hands resting on the knees. He has the enigmatic facial expression characteristic of the type, with deeply incised grooves used to indicate jewelry or clothing. Nice example with strong mineral deposits.
Cf. Labbe "Colombia Before Columbus", page 74.