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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Handiwork : Pre 1492 item #1367224 (stock #MBT)
The Genius Of Man
SOLD
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 : Vintage Arts : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pre 1950 item #1366335 (stock #AIBM)
The Genius Of Man
$325.00
A visually striking pair of Northern Woodlands beaded moccasins dating from the Mid-20th Century or possibly much earlier. They have no restoration and there is one small abrasion on the underside of the left piece. In the same collection for many years and just now available for purchase.
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.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1364113 (stock #TVS)
The Genius Of Man
$350.00
CULTURE:Taino ORIGIN: The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and numerous Caribean Islands. AGE: Ca. 800 - 1500 A.D. SIZE: 5 1/2" in length by 1" in width DESCRIPTION: A ceremonial tool used for ritual cleansing and purification to empty the stomach prior to prayer ceremonies. It is comprised of the rib bone of a sea mammal. The deftly and creatively carved head is that of a stylized alligator with rows of menacing teeth, deeply notched nostrils and large deeply carved eyes which most likely were inlaid with precious stones or colored shell. The creature is wearing a circular headpiece. There is a lightly etched square figure directly behind the head with elongated oval eyes and carved slanted whiskers...possibly a god or a way of paying homage to the creature from which the rib was extracted. The underside is unadorned. There is one clean break or pressure crack toward the rear end of the piece which has been stabilized. It is otherwise unrestored and as found.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1361750 (stock #AP)
The Genius Of Man
$250.00
ORIGIN: West Mexico Ca. 400 - 100 B.C. 2 1/4" in height Acquired about 1995 "Solid buff terracotta head from a figure wearing a large wrapped turban with incised folds. Large relief ovoid eyes, small ear spools, expressive facial features and mouth open. Has elongated neck tang for attachment to the full figure.Includes museum quality custom mount." The head stands 5" when placed on mount. Ex. Arte Primitivo
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1361747 (stock #SMV)
The Genius Of Man
$325.00
Culture: Maya Origin: Guatemala / Ca. 400-700A.D. Description: A globular Maya redware jar measuring 6” at the widest diameter by 4 3/4” in height.It was created in the very small Tiquisate area of Guatemala and is extremely rare since it was not made anywhere else and rarely traded. The vessel is adorned with a raised monkey figure circling the piece. The monkey’s head has large eyes and a smiling mouth. His front legs extend out and then down with paws almost touching. A wavy raised line extends around the upper part of the jar with the monkey’s tail hanging downward from the rear. The Maya enjoyed the playfulness and promiscuity displayed by the bouncing and seemingly never ending energy displayed by their simian companions. There are a few small chips to the rim from ancient usage. Numerous mineral deposits help attest to the antiquity of the vessel. The jar is in “as found” condition with no restoration. A COA will be provided.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1361550 (stock #JSP)
The Genius Of Man
$375.00
Culture: JAMA-COAQUE Origin: ECUADOR/MANABI PROVINCE/ COASTAL REGION AGE: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. Size: 2 3/4” in length by 2 1/2” in height DESCRIPTION: An exceptionally rare Jama-Coaque smoking pipe. The front of the piece pictures a shaman wearing a large semi-circlar striated headpiece dropping down to seven raised round ornaments framing his face. He is adorned with long square dangling earpieces and a triangular mouth piece….possibly representing smoke. He is in a sitting position with his knees pointing out and his feet touching. Areas of the original blue and orange pigments are clearly evident on his headpiece and ear ornaments. His eyes are at half mast possibly indicating that he has entered into a trance state. The stem of the pipe has no ornamentation other than a round protrusion at the top representing the rear of his headpiece. A great piece for lovers of Jama-Coaque and the unusual.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1361548 (stock #SJS)
The Genius Of Man
$475.00
Culture: JAMA-COAQUE Origin: ECUADOR/MANABI PROVINCE/ COASTAL REGION AGE: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. SIZE: 5 1/2” in Height by 3 1/2” in Width DESCRIPTION: An ornately attired standing Jama-Coaque shaman effigy. This elegant creation is beautifully thought out and crafted. His arms are extended as if in greeting or addressing his flock. His headpiece is a raised cone with four elongated raised lines…each ending in a series of three circular beads. The sides flare out with serrated edges and side flaps form the lower part. His earpieces are in three segments starting with a bead and ending with two dangles below. His necklace is made up of square beads. Each wrist is circled with a pair of bracelets. His lower half is clad in a wide banded loincloth. His face is rounded with raised coffee bean eyes and a prominent nose and incised mouth. Segments of the original red a blue pigments are evident on his headpiece and hands. There is a small segment of the left headpiece abraded away due to ancient usage. There is evidence that he once had a tail added for support but it too has eroded…not a fresh break. The pinnacle of elegance and beauty are expressed in this timeless creation.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1358981 (stock #SFJF)
The Genius Of Man
$727.00
Culture: JAMA-COAQUE Origin: ECUADOR/MANABI PROVINCE/ COASTAL REGION Age: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. Size: 9” in height by 4 1/2” in width DESCRIPTION : An elegant example of a Pre-Columbian shaman figure from Ecuador. She is ornately adorned with a dual sectioned rounded headpiece with long side flaps trailing down below shoulder length. She has a nosepiece as well as circular multiple segmented earpiece and a double segmented “rope-like” necklace hanging to her waist. The figure is wearing a simple wrap around skirt reaching to her ankles. The skirt and small breasts indicate that she is a female. Her face is calm and regal with large heavily lidded almond shaped eyes possibly representing a trance-like state of mind. She has some very minor abraded areas to her headpiece and one side of her nose decoration due to ancient usage in ceremonies. They do not effect the beauty and striking visual impact of the artifact. A truly elegant and appealing figure.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1358806 (stock #SBJ)
The Genius Of Man
$325.00
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 100-850A.D. Size: 4” in height by 4” at the widest diameter Description: A globular Maya redware jar with a flaring rounded pedestal base and a deep circular ornamented jar sitting atop the support base. The upper rim is widely flaring on each side giving the impression of raised stylized wings. A smiling animated zoomorphic head with raised applied round eyes and ears and two extended legs are emerging from the upper rim as well as a set of two hind legs extending directly across from the head. The piece has strong mineral deposits and some mild surface abrasion attesting to its great age. There is a narrow pressure crack which has been professionally stabilized. This little fellow can’t help but bring a smile to your face!