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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1377750 (stock #MRGB)
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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
$975.00
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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1366145 (stock #JSM)
The Genius Of Man
$375.00
Culture: JAMA-COAQUE Origin: ECUADOR/MANABI PROVINCE/ COASTAL REGION AGE: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. SIZE: 4” IN HEIGHT BY 2 1/4” IN WIDTH DESCRIPTION: A serene seated mother cradling her baby in her arms. This is a universal and heartwarming theme seen in almost all New World Pre-Columbian Cultures. The base clay is a soft pale brown in color. She is wearing a mushroom shaped turban headdress and is attired in an ankle length skirt from the waist down. Her upper body is nude with tiny breasts showing. She is adorned with a multi-strand necklace still showing traces of the original blue pigment and the exposed parts of her body have remnants of the original pale mustard pigment as well. she is wearing small ear clips and a nose ornament. Her baby is wearing a similar headdress and a delicate necklace. There is one small area worn away with the ages at the tip of the baby’s left foot. It is barely noticeable. A beautiful and endearing addition to any collection. Ex. Arte Primitive
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1365997 (stock #SCW)
The Genius Of Man
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Culture: CHORRERA Origin: ANDES & COASTAL REGIONS OF ECUADOR AGE: Ca. 900 B.C. - 300 B.C. SIZE: 8 1/2” IN HEIGHT BY 5 1/4” IN WIDTH DESCRIPTION: A large hollow terra-cotta whistle of a standing male figure with a large globular head cover, massive ornate circular ear pieces, a nose plug, as well as a multi-strand ornate necklace with matching bracelets. He is wearing a loincloth with a square center flap in the front and a triangular cover in the rear. He has long vertical almond shaped eyes and deeply incised hands and feet. When air is blown through the uppermost drilled hole at the back of the head he emits a loud clear melodic tone. He has one professionally stabilized pressure crack near his incised belly button but is in otherwise mint condition with no restoration. A finely thought out and crafted artifact.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1364324 (stock #JSP1)
The Genius Of Man
$250.00
Culture: JAMA-COAQUE Origin: ECUADOR/MANABI PROVINCE/ COASTAL REGION AGE: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. DESCRIPTION: An unusual charming hand modeled Jama-Coaque shaman pendant measuring 3 1/2” in height by 2” in width. The base color is a soft tan color with the original blue pigment evident around the facial area. He has large almond shaped eyes and a large semi-circular nosepiece as well dangling ear pieces and a rounded skull cap with a part in the middle with a circular raised decoration…possibly jade. He is wearing a loin cloth and a multi-strand necklace or chest piece extending to almost elbow length. There is a single hole drilled at the op of the head piece which would allow his use as a pendant or he stands on his own as a compact effigy. A very well thought out and executed ceramic creation.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1364114 (stock #VTM)
The Genius Of Man
$345.00
ORIGIN: WEST MEXICO CULTURE: VERACRUZ AGE: Ca. 600 - 900 A.D. SIZE: 4" In height by 2 1/2" in width DESCRIPTION: A visually mesmerizing solid terra-cotta figure of a woman with her arms folded across her nude chest and a long black braid of hair trailing down her back. She has a deeply incised mouth with full parted lips. Her eyes are also deeply incised slits with a slightly upward tilt. Her only adornment is a set of circular elongated ear pieces. Each is pierced and most likely had further ornamentation suspended below. There is a slightly abraded area of her bitumen pigmented hair dating back to ancient times and ritual use. There are two schools of thought concerning her posture and demeanor. Some scholars feel that she is no longer living and being prepared for burial. Another hypothesis is that she is in a very deep trance state after ingesting some form of extremely powerful ceremonial drug. Since there are no written records from the period it is up to the viewer to decide. She is one of those small "show stopping" effigies that make you pause and ponder before moving on. A heavy metal stand is included in the sale. After many years as a caretaker I am always struck by her beauty and grace each time I happen to walk by the shelf where she sits safely away from exploring hands.