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Welcome to the Pre-Columbian Gallery. Here I will offer quality, yet affordable, authentic artifacts from throughout the Americas. This gallery will be regularly updated so check back often. Please ask if you would like additional photos or more in-depth descriptions.
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Chimu Blackware Bird Stirrup Vessel Chimu Bird Vessel — Peru

800 AD - 1200 AD

A large blackware Chimu stirrup vessel dating to the Middle Horizon Period. In the form of a bird, rounded body with incised wings and tail topped by a stirrup handle and straight spout. The bird's head is gracefully turned toward the back in an elegant pose. In very good condition. The handle has been reattached and several cracks along the body have been stabilized and restored, otherwise intact and all original. Nicely burnished surface with somes small areas of minor surface wear and light deposits overall. A fine example of Chimu pottery and quite substantial in size. A lovely piece!

Ex. Private Charlotte, North Carolina collection.

Approx. 9.5" tall x 9.5" across.

$850


Maya Polychrome Striped Bowl Maya Striped Bowl — Guatemala

700 AD - 900 AD

Southern Maya polychrome bowl dating to the Late Classic Period. Nicely painted with wide bands of orange and red overlaid with thin black vertical stripes. Faint remains of other decoration in areas of the orange bands. Overall in very good condition. Several large shards have been reattached on one side with the break lines restored along with some light paint enhancement. Minor surface wear and deposits overall. A large example that displays well.

Approx. 8" across x 3.5" tall

$375


Pre-Columbian Ecuador, Jamacoaque Standing Female Figure Jamacoaque Female Figure — Ecuador

300 BC - 400 AD

A large Jama Coaque, Chone style female figure from Pre-Columbian Ecuador. She stands proudly with clenched fists and mouth open, possibly an indication of singing or speaking. She is depicted wearing a thick necklace with pendant, numerous bracelets and arm bands. The headdress is shown with two incised horns on the forehead and side flaps that drape to the shoulders. She is also wearing a rounded nose ornament, lip plug (labret), and elaborate ear decoration which is thought to be either ritual scarification or multiple small ornaments worn around the outer ear. Buff terracotta surface with ocher (yellowish-orange) colored slip on the upper body and face. Blue-green, teal colored accents remaining, mostly in the crevices of her jewelry assemblages. In near excellent condition. The toes of one foot have been restored. Also, the spherical nose ornament is partially restored, otherwise the figure is completely intact and original. Minor surface abrasions and scattered deposits overall. Displays beautifully on the custom metal stand which is included as shown. A fine example that is substantial in size.

Approx. 10" tall x 6" across

$750


Pre-Columbian Peru, Lambayeque Grayware Naymlap Figure Lambayeque "Naymlap" Figure — Peru

1350 AD - 1450 AD

A nice Lambayeque pottery figure from ancient Northern Peru. A depiction of "Lord Naymlap," the mythological founder of the pre-Chimu dynasty of the Sican-Lambayeque culture. Naymlap is shown here as a standing figure, wearing large ear ornaments and domed solar headdress. The figure is highly stylized, almost abstract in form. He appears to be wearing a tunic, but no arms or hands are indicated. He is also devoid of eyes or mouth; as Naymlap is sometimes depicted. Lambayeque figural sculptures of Naymlap are very rare. This example exhibits strong Chimu influence. The unusual type and style indicates it was made around the time of the Chimu conquest of the Lambayeque region around 1375 AD. Hollow construction is of mold-made grayware terracotta. The seam along the sides, where the front and back molded haves were joined is quite distinct. Condition is very good. The tip of the nose and the top of the head have been restored, otherwise intact and original. Scattered dendrites and other deposits are present on the exterior. Overall a fine example and a seldom seen type.

Approx. 7" tall x 4.5" across

$450


Nazca Polychrome Stingray Vessel Nazca Stingray Vessel — Peru

400 AD - 600 AD

An unusual Nazca pottery cup dating to the Proliferous Period. Rounded bottom and flared sides, nicely polychrome painted in multiple colors. At the top is a step-fret pattern, below that is a thin band of elongated trophy heads. The central design element is a wide band of highly stylized stingrays. Condition is very good, near excellent. The exterior of the vessel has some light paint enhancements and there is a shallow one inch pock-mark in the bottom, but it is completely intact with no breaks or cracks. Areas of minor paint loss and scattered deposits. A fine example that shows a rare stingray motif.

Approx. 4" tall x 5" across.

$475



Cocle Figural Vessel Cocle Figural Vessel — Panama

600 AD - 800 AD

A rare and exceptional Cocle figural vessel with rolled rim and footed base. Beautifully polychrome painted in a cream background with red accents and traditional black scroll patterns. Very nicely sculpted with the face in high relief and pierced ears. The painted designs show almond shaped eyes and arms to the sides, hands facing forward. The highly stylized, angular body shows both hunchback and pigeon-chested deformities. Condition is near excellent with general wear and light surface abrasions overall. Minor paint loss and earthen deposits consistent with age and extended burial. A few small areas of fire-clouding, mainly on the bottom, but is completely intact with no cracks, breaks, repairs or restoration of any kind. A superb example.

See Labbe's "Guardians of the Life Stream" for additional infomation on Cocle pottery.

Approx. 7.5" tall x 7" across

$2750


Pre-Columbian Vera Cruz Flying Figure Whistle Vera Cruz Flying Figure — Mexico

600 AD - 900 AD

An unusual Vera Cruz whistle figure dating to the late Classic Period. The figure is prone, with arms and legs stretched outward and head turned up. He wears circular ear spools, loincloth and a large pectoral. Areas of bitumen paint on the eyes and hairdo. A working whistle is incorporated into the chest. Figures showing movement became more widespread during the late Classic with wheeled animals, swinging figurines and figures appearing to crawl, dive and fly. Flying figures (and whistle figures) are typically associated with the Wind God "Ehecatl". In good condition with restoration to both arms and one leg as well as other minor repairs, but appears intact and shows nice deposits. Custom display stand is included.

See page 72 of "Ceremonial Sculpture of Ancient Vera Cruz" from Long Island University for similar examples.

Figure is approx. 5" long. Appox. 5.5" tall on the stand.

$450


Pre-Columbian Narino Shell Ocarina Narino Shell Ocarina — Colombia

1250 AD - 1500 AD

A Narino shell ocarina from the Highlands Region of Colombia, South America, Tuza Cultural Complex. Finely sculpted in the form of a conch shell with incised geometric decoration around the sides. At the top of the shell is a nicely detailed human figure with arms across the chest. Ocarinas such as this are played by blowing across the large holes on the front or back. Two additional finger holes on the lower shell are used to change the tone. Somewhat difficult to play, but once mastered they can produce a variety of musical notes. Condition is near excellent. A small, stable stress crack on the front, otherwise perfect with no repairs or restoration. Considerable dendrites and other deposits inside and out. Displays well on a custom metal stand that is included as shown. A great example and larger than most of this type.
Ex. Atlanta, Georgia private collection.

See Labbe's "Colombia Before Columbus", page 168 for comparable examples.

Just over 5" tall. Approx. 6" tall on stand.

$475


Moche Bird Stirrup Vessel - Ancient Peru Moche IV Bird Stirrup Vessel — Peru

450 AD - 550 AD

A large Phase IV Moche stirrup vessel in the form of a bird; probably a condor. Realistically sculpted with fine details on the head and with wings spread slightly. The stirrup handle arches from the back to behind the head, topped by a straight spout. Nicely burnished surface in a deep orange-red with golden yellow under the wings. The handle & spout are in cream slip. Light surface deposits along with minor paint loss, mostly under the wings. Condition is good. A single restored stress crack under one wing that extends partially across the chest. The stirrup handle and spout have been replaced (a modern addition), otherwise intact and displays well. A lovely example and much larger than most of this type.

Approx 10" tall x 10.5" long (beak to tail).

$850


Pre-Columbian Ecuador Jamacoaque Sello Roller Stamp Seals Jama Coaque Sellos — Ecuador

100 AD - 500 AD

Three Jamacoaque roller stamp seals (sellos) from Pre-Columbian Ecuador. Used in ancient times to apply body paint and decorate woven fabrics, sellos were made as cylindrical roller-types and flat stamp-types. These roller stamp sellos are deeply carved and show geometric and mythological zoomorphic designs. Two of them still have scattered remains of yellow pigment in the crevices. Condition is very good, near excellent. One has a few minor chips and another shows light erosion on one side, but overall they are intact and are fine examples.

Ex. Atlanta, Georgia private collection.

Each is approx. 3" long x 1.75" wide

$500 for all three


Pre-Columbian Vera Cruz Sonriente Head Fragments Remojadas Sonriente Heads — Veracruz, Mexico

600 AD - 800 AD

Two nice Sonriente head fragments from the gulf coast Remojades region of Vera Cruz, Mexico. Both are typical of the style with triangular heads, almond-shaped eyes and smiling expressions showing filed teeth. Each wears ear spools and decorative head wraps. Both are displayed on custom metal stands (included).

Head #1 (left). A large example with ample root marks. Excellent condition. A very small area of the headdress is restored, otherwise perfect. Approx. 7" wide x 6" tall. 10" tall on stand.SOLD

Head #2 (right). Smaller with nice deposits. Very good condition. One ear flare, chipped tooth and headdress ridges partially restored, otherwise intact. Approx. 4.5" wide x 4" tall. 7" tall on stand.

See pages 63 through 65 of "Ceremonial Sculpture of Ancient Vera Cruz" from Long Island University for similar examples.

Head #1 SOLD Head #2 - $350


Pre-Columbian Ecuador Manteno Figural Pan Flute Playing Vessel Manteno Figural Vessel — Ecuador

1000 AD - 1500 AD

A fine Manteno figural vessel from Pre-Columbian Ecuador. Rounded lower chamber with a concentric (graduated) stepped form, topped by a seated figure playing a pan flute. The figure is nicely adorned with ear spools and a wide pointed collar, likely representing feathers. He also wears a domed headdress and is holding a large pan flute. Burnished surface and ample deposits present. Condition is very good. The figure has been reattached at the legs and the break restored. A single stress crack along the lower chamber has been stabilized and restored. Minor repairs to several of the collar points; otherwise intact and original. Shows some light surface wear as would be expected. Overall a great example and a rare type.

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

See page 209, plate 122 of Klein and Cevallos "Ecuador - The Secret Art of Pre Columbian Ecuador" for a comparable example and additional scholarly information.

Approx. 9" tall x 6" across

$1500


Pre-Columbian Jailsco Pottery Dog Jalisco Dog — West Mexico

200 BC - 300 AD

An adorable pottery dog from Jalisco, West Mexico. The realistically sculpted dog sits in a crouching position with tongue protruding and curled tail. The ridged spine down the back indicates this is a 'rasp', a type of musical instrument played by rubbing a stick over the serrated surface. Condition is quite good. Front paws and tongue have been reattached with breaks restored. The creamware surface shows wear with some pitting and erosion, mainly on the bottom. A cute piece! Ex. New Mexico private collection.

Approx. 8.5" long x 3.5" tall

$475


Pre-Columbian Peru Lambayeque Bird Whistle Vessel Lambayeque Bird Whistle Vessel — Peru

800 AD - 1250 AD

A nice Lambayeque whistle vessel in the form of a bird. The hump on the beak indicates it is a type of hornbill of which there are several species native to Northern Peru. Realistically sculpted with a burnished surface along with root marks and ample deposits. Golden-tan slip and finely painted with red accents and linear details. Typical of the type, it has a cone-shaped spout and bridge handle with a working whistle located just behind the head. In very good condition. Assembled from approximately eight original pieces with restored break lines and light paint touch ups. A lovely example that displays well.

Ex. F. Tapia collection of New York City.

Approx. 7" tall x 7" long

SOLD


Pre-Columbian Jalisco Teuchitlan Stucco Bowl West Mexico Teuchitlan Stucco Bowl — Jalisco, West Mexico

300 AD - 400 AD

An exceedingly rare "Teuchitlan" stucco bowl dating to the post-Shaft Tomb era of Jalisco, Western Mexico. An exceptional example of pseudo-cloisonne (stucco) pottery. Decorated in a vibrant yellow and mint green against a deep red background. Two panels show a central figure of Tlaloc, the Rain God, surrounded by stylized stepped pyramid designs. Between the Tlaloc panels are celestial motifs. This type of pottery shows strong Teotihuacan influence and is often misidentified as being from the Valley of Mexico. Condition is very good. Assembled from four large pieces with restored break lines. One small shard on the bottom has been replaced along with some areas of stucco replaced or enhanced. Light to moderate staining and deposits as would be expected, but displays beautifully on a custom metal stand which is included.

Ex. M. McGann collection of Texas.

Approx. 8.5" across x 3.5" deep. 10.5" tall on the stand.

$1750


Pre-Columbian Tairona Double Faces Joined Vessel Tairona Double-Chieftain Vessel — Colombia

1000 AD - 1500 AD

An unusual Tairona vessel from Colombia, S. America. Two footed jars are joined at the middle and at the top by a strap handle. Unlike most double-chieftain 'Janus' vessels, it portrays females. Each is nicely sculpted with realistically detailed faces and long flowing hair. Burnished blackware surface with light wear and deposits. In near excellent condition. One rim chip and two base chips restored, otherwise intact. Ex. Atlanta, Georgia private collection.

See Labbe's "Colombia Before Columbus", page 187 - 188, for comparable examples.

Approx. 6" tall x 9.5" across.

$550


Colima Redware Olla Vessel on Custom Display Stand Colima Redware Olla — West Mexico

300 BC - 300 AD

A lovely redware Colima vessel from Western Mexico. An elegant form with rounded (somewhat angular) body topped by a wide, gently flared spout. Deep red color with lightly burnished surface. Ample manganese deposits along with areas of moderate to heavy mineralization and calcification inside and out. Condition is near excellent. A small section of the rim has been restored, otherwise intact and choice. A fine example and larger than most of this type. Displays beautifully on a custom metal tripod stand which is included.

Approx 9" across x 6.5" tall. Approx. 8" tall on the stand

$650


Pre-Columbian Narino Bullet Amphora Vessel Narino Amphora — Colombia / Ecuador

700 AD - 1350 AD

A fine Narino "bullet" amphora from the Pre-Columbian, Colombia-Ecuador region of South America. It features bold geometric decoration in red and black on an orange-tan ground. Executed in the negative (wax) resist technique, common to Narino pottery. In great condition with two small rim shards reattached, a minor rim loss replaced and the breaks restored; otherwise intact. Moderate mineralization and other deposits as would be expected and desired. A bit smaller than many of this type, but is an elegant form and excellent example that displays nicely on a custom metal tripod stand which is included as shown. Ex. Georgia private collection.

See Labbe's "Colombia Before Columbus", page 164, for comparable examples and additional scholarly information.

Approx. 10.25" tall x 4.5" across. Approx. 12" tall on the stand.

SOLD


Pre-Columbian Peru, Lambayeque Blackware Dual Spout Naymlap Vessel Lambayeque Dual Spout Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1350 AD

A large and exceptional Lambayeque blackware dual-spout Naymlap vessel from ancient Peru. The vessel has a footed base with rows of impressed geometric designs. The main body is rounded with a domed top. Two cone-shaped spouts are connected by an arched strap handle. Zoomorphic 'dragon heads' extend from the base of each spout. At the top of the handle is a bust of Naymlap flanked by two birds. Naymlap was the most important deity to the people of the ancient Lambayeque culture and is commonly depicted in their art. The nicely burnished blackware (actually brownish-gray) surface has light deposits and root marks. Condition is very good. The midsection of the handle has been repaired with restoration to one of the birds and the figural bust, otherwise completely intact and original. Overall a great example and much larger than most. Displays impressively!

Approx. 10.5" tall x 9.5" across

$950


Jama Coaque Jamacoaque Conjoined Pottery Bowls Jama Coaque Conjoined Bowls — Ecuador

500 BC - 500 AD

A choice Jamacoaque pottery vessel featuring a matched pair of conjoined bowls. The bowls are attached at the rim and again at the base. Very well constructed and thin walled. The surface is a lovely pale-orange slip and shows deposits and fine root marks. Condition is excellent. No cracks, breaks or repairs. A very rare type.

Approx 6.5" across x 1.5" tall.

$300


Calima Armadillo Dual Spout Stirrup Vessel Calima Armadillo Vessel — Columbia

200 BC - 800 AD

An unusual Calima vessel in the form of an armadillo, dating to the transitional Yotoco-Llama Phase - Valle Dle Cauca region. The armadillo is realistically sculpted with a domed shell covered in black slip and incised linear designs embedded with white pigment. The underside is in red slip showing a nicely detailed head, legs and tail. The vessel is topped by dual spouts and an arching strap handle, typical of the type. In near excellent condition with surface erosion and pitting on the bottom. General light paint loss to the spouts and handle and moderate earthen deposits overall, but it is completely intact and original. Never broken and with no restoration or repairs of any kind. An exceptional example and very cute.

See Labbe's "Colombia Before Columbus", page 53, for a similar example.

Approx. 6" tall x 6" across.

$825


Chimu - Inca Blackware Staff God Stirrup Vessel Chimu - Inca "Staff God" Stirrup Vessel — Peru

1350 AD - 1500 AD

A very large Chimu - Inca blackware stirrup vessel from ancient Peru. The globular vessel is topped by a thick stirrup handle and flared spout. The body of the vessel is divided into four panels, each decorated with a standing figure surrounded by raised dots which represent rainfall. The figures are a depiction of "Wiraqocha" the Staff God; a major deity in the Andean pantheon. Shown here in typical style with a double crescent headdress and holding a staff in one hand, a coca bag in the other. He also wears large ear spools and a belt around his waist. In very good condition. Assembled from approximately ten original pieces with one small triangular shard replaced. The break lines have been restored and the vessel appears near choice. Nicely burnished surface with light deposits, some erosion (mainly on the bottom) along with minor surface wear; all consistent with age. Overall a fine example and much larger than most of this type. Displays dramatically on a custom metal stand which is included as shown.

Approx. 11" tall x 7" across. Approx. 12.5" tall on display stand.

SOLD


Vera Cruz Pottery Bird Warrior Whistle Figure Vera Cruz Bird Warrior Whistle Figure — Mexico

200 AD - 500 AD

Standing pottery figure from the Veracruz region of Mexico. Likely a warrior or high-ranking citizen who is dressed in an elaborate bird costume along with ear spools, belt and necklace. The face emerges from the large beak of the bird and he wears a flowing feather assemblage on the back and top of the head. He stands with arms spread (sonriente style) wearing a loin cloth and ankle bands. The legs are spread and there's a third (tripod) support in the back that contains a working whistle. Condition is fair. The main body and head are original with restoration to the beak, arms, legs, headdress, loin cloth and feather extensions. Shows nice deposits, mainly in crevices and the remains of black bitumen paint around the mouth and nose. Although there is considerable restoration it displays well and appears choice. The original fragment (pre-restoration) is Ex. Art for Eternity Gallery of NYC.

Approx. 8" tall x 6" across.

$500


Maya Shallow Polychrome Painted Bowl Maya Painted Bowl — Guatemala

700 AD - 900 AD

Shallow Maya bowl dating to the late Classic Period. Nicely polychrome painted in black and red against an orange background. The upper rim shows a stylized 'Greek key' design in black. Below that is a wide red band with another band of red inside the rim. The bottom of the bowl is concave. Condition is good. One large rim shard has been restored along with two small rim chips. A few minor scratches and light base erosion, but has good deposits and displays well.

Approx. 7" across x 2" tall

$200


Pre-Columbian Ecuador Manabi Bahia Maternial Figure Pottery Mold Manabi - Bahia Pottery Mold and Figure — Ecuador

500 BC - 300 AD

A rare pottery mold from the Manabi-Bahia culture of Pre-Columbian Ecuador. Molds like this were widely used in ancient times, throughout the Americas, to create small figures, stamps, vessels, etc. The mold is of gray terracotta and is intact, near excellent condition. An old label on the back appears to read "Cerro de Hajas". Other stickers, inventory numbers, etc. are on the back as well.

This mold was made to "cast" a maternal figure; a mother holding an infant in her arms. The figure has a large head with predominant nose and coffee-bean style eyes. For similar examples of figures of this type see page 349 of Lapiner's "Pre-Columbian Art of South America".

NOTE: The pottery figure is a modern casting from this mold and is not ancient.

Mold is just over 4" tall x 2" across. Cast figure is approx. 3" tall.

SOLD


Pre-Columbian Peru Chimu Redware Llama Stirrup Vessel Chimu Redware Llama Vessel — Peru

900 AD - 1200 AD

Chimu redware pottery Llama stirrup vessel. Nicely detailed showing the Llama with legs crossed in the front. The crossed legs typically indicate that the animal has been 'trussed'; the legs tied together. Possibly being prepared for slaughter as Llamas were a valued source of protein in ancient Peru. The male Llama is realistically rendered and shown laying on its side with head turned forward. A squared stirrup handle across the back with a small stepped pyramid adorno at the base of the spout. Burnished surface in shades of orange and tans with some fire clouding. Nice deposits and scattered root marks are present. In near excellent condition. The spout has been reattached and the break restored and a small chip on the nose restored, otherwise intact. Ex. K. Godsoe collection of Canada. Ex. "Ancient World Arts" gallery of New York City, their COA is also included.

Approx. 8.5" tall x 8.5" across

$475


Pre-Columbian Peru, Lambayeque Blackware Naymlap Vessel Lambayeque "Naymlap" Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1350 AD

A fine Lambayeque blackware Naymlap libation vessel from the North Coast of Peru. "Lord Naymlap" is the mythological founder of the pre-Chimu dynasty of the Sican-Lambayeque culture of Northern Peru. Naymlap is shown here in typical fashion, slanted eyes and wearing large ear ornaments. His upper body is nicely carved with interlocking geometric designs. This likley represents the woven textile patterns of a tunic or poncho and is a rarely seen motif on vessels of this type. At the midsection is a band of wave designs. Water themes are common on Naymlap pottery, as he is the provider of (precious) water for his peoples and their crops. Additional wave and mountain designs around the base and a strap handle on the back. Condition is excellent. No cracks, breaks, chips or repairs. Light deposits in the crevices. A lovely example.

Approx. 7" tall x 4" across

SOLD


Cocle Panama Mythical Bird Bowl Cocle Painted Bowl — Panama

600 AD - 800 AD

An attractive Conte style Cocle bowl from Panama. The central image is of a highly stylized bird; boldly polychrome painted in red, black and purple against a cream colored slip. The imagery depicts a mythological bird-like creature with head plumage, wings and large talons. A very long tail is shown curving away from and around the body of the bird, following the contour of the bowl. In good condition. Assembled from large (original) fragments with break lines restored and light paint enhancements. Manganese and other mineral and sediment deposits remain. A nice example and a desirable type with great iconography. Provenance: Former Tampa, FL private collection. Ex. G. Alderman collection of Georgia.

Approx. 10"" across x 2.75" tall.

$850


Chimu Blackware Dual-Spout Stirrup Vessel Chimu Dual-spout Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1100 AD

A choice blackware Chimu single-chamber, dual-spout vessel dating from the Early Intermediate to Middle Horizon Period. The upper half of the vessel is divided into four quadrants and decorated with two standing figures and two foxes. The figures wear large ear spools and crescent-shaped "solar" headdresses. The background of each section has raised dots, representing rain. On the sides are realistically detailed monkeys looking in opposite directions. The vessel is topped by two conical spouts connected by an arched strap handle. Very well made with thin-walled construction. In excellent condition. No cracks, chips, breaks or repairs. Light earthen deposits in the crevices. A fine and early example of Chimu pottery. Pretty!

Just over 7" tall x 6.5" across.

$775


Chimu - Inca Blackware Figural Vessel Inca Figural Cup — Peru

1470 AD - 1500 AD

An early Inca blackware figural vessel. A very rare artifact dating to the Chimu - Inca transitional period. The style and form indicates it was made by Chimu artisans (under Inca domination) shortly after being conquered by the Inca around 1470 AD. A seldom seen type that dates to a very specific (and short) timeframe. Nicely sculpted human figure with face and arms in high refief. At the back, a finely detailed monkey serves as a handle. In great condition with only a few minor rim chips, otherwise intact and original with no repairs or restoration. An excellent and unique example!

Museum deaccession. Ex. Mint Museum of Charlotte, N.C. The museum inventory code is written in red on the bottom.

Approx. 5.5" tall x 4.5" across.

SOLD



Costa Rican Rattle Figure and Dog Miniature Rattle Figures — Costa Rica

400 AD - 800 AD

Two adorable rattle figures from Costa Rica's Atlantic Watershed-Central Highlands Zone. Both redware terracotta with a burnished surface. One depicts a human figure with chubby body, arms held to chest, wearing a necklace and hat. The other, a cute little dog with head turned and pierced at the neck; likely a suspension hole and would have been worn as a pendant. Both contain numerous rattle balls. Each is in fine condition with only a few small chips and scratches, but are completely intact with no repairs or restoration. Priced individually, but display nicely together.

Figure is approx. 4" tall. Dog is approx. 2" tall.

SOLD


Jama Coaque Jamacoaque Seated Pottery Shaman Figure Jama Coaque Seated Shaman Figure — Ecuador

500 BC - 500 AD

An exceptional Jamacoaque pottery figure of a seated Shaman. Heavily adorned; he wears an elaborate jewelry assemblage: a large spherical nose-piece, huge ear spools and a perctoral. He is shown wearing a complex headdress with two-pronged horn on top, long side flaps down the back and cone-shaped nodes on the frontal ridge. A long cape drapes from the shoulders to below the knees. The cape is decorated with coffee beans and a pectoral featuring a human face carved into a curved horn. In one hand he holds a lime dipper (spatula) also having a human face; in the other he holds a lidded "poporo" (lime pot). The lime pot and dipper would have been used for the ingestion of Coca or other hallucinogenic substances. The practice of inhaling hallucinogens was critical to the shamans of Pre-Columbian times. It enabled them to induce shamanic trances and visions. During such altered states of consciousness, shamans would communicate with spiritual beings as well as the deceased, and travel on shamanic journeys in the supernatural realm. Large figures of shamans, such as this one, are indicative of their high status in Jamacoaque culture and are often depicted displaying their ceremonial paraphernalia as symbols of power.

Constructed of tan terracotta with orange pigment on the face and nose ornament. Faint traces of other colors remaining in some areas. Condition is very good, near chioce with only very minor repairs and replacements. Two fingers and a portion of the strap across the head have been replaced. One foot has been reattached and the break restored. A few small cracks have been stabilized and restored. Overall it is intact and original. Considerable dendrites and other deposits present throughout. A very fine and unusual example that displays impressively!

Approx 10.5" tall x 5" across.

$3250


Mixted Painted Footed Pottery Bowl Mixtec Footed Bowl — Mexico

1000 AD - 1500 AD

An attractive Mixtec polychrome footed bowl from Mexico. The footed base flares to a wide bowl with slightly corseted sides. The exterior is beautifully painted in black against a vibrant orange slip. The midsection shows a stepped pyramid pattern. The top is decorated with highly stylized zoomorphic pseudo glyphs. The interior is a deep red. Condition is good. Minor surface wear overall with one restored rim piece and chipping around the base. Otherwise intact and original. A fine example that displays well.

Just under 7" across x 4" tall

SOLD


Colima Pottery Olla Vessel Small Colima Olla — West Mexico

300 BC - 300 AD

Small Colima pottery olla from Western Mexico. The bottom is concave; widening to a sharp shoulder and topped by a flared spout. The shoulder is deeply incised all around. Nicely burnished redware surface with one area of fire clouding near the base. Ample manganese and other deposits. In good condition with one restored spout chip. A few cracks around the midsection have been stabilized and restored, otherwise intact.

Just over 5" across x 4" tall

$225


Chimu - Inca Blackware Llama Stirrup Vessel Chimu - Inca Llama Vessel — Peru

1450 AD - 1550 AD

A Chimu influenced Inca blackware stirrup vessel in the form of a standing Llama. Shown carrying a pack across his back and wearing a rope bridal. The Llama (and Alpaca) were the only domesticated 'beasts of burden' available to the ancient peoples of South America. They were widely utilized in ancient times, and still today, to transport goods over long distances. This example has a nicely detailed head, conjoined legs with tail and genitals at the rear. An arched stirrup handle across the back, topped by a gently flaring spout. Lightly burnished blackware surface. Condition is very good. All original, but the Llama's head and the stirrup handle have been reattached and the break lines restored. Minor surface chips, scrapes and dings with light deposits. A fine example!

Approx. 8.5" long x 6" tall.

$600


Vera Cruz Pottery Warrior Whistle Figure Vera Cruz Warrior Whistle Figure — Mexico

200 AD - 500 AD

Standing pottery figure of a warrior from the Veracruz region of Mexico. He wears elaborate regalia, a strap across the face, nose ornament, headdress and large assemblage on the back. For protection in battle there are wrist and ankle guards, padded collar and face armor along with a wide belt around the waist. The figure contains two working whistles; one at the top and another in the back (tripod) support leg. The lower whistle works prefectly. The upper whistle works, but not well. Condition is fair. The main body and head are original with restoration to the arms, legs, headdress and side extensions. Overall it displays well and appears chioce, but has considerable restoration and is priced accordingly.

Approx. 8" tall x 5.5" across.

SOLD


Nazca Polychrome Striped Vessel Nazca Geometric Polychrome Vessel — Peru

650 AD - 800 AD

Late Period Nazca polychrome bowl. This type, with geometrically painted patterns date to Phase 8 to Phase 9. Known as the "Disjunctive Style" in which the complex designs of the earlier periods were vastly condensed and abbreviated to simple lines, circles, waves and chevrons. This example shows scalloped lines and dots on the upper portion and a wide band of black below. Most interestingly it has (rarely seen) ancient restoration where by the cracked bowl was drilled and tied to extend its usefulness in ancient times. Condition is very good. Several restored breaks, but the ancient drills holes remain along with the associating crack. The crack has been secured with modern thread.

For additional info on this motif see "A Sourcebook of Nazca Ceramic Iconography" by Donald Proulx, Page 190 - 191

Approx. 4" tall x 5.5" across.

$425


Michoaca Tripod Grater Bowl Large Michoacan Grater Bowl — Western Mexico

300 BC - 300 AD

A large Michoacan grater bowl. Beautifully painted in red and cream with bold geometric designs. Deeply incised cross-hatching in the center. The bowl sits on three conical legs, all of which are hollow and contain rattle balls. Condition is good. Assembled from four large original pieces with break lines restored and light paint enhancements. Scattered deposits on the interior. A fine example that appears near choice and is larger than most of this type.

Approx. 9.5" across x 3.5" tall

SOLD


Vera Cruz Pottery Smiling Figure Head Fragment Vera Cruz Head Fragment — Mexico

500 AD - 700 AD

An attractive pottery head fragment from the Remojadas region of Vera Cruz, Mexico. Nicely sculpted with a smiling face, similar to the Soriente smiling figures of that area. The mouth is open showing filed teeth and wearing a buccal mask on the lower face. Well adorned with ear spools, a necklace with a drop pendant and an elaborate headdress. Condition is fair. A crack across the face has been restored along with replacement of headdress losses. One ear spool and the cape have also been partially restored. Overall it has considerable restoration, but appears near choice and displays well on the custom metal display stand which is included.

Approx. 5" tall x 5" across. Approx 9" tall on the stand

SOLD


Chimu - Inca Blackware Double-chamber Whistle Vessel Chimu-Inca Whistle Vessel — Peru

1450 AD - 1550 AD

An exceptional Chimu-Inca blackware double-chambered whistle vessel dating to the Late Horizon Period. The two globular chambers are connected at the bottom by a hollow tube and again near the top by a strap handle. The surface is highly burnished with a smooth, glossy finish. The front chamber depicts a human figure who is suffering from severe illness or starvation. Very emaciated with sunken eyes and cheeks. The front chamber and figure lean slightly to the right. This was likley intentional to better illustrate listlessness and/or despair. A working, hidden whistle is incorporated in the head of the figure. Condition is near excellent. A small probe hole and crack on the back chamber have been restored. Has minor wear, light scratches, etc., otherwise intact. A very refined and well made example.

Approx. 8.5" long x 6" tall.

SOLD


Moche Blackware Coquero Portrait Vessel Moche Coquero — Peru

500 AD - 700 AD

A rare Moche blackware portrait vessel. It depicts a "coquero" or coca chewer; a wad (quid) of coca leaves is indicated by the bulge in his left cheek. The chewing of coca leaves was common throughout ancient South American Andean cultures. Its medicinal properties staved hunger and relieved altitude sickness. This blackware vessel is unusual as painted redware were much more prevalent in Moche pottery. Burnished surface with moderate exterior deposits and heavy deposits on the interior. He wears large ear spools. A band of hair across the forehead. Condition is quite good. Light surface wear along with several rim chips and the tip of the nose having been restored, else intact and original.

Approx."5 tall x 5" across.

$350


Huari Wari Redware Canteen Vessel Huari Canteen — Peru

650 AD - 800 AD

A large Huari (Wari) redware canteen. Burnished redware surface with rounded body and tapered spout along with two lug-type suspension loop handles. The upper portion shows a fox, sculpted in high relief, attacking a serpent that is painted in cream and black. The spout is painted in black and shows several stylized faces. A less refined serpent is painted on the reverse side. Condition is very good. Minor chipping to one handle and around the spout, light surface wear, deposits and an area of fire clouding on the back. Some light paint enhancements, but completely intact with no breaks or cracks.

Just under 8.25" tall x 7" wide.

$425


Chimu Blackware Lobster Vessel Chimu Lobster Vessel — Peru

1150 AD - 1400 AD

Chimu blackware vessel in the form of a lobster. The crustation sits with claws around a domed base. A short flared spout on the top. The vessel has a lightly burnished surface and light deposits. Condition is very good. A single stress crack that ran across the bottom and partially up both sides has been stabilized and restored. Minor edge chips have been restored on the spout, otherwise intact and original. A sizable example that displays well.

Approx. 6" tall x 8" long.

$275


Moche Spondylus Shell Vessel Moche Spondylus Vessel — Peru

200 AD - 450 AD

A rare Moche pottery vessel in the form of a spondylus shell. Spondylus shell was among the most valued materials in ancient Peru. Often used to make jewelry and other adornments for high-ranking citizens and the ruling elite. The vessel is nicely detailed and realistically rendered on both sides. Heavily encrusted with earthen deposits and mineralization. Condition is near excellent. The spout is somewhat eroded but the vessel is completely intact with no repairs or restoration.

Approx 6" tall x 5.5" across

$425


Chimu Blackware Manioc Root Vessel Chimu Manioc Vessel — Peru

1100 AD - 1350 AD

A fine Chimu veggie-form pottery vessel. A representation of the manioc root; an edible tuberous plant which was commonly cultivated in Pre-Columbian times throughout South America. Manioc was a major source of carbohydrates, used to produce a variety of foods and drink. This example is nicely sculpted and has a burnished blackware surface with light deposits. It has a tall flared spout and strap handle and sits on an open-work base. The ring-type base is quite unusual. Condition is very good. Some restoration to the base and and a few spout chips have also been restored. A great example.

Just under 6" tall x 6" wide.

SOLD


Nazca Eyes Stirrup Vessel Nazca (Eyes) Stirrup Vessel — Peru

400 AD - 500 AD

An unusual Nazca stirrup vessel showing four vertical rows of "symbolic eyes." This motif is a highly stylized (abbreviated) version of the trophy head. It first appeard in Phase V and quickly disappeared in Phase VI. This example clearly illustrates how Nazca artists reduced the representation of the trophy head to a minimalist abstract symbol. The 'eye' form of trophy heads always appear in multiples, usually all in one color. Condition is fair. Heavily restored and over-painted. It was badly broken and very eroded, but there was enough paint remaining to replicate the original design. The breaks were restored, eroded spouts, etc. were filled and missing painted designs were enhanced. Please refer to the "Restoration Services - Breaks" page of this site to see photos of the repairs on this piece.

For additional info on this motif see "A Sourcebook of Nazca Ceramic Iconography" by Donald Proulx, Page 109, Fig. 5.103.

Approx. 5" tall x 4.25" across.

SOLD



Nayarit Seated Figure Nayarit Seated Figure — West Mexico

200 BC - 300 AD

Small Nayarit hollow-bodied figure from Western Mexico. Sitting with knees up and hands held to the chest. The figure is adorned with arm bands, head wrap, ear spools and nose ornament. Nicely detailed for its size. Painted in red and black on a cream background. Much of the paint is obscured by heavy manganese deposits, but still displays well. Condition is very good. The tips of both feet and a chip on one shoulder have been restored, otherwise intact.

Approx. 5.5" tall x 3.25" across

$350


Costa Rican Fish Tripod Rattle Vessel Diquis Tripod Rattle Vessel — Costa Rica

1200 AD - 1500 AD

A nice tripod vessel from the Diquis Region of Costa Rica dating to the Chiriqui Phase. This type, sometimes referred to as "chocolate pots," have tall tripod support legs. This example has twisted rope-like handles and legs in the form of stylized fish, thought to represent orca whales or sharks. Each leg has an open slit that contains a rattle ball. A rarely seen bichrome with the body of the vessel painted in black and the tripod legs, upper rim and interior in reddish orange. Condition is very good. Two of the legs have been reattached along with other minor repairs to the legs as is common. Light deposits and strong root marks on the exterior. The interior is slightly eroded in the bottom. Overall a fine example.

Approx 4.5" tall x 5.5" across.

$325


Chimu Blackware Feline Stirrup Vessel Chimu Feline Stirrup Vessel — Peru

1100 AD - 1350 AD

An adorable Chimu stirrup vessel in the form of a feline. Most likely a depiction of a puma. The cat lays prone with front paws held to the mouth, the rear legs to one side. Nicely burnished blackware surface with light deposits overall and some staining, mainly on the spout. Condition is fair. Assembled from approximately six original pieces with minor losses replaced and break lines restored. Will not sit upright on its own, but displays well on a custom metal stand which is included as shown. Cute piece!

Approx 6" tall x 6" across. Just over 6.5" tall on display stand.

SOLD


Maya Brownware Figural Urn Vessel Maya Figural Urn — Guatemala

600 AD - 900 AD

A rare Maya brownware figural urn (cylinder vessel) from Southern Guatemala/El Salvador dating to the late classic period into the early post-classic period. Well sculpted in high relief, the figure emerges from the side of the vessel; wearing a headdress, ear spools and bracelets. He sits with crossed legs, leaning forward slightly. This postion is reminiscent of a "cargador" or cargo carrier. He's ready to unfold his legs and stand up with his heavy burden. Possibly a depiction of a deity and if so, it is Itzamna or one of the other (old gods) known as the "pauahtuns". In fine condition with only minor chips restored to the nose and eyelids. One stabilized hairline crack on the rim of the cylinder, otherwise intact and near choice. Faint remains of white stucco in the deep crevices.

Provenance. Ex. R. Oswalt collection of Arizona.

Approx 6" tall x 5" across

$950


Colima Pottery Seated Shaman Figure Colima Colima Seated Shaman — West Mexico

200 BC - 200 AD

A large Colima pottery figure from Western Mexico. Shown in the rarely seen seated position with hands resting on knees. He wears a horned headdress, typically associated with being a shaman or elite ruling-class citizen. Heavily adorned with ear spools, nose ornament and beaded necklace. A nicely painted and incised sash over one shoulder which drapes to the waist. Other painted details represent tattooing on the upper arms, wrist and knees. Condition is quite good and appears near choice. Head reattached and arm breaks have been restored along with minor losses replaced. Overall a very nice example and larger then most of this type.

Approx. 6.5" tall x 4.25" across

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Chimu Blackware Fruit Gourd Vessel Chimu Fruit Vessel — Peru

1100 AD - 1350 AD

A fine Chimu blackware vessel in the form of a fruit or possibly a gourd. It is realistically sculpted and has a nice burnished surface. A band of raised dots around the midsection. The vessel is topped with a gently flaring spout. On the back is a wide strap handle. Condition is near excellent. A minor repair to the rim of the spout, otherwise intact. One area of fire-clouding near the bottom. Shows ample mineral deposits. An excellent example that displays well on a custom metal display stand which is included as shown. Ex. P. Llerena collection of Florida.

Approx 7" tall x 6" across

$375


Chorrera Double-Chamber Whistle Vessel Chorrera Dog Whistle Vessel — Ecuador

1200 BC - 200 BC

A nice Chorrera whistle vessel from ancient Ecuador. Two conjoined chambers, both with red painted geometric designs. The chambers are connected at the base and again near the top with a strap handle. The back chamber has a tall tapered spout. Front chamber is topped by a well sculpted dog, playfully holding a ball between its paws. The ball contains a hidden whistle which works perfectly by blowing into the spout on the second chamber. Condition is very good. Restored breaks at the handle and where the chambers connect. Also has restored breaks to the dog's neck and one ear. Areas of staining and paint loss. Shows heavy deposits. A fine example and a rare type.

Approx 7" tall x 7.5" across

SOLD


Manabi Balance Beam Scale Set Manabi Balance Beam — Ecuador

200 BC - 200 AD

A very rare pottery balance beam (scale) from the Manabi culture of Ecuador. Scales like this were used in ancient times in commerce and trade to weigh precious commodities. There are two heads at the midsection, flanked by two figures lying prone with heads pointed outward. There are strings tied at the necks of each figure to suspend small pottery trays. Woven nets were also used to hold the substances being weighed. The scale set is displayed on a custom metal stand which is included as shown.

NOTE: Only the balance beam is ancient. The string and pottery trays are modern (replacements) and were added to complete the set and illustrate how the scales would have likely looked in ancient times.

Approx 5" across. Approx 8" tall on display stand

SOLD


Maya Fish Bowl Maya Fish Vessel — Guatemala

300 AD - 600 AD

Large Maya creamware vessel from the Southern Lowlands of Guatemala, dating to the Early Classic Peord. Shallow bowl with a fish motif; head at one end and tail at the other with long 'fins' down both sides. Head and tail are incised and are nicely detailed. The bowl sits on a wide footed pedestal base. Condition is fair. Assembled from 10 original pieces with one triangular shard and part of the tail have been replaced and break-lines restored. Ample deposits and root marks.

Ex. D. Hembrough Collection of Illinois

Approx 11.5" across x 4" tall

$550


Nazca Trophy Heads Kero Cylinder Beaker Nazca Cylinder Vessel — Peru

100 AD - 300 AD

Nazca cylinder vase with rounded bottom and slightly corseted sides. A form sometimes referred to as a kero or beaker. Nicely painted with a wide band of red on the lower half and on top, a row of five trophy heads. This design is know as "surrounded heads" and is thought to represent trophy heads resting on a woven mat, hair or an arrangment of feathers. The iconography shown here is rarely seen on vessels and is more commonly shown (as tattoos) on Nazca female figures and effigies. A fine example and in the very good condition. Intact with no breaks, cracks, repairs or restoation. Only minor wear and paint loss and light deposits.

For additional info see "A Sourcebook of Nazca Ceramic Iconography" by Donald Proulx, Page 112, Fig. 5.110 and Page 128, Fig. 5.15.

Approx. 5.5" tall x 4" across.

SOLD


Michoacan Figural Incensario Cover Michoacan Incensario Cover — West Mexico

200 BC - 200 AD

A large incensario cover from the Michoacan region of Western Mexico. It is topped by a heavily adorned female figure wearing ear spools, necklace and decorative headband. She emerges from the arched dome which might represent a skirt-like garment that is raised by three rounded supports. The dome is nicely painted with linear designs. These objects were used as covers over piles of burning incense. The dome retained the heat within and allowed the incense offering to smolder and emit smoke from beneath the bottom edge. The figure likely represents a deceased ancestor for whom the incense offerings were made to honor. Condition is excellent. Completely intact with no cracks, breaks or repairs. Two small areas of fire-clouding, one on the head and another on the dome. Shows considerable manganese deposits.The interior is blackened with soot build up from use in ancient times. A remarkable example and rarely seen, especially in this condition.

Approx. 8.5" tall x 7" across.

$650


Chupicuaro Dog Effigy Polychrome Vessel Chupicuaro Dog Vessel — Mexico

500 BC - 100 BC

An exceptional dog vessel from Mexico's Chupicuaro Valley, dating to the Late Pre-Classic Period. Dog effigies, although common throughout West Mexico, are quite rare in Chupicuaro pottery. The vessel has pierced conical tripod feet, a tail molded in the same fashion and a hollow animal head. Nicely polychrome painted with buff (tan) terracotta on the bottom and the bowl in red. Half of the dog's face is black and there is black linear decoration along both sides. Condition is near excellent. Both ears have minor chips restored and there's a small rim repair, otherwise intact and choice. Ex. J. Mendlovitz Collection of Texas. Ex. G. Alderman Collection of Georgia.

For a similar example see Lee Parson's book "Pre-Columbian Art - The Mortan D. May & the Saint Louis Art Museum Collections" page 59, plate 69.

Approx. 5" tall x 8" long.

$750


Peten Maya - Mayan Glyph Cylinder Cup Peten Maya Cylinder — Guatemala

600 AD - 900 AD

A small Peten Maya pottery cylinder vessel from Guatemala, dating to the Classic Period. Redware terracotta with two carved glyph panels and a decorative band around the top. The two main glyph panels clearly show the symbol (word) "Kelem", the Mayan glyph for "youth". The upper band consists of unreadable pseudo glyphs, which is typical. The size of the vessel and the depiction of the youth glyph could indicate this vessel was made for a child or the young decendant of a ruler. Condition is very good. Assembled from several pieces. The break-lines and a small rim chip have been restored, otherwise intact and original. Ample deposits remain. A fine example and well carved.

Approx. 4" tall x 4" across.

SOLD


Bahia Blackware Figural Vessel Bahia Figural Vessel — Ecuador

100 AD - 500 AD

Large Bahia blackware figural vessel from the Coastal Manabi Province of Ecuador. It depicts a female figure, most likely a village elder or a woman of high status within the community. The body is rounded and bulbous with a corseted waist, tapering to a small footed base. The breasts are prominent and legs are in low relief. Thin arms are held to the head. The face is nicely sculpted with scarification on the cheeks, pierced (coffee bean style) eyes and wearing ear spools. The overall surface is burnished blackware with incised geometric designs on the head and around the upper back. The face is covered in red pigment; a very rare feature on vessels of this type. Condition is very good with only light surface wear and minor pitting. There are restored breaks to one arm and few restored stress cracks on the body; otherwise intact and appears near choice. Has light to moderate earthen deposits and mineralization. An exceptional example and larger than most of this type.

Approx. 9.5" tall x 5.5" across.

SOLD


Colima Pottery Flute Colima Flute — West Mexico

200 BC - 200 AD

An unusual Colima anthropomorphic pottery flute. In the form a stylized (elongated) human figure with hands held to mouth and coffee bean style eyes. Has two whistles in the head and finger holes in the legs. The flute is playable and both whistles work well. Buff terracotta construction with light deposits. Condition is fair to good. Both lower legs have been restored. Minor restoration to one arm and the nose. Displays well on a custom metal stand that is included as shown.

Approx. 6" tall - Approx. 7" tall on stand

SOLD


Chorrera Zoomorphic Coatimundi Vessels Chorrera Zoomorphic Vessels — Ecuador

1200 BC - 200 BC

Two pottery zoomorphic vessels from Ecuador. Both in the form of a Coatimundi, a small mammal native to the region; similar to the North American raccoon. Both show the Coatimundi lying prone with front paws raised and have fierce expressions, baring teeth.

Small vessel (front). A grayware pottery lime pot in excellent condition. Approx. 5" long x 2" tall - SOLD

Large vessel (back). A nice terracotta example with polychrome paint in red, brown and black. In good condition. One rear leg reattached. Leg break and several other cracks, mostly along the bottom, have been restored. Approx. 9" long x 4" tall- $900


Tarrago Bisque Ware Vessels Tarrago Bisque Vessels — Costa Rica - Panama

1000 AD - 1500 AD

Three fine Tarrago vessels from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama (Diquis Zone) dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. All are well made, thin walled examples of "bisque ware" pottery, typical of that region. Buff terracotta surface with light deposits.

1) Large olla (top) - Approx. 5" wide x 4" tall. Elegant form with integrated loop handles and in perfect condition - $250

2) Simple olla (left) - Approx. 3.5" wide x 3.75" tall. Rare form with flatish sides. Spout reattached with restored break - $85

3) Tripod vessel (right) - Approx. 4" wide x 2.5" tall. Lovely bowl with solid (rare, human-form) legs and in perfect condition - $250

Priced individually or $500 for all three


Lambayeque Naymlap Wave Vessel Lambayeque Naymlap "Wave" Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1350 AD

An unusual Lambayeque blackware vessel. Both sides depict Naymlap (their most important diety) in the form of an ocean wave, delivering a bountiful harvest of fish. The elegant, arched shape shows Naymlap with his head downward and wearing feathered regalia. On his body are numerous fish which he brings from the sea. The vessel is topped by two suspension lugs and a flared spout with a wave design around the base of the spout. The iconography shown here is exceptional. Nicely burnished blackware surface and in near excellent condition. One small spout chip as been restored, otherwise choice. A very rare piece!

Approx. 6.25" tall x 9.25" across

SOLD


Colima Peyote Cactus Vessel Colima Peyote Vessel — West Mexico

100 BC - 250 AD

A nice Colima vessel in the form of a Peyote cactus. Well made phytomorphic form with seven lobes and burnished redware surface. Peyote was an important hallucinogenic substance in ancient Mexico. Used in shamanic rituals, it allowed shamans to transform and enter into alternate states of reality. Condition is very good. Restoration to the rim of the spout along with one small stress crack, otherwise intact. Some erosion, mostly on the bottom. Two areas of fire-clouding and light deposits. Overall a fine example.

Approx. 6" wide x 4" tall

SOLD


Moche Shaman Lobster Stirrup Vessel Moche Blackware Stirrup Vessel — Peru

200 AD - 450 AD

An exceptional Moche Phase III stirrup vessel. A rare type, depicting a shaman transformating from human form into a lobster. Each side shows the body of a lobster with a human head carved in high relief. Condition is very good. Broken into 2 large pieces with the break restored, otherwise choice. Minor surface wear, consistent with age. Nicely burnished blackware surface with deposits. An unusual example that displays beautifully.

Approx 7.25" tall x 5" across

SOLD


Costa RIcan Tripod Vessels Tripod Vessels — Costa Rica

300 AD - 700 AD

Two Costa Rican tripod vessels. Both with rows of applied decoration and hollow rattle legs in the form of stylized birds.

Tripod 1 (left). Tan terracotta with condiderabe fire clouding. Small rim chip restored otherwise intact. Approx 6.75" tall.

Tripod 2 (right). Redware with minor fire clouding. Intact with no repairs or restoration. Approx 5.5" tall.

$275 each or $500 for both.


Maya Glyph Bowl Maya Glyph Bowl — Guatemala

600 AD - 900 AD

Large Maya polychrome bowl dating to the Classic Period. Nicely painted in red and black over a bright orange ground with a wide band of alternating stylized (pseudo) glyphs just below the rim. Overall in good condition. Assembled from twelve original pieces with restored breaks. Some surface pitting, mainly on the bottom. Displays well.

Approx 9" across x 3.5" tall

SOLD


Mixtec Tripod Grater Bowl Mixtec Tripod Grater Bowl — Mexico

1000 AD - 1500 AD

Post Classic period Mixtec tripod bowl. This type is referred to as a grating dish or "molcajete". Deeply incised lines in the bottom surrounded by a wide band of red-orange paint. Has a serrated (pie-crust) rim decoration. Condition is very good. Two rim shards have been reattached and the breaks restored. Some fire clouding on the bottom. Otherwise near choice with nice deposits.

Approx 8.5" across x 3.5" tall.

$225


Chorrera Redware Whistle Vessel Chorrera Whistle Vessel — Ecuador

1200 BC - 500 BC

A fine Chorrera redware vessel from Ecuador. Well made with an elegant form, showing exceptional craftsmanship. Rounded, spherical body with tall flared spout and strap handle. The whistle at the base of the handle is quite unusual; a rarely seen reverse pressure whistle which only works when liquid is poured from the spout. This indicates the vessel had a ceremonial purpose. The whistle has a clear, high-pitched tone. Nicely burnished redware surface with light deposits and root marks. Condition is near excellent. A couple of tiny spout chips have been restored, a few very minor scratches and dings else completely intact and choice.

Ex. Bonhams.

For a similar example of this type and additional info. see page 100, plate 57 in Daniel Klein's "Ecuador - The Secret Art of Precolumbian Ecuador"

Approx 7" tall x 5" across.

$1450


Tarrago Bisque Ware Tripod Vessels Tarrago Bisque Tripod Vessels — Costa Rica - Panama

1000 AD - 1500 AD

Three nice Tarrago tripod vessels from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama (Diquis Zone) dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. All are well made, thin walled examples of "bisque ware" pottery, typical of that region. Buff terracotta surface with light deposits.

1) Large tripod (top) - Approx. 4.5" wide x 4" tall. Elegant form with rattle legs and only minor repairs - $250

2) Small tripod (left) - Approx. 2.5" wide x 2" tall. Nodes decorate solid legs. Has small rim chips - $75

3) Medium tripod (right) - Approx. 4" wide x 3" tall. Lovely bowl with rattle legs and in perfect condition - $200

Priced individually or $450 for all three


Tairona Shell Necklaces Tairona Shell Necklaces — Colombia

800 AD - 1500 AD

Two Tairona shell necklaces from Colombia, S. America. In near excellent condition. Both would need to be properly restrung if worn.

Necklace 1 (front) - Approx. 150 small shell beads of various sizes. Approx. 16" long - $100

Necklace 2 (back) - Approx. 250 disk-shaped shell beads. Each around 1/2" diameter. Approx. 20" long - $250

Priced individually or $300 for both necklaces


Maya Ulua Valley Polychrome Bat God Bowl Maya - Ulua Valley Bowl — Honduras

600 AD - 900 AD

A fine Classic Period Maya bowl from the Ulua Valley region of Hondurus. Nicely painted bowl with flat bottom and flared sides. The interior shows a depiction of the Maya Bat God, mouth open and wings spread. Between the two bats are double-X designs. The exterior shows repeating pointed chevrons, likely representing feathers. Condition is very good. Assembled from 3 original pieces with retored breaks and very minor paint touch ups. Nice deposits and root marks. Ex. M. Schmitt Collection.

Approx 5.5" across x 1.75" tall

$475


Moche Copper Staff Finials Moche Copper Finials — Peru

100 AD - 600 AD

Two Moche copper staff finials. Both fine examples and in near excellent condition. Custom display stands are included.

Finial 1 (left). In the form of a war club topped with a round mace-head. Six birds decorate the upper half. Moderate to heavy oxidation, giving it a nice green patina overall, along with earthen deposits in the crevices. Just under 5.5" tall - Approx 7" tall on the stand.
Ex. M. Dailey collection.

Finial 2 (right). A nicely detailed warrior, holding a mace, stands in the center. The figure is surrounded by folded copper disk which could represent a reed boat. Possibly a depiction of a warrior heading off to battle in a distant land. There are the remains of two nodes (now missing) on the bottom which would have been used to secure the finial to a ceremonial staff. Light oxidation and earthen deposits. Approx 3" across. - 3" tall on the stand.
Ex. D. Salvison Collection.

SOLD


Valdivia Pottery Venus Figures Valdivia Venus Figures — Ecuador

3000 BC - 2500 BC

Valdivia pottery "Venus" figures from Ecuador. Rare and very early artifacts; Valdivia is among the earliest known cultures to create art in the Americas.

Figure 1 (left). An exceptional example; well sculpted with exquisite detail and finely incised hair. Considerable red cinnabar pigment remains on the body. Condition is very good. Both legs are missing as is common, else intact. Custom display stand is included. Approx. 2.5" tall. Just over 3" tall on stand.
Ex. Edgar Owen

Figure 2 (right). Another fine example. Large head with incised hair . Legs are missing as is common, else intact. Custom display stand is included. Approx. 3" tall. Just over 4" tall on stand.
Ex. A. Traugott

$400 each or $750 for both


Valdivia Stone Axe - Hacha Valdivia Stone Hacha (Celts) — Ecuador

3000 BC - 2500 BC

Hacha 1 (left). Nicely carved from greenish-gray stone with earthen deposits. A fine example of the type. Condition is near excellent. Several small chips, otherwise intact. There are light stains (sticker residue) on both sides. Ex. Mint Museum, Charlotte NC. Two sets of museum codes written in ink across the top. Approx. 4.5" tall. 5.25" tall on stand. SOLD

Hacha 2 (right). Carved from green speckled stone with earthen deposits. Condition is near excellent. Several small chips, otherwise intact. There are light stains (sticker residue) on both sides. An unusual form. Ex. Dr. F. Robicsek Collection of N.C. Custom display stand available. Approx. 6" tall x 3" across. $400.


Chavin Stone Dish and Solalite Beads Chavin Stone Mortar and Beads — Peru

900 BC - 500 BC

Early stone items from the Chavin culture of Northern Peru. A shallow stone dish, nicely carved and in excellent condition. "Mortars" such as this are thought to have been used to grind pigments or medicinal herbs and roots. A very rare item. Along with a strand of fifteen sodalite tubular and disk shaped beads. Most have deposits, a few are chipped, some with red cinnabar, but generally intact and near choice.

Mortar is approx 4" across x 1" tall. - $500

Sodalite beads strand approx. 9" long. - $200


Chancay Spindle Whorls Chancay Spindle Whorls — Peru

800 AD - 1200 AD

A collection of five Chancay spindle whorls. The wooden spindles are painted with bands of varying colors. The terracotta whorls are carved and painted and vary in form. Condition is very good. A few spindles have minor losses and faded paint. Several whorls are chipped, but overall a nice group.

Sizes range from approx 9.5" long to 13" long.

SOLD


Costa Rican Guinea Incised Redware Figure Nicoya Incised Redware Figure — Costa Rica

300 BC - 500 AD

An exceptional "Guinea Incised" redware figure from the southern Nicoya Region of Costa Rica dating to the end of Period IV. This male example has a nicely burnished redware surface with arms to the sides, applied facial features and ear spools. There are intricately incised designs of complex interwoven patterns on the hat, body and waist. The most striking features are the strongly pronounced "pigeon chest" and "hunchback". Deformities such as these are not commonly seen on figures of this type. He stands on two legs and has a third (tripod) support in the back, each containing rattle balls. Condition is good. Broken in a shipping mishap and assembled from approx. 18 original pieces with restored breaks, but appears near choice. Considerable deposits consistent with age. An unusually large and detailed example that displays dramatically.

For other examples of this type and additional info. see page 76 and 77 in Rebecca Stone-Miller's "Seeing With New Eyes" - Highlights of the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory Universtiy, Atlanta, Georgia.

Approx 11.5" tall x 6.5" across.

SOLD


Jamacoaque Shaman Figural Vessel Jamacoaque Shaman Vessel — Ecuador

300 BC - 400 AD

An unusual Jamacoaque shaman vessel. The shaman emerges from the side of the vessel in a squatting position with hands resting on his knees. He wears elaborate regalia; large ear ornaments, multi-strand necklaces and nose ring. Painted in yellow and green; the colors are strong and vibrant. This is a rare item as art from this culture tends to focus on figural sculpture while vessels are less common. Condition is very good. Three long cracks have been stabilized and restored along with a couple of minor rim chips, otherwise intact and appears near choice. Considerable earthen and mineral deposits, mainly on the interior. A fine example!

Approx 5.5" tall and 3.5"" tall across

SOLD


Costa Rican Huetar Pottery Slit Drum Huetar Pottery Slit Drum — Costa Rica

100 BC - 500 AD

An exceedingly rare Huetar pottery slit drum from the Atlantic Watershed region of Costa Rica. Long tubular drum topped by a standing figure in a state of transformation between human and animal form. Unlike the large wooden slit drums that served as musical instruments, these rare hand-held pottery types were used ritually by shaman to induce and maintain states of trance and give them the ability to change form and move between worlds. They reflect the belief that shamans used such instruments to travel to other realms of reality. Condition is quite good. Once covered in a red slip, most of the slip has eroded away to expose bare clay. A small shard is reattached and restored along the slit. The figure has been reattached. Minor restoration to both hands and the headdress of the figure. A very unusual artifact. Seldom seen outside of select museums. Displays well on custom metal stand which is included as shown.

For a similar example see page 130, Image 278 in Rebecca Stone-Miller's "Seeing With New Eyes" - Highlights of the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory Universtiy, Atlanta, Georgia.

Approx 10.5" tall. 12" tall on stand

$1050


Maya Carved Stone Celt and Pendant Maya Stone Pendant and Celt — Guatemala - Honduras

600 AD - 900 AD

Very large Maya stone pendant dating to the Classic Period. Nicely carved from a greenish-gray stone in the form of a celt. A small hole drilled near the top for suspension. In very good condition. Restoration to a small area of the lower corner, else intact. A few edge chips along with minor scrapes and dings, but overall a nice example and rarely seen in this size. Displays well on custom metal stand which is included as shown.

Included is a small, but lovely Maya stone celt, also from the Classic Period. Carved from a dark blueish-green hardstone. Fine quality and in near excellent condition. A few imperfections but shows nice deposits and has a sharp chiseled edge.

Ex. Collection of Bernard and Bernadette Lueck, Founders of the Heritage of the Americas Museum in El Cajon, California.

Pendant - Approx 6" tall x 3.5" across x .25" thick. Over 8" tall on stand.

Celt - 1.75" long x 1.25" across x 3/8" thick

$475 for both


Colima Warrior Whistle Figure Colima Warrior Whistle Figure — Western Mexico

150 BC - 250 AD

A nice little Colima Warrior figure from West Mexico. He stands in full warrior's attire; helmet with chin strap, waist wrap and padded shin guards. He carries a spear and is peering over his shield in a defiant stance and ready for battle. Small, but well sculpted with exceptional detail. Condition is very good. Minor restoration to the helmet, shield, spear and one leg, but appears choice and displays well. A working whistle incorporated into the head has a clear, high-pitched tone. Ample manganese deposits. A fine example!

Approx. 4" tall x 3" across

SOLD


Costa Rican Axe God Pendants Axe God Pendants — Costa Rica

200 AD - 600 AD

Two Costa Rican Axe God celts (pendants) from the Guanacaste/Nicoya region. Both are drilled through the neck for suspension. Custom metal display stands are included as shown.

Celt 1 (left) - Well carved from a blue-green hardstone showing fine details. It depicts an anthropomorphic figure with hands across the chest. The headdress is two alligator heads facing outward. Condition is good. Restoration to the corner of the head and one foot. Minor resurfacing to one leg, else intact. Ex. M. Schmitt collection of Indiana. 2.75" tall. 3.5" tall on stand - SOLD

Celt 2 (right) - Carved from green stone with earthen deposits and light surface staining. It depicts a highly stylized human figure. Condition is good. A portion of the head and a small section of the lower blade has been reattached with breaks restored. Ex. L. Tango collection and Ex. C. Warren collection; both of Florida. 2.25" tall. Just over 3" tall on stand. - $225



Michoaca Pretty Lady Figure Michoacan Figure — Western Mexico

200 BC - 200 AD

An unusual Michoacan standing female figure. Unlike the more common "pretty lady" type, the form is more stylized. She stands on splayed feet with arms held to the side. Large angular head with ear spools, impressed eye and necklace. In very good condition. Intact with light surface erosion and minor losses to one corner of the head. Considerable deposits and some fire clouding, mainly on the back. Overall quite nice and a rare example of the type.

Approx. 5" tall x 3" across

Great provenance. Ex. Lynn Langdon. Collected pre-1970

$195


Chancay Wooden Harpoon Points Chancay Harpoon Points — Peru

1100 AD - 1450 AD

A collection of five Chancay harpoon points. These wooden barbed points would have been lashed to longer shafts and were most likely used for fishing in the rivers and coastal waters. All in very good condition. Two points have a glued break. The others are intact. All show wear with some cracking and splintering consistent with age. Very rare items!

Sizes range from approx. 12" long to 16" long

$75 each or $300 for all five


Late Pre-Classic Chontal - Guerrero Stone Figure Chontal Stone Female Figure — Guerrero, Mexico

300 BC - 100 BC

A carved stone figure from Chontal - Guerrero Mountains area of Central Mexico. In the form of a crouching female holding a ceremonial bar. High quality polished green (jade-like) hardstone. The features are defined by string-sawn details. Condition is very good. Losses to one leg, minor chips and abrasions, but overall it is intact. Surface is lightly pitted and stained in some areas. Ample mineral deposits and shows a nice patina. Larger than most and displays well on custom metal stand which is included as shown. A fine example!

Ex. Curation International. Authentication by Lesley Gilmer, PhD. Renowned expert in Pre-Columbian stone artifacts.

Approx. 6" tall. Approx. 7" tall on stand

$800


Early Pre-Classic Colima Vessel Early Colima Vessel — West Mexico

400 BC

A large Colima phytomorphic vessel dating to the Middle Formative Period. A rare item from a time when shaft tombs were first being developed. This being a very early example of a gadrooned, plant-fruit form vessel. A type that later evolved into the more realistic and refined 'pumpkin' vessels. Somewhat crudely made and thick walled, typical of the period. Rounded bottom, deeply carved grooves above the shoulder and topped by a wide, slightly flared rim. Redware surface, lightly burnished with deposits and minor staining as would be expected. Condition is very good. Two repaired stress cracks. One large and several small rim chips have been restored, otherwise intact. A fine example and uncommon from this time peiod.

Approx. 7" across x 7" tall

$325


Maya Carved Polychrome Copador Pottery Bowl Maya Copador Bowl — Guatemala - Honduras

600 AD - 900 AD

A carved and painted Maya bowl dating to the late classic period. A very rare and interesting Copador-type variant. The overall shape is very typical for Copador. The paint colors are also common of the type. Rounded bottom, carved with repeating geometric designs. Above that, deeply corseted sides are carved with a stylized woven "mat" pattern. Condition is excellent. No cracks, breaks, chips or repairs of any kind. Some minor fading to the black paint, otherwise completely intact and choice. An exceptional and unique example.

Approx 6" across x 3.75" tall

$625


Lambayeque (Sican) Polychrome Stirrup Vessel Lambayeque Stirrup Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1300 AD

An unusual Lambayeque stirrup vessel from the Sican area of northern-coastal Peru. Eight conjoined globular objects with two tall tapering spouts and an arched handle. Beautifully polychrome painted with exquisite detail and a nicely burnished surface. Red and cream base colors with black painted details of linear, circular and scroll designs. The vessel has a low footed base with rows of painted dots. All aspects of this vessel are masterfully executed and it exhibits exceptional artistry and craftsmanship. Vessels of this type are rare. The form is thought to represent stacked storage vessels (ollas). The ollas likely containing maize chicha (corn beer) in the process of being fermented in preparation for a major celebration or important ceremonial event. Condition is very good, near excellent. Restoration to the handle and one spout with light paint touch ups, otherwise intact and appears choice. The surface shows considerable dendrites and light earthen deposits. A fine example that displays beautifully.

Approx 7.5" tall x 5.5" across

SOLD


Veracruz Nopiloa Maternal Figure with Rattles and Whistle Veracruz Nopiloa Maternal Figure — Mexico

600 AD - 900 AD

Published Veracruz Nopiloa maternal figure dating to the Late Classic Period. Buff terracotta kneeling mother holding a child. She wears an elaborate headdress along with beaded necklace and bracelets. Black painted decoration on the headdress and body. Her teeth are filed as is common. The figure contains numerous rattle balls and a whistle in the base. The whistle works, but not well. Condition is very good. The corner of the headdress is chipped. Several breaks across the body have been restored, but it is all original and appears near choice. Ample deposits and areas of wear as would be expected. A fine and rare example with excellent published provenance.

NOTE: This exceptional artifact is featured in the well known (1968 - Abrams) book "Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America" by noted author, Hasso Von Winning. See page 203. Image 265.

Approx 9" tall x 6.5" across

$7500


Chupicuaro Pottery Vessels Chupicuaro Pottery Bowls — Mexico

500 BC - 100 BC

Two Chupicuaro pottery vessels. Both nicely burnished with painted designs.

Bowl 1 (Top) - Rounded bottom and curved sides. Beautifully polychrome painted with triangular and linear designs. In good condition. Assembled from a half dozen original pieces, minor losses replaced and breaks restored. Bottom is slightly eroded and has a small area of fire clouding. Ample deposits inside and out. A fine example. Approx. 6" across x 2.75" tall. SOLD

Bowl 2 (bottom) - A tripod vessel with pointy legs and simple painted band around the rim. Each leg contains rattles. Condition is very good. One restored stress crack in the bowl. The tips of each leg have been restored and rattle balls have been replaced in one leg. An attractive piece. Approx 5" across x 2.75" tall - $200

Bowl 1(top) has been sold.


Jalisco Pottery Bowl Jalisco Pottery Bowl — West Mexico

300 BC- 200 AD

A nice terracotta bowl from Jalisco, West Mexico. Well made and thin walled. The lightly burnished surface is a creamy yellow-orange with a red stripe just below the rim. The bottom has four elongated chevron designs done in stippled (dots), painted in red. In very good condition. Two large rim sherds have been reattached and breaks restored, otherwise intact. Considerable manganese deposits.

Approx. 7" across x 5" tall

$250


Chupicuaro Brownware Pottery Vessel Large Chupicuaro Bowl — Mexico

500 BC - 100 BC

A lovely Chupicuaro brownware pottery bowl. The low, wide bowl has a slightly rounded bottom, deeply corseted sides, and a stepped lower edge with impressed rope design. The nicely burnished chocolate brown surface shows light mineral deposits and considerable root marks inside and out. Excellent condition, one tiny rim chip, else intact and choice. A large example with an elegant form that displays beautifully.

Approx 11" across x 3" tall

$475



Lambayeque Stone & Shell Necklace Lambayeque Necklace — Peru

800 AD - 1300 AD

An exquisite Lambayeque stone and shell necklace. Exceptionally long strand of finely crafted stone beads. The beads are small, uniform in size and vary in color; light tans, grays, shades of purple and browns. The necklace contains over 1000 high quality beads along with a Spondylus shell pendant. A lovely item. Ready to wear, but I would recommend restringing the beads if worn often.

Approx. 54" long

$250


Large Chancay Gauze Textile Panel Large Chancay Textile — Peru

1100 AD - 1450 AD

Very large Chancay textile panel from Peru. The background is a tan colored gauze overlaid with 5 woven stripes. The woven stripes are red with multi-colored birds done in varying shades of gold, pink and black. Condition is fair, but still nice as the gauze is quite delicate. Holes and fraying throughout. Some staining. A few areas have been "patched" with matching gauze pieces. Overall a nice example and if framed would display beautifully.

NOTE: The textile is currently loosely stitched to a brown paper backing. For conservation purposes it should be removed from the paper and properly mounted to an acid-free backing. I would recommend stitching it to a piece of natural, unbleached linen cloth or mounting it onto an acid free matboard panel.

Approx. 34" x 28"

$250


Nayarit Pottery Olla Nayarit Olla — West Mexico

300 BC- 250 AD

A fine pottery olla from Nayarit, West Mexico, with orange surface and an unusual shape. Flatish bottom and gently curving sides topped by a straight spout. Condition is near excellent. One small area of restoration at the rim of the spout and a 1" long hairline surface crack; otherwise intact and choice. Ample manganese deposits and root marks. Two small areas of fire clouding. A nice example.

Approx. 7" wide x 5" tall

SOLD


Large Chupicuaro Tripod Bowl Large Chupicuaro Tripod — Mexico

300 BC

Very large Chupicuaro pottery tripod bowl. Buff terracotta with red linear painted designs. Deep bowl sits atop three thick, pointy tripod legs. Condition is near excellent. Some minor scrapes and dings with areas of weak paint, mostly on the interior; otherwise intact and choice. No breaks, cracks or repairs of any kind. A fine example and much larger than most. Displays dramatically!

Approx. 11.5" across x 4.5" tall

SOLD


Costa Rican Axe God Pendant Axe God Pendant — Costa Rica

100 AD - 500 AD

Costa Rican Axe God pendant from the Guanacaste/Nicoya region. It depicts an anthropomorphic figure with hands across the chest. The face shows stylized avian features. Nicely carved from thin, white, translucent hard stone and shows fine details. Drilled through for suspension in four places. Condition is near choice. Some surface erosion and pitting, but intact. No cracks, breaks or repairs. Custom metal display stand is included as shown. Displays beautifully! Ex. Arte Primitivo.

Approx. 4" tall, 4.5" tall on stand

$550

FREE GIFT: Included with this item is an additional Costa Rican fragment (partial) stone celt Axe God figure. Heavily eroded, only a protion of the head remains. Approx. 1.5" tall


Moche Copper Rattles Moche Copper Rattles — Peru

300 AD - 600 AD

Two rare Moche rattles; one spherical, the other cylindrical. Hollow copper with rattle balls inside. Each is pierced for suspension and were likely worn as pendants or clothing ornamentation. Both have a heavily oxidized surface as would be expected. Intact and their condition is excellent. Fine examples!

Each approx. 2" across

$225 each or $400 for both


Vera Cruz Coast Watcher Figure Vera Cruz Coast Watcher — Mexico

400 AD - 900 AD

Vera Cruz pottery coast watcher figure. Standing figure with large head, earspools and pointy headdress; a common form. Legend has it that figures of this type were said to have been placed along the shoreline to watch for invaders; hence the name "coast watcher". Buff terracotta construction with earthen deposits. Condition is very good, one headdress point has been restored, else intact and near choice. A nice example.

Approx. 4.5" tall X 3.5" across

SOLD


Bolivian, Tiwanaku Pitcher Vessel Large Yampara Pitcher — Bolivia

1200 AD - 1400 AD

A large pottery pitcher from southern-central Bolivia, east of Tiwanaku. Rounded body with slightly tapered spout and thick strap handle. A rare type from a little-studied Pre-Columbian group centered at Jatun Yampara, located near Sucre. Polychome painted with bold geometric designs in shades of orange, red, black and white. Condition is very good, near choice. Several small rim chips have been restored with light paint touch ups, otherwise completely intact, never broken. Some areas of light staining and surface wear. A few minor scrapes, dings and areas of paint fading as would be expected. A very large example that displays dramatically.

Ex. Hank Johnson

Approx. 11" tall x 8" across.

SOLD


Moche Phase II Captive Stirrup Vessel Moche Captive Vessel — Peru

200 AD - 400 AD

An early Moche captive stirrup vessel dating to Phase II. It depicts a kneeling male with bound hands — a captured warrior soon to be sacrificed. As is typical in Moche art, captives are stripped of their warrior's regalia and weapons and tied with a rope around their neck and hands. Condition is generally quite good. Assembled from six original pieces with restored breaks, but displays well and appears choice. Burnished redware surface with nice deposits and light wear consistent with age. Overall a fine and somewhat rare example.

Click here to see an identical example currently on display at the Smithsonian's "National Museum of the American Indian."

Approx. 6.25" tall

SOLD


Mayan - Jaina Insland Warrior Whistle Figures Two Maya Jaina Island Whistle Figures — Campeche, Mexico

500 AD - 700 AD

Two Maya (Mayan) Jaina Island molded whistle figures. They depict warriors holding shields and weapons. Both have functional whistles (ocarinas) incorporated into the base. The whistles work well and have nice clear tones.

Figure #1 (left). Finely molded with crisp details. This figure is shown holding a knife and wearing a dog (or fox) mask. A rare and interesting depiction. Condition is generally very good. The knife is partially restored. Minor headdress repair and the whistle has been returned to working order. Traces of Maya blue pigment remains on the face and head. Approx. 4.75" tall - $475

Figure #2 (right). This figure is shown holding a war-club (mace) and wears large ear spools and an elaborate headdress. Condition is fair to good. Light surface erosion overall. Headdress is partially restored along with restoration to one foot and the nose. Whistle has been restored to working order. Approx 5.5" tall - SOLD



Peruvian Recuay Phytomorphic Root Vessel Recuay Phytomorphic Vessel — Peru

100 AD - 500 AD

A rare and unusual Recuay six-lobed phytomorphic pottery vessel from Northern Peru. The shape likely represents a root-form, more specifically the Yakon root. The Yakon is a tuber-type plant that has been cultivated in Peru since ancient times and was vauled as an edible food crop and also had medicinal properties. This vessel is nicely formed, has a cream (off-white) burnished slip along with a band of black geometric painted designs around the top. The underside is buff terracotta. There are four suspension holes near the rim. Condition is very good, near excellent. A small hairline stress crack at the rim has been stabilized along with light paint enhancement, else intact and choice. General surface wear and deposits consistent with age. A fine example and a very uncommon form.

Approx. 7.5" wide x 4.5" tall

$650


Maya Post Classic Incised Vessel Maya Incised Vessel — Guatemala

1000 AD - 1500 AD

Very large Maya pottery vessel from the Pacific Slope of Guatemala dating to the Post Classic period. The surface is burnished blackware decorated with two panels of incised designs separated by a ribbed band around the middle; topped with a wide flared rim. The incising is nicely enhanced with red cinnabar pigment. Condition is very good. Assembled from seven original pieces with restored breaklines. One small rim chip has also been restored. Areas of earthen deposits; mainly on the inside. Light surface wear consistent with age. A fine and rarely seen example of late period Maya pottery. An impressive size that displays dramatically.

Ex. private German collection.

Approx. 7.5" tall X 8.75" across

SOLD


Chimu Inca Llamas Stirrup Vessel Chimu-Inca Stirrup Vessel — Peru

1300 AD - 1450 AD

A rare Chimu-Inca pottery vessel depicting the heads of two Llamas. The heads are realistically sculpted and joined by an arched stirrup handle. A small pyramid adorno is at the base of the spout. Condition is very good. Once broken into two pieces, the halves were assembled and the break restored. One ear is chipped, otherwise intact. A small area of staining at the tip of the spout. An unusual example that displays well.

See page 28, plate 58 of Inge Schjellerup's book "Chimu Pottery" for a similar example and additional info.

Approx. 8" tall X 9" across

$650


Chupicuaro Blackware Tripod Vessel Chupicuaro Tripod Vessel — Mexico

500 BC - 100 BC

A lovely Chupicuaro blackware vessel. The low, wide bowl has a stepped edge with two rows of incising all around supported by three pointed hollow legs. The burnished blackware surface shows light mineral and earthen deposits. Near excellent condition with restoration to one leg; else intact and choice. A large example with an elegant form that displays beautifully.

Just under 9" across x 3" tall

$750


Aztec Censor (incensario) Tripod Vessel Aztec Censor — Mexico

1200 AD - 1500 AD

An exceptional Aztec ceremonial tripod censor (incensario) from Central Mexico. The bowl is pierced (open-work carved) with a diamond-shaped lattice pattern. The two forelegs are hollow and contain rattles. The long handle terminates with what appears to be a stylized scorpion. Some repairs as is typical, but overall condition is very good. Restoration to both legs and minor rim repairs. Handle has been reattached and the break restored. Extensive root marks and deposits consistent with age. A rare artifact with great visual impact.

Approx. 5" tall X 8" long.

SOLD


Nayarit Caped Figure Nayarit Caped Figure — West Mexico

300 BC - 300 AD

An unusual Nayarit seated figure from Western Mexico. He sits with hands on his knees; a cape (poncho) draped across his shoulders that extends to the knees. A deep reddish-orange color with white circles decorating the poncho. Condition is near excellent. Intact with only minor paint loss. A few scrapes and dings; nose is slightly eroded. Nice deposits and a rare type.

Just over 6" tall X 4" across.

SOLD


Aztec Pottery Spoon Aztec Spoon — Mexico

1200 AD - 1500 AD

Aztec pottery spoon from Central Mexico. Large terracotta spoon with a hollow handle. Nice deposits and root marks consistent with age. In very good, near excellent condition. A few tiny chips and edge wear as would be expected. The handle has been reattached along a clean break, else intact and choice. A nice and inexpensive example of an ancient utilitarian item. Custom metal display stand is included as shown.

Approx. 7" tall x 3" across - 7'5" tall on stand

SOLD


Colima Flat Figures Three Colima Figures — West Mexico

200 BC - 200 AD

A trio of female Colima flat figures. Each wears a head-wrap, ear ornaments and a necklace along with other regalia. All are in generally good condition. All have restoration to their legs but otherwise are intact with nice patina and deposits. Custom metal display stands (as shown) are included with each figure. A nice group of figures that display well.

Approx. 6", 7" and 9" tall

SOLD


Costa Rican Articulated Tripod Vessel Articulated Tripod Vessel — Costa Rica

1200 AD - 1500 AD

Large Costa Rican "Castillo Incised" blackware tripod rattle vessel dating to the Late Period. The exterior is nicely incised with complex geometric patterns. The bowl sits atop three hollow mammiform legs, each containing a rattle ball. The most extraordinary feature of this vessel is a fully articulated head that is rotatable within the neck of a human body which protrudes from the side of the bowl. Vessels with articulated parts are exceedingly rare in Costa Rican pottery. Overall condition is good. Minor losses replaced and several repaired breaks at the rim. The head is partially restored. Two of the legs have been reattached and partially restored. Root marks and heavy deposits remain. A very unusual example. Seldom seen.

Approx. 6.5" tall X 7.5" across.

$950


Colima Seated and Standing Figures Colima Figures — West Mexico

300 BC - 300 AD

Two Colima figures from Western Mexico. Both are of buff terracotta clay, well made with fine details and light deposits.

Seated figure: Rarely seen in the seated position, this female figure has hands held to chest and crossed legs. She wears a turban style head wrap, necklace and ear ornaments. Condition is very good. The foreleg has been restored and the head reattached with a restored breakline. A great example. Just over 4" tall.

Standing figure: This example is wearing elaborate regalia; multilayered waist wrap, arm bands, necklace and a horned headdress thought to indicate a shaman or person of high status. Condition is quite good. One arm has been restored along with other very minor repairs. Custom display stand is included. Approx. 8" tall

Seated figure - $300
Standing figure - $400
Both figures - $600


Large Costa Rican Tripod Rattle Vessel Large Tripod Rattle Vessel — Costa Rica

400 AD - 700 AD

Very large Costa Rican tripod rattle vessel from the Central Highlands - Atlantic Watershed Zone, dating to Period IV-V. It has pierced tapered tripod legs, each containing numerous small rattle balls. The legs support a semi-hemispherical bowl with curving shoulder that is decorated with appliques and incised bands, topped by tall chimney-type neck and flared spout. Faint remains of white pigment on the legs and traces of black on body of the vessel. Condition is fair to good. Restored breaks to the legs as is common. A large section of the neck has been replaced along with other repairs and surface touch ups. Overall an impressive piece that displays dramatically. Rare for its large size.

See page 62 of the "Art of Costa Rica from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections" for a similar example and additional information.

Approx 13.5" tall x 7" across

$600


Tumaco - La Tolita Seated Elder Figure Tumaco - La Tolita Figure — Colombia

300 BC - 300 AD

An unusual Tumaco - La Tolita figure from Colombia, South America. Hollow construction; made from white, sand-tempered terracotta as is typical. It depicts an elder seated on a bench. The fact that the individual is shown seated on a bench is indicative of respected and/or elite status. The face shows wrinkles and therefore, age, symbolizing wisdom. The individual is also shown wearing an elaborate necklace, ear spools, and bands just below each knee. Condition is quite good, but has some repairs as is common. Both feet, one arm and one hand have been restored along with two holes and the back of the head. Displays well and is a rare type.

Please refer to the "Restoration Services" area of this site to see before & after photos of the repairs to this artifact.

Approx. 7" tall X 3.5" wide.

$525


Chimu Pakay Fruit Stirrup Vessel Chimu Pakay Stirrup Vessel — Peru

1100 Ad - 1400 AD

Rare Chimu polychrome stirrup vessel in the form of a Pakay seed pod. The Pakay is an edible fruit native to Bolivia and Southern Peru. Nicely burnished redware surface with white and black painted details. Condition is very good. Spout has been restored along with minor paint touch ups, otherwise intact. The reverse side shows more paint loss. An attractive example and an unusual form.

Please refer to the "Restoration Services" area of this site to see before & after photos of the repairs to this artifact.

Approx. 7.75" tall X 6" wide.

$450


Moche Standing Figure Moche Standing Figure — Peru

400 AD - 700 AD

Moche female pottery figure in red terracotta with cream details. Standing with hands held to the chest as is common. She wears a full-length dress with a broad decorative collar and adorned with ear ornaments and bracelets. Condition is fair. Assembled from numerous original pieces with restored breaks. An attractive piece. Being heavily restored it is well priced.

Please refer to the "Restoration Services" area of this site to see before & after photos of the repairs to this artifact.

Approx. 7" tall X 4" wide.

$195


Vera Cruz Coast Watcher Figure Vera Cruz Figure — Mexico

250 AD - 550 AD

An exceptionally large Veracruz seated figure. Usually referred to as "coastwatcher" figures; this is by far the largest of its type I've ever seen. Constructed of tan (buff) terracotta. Seated with crossed legs and hands held to the knees as is typical. The head is large and angular. The figure wears a wide (plumed) ornament across the top of the head. There are areas of red pigment remaining which is an uncommon feature. Overall condition is fair to good. One arm and the legs have been restored as well as a break across the head, otherwise intact. Displays impressively and is rare for its very large size.

Please refer to the "Restoration Services" area of this site to see before & after photos of the repairs to this artifact.

Approx. 11" tall X 6" wide.

$550


Moche Portrait Vessels Moche Portrait Vessels — Peru

450 AD - 550 AD

A very rare matched set of three Moche portrait vessels dating to Phase IV. All are nearly identical; polychrome painted and nicely detailed with expressive features. They are definitely from the same mold, likely all created by the same artisan and probably all found together in the same location. Overall in near excellent condition. Two are perfect. One has been assembled from several original pieces with restored breaks. All have minor paint loss and deposits consistent with age. Remarkably these have remained together and I will not break up the set. Not sold individually. Custom metal stand is included, as shown. An impressive display!

Each vessel is approx 4.5" tall x 3" across.
Total display size is approx. 7" tall X 10" wide.

$900 for all three


Costa Rican Portrait Head Vessel Nicoya Portrait Vessel — Costa Rica

1200 AD - 1500 AD

Very large Costa Rican, Gran Nicoya, "Jicote" style portrait head vessel. The head is nicely polychrome painted and sits on a wide footed base. Two decorative bands of glyph-like designs around the top and bottom as is common. Round eyes, small ears and large open mouth, baring teeth. In fair condition. Assembled from several original pieces with large areas of the head and the base being restored. Appears near choice and displays dramatically despite considerable repairs and over-painting. Being heavily restored it is well priced.

Approx 11" tall x 8" across

SOLD


Moche Figural Stirrup Vessel Moche Figural Stirrup Vessel — Peru

450 AD - 550 AD

An exceptional Moche stirrup vessel dating to Phase IV. Very unusual in that it depicts a person lying prone on their stomach. The head is tilted upward and hands to their chest. The lips and nose have been consumed by the flesh-eating bacteria "leishmenaisis," a disease that still prevails in some remote areas of Peru. The vessel is nicely painted and shows detailed body tattooing on the face, hands and legs. Also of interest, the feet have been amputated, a practice sometimes performed on individuals (prisoners and captives) as a form of punishment. This is an exceedingly unusual depiction and a rare form. In excellent condition. The stirrup handle has been repaired from several original pieces, otherwise perfect.

Approx 9" tall x 9" long

$1450



Cocle Footed Bowl Cocle Bowl — Panama

600 AD - 800 AD

An attractive Cocle footed bowl painted in the typical style. Thick-walled construction with a nicely formed bowl atop a gently flaring footed base. In good condition. A two inch section of the base has been restored along with a single stress crack, otherwise near choice. Ample dendrites and earthen deposits.

Approx. 3.5" tall x 5.5" across

$225


Mezcala Temple Model Mezcala Temple Model — Guerrero, Mexico

400 BC - 100 BC

Terracotta Mezcala temple model. Coarse tan clay with traces of white pigment. Usually seen in stone, this terracotta example is quite rare. The column on the right has been restored, otherwise nice condition with a few minor inclusions due to impurities in the clay. Custom metal display stand included. Ex. Hank Johnson

Just over 6.5" tall x 3.5" wide x 0.5" thick

SOLD


Chancay Textile Weaving Group Chancay Textile Group — Peru

1100 AD - 1450 AD

A fine collection of Chancay textiles and weaving tools. One large (approx. 8" x 10") woven textile panel with an interlocking bird motif and fringe along the bottom. Two other smaller textile fragments with geometric and bird designs. All three textiles are woven in a variety of vibrant colors. All show wear and some fraying consistent with age. Also included is a six-inch long, bone weaver's wand topped by an incised human face. Lastly, there are two intact spindle whorls. One is over ten inches long and still retains its original thread. The other is over seven inches long. Both spindles have nicely decorated terracotta whorls. All are mounted and framed under glass in a black (high-quality) shadowbox display. The artifacts have been pinned to the backing for easy removal. Overall a great assortment of ancient textiles and weaving related artifacts. Ready to hang.

Frame is approx 17" tall x 13" across

$450


Moche Stacked Bowls Vessel Moche Bottle — Peru

400 AD - 700 AD

Large Moche bottle-form vessel depicting stacked bowls of harvested produce. The lower portion of the vessel shows a bowl containing large round objects, likely potatoes. Above that is another bowl that is beautifully painted with geometric designs. The upper bowl appears to be holding chili-peppers. Atop the peppers is a tall, wide and slightly flared spout. Condition is very good. Assembled from several large original pieces with restored breaks. Some minor paint loss, mostly on the spout. A rare type that displays impressively and appears choice.

Approx 9" tall x 5.5" across

SOLD


Narino Pottery Clyster Tube Narino Ceremonial Clyster — Colombia

850 AD - 1500 AD

Exceedingly rare Narino pottery clyster (enema tube) from the Capuli cultural complex of the Southern Highland Narino region. These ceramic tubular devices were used to administer potent hallucinogenic anal infusions of "Datura" as part of a ritual performed on adolescent males during coming-of-age ceremonies. This exceptional example is topped by three human forms, each with arms held to their chests. Nicely painted with bold geometric designs executed using the negative wax resist technique. Condition is original and near excellent. A single clean break has been glued and there are areas of paint loss, otherwise intact and with no restoration or paint enhancements. This is a very unusual artifact, seldom seen outside of select museums. Custom metal display stand is included.

Approx 12" tall x 5" across

SOLD


Colima Vessel Large Colima Vessel — West Mexico

300 BC - 300 AD

Nice, large redware Colima olla-form vessel from Western Mexico. Elegant shape with rounded body and flared rim. Deep reddish-orange color on the upper portion and buff terracotta on the bottom. Ample root marks and manganese deposits along with areas of heavy mineralization and minor fire-clouding. Condition is near excellent. A small (1 inch by 3 inch) section of the rim has been restored, otherwise intact and choice. A fine example that displays well. Custom metal tripod display stand is included.

Approx 8" across x 8" tall

SOLD


Maya Cylinder Maya Cylinder Vessel — Guatemala, El Salvador

200 AD - 800 AD

Tall, slender Maya plain ware cylinder with two incised lines around the top, but otherwise undecorated. Once possibly covered in stucco, which eroded away with time and exposure to moisture, or simply a utilitarian vessel made for everyday use. Being unpainted it is difficult to attribute, but most likely from Southern Guatemala or El Salvador. Reddish orange terracotta with some fire clouding and deposits. Assembled from original pieces with unrestored breaks. In fair condition, but an inexpensive example with nice form.

Approx 4" across x 9" tall

$275



Vera Cruz Spoon Vera Cruz Spoon — Mexico

600 AD - 900 AD

Large Vera Cruz pottery spoon or ladle. Undecorated buff terracotta with heavy deposits, root marks and light staining. Overall in good condition. The handle was broken in two places. The breaks have been restored, along with the tip of the handle and two areas of the spoon's rim. General surface wear and some edge erosion as would be expected. A rare example of an ancient utilitarian item.

Custom display stand is included.

Approx. 12" long x 4.5" wide

$300



Inca Ring Vessel Inca (Inka) Ring Vessel — Peru

1300 AD - 1500 AD

A rare Inca terracotta ring vessel from Peru. Nicely burnished blackware surface with light deposits. Footed base with carved geometric designs. The body is "donut" shaped topped by a human head and a tapered spout. A double conjoined handle on the back. Condition is generally quite good. The handle and spout have been reattached with restored breaks. The base is assembled from several pieces with a small portion being restored. Overall a fine and very unusual example.

Ex. Andrea Sarmiento collection - Miami, Florida

Approx. 8.5" tall x 5" across

SOLD



Chimu Paimted Vessel Chimu Polychrome Vessel — Peru

1100 AD - 1450 AD

An exceptional Chimu polychrome vessel from Peru. Rounded body with low footed base and wide strap handle. Has nicely detailed face with a headdress that serves as the spout. Beautifully painted with bold geometric designs in shades of red, cream and black. Condition is very good. Base and handle are reattached with minor losses restored. A single stress crack running vertically down the side has also been restored. Overall a nice and rarely seen painted example of Chimu pottery.

Ex. Andrea Sarmiento collection - Miami, Florida

Approx. 8.5" tall x 6" across

$550



Mexican Artifact Group Mexican Artifact Group — West and Central Mexico

Group of seven artifacts from Western and Central Mexico.

Photo #1

Left - Nayarit painted seated figure. 200 BC - 350 AD Minor restoration to head. 5" tall - SOLD

Right - Jalisco standing figure. 200 BC - 300 AD Glued from 5 original pieces, no restoration. Just under 5" tall - SOLD



Photo #2

Left - Vera Cruz whistle figure. 600 AD - 900 AD Nose and whistle restored. General surface wear. 4" tall SOLD

Center - Teotihuacan "Fire God" (Huehueteotl) head fragment. 450 AD - 650 AD Nicely detailed with custom stand. Head 2.5" with 5" tall stand SOLD

Right - Vera Cruz bedded figure. 300 AD - 700 AD Minor restoration to ear spool. Flat on bottom. 3.5" long



Photo #3

Left - Nayarit (or Jalisco) incised bowl. 200 BC - 350 AD Areas of rim reattached with restored breaks. 4.5" across x 2" tall

Right - Colima miniature incensario. 200 BC - 200 AD Tripod legs, upper bowl in a bird motif. Restoration to one leg and rim. 3.5" tall - SOLD



$175 each or $150 each for any two or more pieces.



Cocle Filtro Large Cocle Filtro — Panama

600 AD - 800 AD

Unusually large Cocle dual-spouted vessel. The main body is vegiform; rounded and carved with vertical incising, likely representing a squash. The neck is wide and beautifully painted in a scroll pattern. The vessel's design is often referred to as a "Filtro". It is thought that vessels of this type were used in water worship rituals. This dual-spout design appears to incorporate dimorphic symbolism with the long, tapered "male" spout being intentionally connected to the wider "female" spout. Condition is near excellent with general surface wear and minor paint loss consistent with age. A few small areas of fire-clouding. The handle-spout has been reattached and poorly repaired. The breaks could be properly restored at minimal additional cost. Overall a fine example.

See Labbe's "Guardians of the Life Stream" for additional info.

Approx. 8" tall x 7" across

$950



Costa Rican Rattle Bowl Large Central American Rattle Bowl — Costa Rica

400 AD - 700 AD

Costa Rican tripod vessel with large rattle legs. La Selva type - El Bosque Phase "A" from the Atlantic Watershed - Central Highlands Zone. Shallow bowl supported by three mammiform legs. Each leg has a stylized zoomorphic adorno, vent holes and numerous rattle balls inside. The surface is burnished red and buff terracotta. A stippled band decorates the interior. Overall in very good condition. One leg has minor repairs and all three legs have been reattached with restored break lines. Areas of light erosion and surface wear as would be expected. A rare type. Displays dramatically.

Approx. 5" tall x 9" across

$475


Two Nayarit Bowls Nayarit Bowls — West Mexico

100 BC - 300 AD

Two Nayarit redware olla-form bowls. Undecorated, but an unusual shape. Both are in near excellent condition. The larger has a chip near the bottom. Both have minor dings and small areas of surface erosion, but are completely intact and have no repairs or restoration. Nice manganese and mineral deposits. A rare type.

Large bowl - Approx. 4" tall x 6" wide
Small bowl - Approx. 2.5" tall x 3" wide

SOLD


Naymlap Vessels Lambayeque "Naymlap" Vessels — Peru

700 AD - 1350 AD

Two blackware Naymlap libation vessels from the North Coast of Peru. "Lord Naymlap" is the mythological founder of the pre-Chimu dynasty of the Sican-Lambayeque culture of Northern Peru. He is identified as having a human face with slanted eyes and tattoos. He is often surrounded by other figures representing his descendants - the "children of Naymlap". Incised lines and dots under his eyes are tears; symbolic of rain as he is the provider of (precious) water for his peoples and their crops. Both vessels sit atop footed bases and have wide strap handles, typical of the type. Each has a nicely burnished blackware surface and light deposits. Fine examples!

Vessel #1 is larger than most. Naymlap is surrounded by four of his children, two are laying prone at either side. Condition is generally very good. Minor repair to the tip of the spout and the handle has two repaired breaks, otherwise choice.

Approx. 9" tall x 6" across

Vessel #2 - Smaller in size as is common. Here, Naymlap is show with three descendants, two in front and a prone figure across the handle. At his shoulders are a pair of mythical celestial serpents. Condition is quite good. Restoration to the upper portion of the spout and a small probe hole in the back.

Approx. 7" tall x 4.5" across

SOLD


Colima Ocarinas Colima Ocarinas — Colima

300 BC - 300 AD

Three zoomorphic ocarinas (whistles) from Colima, West Mexico. Each is in playable condition with nice clear tones.

Ocarina #1 is in the form of a bird; most likely depicting a turkey-vulture. It stands on splayed feet and has incised wings. Nice details. Condition is very good with only small areas of restoration to the head and beak. Approx. 2.5" tall - $175

Ocarina #2 is in the form of a bird. Larger, but not as detailed as the first example. The whistle is located in the tail with finger holes on the sides that change the tone(s). In perfect condition. Approx. 2.75" tall - $175

Ocarina #3 is in the form of a small animal; likely depicting a dog, monkey or possibly a rabbit. Interestingly, the whistle in located in the head which is uncommon. Very cute and a rare type. In perfect condition. Approx. 2" tall - SOLD

Priced individually or $300 for remaining two.


Bahia Vessels Bahia Figural Bottles — Ecuador

100 AD - 500 AD

Two rare Bahia blackware vessels from the Coastal Manabi Province of Ecuador. Both are similar in style with bulbous bodies, low footed bases, thin necks and sculpted relief faces.

Vessel #1 - Elegant form with an incised sunburst design around the upper shoulder. Condition is good. Several restored breaks around the neck and a few restored stress cracks on the lower body, but all original. Appears choice. Approx. 8.5" tall. $500

Vessel #2 - Tapered and stepped body with a large head. The face is offset from the head and is nicely detailed with pierced ears and nose. Condition is good. Repaired breaks around the neck and head, with minor losses replaced on the head. One ear has been replaced as well. Approx. 9" tall. $600

$1000 for the pair


Narino Bowl Narino Bowl — Colombia

1000 AD - 1500 AD

Narino vessel from the Middle Cauca region of Colombia, South America. The bowl has tapered sides and a footed base. Polychrome painted in black and red against a cream background executed in the ancient negative wax resist technique. The unusual painted design appears to be stylized human or animal faces along with a lightning-bolt design. The underside shows a simple striped pattern, mostly obscured by heavy deposits. Condition is generally good. Assembled from three large pieces with a small area of restoration and light paint enhancements.

Approx 6.5" across x 3" tall See Labbe's "Colombia Before Columbus" for comparable examples and additional information on the type.

SOLD


Xipe Totec Figure Xipe Totec Whistle Figure — Mexico

600 AD - 800 AD

Fine Vera Cruz whistle figure of Xipe Totec, the Flayed God. Xipe Totec was among the most important of the Mesoamerican deities. Being the god of springtime his worship was crucial to the success of planting and crops, and consequently to the survival of those who depended upon it. As a result, increasingly elaborate and gruesome ceremonies were carried out in his honor. Annually, individuals (likely slaves) were selected as sacrifices to Xipe Totec. These victims were carefully flayed to produce the skin which was then worn by the priests during the fertility rituals that followed the sacrifice. To mimic the action of the corn bursting from its husk in springtime, priests of Xipe Totec wore the flayed skins during important ceremonies to appease the god in hopes for a lush harvest. Xipe Totec, "our lord the flayed one", originated during the Teotihuacan culture and continued in importance into Aztec times. In Aztec mythology, Xipe Totec was the life-death-rebirth deity, god of spring, agriculture, and the seasons. He supposedly flayed himself to give food to humanity, symbolic of the maize seed losing its outer layer before germination. He represented the fertility cult and was said to assist the earth in making her new (reborn) each spring.

This piece shows one such Xipe Priest wearing a drooping skin mask, excess skin is shown in twists by his neck. He sits enclosed within a "corral" which represents a finely carved wooden litter, upon which he would be carried and paraded through the streets as part of the spring celebration. He wears a decorative headdress and necklace. The Xipe Priest and the litter sit atop an elaborate whistle mechanism (ocarina). Two large spheres are joined in the back by a dual mouthpiece, creating an interesting double whistle. Covering the holes in the front changes the sound(s). The combination of the two whistles emits an eerie, haunting sound, unlike anything I've ever heard. A third whistle on the back of the head gives a more high-pitched tone.

Condition is generally excellent. There is a single repaired neck break and minor repair to the whistle behind the head. Also, a portion of the headdress has been restored, else intact and near choice. An exceedingly rare and culturally significant artifact. Seldom seen in today's market.

For more in depth information on Xipe Totec and other Mesoamerican deities, see "The Flayed God" by Roberta & Peter Markman.

Approx 4" across x 7" tall

$3000



Nayarit Singer Nayarit Singing Figure — West Mexico

300 BC - 200 AD

Nayarit female seated figure of the "Ixtlan del Rio" type. She sits holding a bowl to one shoulder, wearing a typical style hat, earrings and a large nose ornament. Her coffee-bean style eyes are wide set. The oddly shaped mouth is thought to represent an individual who is singing. Another interpretation is that the mouth shows scarification from performing a mourning ritual during which a rod is passed through the cheeks. Overall surface color is orange with cream paint remaining on the ear ornaments, skirt, hat and bowl with dots around the neck to indicate a necklace. Condition is generally good. Intact, save the head which has restored breaks along with paint touch ups. The top of the head, around the vent hole has been replaced. A rare form with nice deposits.

Just under 6.5" tall x 5" across

$325


Casas Grande Bowl Casas Grandes Bowl — Northern Mexico

1200 AD - 1350 AD

Polychrome Casas Grandes olla from Chihuahua, Mexico. Squat rounded body and slightly flared rim with a small strap handle on one side. Nicely painted in red and black on a buff terracotta ground. The designs are typical of the period. Two bands of interlocking wave patterns which are thought to represent stylized birds along with zig-zag linear decorations at the neck, lower shoulder and on the handle. Overall in very good condition. Partial restoration to the rim and handle with light paint touch ups, but generally a fine example. Ex. Dave Waterman collection, ex. Hank Johnson

Approx 5" across x 4" tall

$250


Maya Bowl Maya Bowl — Guatemala

200 AD - 600 AD

Shallow orange-creamware bowl from the Southern Lowlands of Guatemala. Thin-walled construction. Decorated with nodes, one on each side, the nodes are connected by gently curving raised horizontal lines along with recessed diagonal lines. Condition is generally fair to good. Assembled from three large original pieces with restored breaks. Areas of spalling (surface pitting), mainly on the underside do not detract. Overall an attractive example of the type and somewhat rare. Nice deposits.

Approx 6" across x 3 tall

$275



Chimu Marine Vessel Chimu Marine Vessel — Peru

1100 AD - 1400 AD

Footed blackware Chimu stirrup vessel with a marine motif. Round bodied and relief carved with rows of interlocking sting rays along with several cute animal adornos. At the base of the stirrup handle are two finely sculpted birds. At the base of the spout sits a nicely detailed monkey. Condition is generally good. Restored handle, spout and adornos. Appears choice and displays well. Ex museum piece with inventory number under the base.

Note: See Inge Schjellerup's "Chimu Pottery" page 24, plate 51 for a similar, although uncarved and less refined example.

Approx. 10" tall x 6" across

SOLD



Inca Necklace Inca Necklace — Peru

1100 AD - 1500 AD

Lovely strand of Inca beads. Comprised of carved stone, shell and coral beads with a terracotta spindle whorl pendant. Nice variety of shapes and colors. Modern barrel clasp. Ready to wear.

Approx. 16" total length

SOLD



Lambayeque Lobster Vessel Lambayeque Lobster Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1150 AD

Attractive Lambayeque double-spout vessel in buff terracotta. Round body with a nicely detailed lobster on top. Flared footed base, tapered spouts connected by a arched handle. The handle is divided into four panels each decorated with finely carved geomectric patterns. Two styilzed faces adorn each side just below the spouts. Reddish brown rings are painted around the base, body and spouts. Overall in fair to good condition. Assembled from several original pieces with restored breaks and paint touch ups, but appears choice. An elegant form. Pretty!

Approx 7" across x 7" tall

$500



Peruvian Tupu's Collection of Tupu's — Peru

200 AD - 1400 AD

A trio of Tupu's (shawl pins) from Peru. Cultural origins differ but all are Inca or earlier and are in good to excellent condition. One is gold or "tumbaga", a mixture gold, copper and other metals. It has a broad head and a hole through the middle. Gold (tumbaga) tupu's are very rare. Heavy oxidation could possibly be cleaned to reveal more of the gold surface. The next is silver, topped by a simple disk. Quite eroded especially near the tip, but intact. Last is a copper example, heavily cast with what appears to be a fish tail on the top. A fine and varied selection of ancient metal work. A little more research could more precisely pinpoint their individual dates and origins.

Ranging from 4.5" to 6.5" long

SOLD



Moche Ai Apaec Bottle Moche "Ai Apaec" Vessel — Peru

300 AD - 700 AD

Moche bottle-form vessel showing finely carved Ai Apaec battle scenes. Thin-walled, round-bodied vessel with footed base and flared spout. The relief carved scene shows the struggle of Ai Apaec as the Sun Deity, a serpent is around his waist. On one hand an Underworld creature, repesented here in reptilian form, seeks to keep Ai Apaec in the darkness. While the other character (in this case a warrior or shaman wearing a solar headdress) tries to pull him up into the light. Two zoomorphic pierced handles on either side are shown as crouching underworld creatures. The important symbolism and culturally significant iconography depicted here provides rarely seen insight into ancient Moche mythology. Condition is generally very good. Restoration to the spout and base; one handle has been replaced. A similar scene on the opposite side is slightly eroded, but overall an exceptional example.

Ex. Hoffman Galleries, Norfolk, Va. Many years ago, Hoffman Galleries was a respected dealer of fine antiques and antiquities.

Please refer to the "Restoration Services", "Breaks" page of this site to see before & after photos of the repairs.

Approx. 5.25" tall x 4.5" across

SOLD



Teotihuacan Bowl Teotihuacan Bowl — Mexico

200 AD - 700 AD

Large tripod vessel from Teotihuacan; central Mexico's ancient "City of the Gods". A wide and deep bowl shaped vessel with pointy tripod legs. Beautiful, bright orange surface with no additional decoration, similar to other orange-ware vessels commonly found at Teotihuacan. This example is larger than most, has thin walled construction and in great condition. A single restored stress crack along with two small rim chips, otherwise nearly perfect. Some surface erosion, mainly on the bottom and shows nice deposits. A wonderful example, simple and elegant in form. Rarely seen in this size.

Approx. 3" tall x 8.5" across

$250



Chimu Fruit Vendor Vessel Chimu Fruit Vendor — Peru

1100 AD - 1400 AD

An unusual terracotta blackware Chimu vessel depicting a fruit vendor. Angular vessel with a wide strap handle on the back. On top is a seated figure holding an incised rectangular box containing three small spheres, representing fruit. Overall in excellent condition with no damage or repairs. Very minor surface wear and light deposits, but generally choice and an uncommon motif. A fine example with nice detail and a very rare type. Museum deaccession.

Approx. 8.5" tall x 6" across

SOLD



Costa Rican Bowl Costa Rican Ring-based Vessel — Costa Rica

800 AD - 1200 AD

A very rare Costa Rican, Nicoya Zone ring-based pedestal bowl dating to the late Phase V period into early Phase VI. Beautifully painted with intricate geometric designs executed in black on an orange ground. The bowl sits atop three support legs integrated onto a corseted ring base. An unusual example in near choice condition. A small area of restoration to the bottom of the bowl with minor paint touch-ups. A few tiny dings here and there with moderate deposits, otherwise intact. Nicely burnished surface.

Note: See pages 96 & 97 of Paul Clifford's "Art of Costa Rica" from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection for similar examples and additional information. Also see page 223 from the Mortan D. May and Saint Louis Museum Collections for another example of this type.

Approx. 3.5" tall x 6.5" across

SOLD



Small Colima Vessel Small Nayarit Vessel — West Mexico

200 BC - 100 AD

Small Nayarit painted vessel from Western Mexico. Nicely painted in light orange-cream with deep red stripes in a geometric pattern. Rounded bottom and gently curved upper shoulder with a short flared spout. This vessel is extremely thin-walled, the likes of which is seldom seen in West Mexican pottery. Experienced collectors will appreciate the superior quality of the eggshell thin construction. In near excellent condition. One small probe-hole is restored, otherwise choice. Light mineral deposits. A great example and it being ultra thin makes it very rare indeed.

Approx. 4" across x 3" tall.

$165



La Selva Tripod Costa Rican "La Selva" Tripod — Costa Rica

400 AD - 700 AD

Beautiful Period IV La Selva tripod vessel from the Atlantic Watershed region of Costa Rica. Three gently curving hollow legs, each containing rattles. Atop each leg are zoomorphic figures. The bowl is elongated with a corseted neck decorated and a row of incised circles. Very elegant in form and proportion. In generally good to very good condition. A few repairs as is common. Two of the legs have been reattached with restored breaks. Other minor repairs. Some surface erosion, mainly on the lower legs, but overall a nice and attractive example.

Note: See Paul Clifford's "Art of Costa Rica" from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection pages 224-227 for similar examples of the type and additional information.

Approx. 7.5" tall x 5.5" across

$550



Costa Rican Tripod Costa Rican Tripod Vessel — Costa Rica

400 AD - 700 AD

Costa Rican tripod rattle vessel dating to the late Phase IV period into early Phase V. These are sometimes referred to as "spider-leg vessels" or "chocolate pots". Round-bodied vessel supported by three hollow legs. Each leg contains three rattle-balls. Atop each leg are well sculpted and finely detailed monkey figures whimsically leaning to one side. A nice example in good condition. Several repaired breaks as is common. Two of the three legs have repairs with the rattles of one leg replaced. A few rim chips have also been restored. Some minor chips remain. Appears near choice and displays beautifully.

Note: See Paul Clifford's "Art of Costa Rica" from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection for similar examples and additional information.

Approx. 6" tall x 5.5" across

$325



Chimu Vessel Large Chimu Blackware Vessel — Peru

1100 AD - 1400 AD

Chimu bottle-form vessel from northern Peru dating to the Early Intermediate period. Round vessel with a short flared spout. Two prone figures lay facing the spout and four curled dogs executed in low relief decorate the upper portion of the vessel. Nicely burninshed blackware sufrace with light deposits. Overall in fair condition. Assembled from numerous original pieces with restored breaks. Larger than most and a rare type. Displays well.

Please refer to the "Restoration Services" area of this site to see before & after photos of the repairs on this piece.

Approx. 7.25" tall x 7" across

SOLD



Moche Protrait Vessel Moche Portrait Vessel — Peru

450 AD - 650 AD

Moche bottle-form portrait vessel dating to late Phase IV into the Phase V period. Wearing a traditional headdress and tempeta tubular nose ornament. Finely sculpted facial feautres showing a stern expression. Painted in shades of red and tan, triangular shapes decorate the hat with two rows of dots at the spout. In good condition. Repaired from originl pieces with minor losses restored. Rare type. For an almost identical example see page 130 of "Moche Art & Archaeology in Ancient Peru" from the National Gallery, Washington. Also see page 19 of Donnan's "Moche Portraits" for a similar example of the type.

Please refer to the "Restoration Services" area of this site to see before & after photos of the repairs on this piece.

Approx. 7.5" tall x 5" across

$975 RESERVED



Lambayeque Vessel Lambayeque Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1250 AD

An unusual orangeware Lambayeque vessel from Peru. Footed base, rounded body, topped by a tall flared spout. A thick handle on the back connected from the body to the spout. At the shoulder are two well-formed prone figures representing the children of "Naymlap", their faces turned upward. Highly burnished surface with moderate fire-clouding and nice deposits. Generally in good condition. Reassembled from approx. 10-12 pieces with two areas of restored loss. A small chip on the base also restored. Pretty piece with an elegant, graceful form. Ex. California private collection.

Approx. 6.5" tall x 4" across

$250



Moche Deer Vessel Moche "Deer" Vessel — Peru

200 AD - 450 AD

A very nice Moche Phase III bichrome stirrup vessel. Two relief carved (not molded) animal figures on either side. The well-carved scenes show deer (six-point bucks) being hunted, spears are embedded in their backs. Relief carved hunting scenes are somewhat rare as most hunting motifs are found only on painted vessels. This example is executed in tan (buff) clay along with a lightly burnished orange surface. Overall in near excellent condition. A few tiny chips on the spout and base. Minor pitting, but almost choice with no repairs. Shows light to moderate deposits, mostly on the bottom.
Ex. collection of Joseph Espinoza - Toronto, Canada.

Just over 9" tall x 5" across

$750



Columbian Urn Rio Magdalena Urn — Colombia

800 AD - 1200 AD

Large Tamalemeque urn from the Rio Magdalena region of Colombia. The top is a complete seated figure, arms and legs to the front, large square head with relief facial features. The lower portion is round-bottomed, decorated with relief designs of two bats and four perforated lugs near the rim. Overall in very good condition. Some repairs and restoration as would be expected. On the figural top, one leg is reglued along with a few stablized cracks on the back of the head. On the bottom, one bat head, 2 lugs and two rim chips are reglued, some fire-clouding on the back. There are also two small cracks near the rim. Otherwise it is stable and in remarkable condition for its size. The custom metal stand is included. Displays impressively. Ex. Harmer Rooke Galleries.

Note: I prefer not to ship this very large item. Pick-up only.

Urn with lid is 33" tall. With the stand, almost 45" tall

$2900



Costa Rican Vessel Jalisco Figural Vessel — West Mexico

400 BC

Very early Jalisco effigy vessel dating to the Middle Formative Period. Depicts a standing figure with impressed details. A large vessel integrated into the back with a third support leg. The figure carries a basin (bowl) on his head, possibly used to burn incense. Light colored terracotta construction with no paint visible. A rare item from the period when shaft tombs were first developed. Overall in fine condition with restoration to the bowl and minor chipping at the rim of the rear vessel. See Hasso Von Winning's "Shaft Tomb Figures" for similar examples and info.

Approx. 7" tall

$325



Turtle Pipe Aztec(?) Pipe — Central Mexico

1200 AD - 1400 AD

Buff terracotta pipe in the form of a turtle, its neck extended. From the post-classic period of Central Mexico. Most likey Aztec or Mixtec, possibly Huastec. This is a rare item, seldom seen and therefore difficult to attribute. Realistically sculpted with nice details. Finely incised patterns along the neck, shell, legs and tail. Overall in good condition. The head has been restored as are portions of 3 legs and the tail. Also, the rim of the bowl has been repaired. There is one glued clean break at the base of the neck that is hardly noticable. There is also a small nick on the neck, probably an excavation ding. Displays well.

Please refer to the "Restoration Services" area of this site to see before & after photos of the repairs on this piece.

Just over 4.5" long

$275



Mixtec Bowl Mixtec Painted Bowl — Mexico

1200 AD - 1500 AD

Beautiful Mixtec shallow bowl from the post-classic period. Exterior is very nicely painted in bright white on red ground. Circles, lines and dots create a repeating serpent pattern around a central stylized avian image. Overall design is a representation of Quetzalcoatl (the feathered serpent), one of Mesoamerica's most important deities. The interior is a soft orange-tan with a white and red stripe at the rim. Repaired from 6 original pieces with a couple chips and the breaks restored. A few minor dings and scraps remain. An unusually fine example and a rare form. Nice manganese deposits.

Ex. Robert Sudmann Collection, Washington State

Please refer to the "Restoration Services" area of this site to see before & after photos of the repairs on this piece.

Approx 6.25" across x 1.75" tall

SOLD



Cajamarca Bowl Cajamarca Bowl — Peru

800 AD - 1000 AD

Nice, thin-walled Cajamarca Bowl, rounded body with low, footed base. Although from a Cajamarca site, this piece shows strong Recuay influence. Interior has three orange on tan painted panels with highly adorned stylized human faces. Exterior has repeating panels of orange and black painted in negative resist style, now mostly faded. Repaired from 4 large pieces, breaks are restored. Nice deposits.

Approx. 6" wide X 3.5" tall

SOLD



Maya Swimmer Bowl Maya Bowl — El Salvador

550 AD - 900 AD

Large Maya Swimmer bowl from El Salvador. Exterior has a lower band of two prone figures thought to represent the Hero Twins "Hunahpu" and "Xbalanque" on their journey through Xibalba, the Maya Underworld. An upper band of nicely detailed Copador glyphs around the rim. The interior has a band of repeating glyphs and concentric circles. Painted in red, orange and black over cream. Overall in good condition, minor color fading and has a few reglued shards with restored cracks, but all original. Burnished surface inside and out with deposits and root marks.

Approx. 8" wide X 3" tall

$525



Narino Footed Bowl Narino Bowl — Colombia

1250 AD - 1500 AD

A fine Narino footed pedestal bowl from the Tuza cultural complex of the Colombian Highlands region. Nicely burnished and decorated with stylized bird heads on the interior. Boldly painted in black and red over cream slip. Exterior is buff clay with nice deposits. Broken and cleanly reglued from several original pieces with only minor restoration over the breaks.

Approx. 7" wide X 3" tall

$350



Chimu Stirrup Vessel Chimu Stirrup Vessel — Peru

600 AD - 1000 AD

Fine Chimu blackware terracotta stirrup vessel. Rare form and unusual in that the stirrup handle is flattend on the sides, almost square. Tip of spout has few tiny chips missing, otherwise in excellent condition.

Approx. 9" tall x 5" across

SOLD



Maya Dog Fragment Maya Dog Deity — Quiche Region, Guatemala

550 AD - 700 AD

Large head fragment depicting the Maya Dog deity. Highly detailed fragment, appears to have been broken from a much larger piece. Nice example in fine condition. Display stand included.

Approx. 5" x 5"

SOLD



Hunchback Vessel Hunchback Figural Vessel — Costa Rica

400 AD - 800 AD

Extremely nice hunchback figure/vessel from the Guanacaste-Nicoya Zone of Costa Rica. Burnished terracotta squatting male, executed in red and black zoned bichrome technique. Rare form. Exceptional artifact in excellent condition, no breaks or chips. Only minor abrasions and paint loss.

Approx. 7" tall

$1950



Ocos Vessel Ocos Figural Vessel — Pacific Coast, Mexico

1500 BC - 1200 BC

Exceptionally rare pre-Mayan vessel from the Ocos ceramic complex of Mexico's Pacific coast. Reddish paint on buff terracotta, coffee bean style eyes. Chipped nose and minor dings at the rim and base, otherwise excellent condition. Nice deposits. Truly a rare artifact from one of the earilest Mesoamerican cultures. Ex. Robert Morris

Approx. 8" tall x 4.5" across

$2450


gold nose ring Small Salinar Gold Nose Ring — Peru

400 BC - 200 BC

Another fine gold nose ring. Thin crescent shaped hammered gold and in excellent condition. Ex. Hank Johnson

Approx 1.25" x 1"

$450


Ancient, Historic and Contemporary Native American Artifacts

Below are examples of pottery vessels from various Native American cultures. Of course, each item is guaranteed to be authentic and as described. Any known repairs or restoration will be fully described. All pre-historic and ancient artifacts were found on private deeded property and acquired legally according to all State, Federal and Indian laws.


Catawba Indian Pottery Pitchers Catawba Indian Pitchers — Southeast United States

Mid 20th Century

A pair of Catawba Indian pottery pitchers. Both of similar form with rounded bodies, tall spouts and thick strap handles. Their surface is in tans and grays with areas of black fire clouding as is typical of Catawba pottery. The smaller pitcher is in excellent condition. The larger one has a stable stress crack along the upper shoulder. Both are unsigned. They probably date to the Mid 20th Century, but could be earlier.

Approx. 4" tall and 6" tall

$150 for both



Mata Ortiz Reynalda Quesada de Lopez Pottery Vessel Mata Ortiz Pottery Vessel — Mexico

Late 20th Century

Very large Mata Ortiz black on black pottery vessel by well-known artist Reynalda Quesada de Lopez. Mata Ortiz is a large pottery center located in and around Casas Grandes and Chihuahua, Mexico. This exceptional piece depicts a coatimundi, a raccoon-like mammal native to that area of Northern Mexico. Nicely constructed and beautifully detailed with traditional geometric designs. This is not a new piece and likely dates to the late 20th Century. Condition is very good. The head has two restored breaks and one ear has been replaced; otherwise intact. Minor surface flaws consistent with age. Displays dramatically.

Approx. 10" tall x 10" across

SOLD



Catawba Indian Pottery Chiefs Bowl Catawba Indian Bowl — Southeast United States

Early 20th Century

An exceptional Catawba Indian pottery tripod bowl dating to the first quarter of the 20th Century. A chief's head adorns either side. The rim is scalloped. The bowl sits atop three pointy legs. Typical tan clay with areas of black fire-clouding. Condition is near excellent. The tip of one leg has been restored, as has the tip of the nose on one chief's head; otherwise choice. A fine older example. Rare and very desirable among collectors.

Approx. 4" tall x 9" across

$450



Apache Leather Wrapped Canteen Apache Canteen — Southwestern United States

18th - 19th Century

An early historic period Apache canteen. Constructed using a wooden or pottery substructure that is completely wrapped in layers of tanned hide (leather). Raised footed base, small spout and flattened body with four loops; two on each side that would have been fitted with a strap for carrying. Smaller than most of this type, but still a nice older example. In good condition overall. Some damage to the two upper loops and spout, but generally intact. A rare item that is seldom seen in today's market.

Approx. 8" tall x 6" across x 3" in depth

SOLD



Mimbres Bowl Mimbres Bowl — New Mexico

1000 AD - 1250 AD

A lovely, medium sized Mimbres bowl with a repeating black on white geometric pattern around the interior. Condition is fair, broken and reassembled from several original pieces. The missing areas (approx. 35%) were replaced and the paint was touched-up as needed.

Please refer to the "Restoration Services" area of this site to see before & after photos of the repair.

Approx. 9" across x 4" tall

SOLD



Casas Grandes Bowl Casas Grandes Bowl — Southern New Mexico - Northern Mexico

1200 AD

Olla shaped vessel on rounded base with tapered walls and slightly rolled rim. Geometrically painted design in red and black over ochre ground. Two sets of two perforated holes at the rim for suspension. One large shard and a small chip reglued along clean breaks, else in excellent condition. Displays nicely. Ex. Arte Primitivo

approx. 6" tall x 6" across

$600



Mounds Bowl & Tool Mounds Indian Bowl and Tool — Western Ohio

1000 AD - 1200 AD

Large Mounds Indian bowl. Reassembled from several original pieces with deposits and incrustations. Overall very good comdition with only minor dings. Elegant form, displays nicely. Along with a bone implement found at the same site. Large (animal?) bone with a hole near the end, probably a tool used to straighten the shafts of arrows. Ex. Hank Johnson

Bowl approx. 6.5" tall x 7" across
Bone Tool approx. 5.5" long

$475



Mississippian Bowl Mississippian Bowl — Cross County, Arkansas

500 AD - 900 AD

Exceptional Middle Mississippian blackware "Fortune Noded" four-lobed shaman's rattle pot. Round bowl with four large noded lobes, each containing rattles. Very rare and beautiful. In fine condition. A few minor dings but overall appears choice. Ex. Rex Arrowsmith

Approx. 3" tall x 6" across

$1500



Maricopa Pottery Birds Maricopa Pottery Bowl — Arizona

Late 19th - Early 20th Century

Large older Maricopa olla-form (seed) bowl dating to the turn of the 20th century. An early unsigned example. Red exterior with traditional designs painted in black, typical of the period. Condition is fair. Broken and glued together from approx. 12-15 pieces. Rim losses and minor body losses, but basically all there. Approx. 95% original. Some general light surface wear and paint loss. No fill or restoration present at this time. Could be restored for additional cost.

Approx. 6.5" tall x 7" across

$200



Jemez Pottery Birds Jemez Pottery Birds — New Mexico

Late 20th Century

Lovely pair of signed pottery birds from the Jemez Pueblo of New Mexico. Artistically crafted by Carolyn G. Loretto; one of the best known Jemez potters. The birds are white with beautifully painted traditional designs. Their form is the same, but the designs are quite different. These are quite rare as Carol seldom does animal forms. Her work consists mainly of bowls and other vessels.

Carol's work has been published in American Indian Art Magazine (Spring,1990); Gregory Schaaf's "Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2000 Artist Biographies"; Hayes & Blom's "Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni"; and Berger & Schiffer's book "Pueblo and Navajo Contemporary Pottery".

Approx. 2.5" tall x 7" long

$225



Jemez Bowl Jemez Pottery Bowl — New Mexico

Late 20th Century

Small pottery bowl from the Jemez Pueblo of New Mexico. Beautifully crafted and signed by Carolyn G. Loretto; one of the best Jemez potters. No one does black on redware better than Caroyln. Her pots have excellent shape, the redware polish is deep and the graphics crisp and solid - beautiful depth and contrast. Carol has been an active Jemez potter since 1977. She was taught traditional pottery making by her mother Nanette Loretto. Her sister, Geraldine, is also an acomplished maker of quality ceramics.

Approx. 2.5" tall x 3.5" across

$100


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