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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1430065 (stock #OB)
The Genius Of Man
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Origin: Gulf Coast of Mexico Culture: Olmec / known as the earliest complex culture to inhabit Mexico. Age: Ca. 1000 B. C. Size: 4 1/4” in height by 5” in diameter Description: The jet black bowl is deeply rounded and burnished with a gently flaring rim and designed in a manner to sit straight up on its own when placed on a flat surface. The upper half of the vessel is embellished with two curious stylized composite creatures set within two elongated quadrangular panels. The highly stylized creatures have elongated curved beaks that turn back on themselves, quadrangular bodies, round eyes, two thin linear legs and rising tails reminiscent of a scorpion. Due to its ancient usage it is intact save for some minor chipping on the rim and shallow pitting in various areas. Root marks can be seen at the bottom of the bowl. It is an odd and interesting example of the artwork from the period. A certificate of authenticity will accompany the bowl.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1429687 (stock #OB)
The Genius Of Man
$475.00
Origin: Gulf Coast of Mexico Culture: Olmec / The earliest complex culture to inhabit Mexico. Age: Ca. 1000 B. C. Size: 4” in height by 2 1/2” in width Description: A solid terracotta hand molded classic Olmec “baby figure” in a sitting position with crossed legs and arms resting on upper legs. The figure is wearing large ear spools most likely made of jade along with two unusual elongated ornaments below the spools. His mouth is open as if he is calling out or crying or possibly singing a ceremonial song. His cropped mushroom shaped hair is often found on effigies of the period. His eyes are deeply incised with a slightly upward tilt. A profuse amount of the original white pigment is still evident. The figure is a striking example of the type which rarely becomes available and they tend to fetch very high prices when they appear at ethnographic shows or auctions. I traded with a gallery in New York for the piece many years ago. A certificate Of Authenticity will be provided upon sale.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1429175 (stock #SCD)
The Genius Of Man
$2,400.00
Origin: West Coast Mexico Culture: Colima Age: Ca. 100 B.C. - 250 A.D. Size:6 1/2” in height by 7 1/2” in width by 13 1/2” in length.This is a particularly example of the type. This redware hollow figure is a red/brown in color and greatly proportioned. He has a rounded body with a deeply perforated nose. His round eyes are lightly incised and he seems to be staring straight ahead. He sports a toothy grin and his forward curled tail and forward perked ears shows curiosity and not a threat. He has a rounded flared rim and rarely seen drilled holes on each side indicating he might have been a censor or meant to be suspended. His all around countenance is gentle and watchful. He was most likely professionally reassembled from several large original pieces but if that is the case the break lines are invisible to the naked eye. Numerous mineral deposits attest to his great antiquity, These hairless dogs from the period were often placed in deep shaft tombs to serve as guides for their owners in the underworld or possibly as a food source. In most Pre-Columbian cultures dogs were a common food source. Current evidence suggests that they are the oldest indigenous New World dogs to have been domesticated. The vessel was purchased many years ago from a reputable New York gallery and a Certificate of Authenticity will accompany the sale.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1429118 (stock #CSD)
The Genius Of Man
$2,250.00
Origin: West Mexico Culture: Colima/ age: Ca. 100 B.C. - 250 A.D. Size: 9” in height by 8” in width by 12 1/2” in length.This treasure is a beautifully burnished terra-cotta redware pottery vessel in the shape of a dog. The dog is standing with his legs slightly skewed to the sides and he is supporting a massive tapering funnel mounted on his back. His head is jutting straight forward and he has an elegant elongated neck. His mouth is open showing deeply incised teeth…possibly growling. His round lunate eyes are lightly incised and his ears are perked forward and his tail is in a lifted position indicating a highly alert manner. He was most likely professionally reassembled from several large original pieces but if that is the case the break lines are invisible to the naked eye. Numerous mineral deposits attest to his great antiquity, These hairless dogs from the period were often placed in deep shaft tombs to serve as guides for their owners in the underworld or possibly as a food source. In most Pre-Historic cultures dogs were a common food source. Current evidence suggests that they are the oldest indigenous New World dogs to have been domesticated. I am sure you will agree that this a fine example of the type and more than fairly priced assuming that you have seen other examples. It was purchased many years ago from a reputable New York gallery and a Certificate of Authenticity will accompany the sale.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1428463 (stock #CSV)
The Genius Of Man
$2,500.00
Origin: West Mexico Culture: Colima Ca. 100 B.C. - 250 A.D. Size: 13 1/2” in diameter by 10” in height Weight: 11.8 pounds A carefully burnished redware pottery vessel representing a large squash or pumpkin supported by 3 stylized parrot figures with perforated eyes. It is often interpreted as the parrots eating the squash. The large circular gadrooned center jar has a widely flaring lip. It has numerous mineral deposits that help attest to its great antiquity. The vessel is intact and as found save for two small original shards which have been tightly re-glued to the outer edge of the upper lip. It is a stunning piece and an excellent example of the type. In most cases the large pieces such as this were found broken into numerous shards and reassembled and restored. This is a rare treasure that will appeal to the collector looking for the very best example of Colima creativity. Ex. A highly reputable New York Gallery. A certificate of authenticity will accompany the vessel.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1428319 (stock #CCJ)
The Genius Of Man
$1,800.00
ORIGIN: West Mexico CULTURE: Colima AGE: Ca. 300 B.C. - 350 A.D. DESCRIPTION: This rare and visually dramatic jar shows the high degree of cultural achievement from centuries passed. It is a splendid and visually striking representation of the Maguey (a form of agave) leaves mounted on a circular vessel with a flared rim. The pottery is a highly burnished redware. It weighs 4.6 pounds and stands 7” in height by 8” in diameter. The rounded bottom is constructed so that the vegipod vessel sits perfectly on its own without the need for a mounting support. There are scattered mineral deposits attesting to the great age of the piece. Two tips of one of the projections have been professionally restored with break lines covered over in such a way that they are invisible to the naked eye. It is indeed a timeless study in beauty demonstrating the creativity of man at a very early stage in development. Purchased many years ago from a New York Gallery. A certificate of authenticity will accompany the vessel.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1427959 (stock #MNH)
The Genius Of Man
$345.00
This piece definitely represents a personage of high noble rank. It originates from The Ulua Valley of Honduras and was first acquired around 1980. He dates from Ca. 600 - 800 A.D. The head measures 2’” in height by 2 1/4” in width and is adorned with an elaborate feathered headdress and large round ear spools most likely made of jade. Traces of the original blue and white pigment can still be noted on the headdress, The piece has been shadow boxed in a custom vintage oak frame measuring 8 1/2” in height by 6 1/2” in width to highlight his elegance and beauty. A fine example of the type and a true treasure. Ex: Arte Primitive Gallery of New York.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1427348 (stock #CRIB)
The Genius Of Man
$275.00
This small intact bowl is a brownish orange in color and measures 4 1/4” in diameter by 1 3/4” in height. It comes from The Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica and is often referred to as “Guinea Incised Ware.” The bowl dates ca. 200 - 500A.D. Among the many delicately incised geometric motifs on the exterior of the vessel you will note squares with center dots, semi-vertical rows of hanging triangles, a plethora of fine line work, checkerboard panels with center dots, and more. The finely incised designs were executed with great care by a very talented pottery maker of the time. The interior is nicely burnished with several small areas of mineral deposits further attesting to its great age. The bowl is a study in simple elegance.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1427341 (stock #MMB)
The Genius Of Man
$850.00
This large meticulously detailed bowl dates Ca.850 A.D -1000 A.D. It measures 9 3/4” in diameter by 4 1/2” in height. The outstanding attention to detail is evident and very clear in the attached photos. The exterior is a tan/brown with “fire clouds” in various areas around the rim on the exterior. The interior is smudged a deep charcoal black and highly burnished. It is an unparalleled example of the type. The vessel was personally excavated in 1967 at a small site north of Glenwood, New Mexico with the permission of the owner. A COA will be provided. The bowl was found in three large original segments and taken to a highly talented restorer who re-assembled the bowl and covered over the break lines which are invisible to the naked eye. The bowl was found sitting upright about a foot below the original surface of the ground and the freezing and thawing of the soil at that level most likely caused the breakage. Once again, the workmanship is outstanding in all respects.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Implements : Pre AD 1000 item #1427312 (stock #JF)
The Genius Of Man
$245.00
Culture: JAMA-COAQUE Origin: ECUADOR/MANABI PROVINCE/ COASTAL REGION AGE: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A deftly molded lifelike ceramic “lime spoon” in the shape of a frog measuring 2” in length by 1 3/4” in width by 1” in depth and has been drilled through the left rear leg so it can be worn as a pendant. It most likely represents a poisonous dart frog given the circular punctuated areas on its back. This creative rotund crouching little figure has great charm. Remnants of the original lime are still visible in the circular holding area. There are two tiny chips or abrasions from ancient usage on the underside but they do not distract from the visual impact of the artifact in any way. For the lover of the rare and unusual.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Stone : Pre 1492 item #1426799 (stock #MST)
The Genius Of Man
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The group was found together in a small cache about two foot below the surface in the corner of a Classic Mimbres Phase room. They date from Ca. 1000 A.D. - 1250 A. D. THE LARGE DARK GREEN AXE is fully and deeply grooved and the entire piece was polished to remove any rough exterior surface areas. It measures 4 1/2” in length by 3 1/2” in width by 1 1/4” in thickness. The blade shows minor signs of wear from ancient usage. The overall shape is well balanced and it is a fine example of the type. THE LARGE HAMMER STONE is fully but lightly grooved. It is comprised of a heavy pale gray volcanic material with naturally embedded flecks of a darker mineral. It measures 4 1/2 “ in length by 3” in width by 2 1/4” in thickness and weighs exactly one pound. THE SMALL BLACK ADZ is a beautifully shaped piece measuring 3 3/4” in length by 1 3/4” in width by 1” in thickness at the widest point. It is a superb example of the type. THE SMALL HALF GROOVED HAMMER STONE is made of a hard gray sedimentary stone. It measures 1 3/4” in length by 1 1/4” in width by 1 1/4” in thickness and weighs four ounces. These artifacts were excavated around 1967 on a private ranch near Glenwood, New Mexico with the permission of the owner and are legal under all State and Federal regulations for private ownership. A COA will be provided.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1426191 (stock #EB5)
The Genius Of Man
$4,900.00
This outstanding Mimbres bowl is exceptional in all aspects. It measures a full 12" in diameter and was created Ca. 1000 - 1250 A.D. in Southern New Mexico. The bowl has a pure white slip with perfect balanced black geometric elements framing a large circular center. The arrangement of the black elements makes the bowl “pop” visually. The bowl encompasses a plethora of superb geometric elements including unparalleled delicate fine-line work throughout, stepped pyramids, minuscule interlocking scrolls, hanging stepped pyramids, zig-zag white lightning like wide white lines created by the use of the dark surrounding elements, and a pair of circular designs with unusual “plus” signs enclosed. It is widely accepted that many members of The Mimbres People migrated south after the devastating 50 year drought (Ca. 1000 - 1250 A.D.) which caused the Mimbres to abandon Southern New Mexico and migrate North and along The Rio Grande River as well. There are numerous other geometric designs represented and carefully executed by the hand of a master potter represented in the bowl along with the wide a wide black line encircling the piece which helps date it toThe Classic Phase of ceramic development of the area and date of its creation. The bowl is legal for private ownership under all current Federal and State laws. A certificate of authenticity will be provided upon purchase. The bowl has been professionally re-assembled from a number of original shards with the cracks professionally covered over. The interior was dampened down to temporarily outline the professional restoration. They are invisible to the naked eye when the bowl is dry. It originally came from a private ranch near Hatch, New Mexico many years ago.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1426180 (stock #EGSB)
The Genius Of Man
$4,000.00
This outstanding Mimbres bowl measures a full 11 1/2” in diameter and further defines the unparalled ceramic art created in Southern New Mexico dating Ca. 1000 - 1250 A.D. The bowl has a light gray slip with extravagant profuse abstract boldly designed decorative elements. The bowl encompasses a plethora of geometric elements including fine-line work throughout, concentric rectangular scrolls enclosing similar shapes with fine-lines both vertical and horizontal, checkerboard squares enclosed within two possible serpent designs reminisce net of ceramics often found at the great trading center of Casas Grandes, Northern Mexico Ca. 1250 - 1450 A. D. on both polychrome bowls and jars. Cases Grandes is approximately one hundred miles south of the current US/Mexico border and it is widely accepted that many members of The Mimbres People migrated south after the devastating 50 year drought (Ca. 1000 - 1250 A.D.) which caused the Mimbres to abandon Southern New Mexico and migrate North. There are numerous other geometric designs represented and carefully executed by the hand of a master potter represented in the bowl along with the wide double black line encircling the piece which helps date it to The Classic Phase of ceramic development of the location and date of its creation. The bowl is legal for private ownership under all current Federal and State laws. A certificate of authenticity will be provided upon purchase. The bowl would be best displayed in a well lighted cabinet to make the design elements show to their best. The bowl has been professionally re-assembled from a number of original shards with the cracks professionally covered over. The exterior of the bowl shows the outline of the original shards and glue lines. This form of restoration has come to be known as “Sante Fe” restoration. Although a white slip would have made this piece truly amazing it is still a unique and outstanding example.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1426147 (stock #EB3)
The Genius Of Man
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Once again, this is prime example of Mimbres ceramic art from Southern New Mexico dating Ca. 1000 - 1250 A.D. This delicately designed bowl measures 71/2” in diameter and displays a large white flower motif ( Datura or perhaps a white poppy) with a spinning visual effect achieved by the addition of four sharply pointed black triangles suspended from the upper interior rim and give extra complexity to the center motif. These multi lines help to date the age of the piece. The bowl is legal for private ownership under all current Federal and State laws. A certificate of authenticity will be provided upon purchase. The bowl is as found save for a very small pressure crack stabilized along one small area of the rim.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1426039 (stock #ERB2)
The Genius Of Man
$1,600.00
A prime example of Mimbres ceramic art from Southern New Mexico dating Ca. 1000 - 1250 A.D. This fine bowl measures 9 1/2” in diameter and displays a number of Mimbres geometric designs including enclosed vertical fine lines enclosed within hanging triangles, hanging black triangles outlined with white, and four rows of wide brown lines bisecting the bowl, The two large opposing ornate figures may represent the stylized tails of two fish or birds in flight. There was no written language during the Mimbres time so much of the geometric work is open to interpretation of the onlooker The bowl has approximately 5% restoration along the rim which you can see in the photos. The bowl has been published and purchased at auction.and is legal for private ownership under all current Federal and State laws. A certificate of authenticity will be provided upon purchase.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1426035 (stock #ER1)
The Genius Of Man
$1,800.00
A visually stunning work of Mimbres ceramic art from Southern New Mexico dating Ca. 1000 - 1250 A.D. This fine bowl measures 8” in diameter and combines a plethora of Mimbres geometric designs including enclosed vertical and horizontal fine line perfectly drawn elements, narrow zig-zagged stepped panels, solid and hatched hanging triangles, and narrow slanted quadrangles. The clever use of the elements combined with a large white center section brings the bowl to life and gives it a visually spinning feeling as opposed to a static impression. The bowl has been reassembled from several large original shards with the crack lines professionally covered over. The bowl comes from a private ranch with the permission of the owner and is legal for private ownership under all current Federal and State laws. A certificate of authenticity will be provided upon purchase.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1424372 (stock #LMFF)
The Genius Of Man
$275.00
The piece dates Ca. 100 - 860 A.D. and measures 5 1/2” in height by 4” in width. The face is a highly fantastical anthropomorphic creation and most likely a representation of one of the extensive panoply of deities worshipped by the ancients. This striking work of genius was created from a thick clay with the exterior burnished a dark cinnamon in color. The face is boldly conceived and executed. A curious circular center top knot flows sinuously swirling down to form bulging eyes and an open howling mouth and then further down to the chin where it may represent a beard. Swirling designs such as this are often interpreted as the blowing of the wind. It is both visually striking and compelling. I have mounted it in a vintage oak frame shadow box to show it at its best. The frame measures 15” in height by 9 1/2” in width. It is truly a fine example of man’s creativity through the ages.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1424322 (stock #MAH)
The Genius Of Man
$175.00
THREE UNUSUAL ARCHAIC PRE-COLUMBIAN POTTERY HEADS MOUNTED FOR DISPLAY IN A VINTAGE OAK FRAME Each of the three heads is very different and shows the great diversity of styles created in Northern Mexico and Guatemala prior to Ca. 300 A.D. From left to right: Head #1 measures 2 1/4 “ in length by l 1/2” in width. The hand molded head was created using a light colored cinnamon clay. The figure has incised circular eyes and eyebrows. Ornamentation includes round ear spools and a semi-circular head ornament with a raised center drilled for possible hanging as a pendant. The figure stares straight ahead in contemplation. Head #2 measures 2 1/2” in height by 1 1/2” in width and is molded using a pale gray clay. The face has a prominent nose along with incised almond shaped eyes and mouth. Ornamentation includes ear spools along with a truly impressive bee hive shaped multi-level elongated head piece. Head #3 measures 2” in height by 1 3/4” in width and was molded of pale gray clay. The simplicity of design and lack of ornamentation exudes a subtle elegance. His almond shaped eyes and mouth are deeply incised and he has a wide flaring nose. The vintage oak frame measures 7” in height by 9 1/4” in length. The frame is ready for hanging and would make a great addition to any collection or a great touch in a more eclectic environment.