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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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NOTE: All items being offered on this website have appropriate provenance and are legal to buy and own under the United States statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, Chapter 14. Every purchase comes with a written certificate of authenticity (COA) and are fully guaranteed to be as described. Provenance and accurate, detailed condition information is included with each listing.

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Ancient Costa Rican Pottery Jaguar Olla Vessel Blackware Jaguar Olla — Costa Rica

600 AD - 900 AD

A large Costa Rican blackware pottery olla topped by a jaguar. The vessel is of an ovoid spherical form, rounded on the bottom and with a gently flared spout. At the neck is a stylized jaguar with a realistically sculpted head. The jaguar body wraps around the neck of the vessel and has incised geometric patterns along both sides. The front and back legs are incised and have paws (claws) sculpted in low relief. A very long tail is partially sculpted and incised down the back. The surface is highly burnished overall and shows ample deposits. Condition is fair. Assembled from 25 to 30 original pieces with small losses replaced. Despite considerable restoration, it displays nicely on a custom metal tripod base. An impressive example that is substantial in size.

Ex. V. Mesedahl collection of Michigan. Ex. Constance de Beausset estate of Grosse Point, Michigan. Originally collected in the 1960s.

Approx. 8.5" tall x 9" across.

$450


Ancient Veracruz Remojades Seated Sonriente Smiling Figure Remojades Sonriente — Vera Cruz, Mexico

600 AD - 900 AD

A rare and exceptional Sonriente figure from the Remojadas region of ancient Veracruz. Hollow, terracotta construction; it depicts a seated youth with typical gleeful expression. Both arms are extended upward in a welcoming gesture. He (she) smiles widely exposing filed teeth and has almond shaped eyes. The headdress features an interlocking, woven mat design in high relief. He wears round ear ornaments, a beaded necklace and waist wrap (skirt). In good condition with restored breaks and some losses replaced as is common. The head, one hand and both arms reattached at the shoulders with break lines restored. Both ear spools and small headdress losses have been replaced. Light deposits along with minor scrapes and dings, all consistent with age. Overall a very attractive and pleasing example. Seldom seen in the seated position.

Ex. Cookston collection of Atlanta, GA. Prior to that, Ex. Los Angeles private collection.

Approx. 8.5" tall x 9" across.

$2400


Ancient Peru Chancay Woven Fabric Panel Fringe Textile Birds Chancay Textile — Peru

900 AD - 1200 AD

A Chancay woven textile panel from ancient Peru. It depicts a central band of stylized birds with rows of waves (water motif) at the top and bottom. The lower edge is decorated with long rectangular strips (fringe). Very finely woven in a variety of colors; red, pink, tan, gold, orange and black. In good condition. Areas of wear and fraying along with some losses and tattered edges, but is a nice example that shows exceptional craftsmanship. It displays beautifully in a wooden frame. The cloth panel is under glass against an acid-free black mat. Ready to hang. Ex. G. Dunham collection of Seattle, WA.

Textile is just over 15" wide x 5.5" tall. Frame is approx. 17.5" x 9.5"

$325


Ancient West Mexico Nayarit Polychrome Pottery Plate Bowl Vessel Nayarit Polychrome Plate — West Mexico

200 BC - 400 AD

A large Nayarit plate (shallow bowl) from ancient West Mexico. Polychrome painted in the 'fineline' technique with red and black against a tan slip. The central image is divided by a red band, half in a curving serpent-like design, the other half in a basket-weave pattern. The gently curving sides of the bowl are finely painted in diagonal stripes. The rim has a scalloped edge detail. The back is completely painted with parallel lines in black on tan. In fair condition. Assembled from approximately six original pieces with breaklines partially restored and slightly visible. Minor paint enhancements and light deposits present. A rare example that is substantial in size. Ex. private Florida collection. See R. Townsend's "Ancient West Mexico", page 79, for similar examples and info on this type.

Approx. 11" across x 2.25" tall.

$350


Ancient Mexico Teotihuacan Creamware Pottery Tripod Vessel Teotihuacan Creamware Tripod Vessel — Mexico

400 AD - 750 AD

A Teotihuacan tripod vessel from ancient Mexico. A cylindrical bowl sits on three solid rectangular legs. The lower half of the vessel has incised geometric designs known as the 'flame-brow' motif. The design is mirrored on the legs. The flame-brow design originated on Olmec pottery from approximately 1000 years earlier and has also been seen on Maya vessels of eastern Mesoamerica. The cream colored surface is nicely burnished inside and out with areas of orange and black (fire clouding) on one side. In fair to good condition. Assembled from three original pieces with breaks restored. All three feet have been partially restored. Minor surface wear, dings and scratches along with light deposits consistent with age. An attractive example. Ex. J. Magor collection of Chicago. Originally collected mid-1960s.

Approx 5.25" across x 4.75" tall.

$475

Chimu Inca Erotic Monkeys Blackware Pottery Vessel Chimu-Inca Birds Whistle Vessel — Peru

1250 AD - 1450 AD

A late Chimu, early Inca (transitional) blackware vessel depicting a realistically sculpted pair of copulating birds. The beak, head crest and feather details suggest these are representations of the 'Crested Caracara', a type of falcon native to Peru and other areas of South and Central America. Birds of prey were revered and often depicted in Pre-Columbian art. The male bird is (as would be seen in nature) more elaborately detailed. The female bird has a working whistle incorporated into her chest. The whistle is loud and has a clear tone. The birds sit on a cylindrical base. Emerging from the top is a straight spout that flares slightly. In very good, near excellent condition. The surface is highly burnished blackware with some areas of light erosion, mainly on the high points; beak, crest, wing tips, tail, etc. Also has a small chip missing, just above the whistle, but the minor loss does not affect the whistle mechanism. Overall a fine example that is intact and original with no repairs or restoration. A very rare and unusual type. Ex. Dallas, Texas private collection.

Approx. 7" tall x 7.5" long.

SOLD

Ancient Peru Nazca Fish Bowl Vessel Nazca Fish Bowl — Peru

400 AD - 600 AD

An attractive Nazca pottery bowl with a fish motif. The bowl has a rounded bottom with slightly flared sides. Painted in shades of red, brown and cream against an off-white background. Nicely decorated with a central image of a large, stylized fish and pairs of vertical lines around the rim. Condition is very good. A single (stable) hairline crack at the rim, otherwise intact. Some minor paint touch ups on the interior along with moderate deposits and staining inside and out. A few areas of light surface erosion on the underside, but overall is a fine example and a rare type. A custom metal display stand could be included, upon request, for minimal additional cost. Ex. A. Schuetz collection of Florida.

Approx. 2.5" tall x 6.5" across

SOLD

Ancient Peru Salinar Figural Whistle Vessel Salinar Whistle Vessel — Peru

100 BC - 200 AD

A fine Salinar (pre-Moche) whistle vessel from the North Coast of Peru. The lower chamber is cylindrical, with a domed top and flat bottom. Atop the main chamber is a seated figure, at the back is a long tapered spout. A wide strap handle connects the figure to the spout. The figure is nicely detailed. He sits with crossed legs with hands at his neck holding a striped blanket or cloak across his back. He wears an elaborate turban-type hat and has wide bands of tattooing on his face. The working whistle, located behind the figure is very loud and has a clear tone. The lower chamber has been painted with bold geometric patterns in a stylized two-headed serpent design. The figure and handle are also painted. In near excellent condition. Two surface cracks at the base of the figure and at the handle are stable, along with some areas of paint loss. Light deposits and a few small areas of fire clouding, but is generally intact and has no repairs or restoration. Ex. Atlanta, Georgia private collection. Prior to that, Ex. G. Conaway collection of Oregon.

Approx. 7.5" tall x 8.5" across

SOLD

Ancient Maya Guatemala Tiquisate Carved Vessel Vase Maya Tiquisate Vessel — Guatemala

900 AD - 950 AD

A rare and beautiful carved Maya vessel from the Tiquisate region, Pacific Slope of Guatemala, dating to the Early Postclassic Period. Tiquisate-ware pottery is unique to this area of lowlands Guatemala. Constructed of fine, paste-like clay, very thin walled, bright orange (unslipped) clay with a burnished surface. By this time in Mesoamerica, Tiquisate pottery was primarily mold-made. This vessel is not molded. The design work has been meticulously hand-carved, prior to firing. A rarely seen feature from this period which certainly adds to the significance of the piece. The vessel is slightly concave on the bottom, the sides curve upward to a sharp, serrated shoulder that tapers gently to the spout. The carved design elements on the upper shoulder are complex and nicely executed. The nature of the scrolling forms along with dots are in reference to liquid, symbolizing blood or possibly water. Both water and blood were revered by the Maya for their life-sustaining properties. The segmented edging along the outer shoulder represents a turtle shell. This is alluding to the Maya belief that the surface of the earth (their world) was floating on the sea, atop the carapace of a giant turtle. Condition is quite good. Assembled from five (5) original pieces with two small shards replaced. The break lines have been restored inside and out. Ample dendrites and earthen deposits on the exterior surface. Overall an exceptional example that illustrates considerable Maya mythological symbolism.

Ex. Clearwater, Florida private collection. Additional provenance will be provided to the buyer.

Approx. 5" across x 4" tall

SOLD

Ancient Ecuador Jama Coaque Jamacoaque Double Whistle Female Figure Jamacoaque Whistle Figure — Ecuador

300 BC - 400 AD

An adorable little Jama Coaque female standing figural ocarina from ancient Ecuador. Very nicely detailed for a figure of its size; she wears a large headdress, ear spools, nose ornament, wrist bands and a beaded necklace. The surface is covered overall in an orange slip with remains of teal pigment around the eyes, on the jewelry assemblages and wrist bands. Inside the figure is a hidden double-whistle that plays perfectly. Double whistles are a rare feature for smaller, diminutive Jama figures of this type. There's a blow-hole at the back of the head and two pairs of finger holes (two in front and two on the back) that allow the ocarina to play different notes. In good condition. A crack across the waist and on the headdress have been restored with minor paint touch ups, otherwise it is intact and original. Light deposits and a small area of fire clouding on the back of one leg. A very cute piece! The custom metal display stand is included.

Ex. G. Alderman collection of Georgia. Prior to that, ex. P. Lorenzen collection of Connecticut.

Approx. 5" tall and 5.5" tall on the stand

SOLD

Costa Rican Diquis Spider-leg Rattle Chocolate Pot Tripod Vessels Diquis Tripod Vessel — Costa Rica

300 AD - 700 AD

A large and exceptional Costa Rican tripod vessel from the Diquis region. The upper bowl has corseted sides and is decorated with rows of applied and incised designs, topped by a widely flared rim. The three gracefully curving legs are decorated with stylized bird heads with long beaks, likely representing the heads of pelicans. The legs are hollow and contain numerous rattle balls. The surface is an orange buff terracotta with a few areas of fire clouding. Ample deposits inside and out. In excellent condition. Light surface wear consistent with age and extended burial, but is intact and original with no repairs or restoration. A superb example that is larger than most of this type and displays dramatically.

Ex. R. Murray Collection of Georgia. Originally acquired in the early 1970s.

Just under 11" tall x 6.75" across the top. Approx. 7" across at the tips of the legs.

$700


Ancient Panama Grand Cocle Polychrome Seed Jars Ollas Grand Cocle Polychrome Ollas — Panama

600 AD - 800 AD

Two small Cocle pottery ollas (seed jars) from ancient Panama. Of the Conti style with red and black linear decoration on an orange-tan ground. The smaller olla (3" tall) has geometric painted decoration, raised nodes on the shoulder and is intact. The larger olla (3.25" tall) has stylized zoomorphic designs. A chip on the spout is restored, but it is otherwise intact. Each have rounded bodies and flared spouts. Minor paint touch ups on both. Ex. R. Murrray collection of Georgia.

$225 for both.

Guangala Ecuador Snuff Container Jar Vessel Guangala Snuff Container — Ecuador

400 BC - 600 AD

An excellent Guangala snuff jar from ancient Ecuador. It depicts a human figure in a prone position. He has button eyes, incised nostrils and mouth and is wearing a cap (headdress). Constructed of grayware terracotta and is in perfect condition. No cracks, chips or repairs. A fine example that has ample mineral deposits. Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Approx. 3.5" long x 1.5" tall

SOLD

Nazca Polychrome Peppers Pottery Stirrup Vessel Nazca Peppers Stirrup Vessel — Peru

200 AD - 600 AD

A small Nazca pottery stirrup vessel from ancient Peru. Polychrome painted in reddish-brown (sienna), black and cream with a nicely burnished surface. The upper body of the vessel is dome-shaped and decorated with six realistically rendered chili peppers. At the top are two tapered spouts and an arched stirrup handle. In very good condition. A crack that ran from the bottom and partially up the side has been restored with light paint touch ups, otherwise it is intact and original. Some surface pitting, mostly around the spouts and handle. A few minor scrapes and dings along with light deposits (consistent with age) as would be expected. Somewhat diminutive in size. Smaller than most of this type, but is a really cute piece that displays well.

Ex. Oxford, N.C. private collection.

Approx. 5" tall x 3.5" across

$400

Costa Rican Tlaloc Monumental Tripod Plate Polychrome Pottery Vessel Nicoya Monumental Plate and Tripod — Costa Rica

1000 AD - 1500 AD

Two very large and exceptional pottery vessels from the Nicoya Region of ancient Costa Rica. Both are polychrome painted in shades of red-orange and black against a cream background. The central image is that of Tlaloc, the Mesoamerican Rain God, who is also the God of Fertility and is among their most important deities. Representations of Tlaloc are seen throughout Mesoamerica, north to the Maya regions and west to the cultures of Mexico. The painting style and motif of each vessel is nearly identical. Most likely found together and probably created (or at least painted) by the same artist. An incredibly rare matched set that are massive in size. By far the largest examples of this type I have ever seen.

The plate (shallow bowl) is flat on the bottom and shows the central image of Tlaloc. The wide rim flares gracefully and is decorated with curving and linear geometric designs. Condition is very good, especially considering its enormous size. A single stress crack, that went from the outer edge toward the center has been restored along with very minor paint touch ups. Otherwise it is intact and original. Some light paint loss and deposits overall, as would be expected. The plate is displayed on a custom metal stand which is included as shown. The plate is 16" in diameter and approx. 2.5" deep. Approx. 17" tall on the stand.

The tripod is quite amazing. The upper bowl is identical in form to the plate, flat bottom and widely flared rim. As with the plate, the central image is that of the Tlaloc - Rain God deity. The sides are decorated with complex geometric patterns that are similar, but different from the plate. The bowl sits on three massive legs that are in the form of stylized jaguar heads. Each jaguar head has circular openings facing inward and pairs of elongated oval (slots) near the top. They have large eyes and noses along with open-work mouths showing teeth. The tripod legs may have once contained rattle balls, now missing. In good condition. Assembled from ten (10) large pieces with a few small losses replaced. The break lines have been restored and the paint lightly touched up. Minor surface wear and paint loss along with deposits from burial. The tripod is approx. 14.5" in diameter and is approx. 10.5" tall.

Provenance: From the collection of L. Prichett - Jacksonville, Florida who purchased them from the previous owner, Hartwell Kennard of McAllen, Texas in 1972.

For additional information on the Tlaloc motif see the following publications: "The Art of Costa Rica" Pre-Columbian Painted and Sculpted Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection, "Between Continents - Between Seas" Pre-Columbian Art of Costa Rica from the Detroit Institute of Arts and Rebecca Stone-Miller's "Seeing With New Eyes" Art of the Ancient Americas from the Michael C. Carlos Museum Collection, Atlanta Georgia.

$3000 for both pieces. These must remain together and will not be sold separately.

Chimu Inca Erotic Monkeys Blackware Pottery Vessel Chimu-Inca Erotic Vessel — Peru

1250 AD - 1450 AD

A late Chimu, early Inca (Inka) blackware erotic vessel depicting a pair of copulating monkeys. The monkeys are realistically sculpted and nicely detailed. The surface is highly burnished blackware and has a straight spout, typical of the period. Ample mineral and earthen deposits are present overall. In good condition. The upper part of the spout has been restored, otherwise it is intact and original. Some light surface erosion, mainly on the ears and along the bottom. Also has a few hairline age cracks, but overall the vessel is stable and complete. A fine example and a rare form. Substantial in size and larger than most of this type. Ex. Charlotte, NC private collection.

Approx. 7" tall x 7.5" long.

$475

Costa Rican Stone Celts Chisels Axes Scrapers Tools Stone Celts & Tools — Costa Rica

800 AD - 1200 AD

A collection of nine (9) stone tools from Costa Rica's Nicoya Zone. All carved from hard-stone of various types and colors. The group contains celt forms, chisels, axes and scrapers. The colors range from light blue-greens, browns-tans and gray-blacks. In fair to good condition. A few are quite nice and nearly complete. All have chips and losses to some degree. Several show moderate to heavy edge chipping and losses. All show wear and signs of extensive use. Each has light to moderate deposits consistent with age. A nice selection of ancient utilitarian stone tools.

Ex. R. Murray of Georgia. Originally collected in the early 1970s.

Sizes range from 2.25" to 5" long.

$350 for all nine. Not sold individually.

Costa Rican Pottery Pestles Grinding Tools Figural Pestles — Costa Rica

400 AD - 800 AD

Three rare pottery pestles from Costa Rica's Atlantic Watershed Region. These hand-held pestles (crushing/grinding tools) were used in the preparation of foods, medicines and pigments. Each depicts a squatting figure sitting atop a pedestal base. Shown with hands on the knees and pierced button eyes. The larger two are blackware, the smaller is orangeware with some fire clouding. All are in very good condition; intact with some minor surface wear and light deposits. Ex. R. Murray collection. Originally acquired in the early 1970s.

Sizes range from 3" to 3.75" tall.

Pestle #1 (left) has been SOLD. The 2 remaining are $200 each or $350 for both.

Wari Huari Pottery Polychrome Bird Bowl Vessel Wari Polychrome Bowl — Peru

600 AD - 900 AD

A large Wari (Huari) flared bowl from ancient Peru. Beautifully painted in a variety of vibrant colors. Divided into four panels, each decorated with a stylized bird motif along with other geometric designs. The interior is in an orange-red slip. Condition is good. Two shards reattached at the rim with restored break lines and some light paint touch ups. Moderate surface erosion, mostly on the bottom and along the interior rim. A well executed and classic example of Wari artistry. It is substantial in size and displays dramatically. Ex. T. Ferguson collection of Pennsylvania.

Just over 10" across x 5.5" tall.

$950

Jama Coaque Jamacoaque Olla Pottery Storage Vessel Jamacoaque Pottery Olla — Ecuador

300 AD - 600 AD

A gigantic Jama Coaque pottery olla dating to their Late Cutural Horizon. The Jamacoaque culture centered around the Manaba Province along the Pacific coast of ancient Ecuador. This massive vessel was likely used for food or water storage or in the fermentation of corn beer known as "chicha de jora". The vessel is rounded in form and has two large, realistically sculpted, saurian-type creatures decorating either side of the top opening. The elongated snout indicates these are most certainly representations of caimans or possibly alligators. Constructed of light orange-tan terracotta, typical of Jama pottery. The lid which covers the opening is probably not original to the piece, but was acquired from the same collection. The lid fits well, looks nice and is included. The vessel can be displayed without the lid if desired. The surface shows considerable root marks and moderate to heavy deposits. There are a few areas of fire clouding as would be expected in a vessel of this size. An extremely elegant and aesthetically pleasing form that displays beautifully on the custom metal display stand which is included as shown. Overall condition is fair. Assembled from approximately fifteen (15) original pieces with breaklines restored. The top rim opening has also been restored approx. 2" to 3" from the edge. The lid has a single restored crack and one edge chip restored. Several small chips remain along the outer edge of the lid. Considering the massive size of this vessel, the condition is quite good. It is nicely restored and appears intact. Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia. Originally acquired by Mr. Murray while working that region in early 1970s.

Approx. 18" across x 16" tall. Approx. 60" in circumference

NOTE: This item is for pick-up only. Shipping a piece this large would be risky. I would much prefer it be picked up, although I would consider delivery within a reasonable distance.

$1600

Maya Mayan Polychrome Jaguar Water Lily Jaguar Plate Vessels Maya Jaguar Plate — Mexico

450 AD - 750 AD

A rare and exceptional Maya plate from Chipas, Mexico. The outer boarder shows stylized glyphs and centipedes. The central image is a depiction of the Maya mythological God, 'Water Lily Jaguar'. A personification of God III (G3) from the Palenque Triad. An entity that represents the underworld sun or 'The Sun of the Region of the Dead'. As is common, Water Lily Jaguar is shown with mouth protrusions; the tongue and in this case a version of the 'flame and smoke curl' symbol. The other important feature is the feathered headdress that gracefully frames the head of the jaguar and gives the composition harmony and a sense of movement. A powerful image! The underside is undecorated and has a low footed ring base. Condition is fair to good. Assembled from five large original pieces with visible break lines. An ancient kill hole near the center remains. Due to erosion and pitting, the middle of the plate has moderate paint enhancements and is more heavily enhanced toward the center. Ample mineral deposits, dendrites and root marks overall. A large and beautiful artifact that displays dramatically on the custom metal display stand, included as shown. Ex. G. Conaway of Oregon.

See page 632, photo 447 of Rizzoli's "Maya" for additional information and a similar example of this iconography.

Approx 13" in diameter. Approx. 14.5" tall on the stand.

$2500

Costa Rican Spider-leg Rattle Chocolate Pot Tripod Vessels Diquis Tripod Vessels — Costa Rica

Two Costa Rican tripod vessels from the Diquis region, circa 300 AD - 700 AD. Both with rows of applied and incised designs. The legs are decorated with stylized zoomorphic figures. The hollow legs contain numerous rattle balls. Ex. R. Murray Collection of Georgia.

Tripod 1 (left) - Orange terracotta with areas of fire clouding. The tips of the legs are restored; otherwise intact. Approx. 6.5" tall x 6" across.

Tripod 2 (right) - Tan (buff) terracotta with some fire clouding. Small rim chip restored; otherwise intact. Approx 6.75" tall x 5" across.

$250 each or $450 for both.

Bahia Blackware Figural Bottle Vessels Bahia Figural Vessels — Ecuador

100 AD - 500 AD

Three Bahia vessels from the Coastal Manabi Province, Ecuador. Typical of the type, all have bulbous bodies, low footed bases and sculpted relief faces. Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Vessel #1, Left - Tapered and stepped body with a large head and pierced nose. Condition is good. Repaired breaks around the neck and head, with minor losses replaced on the head. One ear replaced. Approx. 9" tall.

Vessel #2, Center (top) - Incised linear and scroll designs around the upper shoulder. Condition is good. Minor stress cracks on the lower body otherwise intact. Approx. 7" tall.

Vessel #3, Right - Incised sunburst design around the upper shoulder. Condition is good. Restored neck break and restored stress cracks on the lower body. Approx. 8.5" tall.

$300 each or $750 for all three

Moche Seated Captive Prisoner Stirrup Vessel Moche Prisoner Stirrup Vessel — Peru

200 AD - 450 AD

A nice Moche Phase III stirrup vessel from ancient Peru. It depicts a finely sculpted, naked seated male with a rope around his neck; a captured warrior soon to be sacrificed. One hand rests on the knee, the other hand is outstretched in a submissive gesture, as if pleading for food or water. A well executed example with bright orange-red slip covering the figure along with tan colored details and stirrup handle. Black vertical lines around the nose, mouth and chin represent ritual tattooing. As is typical in Moche art, captive prisoners are stripped of their warrior's regalia, weapons, jewelry, etc. and tied with rope at the neck. Condition is very good. The stirrup handle has been reattached with break lines restored. Two fingers and the thumb are restored, but displays well and appears choice. Nicely burnished overall with light deposits and minor surface wear, consistent with age. A fine and rare example.

Ex. Seattle, WA estate collection.

Approx. 8.25" tall x 5.5" across. 8" deep, front to back.

SOLD

West Mexican Seated Shaman Figures with Peyote Michoacan Jalisco Seated Shaman Figures — West Mexico

Two extremely rare seated Shaman figures from Western Mexico. Both are adorned with peyote mushrooms. Each comes with a custom metal display stand as shown.

Figure #1, Left - Jalisco shaman, circa 100 BC - 250 AD.
The seated figure is realistically sculpted showing his arms folded and resting on his knees. He wears earspools and a headwrap with two peyote buttons on top. The surface has considerable white stucco remaining and nice deposits. In very good condition. One leg break and a neck break have been restored, otherwise intact. A fine example. Ex. Southern California private estate collection.

Approx. 4" tall. 5" tall on the stand. $500

Figure #2, Right - Michoacan shaman, circa 400 BC - 100 BC.
It depicts a shaman seated on a palanquin (throne). He is shown wearing elaborate regalia, a broad collar necklace, multi-layered headdress with a bird on the back and ear spools in the form of peyote buttons. Both hands rest on the knees. In one hand he holds an additional peyote button. Much of the original red cinnabar paint remains and ample deposits are present. In good condition with only minor restoration. One ear spool restored, the toes of both feet and a few feather tips on the headdress have also been restored. An exceptional example with excellent provenance. Museum deaccession from the California Academy of Sciences.

Approx. 4" tall. 5" tall on the stand. $650

Priced individually, or $1000 for both.

Colima redware Phytomorphic Cactus Olla Vessel Colima Cactus Vessel — West Mexico

100 BC - 250 AD

A medium-large redware phytomorphic vessel from the Colima region of ancient West Mexico. This olla-form vessel is a stylized cactus showing a wide band of raised ribs and nodes sculpted around the midsection. The bottom is flat. The body is rounded, angles sharply at the shoulder and tapers toward the neck, then flares gently to a wide spout. The nicely burnished surface is a deep red, typical of Colima pottery from this period. Shows ample manganese and mineral deposits overall, heavy in some areas. Condition is very good. The outer edge of the spout rim has been restored in several places, otherwise completely intact and original. A fine example.

Ex. G. Conaway collection of Oregon.

Approx 6.25" tall X 8" across.

$625

Moche Fineline Chachero Corn-popper Dipper Vessel Moche Fineline Canchero — Peru

350 AD - 600 AD

A Moche Canchero from Peru. Sometimes referred to as corn-poppers based on their form, they were actually used as ceremonial water dippers by the ancient Moche. This example is beautifully painted using the fine-line method in shades of red against a tan/cream background. The painted design depicts a spiraling row of fifteen running foxes. The foxes appear to be playfully chasing one another toward the center. The handle is a tapered cone that is thought to represent a horn. Condition is fair. Assembled from numerous original pieces with restored break lines and paint touch ups. Displays nicely on a custom metal display stand which is included. Ex. New Mexico private collection.

Approx. 10" tall x 6" across. Approx. 11" tall on the stand.

$650

Ica Valley Aryballo Aribalo Storage Vessel Ica Polychrome Aribalo — Peru

1100 AD - 1400 AD

A very large and rare Ica aribalo (aryballo) from ancient Peru. The Ica are one of the lesser known ancient Peruvian cultures. They were a sea-faring people who lived mainly in coastal areas, more specifically the Ica Valley of southern coastal Peru. The Ica were eventually conquered by the Inca. Large aryballo vessels such as this were used for transporting and storage of water and other liquids such as "chicha de jora"; fermented corn beer. The aribalo were carried on the back by means of a woven cloth strap (tumpline) which was held across the bearer's forehead. This example has a beautiful orange surface with a decorative band of triangular geometric patterns across the front. The tall flared spout with two pierced lugs just under the upper rim would have likely secured a lid. There are two large loop handles on each side and a bird head adorno above the painted band. Overall in very good condition. Several restored breaks near the bottom. Areas of the rim and one handle are restored as well. Nice paint and a lightly burnished surface with some deposits and light pitting. Several areas of fire-clouding, mainly on the back. A fine example that displays beautifully on the metal display stand which is included. Ex. Texas private collection, acquired at auction.

Approx. 12.5" tall x 10" across. 13.5" tall with the stand.

SOLD

Chimu Blackware Phytomorphic Melons Fruit Stirrup Vessel Chimu Phytomorphic Stirrup Vessel — Peru

1100 AD - 1400 AD

A large and exceptional Chimu blackware phytomorphic stirrup vessel from ancient Peru. This example features four conjoined spheres representing a type of fruit (melons) or a variety of vegetable. Atop the melons is a wide, arching stirrup handle that is slightly flattened (squared) on the sides. The spout is tall and straight. At the base of the handle are two bird adornos, likely representing parrots. At the base of the spout is an adorable monkey adorno that is realistically sculpted in fine detail. Nicely burnished blackware surface with minor fire clouding on one sphere. Shows ample earthen and mineral deposits overall. Condition is very good. The top of the spout has been restored along with of the bird adornos being restored, otherwise intact and original. An attractive example that is substantial in size. Well made and is an unusual form and a rare type.

Ex. Florida estate collection.

Just over 9" tall X 7" across.

SOLD


Pre-Columbian Moche Pottery Trumpet Moche Trumpet — Peru

400 AD - 700 AD

A nice Moche pottery trumpet from ancient Peru, dating to Phase IV. Constructed of buff gray-tan terracotta. The long, hollow tubular body is curved (looped) at the top, ending with the mouth-piece. The bottom tapers gently and is slightly flared at the end. The trumpet is decorated with a finely detailed standing figure, sculpted in high relief. The figure wears a turban type headwrap and is shown playing a four-note antara (panflute). Condition is very good. A single restored break just below the mouthpiece, otherwise intact and original. An attractive example with light to moderate mineral deposits overall. Displays beautifully on the custom metal display stand that is included as shown.

Ex. A. Traugott of Florida. Ex. Gallatin, Tennessee private collection.

Trumpet is approx 11" long. Approx 12" tall on the stand.

$550


Pre-Columbian Maya Pottery Swimmers Bowl Maya 'Swimmers' Bowl — El Salvador

550 AD - 900 AD

Large Maya swimmers bowl from El Salvador dating to the Classic Period. The nicely burnished surface is polychrome painted inside and out with shades of red, orange and black over an orange-cream background. Exterior has a lower band of two prone figures which represent the "Hero Twins", Hunahpu and Xbalanque on their journey through Xibalba, the Maya Underworld. A band of Copador glyphs around the top, just below the rim is know as the "Primary Standard Sequence". The interior has a band of repeating glyphs and concentric circles. Overall in very good condition, a single crack in the side wall that extended to the bottom has been restored, otherwise intact and original. A few minor scrapes, dings, slight color fading as would be expected and is consistent with age. Deposits are present overall, but more so on the interior. A nice example!

Ex. A. Traugott of Florida, Ex. Tribal Gatherings Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

Just over 8" across X 3" tall

$525


Chavin Peppers Bottle Pottery Vessel Chavin Bottle — Peru

600 BC - 200 BC

A lovely Chavin single-spout bottle from ancient Peru. The surface is covered in an orange slip along with areas of buff terracotta with incised texturing. The bottom is rounded slightly, main body is ovoid and the tall spout tapers before flaring gently at the top. An elegant form. At the base of the neck are four realistically sculpted pepinos (a vegetable native to Peru, similar to a cucumber). The pepinos are hollow and have vertical incising. The stems are attached at the neck and the pepinos are attached to the sides of the vessel. Between each pepino are four nicely incised images of the 'Fanged God'. The fanged jaguar deity is among the most important cult images of the Chavin culture. In fair to good condition. A two-inch square area at the bottom of the vessel and a portion of the spout rim have been restored. Two of the pepinos have been reattached and the break lines restored. A fine example with great iconography from Peru's earliest major culture. Custom display stand is included.

Provenance: Ex. T. Putty of Godfrey, IL. Ex. A. Traugott of FL.

Approx. 8.5" tall. Approx 9.5" tall on the stand

SOLD

West Mexico Chupicuaro Tripod Pottery Bowl Vessel Small Chupicuaro Rattle Tripod — Mexico

300 BC - 100 BC

A Chupicuaro tripod rattle vessel. Bi-chrome painted in red and cream with three sets of chevrons radiating outward from the center along with pairs of wavy lines. The shallow bowl sits on three pointy, hollow legs containing rattles. In fair condition. A three-inch section of the rim has been restored along with one leg. A small, but well executed example. Ex. K. Reyes collection of Indio, CA.

Approx 5.5" across x 1.75" tall.

$200

West Mexico Jalisco Blackware Pottery Bowl Vessel Jalisco Blackware Bowl — West Mexico

100 BC - 250 AD

An attractive Jalisco blackware pottery bowl. Rounded bottom and sides curving inward sharply at the shoulder. At the rim are four raised nodes separated by linear recesses. Nicely burnished exterior surface, light mineral deposits and considerable root marks inside and out. In fair to good condition. Assembled from three large original pieces and two small v-shape pieces reattached in the rim. The break lines, a small rim chip and some minor losses have been restored. Museum deaccession. Custom display stand included.

Provenance: Ex. Walton Cultural Arts Center, Fayetteville, AK, in collaboration with the Sam Walton Family, The University of Arkansas and the City of Fayetteville. Originally acquired from J.F. Starr, 1968.

Approx 8.5" across x 3.5" tall. Appox. 4.5" tall on the stand.

$350

Pre Columbian Costa Rica Nicoya Pottery Polychrome Dancing Monkey Deity God Bowl Vessel Nicoya Bowl with Monkey — Costa Rica

1100 AD - 1500 AD

A nice Nicoya pottery dish with a rare depiction of the "Dancing Monkey Deity". The shallow bowl is polychrome painted with red and black on an orange background. The Monkey God is boldly shown in the interior. The exterior has wide bands of red and smaller black lines circling the outer rim. In fair to good condition. Assembled from four original pieces and the break lines restored along with some light paint touch ups. Deposits and root marks present, mostly on the underside. Displays well on the custom metal stand which is included as shown.

Ex. L. Prichett collection of Florida. Originally acquired in 1972 from Hartwell Kennard of McAllen, Texas.

Approx. 6.5" across

$300

Pre-Columbian Maya Monumantal Tripod Cylinder Redware Bowl Vessel Monumental Maya Tripod Cylinder — Guatemala

250 AD - 600 AD

A huge Maya tripod cylinder vessel dating the the Early Classic Period. The elegant form shows strong Teotihuacan influence. The sides are nearly vertical and flare slightly at the rim. Large, hollow ball-shaped feet are slotted diagonally. The exterior surface is a nicely burnished with a deep orange-red slip. In exceptional condition for a vessel of this size. One crack in the side wall has been stabilized. There is one smaller hairline crack and several rim chips, otherwise completely and remarkably intact. Some light surface wear, minor scrapes and dings, all consistent with age. Ample deposits and root marks present. All original with no restoration. An amazing example and rarely seen in this monumental size. Ex. Florida private collection.

Approx. 10" tall x 12.5" across.

$2400

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Bird Pottery Vessel Diquis Bird Vessel — Costa Rica - Panama

1000 AD - 1500 AD

An adorable bird vessel from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama (Diquis Zone) dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. Well sculpted in the form of a stylized bird with wings in high relief tucked to the sides. On top is a nicely detailed head showing a long curving beak, likely depicting a native horn-bill variety. Polychrome painted in white and black against red and orange. In very good condition. The beak is partially restorted and two small rim chips restored with minor paint touch ups, but generally intact and original. Light paint loss, surface wear and deposits present. A very cute piece!

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Approx. 4.5" tall x 4" long.

$175

Pre-Columbian Veracruz Vera Cruz Zapotec Zoomorphic Figural Animal Vessel Vera Cruz Zoomorphic Vessel — Mexico

300 AD - 600 AD

An unusual Veracruz figural effigy vessel showing strong Zapotec influence. From the region known as the Mixtequilla area of Veracruz, just north of the state of Oaxaca. This area is (culturally) a crossroad between the Veracruz Gulf Coast region, the central plateau of the Valley of Mexico, and the highland of Oaxaca. An area known for its Classic Period clay figures, El Zapotal and the Mixtequilla zone is where archaeologists divide the Central and Southern Gulf Coast Lowlands. It depicts a crouching animal with 'hands' resting on its knees. The snout is long and the mouth is open, baring its teeth. It wears large ear spools, tall head-crest, twisted rope-like nose ridge and sandals on its feet. Across the chest is a large oval pectoral with a carved serpent-glyph motif. At the back is a cylindrical vessel with an elongated spout for pouring. The creature depicted is likely a coatimundi or peccary, but also appears rodent-like, even bat-like. It could be a combination of several types of animals. Composite zoomorphic sculptures are often seen in the rich iconography of this part of Mesoamerica. Buff terracotta construction with minor fire clouding and moderate to heavy deposits present. In good condition. One foot restored, one ear spool partially restored along with a few other minor losses replaced. The vessel has two rim shards (at the spout) reattached and break lines restored. Overall an exceptional example and a very rare type.

Ex. Walter Foxworth estate of Dallas, Texas

Approx. 8.25" long x 6.5" wide x 6" tall.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Maya Polychrome Glyph Bowl Vessel Maya Polychrome Glyph Bowl — El Salvador

400 AD - 700 AD

A lovely Maya glyph bowl dating to the Classic Period. Rounded sides and elegant form, nicely painted with rectangular bars in alternating colors around the bottom. The central band is a stylized step fret design know as a 'blood-curl.' The top register has six chiefs' heads in profile, aka 'speaking glyphs.' Between the heads are dots and bars representing numbers or dates. Beautifully painted in vibrant shades of red, orange and black against a cream ground. In good condition. Two rim shards reattached and two hairline rim cracks restored along with minor paint touch ups. An attractive example. Ex. Tribal Gatherings Gallery, Tucson, AZ.

Approx. 4.25" tall x 6.25" across.

$600

Lambayeque Double-chamber Figural Pottery Stirrup Vessel Lambayeque Figural Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1300 AD

A large and unusual Lambayeque figural vessel from ancient Peru. This unique example features two conjoined heads, each facing outward. An arched strap handle connects the two chambers and a second strap attaches to the long spout that emerges from one chamber. The surface is a deep orange-red and has black and cream painted decoration. Condition is good. The spout and the spout's 'handle' are partially restored, otherwise intact. Some stable hairline surface cracking, moderate deposits and light surface wear overall. An extremely rare type. Included is a custom display stand that consists of two joined rings and an armature to support the spout.
Ex. Ohio University Museum collection.

Approx. 11.25" across x 8" tall.

$800

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

300 BC - 400 AD

A large Jama Coaque female figure from ancient Ecuador. This 'Chone Type' figure is wearing elaborate regalia and jewelry assemblages which indicates she is a person of great importance; a shaman or of the ruling elite. Certainly this individual is of high-ranking social status. Standing with arms to her sides with palms facing forward as is typical of the type. Her clothing is decorated with incised lines; multiple arm and wrist bands. She wears ear and nose ornaments along with a chin plug (labret), a wide multi-layered necklace and pectoral. The headdress is incised across the forehead and has long side extensions that flow down to the shoulders. The headdress is adorned with coffee beans and a large horn at the top, thought to represent a shell. Buff terracotta construction with orange and tan paint. There are moderate amounts of teal pigment remaining in the incised crevices. In near perfect condition with only the tip of the shell head-crest restored. Light surface wear, minor fire clouding, deposits and earthen encrustation present. Overall an exceptional example and of substantial size. Custom metal display stand is included as shown.

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Just under 12" tall x 6.5" wide.

SOLD

Pre Columbian Costa Rica Nicoya Seated Pottery Polychrome Figure Nicoya Polychrome Figure — Costa Rica

1200 AD - 1500 AD

A nicely painted Nicoya figure from ancient Costa Rica. It depicts a seated figure with hands resting on the knees, polychrome painted with linear designs in shades of red and brown against a cream ground. The eyes, nose and mouth are in high relief along with large circular ear spools. The hollow body is unusual with a wide opening between the legs and open at the top and at the base. The openwork construction could indicate it was used as an incensario topper (chimney). In fair to good condition. One arm restored. Also, one eye and the nose were chipped and have been restored. Some minor paint touch ups but appears intact and displays well.

Ex. L. Prichett collection of Florida. Originally acquired in 1972 from Hartwell Kennard of McAllen, Texas.

Approx. 5" tall x 3.75" across

$275

Nazca Polychrome Geometric Step-Fret Pottery Bowl Nazca Geometric Bowl — Peru

100 AD - 400 AD

A Nazca pottery bowl with geometric designs. Nicely painted all around with a step-fret motif in shades of gold, orange and purple; outlined in white against a black background. Repeating step motifs were used in the decoration of Andean ceramics as far back as the Cupisnique period and are interpreted as stylized representations of mountains, temples, or thrones. Condition is fair. Assembled from approximately ten original pieces with break lines restored, but appears intact and displays well. Ex. Tennessee private collection.

Approx. 7.25" across x 3.5" tall.

$250

Pre-Columbian Ecuador Guangala Pottery Figure Guangala Standing Figure — Ecuador

500 BC - 100 AD

A large Guangala figure from the ancient Ecuadorian provinces of Manabi and Guayas. It depicts a standing male with one hand resting on his stomach and the other on his phallus. Guangala male figures are often shown naked and are adorned with jewelry assemblages. This example is shown with a broad necklace, nose ornament and multiple ear ornaments. The figure is hollow and the burnished surface is a orange-tan color with earthen encrustations in the crevices along with other deposits. Condition is quite good. The head and one leg have been reattached with restored break lines, otherwise intact and original. A nice example and is substantial in size. Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Note: The figure will not stand on its own. A custom metal display stand can be fabricated for minimal added cost if desired.

See Klein and Cevallos "Ecuador - The Secret Art of Pre Columbian Ecuador" for additional scholarly information on ancient Guangala art and culture.

Approx. 11" tall x 3.25" wide

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Manabi Ecuador Birds Group Trio Manabi Birds Rattle — Ecuador

300 BC - 300 AD

An unusual avian motif pottery rattle sculpture from the Manabi Province of ancient Ecuador. It depicts three birds perched upon conjoined spheres. Two of the birds are touching beaks. Burnished redware surface with a few areas of fire clouding. Inside are numerous rattle balls. In fine condition. Intact with no cracks, breaks or repairs. Has some light erosion on the the birds' heads. A very rare example.

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Approx. 5.25" tall x 6" across

$375


Ancient Mexico Vera Cruz Veracruz Sonriente Smiling Rattle Whistle Figure Veracruz Sonriente Rattle/Whistle Figure — Mexico

600 AD - 900 AD

A lovely Sonriente 'smiling' (rattle & whistle) figure from the Gulf Coast, Vera Cruz region of Mexico. As is typical, it depicts a standing youth with arms raised. The figure is beautifully sculpted and has an expressive face; smiling widely with exposed teeth and almond shaped eyes. Elaborately adorned with circular ear spools, beaded necklace, headdress, chest wrap and skirt. The skirt is relief carved with a complex 'pseudo glyph' design. The figure contains rattle balls and a working whistle. The whistle has a nice, clear tone. Having both a whistle and rattles is a rare feature. There are considerable amounts of white stucco overall along with some scattered blue pigment remaining in the crevices. Condition is near choice. A small chip on the lower corner of the skirt extension, otherwise completely intact and original with no cracks, breaks, repairs or restoration. Light surface weathering and deposits as would be expected and are consistent with age and extended burial. A fine example with exceptional details. The custom metal display stand is included.

See "Ceremonial Sculpture of Ancient Vera Cruz" from Long Island University for similar examples and additional scholarly information.

Ex. R. Oswalt collection of Arizona.

Approx. 7" tall x 5" across. Approx 7.5" tall on the stand.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian West Mexico Nayarit Fine-line Olla Vessel Nayarit Fineline Olla — West Mexico

100 BC - 250 AD

A well made Nayarit olla with fine-line decoration. This very thin-walled vessel shows expert craftsmanship; exceptional construction and is nicely painted with red linear designs against a golden yellow ground. Condition is very good, near excellent with a small hairline crack and minor rim chips restored. Scattered deposits and some very light surface wear. Overall, a superior example.

Ex. Alan R. Sawyer collection.

Approx. 3.5" tall x 5" across

$225


Pre-Columbian Ecuador Manteno Figural Tripod Vessel Manteno Figural Tripod Vessel — Ecuador

1000 AD - 1500 AD

A large and exceptional Manteno figural tripod vessel from Pre-Columbian Ecuador. Constructed of gray terracotta clay with areas of brown burnished surfacing. The rounded spherical lower chamber sits on pointy, cone-shaped tripod legs. Around the top of the lower chamber is a band of incised decoration done in a repeating triangular pattern. Above that is a domed platform topped by a large seated figure with hands resting on his legs. The top of the figures head is open and serves as a pouring spout. The figure is nicely adorned with elaborate ear spools and bracelets. His face is expressive with pointed chin and elongated coffee bean eyes. Condition is excellent. Completely intact and original with no repairs or restoration. Some light surface wear, scrapes and minor imperfections as would be expected. It has never been overly cleaned and still shows ample deposits along with earthen encrustation in the crevices. Overall a great example, quite large and a rare type.

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

See Klein and Cevallos "Ecuador - The Secret Art of Pre Columbian Ecuador" for additional scholarly information on ancient Manteno art and culture.

Just over 11" tall x 6" across

$1400


Pre Columbian Costa Rican Tripod Vessels Two Tripod Vessels — Costa Rica

300 AD - 700 AD

Tripod vessels from the Atlantic Watershed region of Costa Rica. These are often referred to as Chocolate Pots or Cocoa Cups. Both are of similar construction; buff terracotta partially covered with red burnished slip. Each has a rounded bowl, loop handles and tripod legs decorated with incised appliques. The legs are solid with no rattles. In good condition. The larger has some rim repairs and two legs reattached with restored breaks. The smaller tripod is intact with light erosion and paint loss.

Both are ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Larger is approx. 6" tall x 5" across. Smaller is approx. 3.5" x 3".

$300 for both.


Pre Columbian Miniatures Collection Figures Vessels Miniatures Collection — Various Cultures

500 BC - 1500 AD

NOTE: Six additional miniatures have been added to this listing.

An amazing collection of 21 (twenty-one) Pre-Columbian miniatures. The collection includes vessels, human and animal figures, a tiny mace head and three working whistles . A very diverse grouping with examples ranging from the early cultures of Mexico, down through Central America to later cultures of Peru. Sizes range from very small to tiny with various types of surfaces; polychromes, blackwares, red and orange wares, etc. Nearly all Pre-Columbian cultures were known to create miniatures, but a collection as extensive as this is rarely seen. Condition is quite good. Some have minor chips, dings and paint loss, but all are generally intact. Only four have had minor restoration.

Acquired over many years from numerous sources. Additional provenance and info (specific cultures and dates) on each piece will be provided to the buyer.

Sizes from approx. 1.25" tall to 2.25" tall

$1850


Wari Huari Bird Kero Vessel Wari Kero — Peru

650 AD - 800 AD

A nice Wari (Huari) vessel from ancient Peru. This form is know as a kero and were used as drinking vessels, typically for 'chicha', a type of fermented corn beer. Both sides are boldly painted with stylized birds in flight; executed in dark purple, black and cream against an orange background. In good condition. Some surface pitting has been filled and moderate paint touch ups on the exterior. The interior shows medium to heavy deposits and some light pitting (spalling) mostly near the bottom.

Ex. Tennessee private collection.

Approx. 4.5" tall x 5.5" across

$375


Lambayeqye Naymlap Blackware Vessel Lambayeque Naymlap Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1350 AD

A fine 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. He is identified as having a human face with slanted eyes and tattoos. 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. He is seen here flanked by two prone figures representing his descendants; known as the "children of Naymlap". The vessel sits atop a footed base and has a wide strap handle. A frog adorno is on the upper crest of the handle. Condition is quite good, a hole in the back (under the handle) and rediating cracks have been restored otherwise intact. The nicely burnished blackware surface shows light deposits and strong root marks and trails.

Ex. M. Avila collection of Florida.

Approx. 7" tall x 5" across

$400


Pre-Columbian Ecuador Manteno Grayware Pottery Olla Vessel Manteno Grayware Olla — Ecuador

1000 AD - 1400 AD

A Manteno grayware pottery vessel from ancient Ecuador. The rounded olla has a flared spout and a head emerging from the side that appears to be a stingray or possibly a stylized human face. A wide band of incised geometric forms decorate the midsection and up the back. The light gray surface shows moderate deposits inside and out. In near choice condition with small rim chips, minor scapes and dings otherwise intact and original. Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Approx. 6" across x 5" tall.

$325

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Censer Incensario Costa Rican Censer — Central America

1000 AD - 1500 AD

A rare Costa Rican censer from the Atlantic Watershed - Central Highlands Zone dating to Period IV. This type of incensario with a slightly concave, flatish bowl and extended handle are sometimes referred to as 'frying-pan' censers. Their purpose was ceremonial. Used for the burning of incense during specific rituals or ceremonial events. The circular plate (incense platform) is a deep red color with a highly burnished surface. A wide unpainted band outlined with black lines goes through the center of the plate. A wide, flat handle on one side has a hole near the end for suspension. The handle is decorated with a zoomorphic adorno which appeas as a spotted lizard, possibly an alligator. Across from the handle, near the edge of the plate, is an additional adorno showing a nicely detailed human seated figure with hands resting on the knees. The center of the plate is scorched; blackened from use in ancient times. Condition is near excellent. The handle has been reattached and the break restored, otherwise completely intact and original. A few scrapes, surface imperfections and deposits consistent with age and use. An exceptional artifact that displays beautifully on the custom metal stand which is included. Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

See page 246 of "The Art of Costa Rica from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection" for a similar example.

Approx. 10" long x 7" wide. Just under 12" tall on the stand.

$650

Tarrago Bisque Ware Olla Vessels Three Tarrago Bisque Ollas — Costa Rica - Panama

1000 AD - 1500 AD

A trio of large Tarrago olla-form vessels from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama (Diquis Zone) dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. Well made and thin walled examples of buff (unpainted) terracotta "bisque ware" pottery, typical of that region. All are round, spherical shapes and are decorated with two small zoomorphic adornos. The spouts vary in form. In good condition. All have minor restoration, mostly rim chips and small cracks restored, but are generally intact and original. Light surface deposits present on all three. Each is on a custom metal tripod stand and display beautifully as a group. Stands are 2", 4" & 6" in heights. Ex. R. Murray collection.

Ollas are each approx. 6" in diameter x 5.5" tall.

$200 each or $550 for all three

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

300 BC - 400 AD

An unusual Jama Coaque figure from ancient Ecuador. The figure wears complex regalia and jewelry assemblages and is elevated on a large rectangular platform. The raised platform and elaborate adornments indicates this individual is of high ranking social status. Almost certainly he is of a person of great importance; a shaman or of the ruling elite. Standing proudly with arms to his sides wearing a long tunic (poncho) that flares outward at the knees. His clothing is decorated with incised designs and raised concentric circles. The headdress is incised across the forehead and flows gracefully over the head and down the shoulders. He wears ear and nose ornaments along with a chin plug (labret). A wide multi-layered necklace with a large pectoral featuring a standing figure. Buff terracotta construction with orange and tan paint. Some teal pigment remaining in the incised crevices. In near perfect condition with only the tip of the nose, chin and nose ornaments replaced and some very light paint enhancements. Ample deposits and earthen encrustation present. Overall an exceptional example and a rare type.

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Approx. 8.25" tall x 5" wide at the base.

$750


Lenca Maya Figural Olla Monkey Vessels Lenca Figural Vessels — El Salvador

900 AD - 1200 AD

Two Post Classic Lenca vessels from El Salvador. These rare figural ollas are attributed to the late period, Southern Maya. Both have rounded bodies, large loop handles and figural spouts, likely representing monkeys. In very good condition with moderate paint loss and deposits, but both are intact and unbroken with no repairs or restoration. Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Larger is 7.25" x 6". Smaller is 5.5 x 5".

$600 for both


Cocle Frutera Pedestal Bowl Vessel Cocle Pedestal Bowl — Panama

600 AD - 800 AD

A Cocle terracotta pedestal bowl from ancient Panama. A flared pedestal base carved with open-work designs supports the upper bowl. In fair condition. Heavily weathered surface overall with moderate deposits and only traces of painted decoration visible. Several chips along the base, but is otherwise intact with no repairs or restoration. Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Approx. 7.5" across x 4" tall.

$175


Ancient Mexico Vera Cruz Veracruz Sonriente Smiling Figure Veracruz Sonriente — Mexico

600 AD - 900 AD

A large hollow-molded Sonriente figure from the Gulf Coast, Vera Cruz (Remojadas) region of Mexico. As is typical for this type, it depicts a standing youth with a gleeful expression. Both arms are raised, one hand holding a small rattle, the other hand is open with what appears to be a 'waving' gesture. The figure is beautifully sculpted and has an expressive face; smiling widely with exposed teeth and almond shaped eyes. Adorned with circular ear spools and a necklace of graduated disk beads. The tall headwrap features a large curling, spiral plume in high relief. A 'fabric' band across the chest and the loincloth at the waist are relief carved with complex geometric designs representing the patterns of woven textiles. Acquired from an estate collection, an old inventory number (3465) is written in ink on the back of one foot. Condition is very good. The head and both arms have been reattached with breaklines restored and the open hand has been replaced, otherwise intact and original. A few dings and scratches, light surface wear and deposits as would be expected and is consistent with age and extended burial. A fine example and larger than most of this type. Displays impressively on a custom metal stand which is included as shown.

Ex. Southern Califorina private collection.

Approx 15" tall x 10" across. Approx 16.5" tall on the stand.

$3000


Ancient Peruvian Chavin Brownware Stirrup Vessel Chavin Stirrup Vessel — Peru

1000 BC - 400 BC

An early Chavin brownware stirrup vessel from ancient Peru. A classic example of Chavin pottery with a combination of textured and smooth surface decoration. There is stippling overall with a smooth vertical band deeply incised with abstract geometric patterns. The stirrup handle is also stippled and is wrapped with raised coils. The spout is short with a slight rim as is typical of Chavin from this period. Overall in fair condition. Restored from around a dozen pieces, but this piece was not restored by me (Ancient Artifax). Although the restoration is relatively well done, the break lines are still somewhat visible. Also, there is a 1" x 1/2" area of surface loss on the handle near the spout on one side. A good example from one of Peru's earliest cultures and has great provenance. Museum deaccession with museum inventory code on the bottom.

Ex. Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. Ex. M. Dailey collection, Charlotte, NC.

Approx. 9" tall x 5.5" across

$750

Nazca Polychrome AMB Pottery Bowl Nazca Polychrome Bowl — Peru

200 AD - 400 AD

A large Nazca pottery bowl with rounded bottom with widely flared sides. Nicely painted with two anthropomorphic mythical beings. The AMB's depict the 'dart bodied' variety, executed in numerous vibrant colors. Condition is fair. Assembed from several pieces with restored break lines and a large section of the side replaced. Although moderately restored, it is approx. 70% original and appears intact. Shows minor paint loss and light deposits. An attractive piece and is substantial in size. Ex. J. Lee collection of New Mexico.

Approx. 7.5" across x 3.5" tall.

$500


Ancient Mexico Teotihuacan Orangeware Pottery Bowls Vessels Teotihuacan Orangeware Bowls — Mexico

400 AD - 650 AD

Two orangeware pottery bowls from Teotihuacan, Mexico. Both with similar designs of curved linear incising embedded with white stucco. Condition is fair to good. Each assembled from 5-6 original pieces with breaks restored and small losses replaced. Heavier deposits on the larger bowl. Ex. J. Magor collection of Chicago, IL. Collected mid-1960s. Approx. 5" x 2" and 6.25" x 2.5"

$250 for both bowls.


Ancient Peruvian Chavin Anthracite Mirror Chavin Stone Mirror — Peru

1200 BC - 1000 BC

A superb, early Chavin (most likely Pre-Chavin) stone mirror. This very rare mirror dates to the Wairajirca-Kotosh Period. It is similar to those found at the Shillacoto site in Huanuco. Made from highly polished black anthracite stone as is typical of this type of mirror. Rectangular shape with rounded corners and still retains a nice reflective surface. In near excellent condition. A piece of one corner appears to have been reattached, but it is all original with some scrapes, minor edge chipping and light wear from age and usage as would be expected. An exceptional and very early artifact. Seldom seen in today's market. Displays well on the custom metal display stand which is included as shown.

See 'Bulletin No. 3' (Chapter III) by Seiichi Izumi from Tokyo University for additional info and similar examples from the Shillacoto site in Huanuco, Peru.

Ex. Frank Tapia collection of New York.

Approx. 2.75" x 2.5". Approx. 6" tall on the stand.

$500


Ancient Peruvian Lambayeque Shaman Fruit Whistle Vessel Lambayeque Shaman Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1500 AD

A gorgeous Lambayeque whistle vessel from ancient Peru. It features a seated shaman atop four conjoined globular chambers, all painted with linear and spiral designs typical of Lambayeque pottery. The finely detailed figure is shown wearing elaborate regalia, large crescent headdress, ear spools with long tassels, tunic and loin cloth. His arms are raised in a gesture which indicates he is in an induced state of shamanic transformantion. The four chambers are in the shape of fruit. The fruits are accented with red and black stripes delicately painted over a backround of cream slip. A working whistle is built into the strap handle. The whistle is loud and has a clear tone. In near perfect condition. The tapered spout has been reattached with the break restored. Some light paint enhancements, otherwise all original and completely intact. Shows good deposits and only minor surface wear. A lovely example!

Ex. Tennessee private collection. Originally acquired in the early 1970s.

Approx. 7.25" tall x 7" across

$1250


Ancient Costa Rican Rattle Figures Two Figural Rattles — Costa Rica

400 AD - 800 AD

A pair of small terracotta rattle figures from the Atlantic Watershed Zone of Costa Rica. Both have chubby bodies with arms held to chest, impressed mouths and pierced eyes. Each is wearing a headdress, the larger also adorned with a necklace. They stand on splayed feet and contain numerous rattle balls. In nice condition. Both are intact with no cracks, breaks or repairs. The larger still retains much of its orange slip surface and traces of white pigment. The smaller has a more eroded surface with only some tan slip remaining, mostly on the lower body and legs. An adorable couple that display well together. Ex. S. California private collection.

Note: See page 217 of Paul Clifford's "Art of Costa Rica" from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection for similar examples.

Approx. 4" tall and 3" tall respectively.

$275


Ancient Aztec Mixtec Incensario Vessel Aztec - Mixtec Incensario — Mexico

1300 AD - 1500 AD

An exceptional Aztec - Mixtec ceremonial tripod censor (incensario) from Central Mexico. The bowl is pierced (open-work carved) with a diamond-shaped lattice pattern. The two legs are hollow and contain rattles. The long handle is depicted as a nicely detailed human figure laying on his back. There is blue pigment remaining on the face of the figure. Red burnished surface overall with areas of fire clouding and light deposits present. Condition is very good. There are rim repairs and both rattle legs have been reattached and the breaks restored. A rare artifact with great visual impact.

Approx. 6.5" x 3" tall

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Nayarit Gourd Pumpkin Vessel West Mexico Nayarit Gourd Vessel — West Mexico

100 BC - 250 AD

A lovely Nayarit vessel in the shape of a gourd. Nicely formed multi-lobed body with tapered base and flared spout. The red-brown burnished surface has white painted linear and banded highlights. In near excellent condition with only two small rim chips restored, else intact. Ample deposits and root marks present. An attractive piece!

Ex. Pennsylvania private collection.

Approx 5.5" across x 3.5" tall.

SOLD



Ancient Mexico Teotihuacan Brownware Pottery Tripod Vessel Teotihuacan Tripod Vessel — Mexico

300 AD - 400 AD

A medium-large Teotihuacan tripod vessel dating to the Early Xolalpan Period. A cylindrical bowl sits on three hollow, rounded legs. A wide central band of incised geometric designs decorate the exterior. The chocolate brown surface is nicely burnished inside and out. In fair condition. Assembled from around a dozen original pieces with breaks restored and some losses replaced. Minor surface wear, dings and scratches along with light deposits consistent with age. Although moderately restored, it is a lovely example.

Just under 7" across x 5" tall.

Ex. J. Magor collection of Chicago. Originally collected mid-1960s.

$675


Cocle Frutera Pedestal Bowl Vessel Cocle Frutera — Panama

600 AD - 800 AD

An attractive Cocle polychrome pedestal bowl from ancient Panama. This type of vessel, typically called a 'frutera', has a flared pedestal base topped by a deep bowl painted with complex geometric and zoomorphic designs. A rare example, the interior (tonto) is divided into three segments. Each section is separated by red, black and purple borders surrounding mythological 'dragons'. As is often seen in Cocle art, these stylized creatures combine serpent, bird and other elements. Condition is somewhat poor with moderate to heavy restoration. Assembled from numerous pieces with areas of replacement and significant amounts of paint enhancement. The interior is nicely restored. The underside is only partially restored with visible break lines. The interior of the base is unrestored (glued only). Despite having considerable repairs and restoration, it displays well on the custom metal stand which is included as shown. Please refer the the restoration services, 'Breaks' page of this website to view before and after photos of this item.

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

Approx. 10" across x 6" tall. Approx. 11.5" tall on the stand.

$525


Pre-Columbian Peru Chimu Inca Shells Vessel Chimu - Inca Shells Vessel — Peru

1100 AD - 1450 AD

An unusual Chimu - Inca blackware vessel from ancient Peru. It sits on a wide footed base and has a rounded body with stepped ridges, tall flared spout and a wide strap handle on the back. There are two shells flanking the central chamber. The main chamber is sculpted with ridges to appear as a larger shell. The shells depict 'Galatian Strombus' a native variety of sea-shell what were used by the Chimu and Inca to make ceremonial trumpets. The burnished blackware surface shows moderate deposits, mineralization and light staining from burial. In near excellent condition with only a few small spout chips restored; otherwise intact. A fine example.

Ex. T. Stardis collection of Pennsylvania.

Just under 6" across x 6" tall

$375


Pre-Columbian Chupicuaro Dog Rattle Bowl - Mexico Chupicuaro Zoomorphic Rattle Bowl — Mexico

400 BC - 100 BC

A fine ovoid pottery bowl from Mexico's Chupicuaro Valley. Beautifully painted in red and cream with linear and geometric designs. The surface is highly burnished. On one side there's a stylized dog head at the rim. A short nubbin tail is on the opposite side. The bowl sits on four conical, pierced legs each containing rattle balls. In very good condition. Several rim shards have been reattached and the breaks restored, but is all original and displays well. Appears choice and is a rare type.

Ex. Peter G. Wray, Ex. Harner collection, Ex. Robert M. Peters, Ex. Harmer Rooke Galleries, Ex. Arthur Engel collection.

Approx 6.75" across x 4.25" tall.

$650



Ancient Mexico Teotihuacan Brownware Pottery Bowls Vessels Teotihuacan Brownware Bowls — Mexico

400 AD - 650 AD

Three pottery bowls from Teotihuacan, Mexico. All are brownware terracotta and are nicely burnished. Colors vary from a rich chocolate brown to shades of dark oranges and blacks. In good condition. Each has been assembled from several original pieces with breaks restored and small losses replaced. Minor surface wear, dings and scratches along with light deposits, all consistent with age.

Bowl #1 (Top), Large, shallow bowl with small nubbin tripod feet, widely flared sides and decorated with incised scalloped (cloud) designs. 8.5" across x 3" tall - $400

Bowl #2 (Center), Large bowl with flared rim and carved, fluted (ribs) pattern all around the exterior. 8" across x 3" tall - $300

Bowl #3 (Bottom), Small bowl that sits on a footed pedestal base and with gently flared sides. An elegant form. 5.25" across x 2" tall - $200

All are Ex. J. Magor collection of Chicago, Illinois. Originally collected in the mid-1960s.

Priced individually, or $750 for all three bowls.


Pre-Columbian Nayarit Warrior Figure West Mexico Nayarit Warrior Figure — West Mexico

100 BC - 250 AD

An exceptional Nayarit pottery figure depicting a seated warrior. He sits on a two-legged stool, defiantly holding his spiked war-club in both hands. He wears multi-layered ear ornaments and a crescent-shaped nose ring. He also wears a large helmet with an incised woven pattern and topped by two horns. The redware surface is highly burnished and has faint remains of black linear decoration. Ample earthen and mineral deposits present. In very good condition. Both legs have been reattached at the knees and the break lines restored. One leg of the stool has also been reattached and the break restored. Other than the three breaks, the figure is intact and all original. A fine example that displays nicely!

For similar examples of this type see "The Shaft Tomb Figures of West Mexico" by Hasso Von Winning, pages 149 through 152.

Ex. Pennsylvania private collection.

Just under 10" tall x 4.5" across.

SOLD



Maya Mayan Jaina Pottery Rattle Figure Jaina Island - Maya Rattle Figure — Mexico

600 AD - 900 AD

A nice Classic Period Maya rattle figure from Jaina Island, gulf coast of Campeche, Mexico. A hollow-molded standing female figure with raised hands. She is adorned with elaborate regalia; wearing a headdress, ear spools, necklace with large pendant and tunic (poncho) wrapped by a wide belt. Buff terracotta construction with some white stucco remaining in the deep crevices and light earthen deposits overall. Inside the figure are numerous rattle balls. Condition is very good. One foot partially restored and a few missing fingers (ancient losses) otherwise completley intact and original. Similar examples can be seen in the book "Hidden Faces of the Maya" by Linda Schele.

Provenance: Ex. Fernandez Leventhal Gallery of New York City. Original Leventhal COA is also included. Ex. K. Godsoe collection of Canada.

Approx. 6" tall x 4" across.

$650


Pre-Columbian Ecuador Jamacoaque Female Rattle Figure Jamacoaque Rattle Figure — Ecuador

500 BC - 200 AD

Small Jamacoaque rattle figure from ancient Ecuador. She stands with hands held to her breasts. A gesture likely related to fertility. The stomach protrudes slightly, possibly indicating pregnancy. She wears an asymmetrical headdress with nodes across the forehead, nose ornament, lip plug (labret) and necklace with a large pendant. Painted with red over buff-gray terracotta along with some teal paint remaining in the crevices. The figure is hollow with rattle balls inside. In fair to good condition. Left foot reattached and the breakline restored. Headdress has been partially restored. Some light paint enhancements overall. Surface shows minor wear and paint loss with light erosion, all consistent with age. Custom metal display stand is included as shown.

Ex. C. Thomas collection of Florida.

Approx. 5" tall x 2" across. Approx. 5.25" tall on stand.

$200


Nazca Polychrome Birds Pottery Vessel Nazca Birds Vessel — Peru

200 AD - 400 AD

A lovely Nazca pottery vessel from ancient Peru. Thin walled and nicely polychrome painted with two bands of stylized birds. Vibrant colors and well executed. Condition is good. Some spalling and pitting on the exterior has been restored along with light paint enhancements, but is intact and never broken. Minor spalling and pitting on the interior along with light deposits. A fine example.

Ex. S. Inoa collection of Miami, Florida

Approx. 4" across x 4" tall.

$425



Zapotec Miniature Grayware Monte Alban Pottery Vessel Zapotec Miniature Vessel — Mexico

250 AD - 650 AD

A Pre-Classic (Phase I) Zapotec miniature vessel from the Monte Alban region of Central Mexico. Grayware terracotta with a nicely burnished surface. Flat bottom with rounded body and tapered neck topped by a large inverted rim with incised decoration and a scalloped edge. A tall, faux spout handle on one side. In good condition with some rim restoration and the tip of the handle restored, otherwise intact. Light to moderate deposits overall. There is a similar example of this type on display at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center of Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

Ex. Lynn Langdon. Ex Hank Johnson. Ex G. Alderman.

Approx. 3" across x 3" tall.

$225



Jalisco Beehive Pottery Vessel Jalisco Beehive Vessel — West Mexico

100 BC - 250 AD

An unusual Pre-Classic Period redware vessel from the Jalisco region of Western Mexico. Somewhat pear-shaped and decorated with deeply incised dots, zig-zag and linear designs. There is a large opening on the side and a small hole at the top. This type is typically referred to as a 'beehive' form, but their exact purpose is unknown. Could be a honey dipper or possibly a baby feeder, but it also functions as a whiste. It will whistle loudly by blowing across the opening, much like one would 'play' a glass soda bottle. The highly burnished orange-red surface shows calcified deposits and mineralization, heavy in some areas. In excellent condition with no cracks, breaks or chips. A fine example of a very rare type.

Ex. Lynn Langdon. Ex Hank Johnson. Ex G. Alderman.

Approx. 3" across x 3" tall.

$250


Pre-Columbian Colima Archaic Shaman Flat Figure Colima Archaic Shaman Figure — West Mexico

250 BC - 250 AD

An archaic style Shaman figure from Colima, West Mexico dating to the Late Formative Period. These early (Tico) types of flat figures, sometimes called 'gingerbread' figures are abstract in form with a pointy head and large nose. The ears are pierced. The holes are thought to have originally held feathers or other perishables, now lost to time. The head is decorated with sun-ray extensions and appliques denoting this figure as a Shaman. Condition is very good. Both arms and one leg have been reattached with breaks restored, otherwise intact and original. Lightly burnished surface with ample deposits. A fine example that displays nicely on a custom metal display stand which is included as shown.

Ex. Lynn Langdon collected pre-1960s. Ex G. Alderman collection of Georgia.

Just over 6" tall. Approx. 7" tall on the stand

$350


Pre-Columbian Classic Maya Brownware Olla Vessel Maya Brownware Squash Vessel — Guatemala

600 AD - 900 AD

A fine Maya sguash-form olla from the Tiquiste region of Guatemala, dating to the Classic Period. Rounded body with ribbed sides and a wide flared spout. Nicely burnished brownware surface with light deposits inside and out. In near excellent condition. Two very small rim chips have been restored, otherwise intact and original. Minor scrapes and dings consistent with age. A lovely example with elegant form and rich brown color.

Approx. 4.5" tall x 5" across.

$275


Pre-Columbian Colima Incensario Vessel Colima Incensario — West Mexico

250 BC - 250 AD

An early incensario from Colima, West Mexico. A four-legged platform with a hollow inverted cone on top. The unusual shape of these small incensarios are thought to represent an ancient pottery kiln or possibly a volcano effigy. Two holes near the rim were used for suspension or to secure a lid. The blackware surface is nicely burnished and shows considerable deposits and root marks. In near excellent condition. One leg reattached with the break restored. Minor rim chips restored along with some light erosion around the top. A very rare form and seldom seen type.

Ex. Lynn Langdon - collected between the 1940s and early 1960s.

Approx. 3.5" x 3.5" across x 3" tall.

$250


Pre-Columbian Pre-Classic Maya Coatimundi Vessel Maya Coatimundi Vessel — Guatemala

250 BC - 250 AD

A large Maya pottery vessel from the Kaminaljuyu region of Guatemala, dating to the Pre-Classic Period. Nicely sculpted in the form of a stylized Coatimundi with rounded body and wide, flared opening at the top. The tail on the back is hollow and served as a handle and pouring spout. The bottom is deeply concave. Coatimundi were called "chic" by the ancient Maya and are similar to the North American raccoon. They are curious and mischievous animals that were kept as household pets by the Maya and are sometimes depicted in their art. This example is constructed of buff terracotta and is in very good condition. A few restored cracks on the side and the top rim have been partially restored, otherwise it is intact and original. Very cute piece and is substantial in size.

Ex. private Texas collection.

Approx. 8.5" tall x 7" across.

$675


Chavin Harpy Eagle Bird Stirrup Vessel Chavin Harpy Eagle Stirrup Vessel — Peru

800 BC - 400 BC

An early Chavin grayware terracotta stirrup vessel in the form of a Harpy Eagle. The rounded body is topped with the bird's head. It has a sharply pointed curved beak, pierced eyes and a central ridge of plumage. Also has two raised ear-like tufts on either side of the center crest. A tapering stirrup handle with a short spout typical of the type and period. The lightly burnished gray surface has a large area of (almost black) fire-clouding. Considerable light-colored mineralization overall, heavier in the deep crevices. In near excellent condition. One spike of the central plum and one ear tuft partially restored along with a single hairline crack restored on the body of the vessel. A great example of early Chavin pottery.

Ex. Atlanta, Ga. private collection.

Approx. 9" tall x 6.5" across.

$850


Pre-Columbian Colima Coahuayana Female Figural Vessel Colima Coahuayana Female Figural Vessel — West Mexico

300 BC - 300 AD

A rare figural vessel from the Coahuayana Valley of Colima, West Mexico. The hollow vessel depicts a seated female with the right hand up to the side of her face, the left arm is down and shows ritual scarification on the shoulder. She is adorned with ear spools, a beaded necklace and arm bands/bracelets. This is a large and unusual type of Colima figure that is only found in the Coahuayana Valley region. For comparable examples of this exact type, as well as additional scholarly information, see "Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico", by Kan, Meighan & Nicholson, page 141.

In exceptional condition. Minor restoration to a very small part the figure's right eye and eyebrow, otherwise intact and original. Some very light surface wear, chipping and abrasions along with mineral deposits remaining, all consistent with age and extended burial.

Ex. Lynn Langdon collection. Collected by Langdon before 1970.

Approx. 9.25" tall x 7.5" across.

$675


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 some 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.

SOLD


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


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 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 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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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 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


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


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.

Provenance: Ex. Peter G. Wray Collection, Ex. Sotheby's - May 19, 1992 - Lot# 300, Ex J. Mendlovitz Collection of Texas, Ex. G. Alderman Collection of Georgia.

Approx. 5" tall x 8.25" long.

$1500


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


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


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 - SOLD

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



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


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


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

SOLD


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


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


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


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


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.

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.

$400 each or $750 for both. Reserved


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 valued as an edible food crop and also had medicinal properties. This vessel is nicely formed. It 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

SOLD


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


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 SOLD


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


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.

SOLD


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 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


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


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

$200



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



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


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


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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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.


Eskimo Inuit Bone Snow Goggles Alaska Eskimo Bone Snow Goggles — Alaska

19th - 20th Century

Two pair of Eskimo Bone Snow Goggles. Said to have been found by a native Inuit Eskimo on St. Lawrence Island off the coast of Alaska. Both are nicely carved from whale or walrus bone with incised linear decoration around the eyes. Exact age is unknown, but appear to have wear and an aged patina. In fine condition intact with light staining and deposits.

Pair #1 - Top, Approx. 7.5" across x 1.5"" tall
Pair #2 - Bottom, Approx. 8" across x 1.5"" tall

$250 each or $450 for both



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

SOLD



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

SOLD



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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