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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
An excellent Tumaco-LaTolita grinder from southwest coastal Colombia, ca. 300 BC – 300 AD. This ceremonial grinder is 10-5/8” long and was most likely used during manioc rituals. This large example is intact, with traces of red pigment and strong mineral deposits.
Labbe “Colombia Before Columbus”, page 66.
A superb Nariño effigy vessel from Colombia, ca. 850 – 1500 AD. This choice Griton (screamer) is 6-1/4” high and depicts a seated female with elbows resting on the knees and hands holding her chin. Her face is beautifully detailed and highly expressive, with the arms and legs modeled as appliqués. The chamber is decorated with the resist painted designs characteristic of the type. In excellent condition, with strong mineral deposits. Rare example.
Cf. Labbe “Colombia Before Col...
A choice Jamacoaque mask from Ecuador, ca. 400 BC – 500 AD. It is 7” wide, 4-1/2” high and depicts a feline deity adorned with an extensively ornamented headdress and nose ornament. The mouth is open, with the tongue protruding in between the prominent fangs. These types of masks are typically seen on shamanic transformation figure. Mounted on custom stand.
An excellent Valdivia miniature stone mortar from Ecuador, ca. 3000 – 1200 BC. This finely sculpted feline example is 2-1/4” long and is carved from a dark green stone. The bi-conically drilled perforation through the tail serves as a suspension loop. Nicely polished, strong mineral deposits.
An exceptional Nariño figure from Colombia, ca. 850 - 1500 AD. This lovely Capuli cultural complex example is 6” high and depicts a seated female. She is posed with arms wrapped around her knees and is ornately adorned with several large necklaces and extensive facial tattoos. Her skirt is covered with the characteristic negative resist painted designs. In excellent condition, with vivid paint and good mineral deposits. Rare polychrome type.