The Genius Of Man The Genius Of Man
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1386491 (stock #CGHE)
The Genius Of Man
$275.00
Origin: Northern Mexico Culture: Casas Grandes Age: Ca. 1250 A.D. - 1450 A.D. Size: 5 3/4” in height by 6 1/4” at the widest diameter Description: A Casas Grande hooded jar depicting an obese male figure with a beautifully detailed facial expression. Unfortunately, as you can see from the photos the piece was broken in the past and the paint is somewhat faded. There is a small area on one side where the jar was crudely restored by an amateur many years ago. With proper restoration the jar could be an outstanding addition to even the best collection. The many flaws are reflected in the price. The olla has numerous mineral deposits which attest to its great age. A COA will be provided upon purchase as well as the known family history of inheritance. The jar is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal Laws.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1386490 (stock #CGB4)
The Genius Of Man
$250.00
Origin: Northern Mexico Culture: Casas Grandes Age: Ca. 1250 A.D. - 1450 A.D. Size:4 3/4” in height by 6” at the widest diameter Description: A compact Casas Grande jar. This is a plainware piece used for cooking and not display. It is an excellent example of a simple utilitarian jar. The piece has one very small probe hole and a few minor chips to the rim. The olla has numerous mineral deposits which attest to its great age. A COA will be provided upon purchase as well as the known family history of inheritance. The jar is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal Laws.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1386387 (stock #CG1)
The Genius Of Man
$750.00
Origin: Northern Mexico Culture: Casas Grandes Age: Ca. 1280 A.D. - 1450 A.D. Size: 7” in height by 8 1/2” at the widest diameter Description: A striking polychrome high necked jar totally intact and as in found condition. There is some very minor paint scaling in a couple of areas…barely noticeable. This elegant jar is beautifully balanced with numerous geometric forms. The tall upper section of the jar has perfectly balanced charcoal black squares. The lower section is a combination of black elongated triangles, black and dark red squares with extending lines (most likely stylized Macaws) and an unusual line of small square elements with a black dot in the center of each square. The fine-line work in red and black is beautifully drawn and the neck flares out widely accentuating the large squares directly beneath. The olla has numerous mineral deposits which attest to its great age. Pieces of this quality and condition are becoming rarer as collectors will not release them to the public. A COA will be provided upon purchase as well as the known family history of inheritance. The jar is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal Laws.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1383548 (stock #MFB)
The Genius Of Man
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CULTURE: Mimbres ORIGIN: Southern New Mexico SIZE: Approximately 8 1/2" in diameter by 4 ” in height AGE: Ca. 1000 A. D. - 1250 A. D. / Mimbres Classic Phase Description: A visually stunning example of Mimbres art at its best. The background slip is a pure white in color and the black mineral design stands out beautifully. The bowl has been professionally reassembled from approximately five original shards with crack lines covered over. The bowl also had a very small kill hole in the center which was filled in. Known Provenance: Originally part of The Red Ellison Collection. It was excavated in the late 1950's to early 60's on a private ranch North East of Deming, New Mexico. The bowl is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal Laws. A COA will be provided upon purchase.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1377750 (stock #MRGB)
The Genius Of Man
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CULTURE: MIMBRES / CLASSIC PHASE / CA. 950 - 1250 A.D. ORIGIN: A private ranch in Southern New Mexico SIZE: 8 1/2” in diameter by 3 1/2” in height DESCRIPTION: A highly complex geometric bowl. The slip is a soft tan color and the painting is a rich burnt orange. The bowl is divided into four quadrants with interlocking scrolls, excellent fine-line work, stepped pyramids, broad white lines, wide wavy lines, and half moons with fine-line work suspended from the interior rim. The piece has less than 10% professional restoration since the person who dug the bowl was most likely careless and missed a few shards. There is no guesswork in the design....just re-gluing and a small amount of fill with the cracks sealed and painted over. A superb piece in shape and design. The vessel will come with a COA as well as official notarized paperwork demonstrating that the bowl was dug in the late 5o’s with full permission of the owner on private property. The bowl is legal for private ownership under all current Federal and state laws.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #1373843 (stock #NCJ)
The Genius Of Man
$375.00
CULTURE: CARCHI NARINO ORIGIN: ECUADOR AGE: Ca. 850 - 1500 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A deftly executed and beautifully balanced flared rim vessel measuring 6 1/4" in height by 7" at the widest diameter. The base clay is a soft cinnamon brown. It is ornamented using the negative resist design technique in colors of pale canary yellow, a deep rich orange, and charcoal black. There are numerous geometric design elements including upright and inverted yellow wide=lined pyramids enclosing wide stepped yellow lines, orange upright triangles flaring from wide barbed line bases and narrowing upward to reach the base of the flared rim on four sides. The remaining side of the jar has a single fourth pattern comprised of wide black barbed lines enclosed within a pale yellow quadrangle. The vessel is in mint condition with no restoration or over-paint. A COA will be provided. Provenance: Universidad Del Valle / Professor Soffy Arboleda M.A.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1373319 (stock #OHF)
The Genius Of Man
$225.00
This small artistic creation is strikingly elegant and refined and most likely comes from Central Mexico. The head is 2" in length by 1 1/4" in width. It is mounted on a stone block base which brings the total height to 2 3/4" in total height. He has an elegant elongated expressive head with deeply incised circular eyes and lighter incising accentuating and further defining his mouth and slightly flaring nostrils. He is wearing a pair of simple ear spools and a rounded turban headdress adorned with applied raised ovoid elements in the center of his head and and upper right side . There appears to be a worn area on the left side to match the right but it has been eroded with time...it is not a fresh break. Although small, this is a beautiful example of fine artistry. Ex: Arte Primitivo.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1373262 (stock #AP)
The Genius Of Man
$175.00
This Archaic head fragment from Mexico is a unique piece of artistry. It measures 2 1/2" in height by 1 3/4" in width. The face is highly expressive with a wide flared nose and thick full raised lips which are accentuated by the deeply incised mouth. He has large coffee bean eyes with raised pupils and a wide awake stare. His headdress is a simple band holding his hair and streaming down his back to neck length. There are minor losses to the headpiece and one ear caused by his great antiquity and possible exposure to the elements. A truly unique and intriguing addition for the collector of the obscure and unusual. Ex: Arte Primitivo
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Implements : Pre 1492 item #1373256 (stock #PCA)
The Genius Of Man
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ORIGIN: Oaxaca Mexico SIZE: Two are 5 3/4 " in length and the third is 5 " in length. AGE: Postclssic / 900 A.D - 1521 A. D. MATERIAL: Beaten Copper DESCRIPTION: "Early colonial Spanish accounts describe the use of axe money in markets and as tribute in Oxaca. The blades clearly had no utilitarian function , as they are of soft and very thin copper and possess no cutting edge. Frequently found in large caches in Oxaca, the mushroom or T-shaped axe money pieces are of varied size but always have hammered flanges on either side of the flank, resembling an I-beam in cross section. Similar copper axes are known for ancient Ecuador and Peru, and it is likely that the Mesoamerican form was introduced from South America. (Easby, Caley, and Moazed 1967). Quoted from the book "The Albers Collection of Pre-Columbian Art" ca. 1988
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Stone : Pre 1492 item #1372810 (stock #MABR)
The Genius Of Man
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First time offered for sale from a lifetime private collection. A grouping of 6 intact Mimbres/Mogollon arrowheads along with a long delicate bone awl dating from 1000 - 1250 A. D. They are flaked from various chert and flint materials and represent a wide range of shapes and colors. The awl is 4 3/4” in length. The largest of the arrowheads measures 2 3/4” in length and has beautiful cross striping in various shades of brown on the upper section.They were all personally collected on The Burris Ranch north of Las Cruces, NM during the mid 60's. They are legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal Laws and a COA will be provided.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1372341 (stock #TTE)
The Genius Of Man
$245.00
ORIGIN: Central Mexico CULTURE: Teotihuacan AGE: Ca. 400 - 750 A.D. SIZE:1 3/4" in height by 1 1/2" in width DESCRIPTION: An amazingly realistic depiction of an elderly man or perhaps one of the many gods created by the culture. This piece is truly superb in all aspects. His mesmerizing countenance is sculpted of solid pottery. He radiates confidence and elegance with his deeply incised mouth with full lips and a long aqualine nose and high raised cheek bones. The wrinkles carefully defined under his eyes and rounded bald pate signify his age. One of the very best of the type!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pre AD 1000 item #1372337 (stock #PTH)
The Genius Of Man
$265.00
Origin: Ancient Central Mexico Culture: Teotihuacan Age: Ca.400 - 600 A.D. Size: 1 1/4" in height by 1" in width Description: A set of deftly sculpted solid pottery head fragments with carefully incised eyes and mouths.Their eyes seem to be staring at a distant object. One has a broad flat nose while the other has a beautiful aqualine nose making him particularly serene and elegant. Each has it's own special appeal. An unusual set exhibiting the talent and abilities of the ancients. They would make a striking pair mounted together in a small shadow box and mounted on the wall at eye level.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Handiwork : Pre 1492 item #1367224 (stock #MBT)
The Genius Of Man
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First time ever offered for sale. Three Mimbres shell bracelets and a small turquoise pendant all dating from 1000 - 1250 A. D. The largest of the three bracelets measures 2 1/2” in diameter with a row of incised triangles on the outer rim. The pale blue ovoid turquoise pendant measures approximately 1/2” in length. The four pieces were found together as a grouping. They were all personally collected on a private ranch near Glenwood, New Mexico during the mid 60's. They are legal for private ownership under all current State or Federal Laws and a COA will be provided.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1367136 (stock #MS)
The Genius Of Man
$165.00
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 400-850A.D. Size: 7” in diameter by 3” in height Description: A simple and appealing Maya bowl. The base clay is a soft tan/brown with exterior design elements in tangerine and dark brown. The interior is undecorated. The bowl has matching painted motifs…one on each side. The design comprises an orange serrated figure (possibly a flower) centered in a wide brown circle. Four elongated designs radiate out from the center and the entire design is encased in a square box with brown lines on the top and sides and an orange line at the base. The design may have had a special meaning lost to time or it is perhaps a “pseudoglyph.” Only the specially educated scholars of the time could read the glyphs that they so carefully used as ornamentation for royal vessels. Less educated potters would sometimes copy part or all of an element without knowing its meaning just because it appealed to them visually. Different scholars have different theories. It is a simple and visually appealing work from the ancients.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1367133 (stock #MCB)
The Genius Of Man
$165.00
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 400-850A.D. Size: 5 1/2’ in diameter by 2” in height Description: A compact Maya bowl comprised of a light tan base clay. The exterior is ornamented with two slightly raised avian motifs with obvious remnants of the red pigment with which it was originally covered. The interior has a heavy coating of cinnabar. The bowl may have been used as a cinnabar receptacle for painting the faces of the nobles and rulers. It is a fact of interest that cinnabar is very high in lead which can lead to insanity and unpredictable behavior. This may explain some of the outrageous ceremonies filled with human sacrifice that become more and more prevalent until the culture collapsed in an uprise from the populace. They destroyed the nobility and all of their ill gained treasures and dispersed from the huge temple complexes into the jungle and formed smaller less formal groups. Recent core drilling shows that there was a 50 year drought prior to the overthrow. The rulers were responsible for the rains…it didn’t rain and they fell hard from grace. The bowl has one small chip to the rim but is in otherwise “as found” condition. An interesting addition to any collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1367051 (stock #GPDB)
The Genius Of Man
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CULTURE: Salado Redware/Gila Polychrome ORIGIN: Arizona / Northern New Mexico AGE: Ca.1300A D. - 1450 A.D. SIZE: 8” in diameter by 3 1/2” in height Description: A particular fine example of the type. It is beautifully formed and finely painted for a bowl of this period. The base clay is a dark orange/red. There are numerous geometric elements executed against the white slip on the interior. The fine-line work is superb. There is a central figure appearing to be dancing with his legs spread in a wide stance and his white quadrangular head appears to have an elongated headpiece on each side. On each side of the bowl there are black squares with triangles extending out and an upside down triangle enclosing numerous small titled quadrangles. There is a very small amount of professional restoration to a couple of areas of the rim. These may have been purposely done as a way to “kill” the bowl. The bowl was collected on a private fee-simple ranch with the permission of the owner and is legal for private ownership under all current State and Federal Laws. A COA will be provided.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1366358 (stock #MPDH)
The Genius Of Man
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This superb ceramic vessel is a Moche Phase111 (roughly 400 - 600 A.D.) depicting a death's head. The lifeless, sunken eyes, extruded teeth with receded gums, and hairless head depict a deceased offering or prisoner, or perhaps a mummified body exposed from the wrappings. Whichever the interpretation, this is an excellent artifact from the Moche of Northwestern Peru showing how obsessed they were with death and human sacrifice. The clay is covered by a pale yellow flesh-colored slip which shows wear in places... most likely from ceremonial useage...and the eyes and mouth are tinted red. There is very minor chipping on the edge of the rim and the clay shows ample evidence of root markings and bioerosion from being in the ground for centuries. This is an authentic, unrestored Pre-Columbian ceramic from Peru and was obtained in the US from another collector prior to the implementation of international agreements designed to protect Peru's ancient cultural resources. It will not appeal to many...but it is a form I call "good grotesque" and is a true show stopper...You will either love it or hate it...I don't think there is a middle ground for this one.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1366348 (stock #MTRB)
The Genius Of Man
$225.00
Culture: Maya Origin: Guatemala / Ca. 400-700A.D. Description: A globular Maya redware bowl measuring 51/2” in diameter” by 2 1/2 “ in height.It was created in the very small Tiquisate area of Guatemala and is somewhat of a rarity since this particular ceramic ware was not made anywhere else and rarely traded. The vessel is adorned with a raised avian motif…most likely an owl since they were highly respected for their swift and deadly nightly activities… The two figures appear on each side of the exterior of the bowl and are connected by two deeply incised lines. The great age of the piece is apparent due to the many mineral formations on the interior. The rim has a few small abraded areas due to ancient usage. The bowl is unrestored and in as found condition. It is an elegantly simple bowl made for the use of the general populace and not one of the highly ornamented jars of the lords and nobility of the time.