The Genius Of Man The Genius Of Man
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1344936 (stock #GR)
The Genius Of Man
****SOLD****
Culture: Guangala Origin: Ecuador / Manabi Provence Age: Ca. 100 - 800 A.D. Size: 9” in length by 4” in width by 4 1/2” in height Description: An unsurpassed treasure from a rare culture. This exquisite avian effigy is exceptional in shape as well as the amazingly complex incising covering the entire body. The raptor is in a sitting position with two large clawed feet for support. It’s wings are gently folded in a resting position. The many incised designs include the individual feathers of the wings and tail, stylized figures on each side of the single spout, fine incised lines under the wings with half circles below, and circular motifs on the underside. Every square inch of the vessel is carefully designed and ornate. Few pieces from this culture become available and even fewer are of this quality. The photos show the details better than I can describe them. Rare and exceptional.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1344855 (stock #MRB)
The Genius Of Man
****SOLD****
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America Age: Ca. 400 - 860 A. D. Size: 6" diameter by 2 1/2" in height Description: A sleepy looking toad head extends from the front of the bowl. The bowl color is a rich cinnamon with a darker red circle in the center of the bowl. The exterior of the piece is painted with dark orange pseudoglyphs and black polka dots on the legs and looping circles in dark brown on the underside. It is a rattle bowl with the rattles still intact. The Maya held the toad in high esteem as a bringer of rain. The proportions and ornamentation on this vessel are excellent. An fine addition to any collection of interesting artifacts.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1344843 (stock #GJF)
The Genius Of Man
***SOLD***
Culture: JAMA-COAQUE Origin: ECUADOR/MANABI PROVINCE/ COASTAL REGION Age: Ca. 500 B.C. - 500 A.D. Size: 3” in height by3 1/4” in width (includes museum quality base….when mounted overall height is 5 1/2”) Description: A fantastical demon head fragment with a fierce countenance. His face is somewhat simian with wide staring eyes and a large broad nose with a very large ornament hanging down. He is wearing a close fitting skull cap and has double sets of ornaments in each ear. The upper is a jade circle and the lower is composed of two intertwined rings. His tongue is daringly extended and flanked by large upper and lower fangs. Remnants of the original blue, orange, and white pigments are still evident. For the lover of the wild and the grotesque!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1344837 (stock #NB)
The Genius Of Man
$275.00
Culture: Nayarit Origin: West Mexico Age: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. Size: 5 1/2" in diameter by 2 3/4" in height Description: A beautifully drawn elegant small bowl divided into four quadrants. Each of the sections is outlined by a dark brown line filled in with orange and then another dark brown line which accentuates the center ornamentation made up of fine cross hatched delicate lines. The use of the four large design elements works to create four upside down triangles and a dark brown "X" in the center of the vessel. The entire vessel is nicely burnished. Great design with very fine brushwork!
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1344823 (stock #TNC)
The Genius Of Man
$145.00
CULTURE: Colima/Jalisco ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: CA. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 5" in height by 2 1/4” in width DESCRIPTION: A completely nude standing “flat figure.” This figure has coffee bean eyes and a small incised mouth. He is also anatomically correct. The very simplicity of the piece has great appeal. His hair is allowed to flow freely down his shoulders with mild incising. He exudes confidence and pride.
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 : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1344664 (stock #TEJC)
The Genius Of Man
$225.00
CULTURE: Colima/Jalisco ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: CA. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 6" in height by 3" in width DESCRIPTION: An upright standing male figure with legs akimbo. He is wearing a tall turban headpiece held in place by two circular bands. He is wearing large ear ornaments and a wide necklace. There is light incising on his chest and stomach as well as his back which may represent some form of garment. He has a circular black band around his left leg and there are remnants of the original black pigment remaining on his arms and back. He is dotted with numerous dendrites which help attest to his great antiquity. His face has a long aquiline nose and wide open round eyes. His stance is one of confidence and pride. A fine example of the type.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1344580 (stock #SSF)
The Genius Of Man
$265.00
Culture: Colima Origin: West Mexico Age: Ca. 300 B.C. - 300 A. D. Size: 5" in height by 2 1/2" in width Description: This compact smiling figure retains the high red burnish so often missing from pieces of the period. He is standing upright and is nude except for his huge ear ornaments and a tall headpiece with a wide band supporting what is most likely a stylized bird. He exudes joy and contentment and can't help but bring a smile to your face.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1344522 (stock #SMWD)
The Genius Of Man
$175.00
Culture: Jalisco/Colima / Protoclassic Origin: West Mexico Age: Ca. 100 B. C. - A. D. 300 Size: 6" in height by 2 3/4" in width Description: A composed standing male figure wearing a wrapped turban which allows his hair to fall freely on each side of his face. He has a large aqualine nose and incised eyes and mouth. He has four circular raise areas on each upper shoulder which may represent ritual tatooing and a double bracelet on each arm just below. He is wearing a wrap around loin cloth of grass or fabric which covers the front area leaving the rear area open to expose his bare rear end. He has remnants of the original orange/yellow pigment and numerous dendrites attesting to his great age. A simple and beautiful small work of art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1344519 (stock #CSL)
The Genius Of Man
$225.00
Culture: Chupicuaro (Guanajuato Late Formative) Age: Ca. 400 - 100 B. C. Size: 6 1/2" in height by 2 1/4" in width Description: A pale light fired clay. This lovely lady represents the "choker" variety of Chupicuaro figurine. She is nude save for her ornate upper decoration including a multi-strand necklace with a large pendant in the center, double ear ornaments, and a wide band of fabric allowing her hair to rise in a large double mound and then stream down her shoulders to mid arm length. She has slanted incised coffee bean eyes and a broad smile on her face. Remnants of the original white and orange pigments still remain. She has a few scrapes and minor losses due to her great age. A truly striking example of the type.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Pre AD 1000 item #1344365 (stock #G)
The Genius Of Man
$175.00
CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A deftly hand modeled "flat figure" measuring 6 1/2“ in height by 3 1/2“ in width...included in the sale is a museum quality custom metal stand which makes the overall height 9 3/4" when mounted. This striking nude miniature lady is in a standing position. She has a deeply incised top knot hairdo with a long braid or ribbon extending from the upper rear of her hairpiece and wrapping around her neck and terminating at her waist. She is adorned with wide dual arm bands as well as large ear spools. She has an elegant aquiline nose and a well incised mouth and coffee bean eyes. She is anatomically correct with a slight swelling around her pubic area most likely symbolizing the early stages of pregnancy. The ancient artist also designed her with well formed and defined rear butt cheeks. She has open rounded coffee bean eyes. The small figure is well thought out both in design and overall visual impact. She has small scattered areas of the original white pigment applied when she was first molded centuries ago. Numerous "flat" or "gingerbread" figures can be found in artifact collections from West Mexico. Many are almost identical. The long hanging braid or ribbons makes this piece stand out as an unusual example of the type. Numerous experts in the field believe these small hand made effigies were created to influence pregnancy and childbirth.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Pre 1492 item #1343951 (stock #MSB)
The Genius Of Man
***SOLD***
CULTURE: Mogollon/Mimbres ORIGIN: New Mexico / American Southwest AGE: Ca. 850 - 1250 A.D. SIZE: 2" diameter DESCRIPTION : A matched set of shell bracelets excavated in the late 1960's on a private ranch near Glenwood, New Mexico. The pair was found together and are beautifully matched. The shell material was most likely traded up from The Sea Of Cortez and cut and shaped on site in New Mexico. The bracelets are from private property and are legal for private ownership under all current state and federal laws. A COA will be provided upon purchase.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1343335 (stock #MPL)
The Genius Of Man
$225.00
CULTURE: Michoacan ORIGIN: Central Mexico AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A charming hand modeled "flat figure" measuring 4 1/4" in height by 1 3/4" in width...included in the sale is a museum quality custom metal stand which makes the overall height 4 3/4" when mounted. This highly appealing lady is in a standing position and is clasping a pan flute in both hands and is intently playing the instrument. She has a triangular head with a stylized deeply incised hairdo forming inverted triangles on each side of her forehead. She has heavy lidded coffee bean eyes and massive earspools in the form of stylized flowers. A wide necklace is visible below the flute and she is clothed in a short upper thigh length tunic. Extra detailing appears on the rear of the figure in the form of deeply incised lines defining her hair and a waist band tied in the rear. It is apparent that the artist took great care and effort to create this minature work of sublime beauty. She has numerous mineral deposits attesting to her great antiquity. The figure stands alone as a minature treasure on her own or would make a fine addition to even the best selected collection. Many "flat" or "gingerbread" figures can be found in artifact collections from West Mexico but very few have survived from Central Mexico. She has great presence as you will see in the attached photographs. Most experts in the field believe these small hand made effigies were created to influence pregnancy and childbirth.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1342941 (stock #CCH)
The Genius Of Man
sold
CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: Ca. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. DESCRIPTION: A skillfully hand modeled male "flat figure" measuring 8“ in height (overall height 8 1/2” when mounted on the included museum quality black metal base) by 41/2“ in width. This handsome miniature fellow is in a standing position with legs akimbo. He has a long extended “cone head” and a slightly smiling incised mouth. His ears have been drilled all the way through and he was most likely originally wearing dangling ear ornaments…long lost to time. He has scattered mineral deposits helping to show his ancient age. Numerous "flat" or "gingerbread" figures can be found in many artifact collections from West Mexico. Many are almost identical. The tall extended head makes this piece a prime example of the type. Numerous experts in the field believe these small hand made effigies were created to influence fertility and procreation. A simple and elegant example and a boon to any small or large collection or as a piece of art that stands proudly on his own.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1342939 (stock #VMF)
The Genius Of Man
****SOLD****
Culture: Veracruz Origin: West Mexico Age: Ca. 600 - 900 A.D. Size: 6” in height by 9 1/2” in width by 4 1/2” in depth. The piece is mounted on a square lucite base which can be removed at the owner’s discretion. When mounted the head stands 10” in overall height. Description: A fantastic large Veracruz head fragment. The face is striking with elongated coffee bean eyes and raised eye pupils with the original bitumen pigment still strongly evident on the headband, eye pupils, and mouth. The figure is wearing a multilevel headpiece consisting of five rows of wide bands…each incised with a different design motif and further flanked on each by wide quadrangular side flaps. There are a few minor losses due to ancient usage but they don’t detract from the strong visual impact of the face. A truly beautiful and intriguing work of art.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1342871 (stock #CPB)
The Genius Of Man
***SOLD***
Description: Culture: Chiribaya Origin: Chile / Peru / Atacama Desert Age: Ca. 400 - 1000 A.D. A thin walled high fired bowl. Size: 7 1/4” in diameter by 2 3/4”“ in height. Description: An obscure small cultural group related to The Tihuanaco of Bolivia. They are believed to be a satellite community living near The Pacific Ocean where their major source of subsistence came from fishing and limited agriculture. They traded for other needed materials such as maize, chili peppers,and llamas with other communities located at various levels above the ocean.The base clay is a deep rich cinnamon in color with geometric design elements in black, white, and dark orange. Geometric designs include four stylized triangular elements suspended from the interior rim enclosing quadrangles with white dots. The center of the bowl is decorated with four floating quadrangles enclosing small white circles. Artifacts from this obscure culture are rarely available for purchase. The bowl was brought into the U.S. around 1971 by the now deceased original owner and it has never been offered for sale before. This piece will appeal to the collector of the rare as well as the beautiful.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1342040 (stock #CHP)
The Genius Of Man
***SOLD***
Culture: Chiribaya Origin: Chile / Peru / Atacama Desert Age: Ca. 400 - 1000 A.D. Size: 6 1/2" in height by 5 1/2" in diameter Description: An obscure small cultural group related to The Tihuanaco of Bolivia. They are believed to be a satellite community living near The Pacific Ocean where their major source of subsistence came from fishing and limited agriculture. They traded for other needed materials such as maize, chili peppers,and llamas with other communities located at various levels above the ocean.The base clay is a deep rich cinnamon in color with geometric design elements in black, white, and dark and light orange. Geometric designs include hanging multiple triangles, stepped pyramids, semi circles, and wide lines enclosing small circular white dots. There is a small amount of erosion to one area of the rim due to ancient usage. Artifacts from this obscure culture are rarely available for purchase. The jar was brought into the U.S. around 1971 by the now deceased original owner and it has never been offered for sale before. This piece will appeal to the collector of the rare as well as the beautiful.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1341899 (stock #TEJPL)
The Genius Of Man
$225.00
CULTURE: Jalisco ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: CA. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 2 1/2“ in width by 7” in height DESCRIPTION: A particularly elegant terra cotta solid molded “pretty lady” from West Mexico. She is standing with legs slightly akimbo with her arms raised and her hands resting on her chin. She is showing early signs of pregnancy with a slightly swollen abdomen and large full breasts mostly covered by her raised arms as in a stance of modesty. Her head is beautiful in its elongation with a prominent aquiline nose and deeply incised coffee bean eyes. She has a slightly upturned mouth which gives her a contented and happy demeanor. She has large ear ornaments and a finely wrapped head piece framing her forehead. She has two small holes drilled below her chin which extend all the way through her body so she could be worn as a pendant should her owner desire. A drilled piece of this type is truly rare. Remnants of the original white and red pigments are still visible from the time she was created. The piece comes complete with a museum quality black metal stand which allows her to be shown at her finest. They don’t come much better than this! She is exceptional alone as a work of art or would make a fine addition to any quality collection.