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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Native American : Pre 1980 item #1435115 (stock #TN)
The Genius Of Man
$145.00
This elegant necklace combines several varieties of disc shaped beads to create a stunning effect. The overall length of the necklace from bead tip to bead tip is 60.” the natural fiber material extends another 4” if the owner wishes to have it longer. The largest center bead measures approximately 1/4” in diameter. The turquoise has veins of dark brown and light gold color which makes the piece even more beautiful. If you are into understatement in your choice of jewelry this is meant for you.
All Items : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Baskets : Pre 1970 item #1434993 (stock #NSN)
The Genius Of Man
$225.00
A quality vintage Navajo necklace comprised graduated sterling silver beads and weighing 561 grams. The overall length is 18 inches. This piece was made when good heavy silver was used instead of the more modern paper thin substandard material. Beautiful quality.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #1434550 (stock #IA2)
The Genius Of Man
$650.00
Culture: Inca Empire Origin: Northern Peru Age: Ca. 1450 A.D. - 1534 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A finely proportioned polychrome Inca aryballos. The overall height is 10” and it measures 8” from the outside of each of the two handles.. One side features profuse elegant design elements including many geometric motifs such as dark brown hanging triangles enclosed within wide bands, areas of checkerboard designs, quadrangles graduated in size with the largest toward the base. Each of the three is accentuated by a wide creamy/yellow wide band further enclosing a pale cinnamon area with a dark brown center accent as well as vertical wide white bands circling the base of the elongated upper neck and near the pointed base. The opposite side of the jar has a wide unadorned pale cinnamon upper band and a horizontal chocolate brown wide line circling the lower level. The upper spout sports a row of hanging triangles circling the entire piece. The matching handles on each side are painted a dark brown. There are areas of wear to the paint due to ancient usage but the body is intact and unrestored. A minor paint enhancement by a restorer would bring it back to its original perfection but I have chosen to leave it “as found” as many collectors prefer this to any form of recent restoration. It is tall and elegant and would compliment even the finest Pre-Columbian collection. Ex. Private Canadian Collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1434521 (stock #NJ)
The Genius Of Man
$125.00
Culture: Narino Origin: Ecuador/ Colombia border Ca. 850 - 1500 A.D. Description: A hand built bi-chrome highly burnished negative resist painted jar measuring 5” in diameter at the widest in diameter by 3” in height. The base clay body is a deep cinnamon brown with pale brown design elements. The geometric designs include triangles as well as fine-line work, In the painted upper area the designs are somewhat faded which could be as painted or from the great age and fading over time. The shouldered jar is beautifully formed and balanced so the piece sits absolutely upright with no support. There is a delicate flared rim surrounding the top of the piece. The original museum number is evident on the underside of the jar. This piece is a fine example of simple but beautiful artistic creativity. This small charming olla is in mint condition with absolutely no chips, cracks, or other restoration. PROVENANCE: A Scottsdale Arizona gallery.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1434264 (stock #MBB)
The Genius Of Man
$125.00
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America Ca.200-400A.D. Description: A globular Maya blackware bpwl measuring 5 3/4 ” in diameter by 3” in height. The vessel is unadorned with a slightly faring upper lip. It is in “as found” condition and criss-crossed by numerous root marks from being buried for many hundreds of years in a tropical climate. They could be easily removed using mild chemicals but I have chosen not to do so as they add character to an otherwise totally simple bowl and are a testament to its great age. There is one small chip to the rim but otherwise untouched or restored. It is a plain ware vessel for everyday use and the antithesis to the grand ornate wares of the nobility. I am sure it will appeal to some and others will find it too crude but it brings to light the great differences of the socio-economic differences of the culture.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1434214 (stock #SJF)
The Genius Of Man
$275.00
Culture: JAMA-COAQUE Origin: ECUADOR/MANABI PROVINCE/ COASTAL AGE: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A terra-cotta Jama-Coaque standing shaman measuring 5 1/2” in height by 4 1/2” in total width. His head dress is tightly swept back and held in place by two large circular discs with dangling ear ornaments hanging to shoulder length. He has a slightly elongated nose ornament along with shoulder ornaments with two rows of heavy circular necklaces supporting a large circular ornament possibly made of jade or a material to reflect as a mirror. There is a quadrangular sheath continuing on down to his knees. His bare feet are nicely incised. Traces of the white pigment and a pale orange color in the center piece still remain. His arms are raised in a ceremonial gesture. His right shoulder was broken and professionally repaired with the crack line filled over. This is only noticeable when the figure is wet down and allowed to dry. A fine example of the type and Jama-Coaque figures are becoming difficult to acquire…a nice addition to any collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1434017 (stock #JSF)
The Genius Of Man
$275.00
Culture: JAMA-COAQUE Origin: ECUADOR/MANABI PROVINCE/ COASTAL REGION Age: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. Size: 5” in height by 3 1/2” in width DESCRIPTION: A compact solid molded terra-cotta figure outfitted with a huge ornate semicircular head piece with numerous punctuated indentations. He is wearing a massive necklace made up of square elements supporting a large round pendant most likely made of jade or shiny stone to form a mirror. He is clasping a rattle or other ceremonial object in his right hand. On close examination you will note he has large fangs. Jama-Coaque shamans would often take various substances and go into a trance to transform into a different animal form. He is in the process of the change and will travel to another “reality” and return to tell his people what he learned to help guide their actions. He is intact save for some surface wear from ancient usage or exposure to the elements over many centuries. A fine example of the type and a great addition to any collection. The original museum markings are apparent on the rear of the piece.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1433975 (stock #ABW)
The Genius Of Man
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Origin: Northern New Mexico / private ranch Age: Ca.1200 - 1400 A.D. Variant: Snowflake Size: 10” in diameter by 4” in height DESCRIPTION: A beautifully executed hand-coiled bowl comprised of an off-white base clay with charcoal black design elements. The design elements circle the upper part of the bowl. The use of the black pigment creates 15 diamond shaped white quadrangles enclosed in a wide black band. Below the wide band there are four fine-line designs circling the bowl with a wide black band below. The center area of the bowl has been left unpainted which makes the painted elements “pop.” The bowl has been professionally reassembled from several large segments and some areas in the white section restored. Crack lines have been filled to enhance the visual impact of the bowl. It is clean and beautiful. The bowl is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal laws and a COA will be provided upon purchase.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #1432202 (stock #IA)
The Genius Of Man
$750.00
Culture: Inca Origin: Northern Peru Ca.1450-1534A.D. DESCRIPTION: A handsome polychrome example of Inca creativity. The overall height is 8” and it is 7” at the widest diameter. One side has profuse elegant design elements including many geometric motifs such as quadrangles, areas of checkerboard designs,graduated rows of hanging triangles as well as vertical wide white lines and a wide horizontal chocolate brown wide line circling the lower level. It has matching handles on each side and an odd nodule below the gently extended neck topped with a widely flaring rim. Looking down on the jar there is a multi segmented tan star shape accentuated by a row of dark brown triangles. The rear of the jar has been left unadorned save for a wide white line circling the area just below the neck and a dark brown stripe near the base. The craftsmanship is excellent in all ways. A small round woven reed base will be included for display. This exceptional piece being offered at a more than fair price!
All Items : Antiques : Decorative Art : Religious Artifacts : Buddhist : Pre 1700 item #1431623 (stock #ABB)
The Genius Of Man
****SOLD****
This Buddha was bought at auction many years ago. It was a gift to me but my interests and collection is comprised of Pre-Columbian and Prehistoric American Southwest artifacts. The piece is mounted on a heavy wooden base. The overall height is 13" in height by 4 3/4" including the base. The figure itself measures 10" in height by 4 3/4" in width. The auction house was well known at the time and there was a official paperwork which was misplaced over the many years. It will come with a COA and is guaranteed absolutely authentic or you will receive a full refund! It is mounted to best show it off and is a real treasure.
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
SOLD
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.