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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1323193 (stock #SAF2)
The Genius Of Man
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CULTURE: Jalisco//Ameca ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 100 B. C. - 250 A. D. SIZE: 14" in height by 8 1/2" in width PROVENANCE: A private American Collection DESCRIPTION: A large hollow seated pottery female with her legs folded under a knee length skirt.She is wearing a tightly fitted rounded headdress. Her right arm is resting below her ample breast with a circular beaded arm band on her upper arm. Her left hand is raised to her cheek. She has an elegant elongated head. Her face has a gently contemplative visage. A very fine example of the type.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1300993 (stock #NSW)
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This elegantly painted shell shaped Narino whistle comes from Ecuador and dates C.A. 850 - 1500 A.D. It is mounted on a top quality metal stand which is included in the sale. The shell measures 2 3/4" in length by 2 1/2" in width. It has a small drill hole so that it could be worn around the neck. The base color is a warm brown tan and the geometric design elements are a rich dark brown. Geometric elements include triangles, fine-line work, stepped pyramids, and circular spiriling elements. The painting is excellent and finely detailed. The piece is in mint condition with no restoration or overpaint.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1357883 (stock #SJF)
The Genius Of Man
$350.00
Culture: Jama-Coaque Origin: Ecuador Age:Ca. 500B.C. - 500A.D. Size: 4 1/2" in height by 4 1/2" in width by 4" from the tip of the toes to the back of the piece. Description: This compact terra-cotta effigy of a female Jama-Coaque shaman is a particularly fine example of the type. The effigy depicts a highly ornamented female figure in a sitting position with a ceremonial grinding stone and mano placed in her lap. She is wearing an ornate headpiece with vertical and horizontal bands in the center and long flaring side flaps trailing down to her elbows.She is elegantly attired with long dangling ear ornaments, a substantial necklace of square beads, bracelets on each wrist as well as a circular nose piece. She has large almond shaped eyes and carefully incised hands and feet portruding from a long wrapped skirt. Remnants of the original orange and blue pigments are still evident. There is a small of ancient abrasion on the upper section of her left headpiece...a timeless work of beauty and grace.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #1307633 (stock #NGB)
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CULTURE: Narino ORIGIN: Ecuador / high Andes plain near the border of Colombia AGE: Ca. 850 - 1500 A.D. DESCRIPTION: A polychrome pedestal footed bowl measuring 7 3/4" in diameter by 3" in height. The negative design colors are black, cream, and a pale gold/yellow. The central design element most likely represents the planet Venus. There are four "ghost like" figures extending from the rim toward the star surrounded by triangular borders. The inner rim is surrounded by "ticking" elements. The exterior is black with six triangular elements comprised of wide cream colored bands. The bowl exhibits strong colors and fine design work. PROVENANCE: A San Diego, California, family collection.  
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1347003 (stock #CPV)
The Genius Of Man
$425.00
A fantastical polychrome four lobed vessel with four conjoined pepinos. The jar is from The North Coast of Peru and dates Ca. 1100 - 1470 A. D. It is a bridge vessel with a single spout. It measures 8 1/2” in height by 6” in width. Design elements are executed in charcoal black. The design includes four black circular elements on each pepino with a raised area in the center as well as black stripes circling the base of each side of the bridge and is adorned with raised birds circling the bridge and a larger avian clinging to the base of the spout. It is a fine example of Chimu creativity at its finest.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1700 item #1306669 (stock #NCSB)
The Genius Of Man
$325.00
CULTURE: Narino ORIGIN: Ecuador / high Andes plain near the border of Colombia. AGE: Ca. 850 - 1500 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A footed intact Narino bowl measuring 7 1/2" in diameter by 4" in height. The base color is a soft tan with design elements in dark cinnamon brown. The central motif is an eight sided star...most likely Venus...with ten radiating elements extending out from the center with reversed step elements enclosed in triangles. The use of the design elements gives a visual impression of movement instead of a static brown on tan design. It is beautifully formed and carefully ornamented. The exterior is plain with numerous root marks attesting to its great age. There is a museum mark in the center of the pedestal. PROVENANCE: A private San Diego collection
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1328728 (stock #CGS)
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CULTURE: Casas Grandes ORIGIN: Northern Mexico AGE: CA. 1200 - 1400 A. D. SIZE: 7 1/2" in height by 5" in width x 7 1/2" in depth. DESCRIPTION: A highly burnished brownware figure of a woman sitting with legs extended. She appears to possibly pregnant given the fullness of her breasts and lower areas. She has a sublime quizzical expression on her face and appears to be singing or whistling. Her eyes seem to be closed which gives the impression that she is concentrating deeply...she may be in a trance state induced by the inhaling or drinking of local shaman prepared potions. She has her right hand raised to her cheek and her left hand resting beneath her breasts. She is a truly beautiful example of the talent of a potter who could capture the beauty of the human formi repose. There has been professional restoration to the rear cowels on each side of her face as well as the tips of her feet. The cowels follow the lines of the effigy and are not just "guesswork." PROVENANCE: A former Scottsdale Arizona Gallery
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1300935 (stock #CW)
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This fantastical blackware whistle comes from The North Coast of Peru and dates C.A. 1100 - 1470 A. D. It is a bridge spout vessel depicting an avian creature perched atop four globular fruits (possibly sapotes. It measures 5 1/4" in overall height by 4" in width and 4 1/2" in depth. When the spout is blown it emits a high clear tone which comes from a small perforation in the neck of the bird. It shows great artistic creativity along with an adept pottery making ability! It is in mint condition save for one miniscule chip at the top of the spout. It is definitely not the typical run of the mill mass produced vessels so often seen from The Chimu Culture. I have never seen another like it. A great edition to any collection. Provenance: A highly respected gallery/auctioneer located in North Carolina. A COA will be provided upon purchase.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1321409 (stock #CCT)
The Genius Of Man
$175.00
CULTURE: Chiriqui ORIGIN: Panama AGE: Ca. 500 A. D. - 1500 A. D. Description: A compact tripod vessel measuring 5 1/2" in height by 5 1/2" in diameter. The vessel has three elongated zoomorphic legs and braided handles as well as applied coffee bean eyes. The legs most likely represent the elongated face of a coatimundi. An excellent example of the type!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1271824 (stock #MMW)
The Genius Of Man
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A beautifully molded Maya whistle with a high clear tone from Mexico Ca. 100-860 A.D. The whistle measures 4 1/2" in height by 3 1/2" in width with raised eyebrows and eyes, large ears, a blunt incised nose, and arms folded at his sides. He stands freely on his attached tail and requires no further support.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1321982 (stock #SNF)
The Genius Of Man
$250.00
CULTURE: Nayarit ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 400 A. D. SIZE: 5 3/4" in height by 3" in width DESCRIPTION: A solid molded pottery figure sitting in the classic Nayarit stance with legs akimbo. He has deeply incised eyes and mouth. He is wearing ear spools and a tightly fitting rounded cap. His arms are resting on his waist. Stripes of the original black pigment are still evident on his back. He is heavily coated with mineral deposits which attest to his great antiquity. A fine addition to the collector who specializes in small to medium sized artifacts!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1216305 (stock #MGB1)
The Genius Of Man
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A prime example of a Classic Period (Southern New Mexico, ca1000-1250A.D.) Mimbres black on white geometric bowl measuring 7 1/2" in diameter by 3 3/4" in height. Professionally reassembled from several original shards with the crack lines filled over. The design elements include black triangles, triangles with fine-line elements, wide line straight and zig-zag designs, fine-line hatching, and a carefully drawn fineline band around the inner rim comprised of four thin lines. The bowl is from a private collection and comes from a privately owned ranch 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 #1344821 (stock #CBP)
The Genius Of Man
$250.00
CULTURE: Colima/Jalisco ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: CA. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 5" in height by 2 3/4” in width DESCRIPTION: An ornate and highly decorated flat figure…most likely outfitted in full ball player garb. His headpiece is a series of triangular elements with a raised horn-like center element. He is wearing round ear spools, a large necklace with extending pendant (possibly a stylized avian ornament). He has a wide band on each arm with outer protrusions and a wide protective belt covering his chest area. He is wearing a strap loin cloth with protective pads. The loincloth in the rear is a wide flap of fabric or possibly a woven material. He has been pierced all the way through just above his earspools to allow him to be worn as a pendant or sewn on to fabric. He shows great attitude with his slightly splayed legs and rigid posture. A great work of creativity.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1321802 (stock #CNB)
The Genius Of Man
$175.00
CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 7 1/2" in height by 3 1/2" in width DESCRIPTION: If you look closely you will note that this solid molded figure is sporting a "third leg." He has a shamefaced embarrased look on his face with his right hand covering his mouth. He seems self conscious and sheepish. He is carrying dual bags on his back secured by a tump line. He has applied wide staring round eyes. These humorous figures help bring some comic relief from the violence later evident in the Moche, Maya, and Aztec cultures. Most scholars believe that the Colima people were non-violent and avoided warfare with their neighbors. Human sacrafice happened rarely...if ever! Humor is an integral part of our species and should be practiced more often!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1328530 (stock #HV)
The Genius Of Man
$575.00
CULTURE: Veraguas ORIGIN: Panama AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. -300 A. D. SIZE: 15" in height by 12" at the widest diameter DESCRIPTION: A superb intact bisqueware water vessel from Panama. This understated jar is graceful and splendid in its size and simplicity. It is truly immense and the pottery is thin walled and highly fired. The handles are delicately applied human female figures. It is rare for a vessel to be this immense and remain totally intact! There are several smoke clouds visible from the time of firing.The balance and shape combine to give it a similar appearance to a Roman amphora. A great display piece for a large area. PROVENANCE: The unsurpassed private collection of Dr. Glen Murphy via inheritance.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1354432 (stock #CGEJ)
The Genius Of Man
$525.00
CULTURE: Casas Grandes / Ramos Polychrome ORIGIN: Northern Mexico AGE: Ca.1250 - 1450 A.D. SIZE: 6" in height by 5" in diameter DESCRIPTION: A low rounded polychrome jar topped by an ovoid anthropomorphic head. The base clay color is tan/brown with design motifs in black and burnt orange. The round incised eyes are encased in horizontal black lines with a row of black circles above and topped by a flat crown with stylized macaw figures. The impression is of a mask as opposed to just pigment applied to the face. Geometric designs on the body of the vessel include fine black lines and ornate upright and inverted triangles. The jar has minor wear to the tip of the nose from ancient usage and there are a few areas of light professional paint enhancement. Many small mineral deposits attest to its great antiquity. ex. Arte Primitivo Gallery
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1321666 (stock #MCD)
The Genius Of Man
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CULTRUE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 6" in length by 3 3/4" in height x 5" in width. DESCRIPTION: A small canine with a big attitude. He stands with his legs wide apart in a confident pose. He has round applied eyes and his tongue is extending from his mouth. Although he is quite wide and looks fat and happy...his spine is exposed running down his back and his tail is lifted...usually seen in dogs as a sign of greeting..He is carefully and skillfully burnished and has numerous mineral deposits attesting to his great age. An unusual and fine example of the type.
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.