All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1340446 (stock #ESCF)
CULTURE: Colima ORIGIN: West Mexico AGE: CA. 300 B. C. - 300 A. D. SIZE: 6" in height by 4” in width by 3 1/2” in depth. DESCRIPTION: A fine large example of one of “The Little People Of Mexico.” These wonderful miniature sculptures are often called flat figures or gingerbread figures. Each one is individually modeled of heavy cinnamon colored clay. This ornate fellow is wearing a rounded turban cap, ear spools, a necklace of round jade beads, and a wrap around waist cloth with long tassels in the front and an incised ovoid rear cover. He has circular raised designs on his upper arms most likely representing ritual tattooing. He has round coffee bean eyes and an elegant aquiline nose. The entire figure is liberally spotted with dendrite mineral deposits attesting to his great age. His overall demeanor is calm and elegant. He sits upright beautifully with no support needed. Excellent examples of these figures are becoming hard to acquire. Many were quickly fabricated and crude.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : American Indian : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1339789 (stock #NM)
A beautifully flaked banded chert stone blade with multiple layers of color running throughout. It has been classified by Dwain Rogers, a well known expert in the field, as a "Pandora Knife." His Certificate of Authenticity along with a custom fabricated metal base will be included in the sale. The blade measures 4 5/8" in length by 1 11/16" in width. It was found on a private ranch in Northern New Mexico and is legal for private ownership under all current state and federal laws. The large size and outstanding choice of multi-colored stone combine to make this a rare and fine addition to any collection of carefully selected blades.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1339410 (stock #MT)
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Culture: Mixtec Origin: Mexico Age: Ca. 1000 A. D. - 1500 A. D. This carefully crafted Mixtec tripod bowl measures 7” in diameter by 4 3/4” in height. It is painstakingly burnished a deep orange on the interior with three darker orange flat-tipped triangles incised and suspended from the rim. The rim is also incised and the darker orange pigment circles the bowl outlining the rim. The very tips of the three tripods have had minor restoration due to erosion from ancient usage. The vessel is otherwise as found with no plaster or paint touch up. The condition is superb and it stands on its own as a fine example of art of the period or could be added to a n existing collection as a fine example of a rare type.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1339324 (stock #Z)
Culture: Zapotec Origin: Mexico / Valley of Oaxaca / Monte Alban Age: Ca. 600 B. C. - 800 A. D. Size: 7" in height x 6" in width. DESCRIPTION: A stunning creative work of ancient art. The effigy has an assured and beautifully modeled commanding face of a warrior or noble staring confidently straight ahead. He is sitting with legs crossed. His countenance is calm, majestic and assertive. He is adorned with ear spools, a large single strand necklace (most likely jade), and a wide belt circles his waist. His headpiece is large and ornate with striations resembling hair and is designed to carefully outline his face to accentuate the deeply incised eyes and aqualine nose. His hands are deeply detailed and deeply incised. His almond shaped eyes are half closed as if in a trance. The right end of the hairdo has been professionally restored as well as the underside which has been resurfaced since it had become somewhat fragile from ancient usage. This is a rare and hard to find example of the type. Very few appear on the market and they are often quite large and very expensive. A number of these figures were often placed in a tomb and range in size from massive sculptures down to miniscule poison bottle size. A fine addition to any quality collection or he stands on his own as a single piece of ancient art to be given a place of honor on a mantlepiece or coffee table.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1339062 (stock #CHD)
Culture: Colima Origin: West Mexico / Ca. 300B.C. - 300A.D. Size: 3 1/2” in height by 4” in width by 4 1/2” in depth Description: An intriguing Colima effigy tomb figure from West Mexico depicting a compact hunchbacked dwarf. This small hollow treasure has a terra-cotta base clay burnished with an orange surface. He is in a sitting position with hands resting on his knees. He is wearing a close fitting headpiece with deeply incised eyes and a slightly upturned mouth and a pronounced aquiline nose as well as ear spools. His face and head have been left unburnished to draw attention to his gently smiling face. The Colima people considered dwarfs and malformed individuals as special gifts from their gods. They felt that these figures had been provided with extra powers and they were often top advisors to the nobility and lords of the period. This compact figure has had the bottoms of his feet professionally resurfaced from ancient usage and a few worn areas to the rim of the spout have been smoothed and polished. This compact figure is a heartwarming example of how an ancient culture defined unusual attributes in a much different way than we have during current times. A sweet and kind countenance.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1338410 (stock #TCE)
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Culture: Tairona Origin: Colombia Age: Ca. 1000 A. D. - 1500 A. D. Size: 9” in length by 3 3/4” in height by 3” in width Description: A blackware ceremonial rattle in the shape of a two headed alligator. This large and unusual specimen stands proudly with both heads raised in the air. It is highly ornamented with bracelets above each claw, raised circular designs on the shoulders, incised circular raised designs surrounding each snout, and a center raised bar on each head. There are five lightly incised lines running down the center of the back. It is hollow with an opening on each side. The rattles have been lost to time. It is intact with no new plaster.The heads on each end of the piece appear to have been cleanly broken off either intentionally for ceremonal usage or during shipping and have been professionally reattached. It is bound to appeal to the collector of the rare and unusual.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1336672 (stock #MN)
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Culture: Nayarit Origin: Western Mexico /Ca 300B.C. - 300A.D. Size: 5” in height by 2 1/2” in width Description: A compact hollow pottery figure with a great sense of presence. This small effigy is fully equipped for battle or possibly for a ceremonial ball game with a large club clutched in both hands and a suit of woven armor with a large round collar. He has deeply incised eyes and an elegant aquiline nose. He is adorned with large ear spools and a wrapped head piece with a large crest as the centerpiece. He is wearing a short tight fitting waist cover and remnants of the original black pigment can be seen on his body armor and around his eyes and mouth. This is a fine example of the type and would be an excellent addition to any collection or as a single piece of beautifully executed art. The piece is intact and as found. Provenance: Former Lands Beyond Time
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1336671 (stock #MW)
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This deftly molded solid terra-cotta figure stands 5 1/2" in height by 5" in width. He is the Maya wind god from Northern Mexico and dates Ca. 400 - 860 A.D. He is adorned with a massive head piece in the form of a large raptor perched atop his head and held in place by a circular belt. The lower area of the head piece is made up of a wide horseshoe shaped band with two circular decorations. He is wearing a simple square loin cloth to cover his lower body. The piece has numerous dendrites attesting to his great antiquity. One of those compact ancient pieces with great charm and presence. Ex: Scottsdale Arizona Gallery.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1336669 (stock #PCV)
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An unusual pair of handled and spouted Maya vessels from Mexico or Central America dating Ca. 100 - 600A.D. The taller of the two is 5" in height by 5 1/2" from the tip of the pouring spout to the back of the handle. They both have circular rounded bases for stability. Other than a few chips and scratches from ancient usage they are intact and as found. Very few pieces from this period have survived the centuries and are still available for purchase today. Refer to "The Maya" by Michael Coe (fifth edition)page 79...illustration "c" to verify the type.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1336603 (stock #MST)
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 400-850A.D. Description: A wonderfully stylized intact polychrome turtle measuring 6" from head to tail and 5" at the widest diameter. The jar has original rattles in each of his legs. The face is deeply incised with a wide grinning mouth and his tail is a slightly rounded quadrangle. Remnants of the original black paint used for ornamentation are still visible....especially on the underside in the form of multiple wavy lines. He has rounded lugs on each side for suspension as well as numerous mineral formations attesting to his great age. This is a fine artifact depicting great form and charm. The Maya considered the turtle a symbol of water and plenty and it was a creature held in high esteem. A great addition to any collection or as a single piece of outstanding ancient artistry.
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A pair of turn-of-the-century (or earlier) carved whale ivory or highly polished substantial bone ear ornaments from The Pacific Islands…most likely Hawaiian. They were collected in the mid 60’s and were purchased from a Hawaiian family on The Big Island. The verbal history told by the adult daughter is that they were given in payment to her grandmother…as a seamstress…for work done for a client who just did not have the funds to pay for the “fancy” dress outfit he had ordered. He was supposed to return with the money at some point….but never did. They are beautifully carved and measure 3” in length by slightly under 1” in width. They come complete with a museum quality heavy metal black stand. When mounted, the overall height is 4 3/4”. They have both historical value as well as they stand on their own as fine works of creativity and beauty.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : South American : Handiwork : Pre 1920 item #1336561 (stock #DOTDM)
An outstanding hand carved and painted mask which originated from a 19th century life-size leather costume. The mask measures 20" in length by 9" in height by 6" in width. It is carved from one piece of wood and painted in colors of black, white, red, orange, yellow, and shades of cinnamon brown. It has no restoration and is totally intact with no breaks or cracks. The red lips are pursed as if he is blowing wind. There is a small original hole drilled in the very top for hanging. It is timeless and finely executed piece of art created by the hand of a master artist of the time.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1335813 (stock #CGE)
CULTURE: Casas Grandes (Ramos Polychrome) ORIGIN: Northern Mexico AGE: Ca.1250 - 1450 A. D. SIZE: 6” at the widest diameter by 8 1/2” in height Description: A truly exceptional Casas Grandes zoomorphic effigy jar. The base color is a soft tan/brown painted in colors of black and deep crimson red. The figure has an upraised extended mouth as if howling. My research on the piece leads me to believe the creature is most likely a badger. The design elements include black and red triangles, stepped pyramids, semi-circles, checkerboard designs on the forehead with a dot in each one, fine line red and black brushwork, and most important and beautiful of all the front and rear of the vessel has two stylized intertwined macaws sporting tall crests. The jar is of the finest quality both in form and decoration and would have been made for an individual with high rank and status of the period. The upper right side of the cowl has had some professional restoration but there is no guesswork as to the image. Pieces of this quality are becoming quite rare whereas simple painted bowl shapes seem to be plentiful. Provenance: By inheritance from an old California collection.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1335008 (stock #SMF)
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Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 400-850A.D. Description: A maya effigy fragment measuring 5” in height by 3 1/2” in width. The piece is mounted on a wooden base which makes the overall height 7”. The base can be removed if so desired. There is a pale gold wash covering the figure with a small area worn away from the nose area exposing the brown terra-cotta base pottery beneath. The figure portrays and elderly figure adorned with ear spools, rows of raised circular designs on the upper arms…possibly jewelry or tattooing, a necklace formed of ovoid hanging pendants and a head piece which has ancient erosions and losses. This tends not to detract from the overall power and dignity of the piece. He would be stunning displayed on a mantlepiece or glass or wooden coffee table.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1335006 (stock #SCH)
Culture: Colima Origin: West Mexico Ca. 300 B.C. - 300 A.D. Size: 4” in height by 3” in width Description: An engaging deftly molded compact pottery figure in a sitting position with legs crossed and arms resting on his knees. This imaginative effigy exudes a confident and serene attitude. His hands are deeply incised and he has a long distinct elegant aquiline nose. His horizontal eyes and slightly smiling mouth are outlined with the originally applied black bitumen pigment as is his closely fitting rounded head piece. The base clay is a dark tan/brown and has been carefully burnished. He appears to be nude and his only ornamentation consists of large three tiered ear spools. From the side you can see that he has a slightly malformed back. The Colima people cherished deformity as a sign that the gods had made a special being unlike most other common human shapes. The special beings were often top confidents and advisors to royalty and led lives of great luxury. Scattered mineral deposits help attest to his antiquity.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre 1492 item #1333088 (stock #CCJ)
CULTURE: Cocle ORIGIN: Panama AGE: Ca. 600 - 1200 A. D. SIZE: 4 inches in height by 4 inches at the widest diameter DESCRIPTION: A beautifully formed polychrome jar with a red slip painted with swirling designs in purple and orange highlighted with a black border. The jar has a nicely rounded flared rim. It is an excellent example of the type. This Cocle/Chiriqui collection which originally comprised over 500 pieces was inherited by the son of Dr. Glen E. Murphy who was reputed to have amassed the largest personal collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts from Panama in the world. He worked in Panama for over 20 years and later became the President of The Canal Zone University and then returned to the U.S. and became a well known instructor at The Daytona Beach Community College. All pieces were exported to the U.S. with proper legal paperwork that will be presented upon purchase. He donated many artifacts, both pottery and gold, to The Smithsonian Institution and The Rockefeller Museum and split the remainder of the collection among his three children.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1332934 (stock #TMC)
Culture: Maya Origin: Mexico/Central America/ Ca. 400-850A.D. Description: A finely and carefully modeled female terracotta ceremonial figure standing 7 1/2” in height by 4 1/2” at the widest point. The figure is staring confidently straight ahead with her arms folded inward grasping her breasts. She is adorned with a short square apron around her waist and large circular ear spools with wing-like extensions on each side and a wide collar. She is wearing a highly unusual headpiece in the form of an anthropomorphic figure with heavily lidded eyes as if in a trance and a simple semi-circular headdress. The figure has been drilled on each side above the arms and may have been attached to a dancer as part of a costume or strung and worn around the neck. The figure is a stately and elegant example of the abilities of a creative artist of the time.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1332932 (stock #MCH)
Culture: Colima Origin: West Mexico Age: Ca. 300 B.C. - 300 A.D. Description: A pale tan minature female hunchback figure measuring 3 3/4” in height by 2 1/2” at the widest point by 2” in depth. The figure is sporting an ecstatic smile. Extended arms are resting on her folded legs. Her eyes and brows are slightly raised and her hands are well defined and detailed. She is adorned with a bracelet on each wrist, large ear spools, and substantial circular nose ornaments. She has a fan shaped deeply incised hairdo swept severely to the right side. The Colima Culture held in great esteem malformed humans because they felt that the gods created them as special beings with supernatural powers. They were often top advisors to the rulers and lords. This may help to explain her extreme portrayal of joy. A heartwarming creation from ancient times.