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

1300 AD - 1500 AD

A blackware terracotta Chimu-Inca double chamber whistle vessel. Two globular chambers connected at their sides; the back chamber has a tall spout with flared top. The front chamber has a shorter (faux) spout topped by a nicely sculpted monkey containing a hidden whistle. The monkey is finely detailed; he sits facing forward and grasping a pakay fruit in both hands. His tail curls down gracefully to the bridge handle between the two spouts. The burnished blackware surface shows light deposits and mineralization. A near choice example with only a few tiny chips restored, else intact. The working whistle has a clear tone and is very loud.

Ex. Sarmiento and Rodriguez collections, both of Miami, FL.

Approx. 8" across x 6.5" tall


Pre-Columbian Peru Moche Gourd Stirrup Vessel Moche Gourd Stirrup Vessel — Peru

400 AD - 700 AD

A fine Moche Phase IV stirrup vessel in the form of a gourd. Nicely painted with white (cream) geometric designs over an orange-red background. The body of the vessel is segmented into six sides divided by ribs sculpted in high relief. The vessel sits on a footed base and is topped by a stirrup handle and straight spout. In near excellent condition with a single small chip on the base and a few tiny spout chips. Minor paint touch-ups otherwise completely intact and original. A lovely example and is substantial in size.

Ex. M. Schmitt collection of Indiana.

Approx. 7" across x 10.5" tall


Pre-Columbian Classic Maya Blackware Carved Bowl Vessel Maya Carved Bowl — Guatemala

400 AD - 700 AD

A rare and exceptional Maya offering dish from the Motagua Valley of Guatemala. Beautifully carved in high relief with complex design elements. A thin band of date symbols just below the rim. The main band is divided into four segments, separated by linear rows. Each quadrant contains pseudo glyphs, number glyphs and mat symbols. The mat symbols denote an association with the ruling elite. It is thought that vessels like this were created to commemorate a special ceremonial event or an important date on the Maya calendar. The brownware surface is lightly burnished on the exterior with scattered root marks and earthen encrustation in the crevices. The interior is covered with roots and is heavily encrusted. In excellent condition with no cracks, breaks or chips. No repairs or restoration of any kind. Custom display stand is included as shown.

Ex. Tribal Treasures Gallery of Tucson, AZ. Ex. O. Zelenya estate of Maryland

Approx. 6.5" across. Just under 8" tall on the display stand.


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

300 BC - 400 AD

A nicely detailed Jamacoaque (Jama Coaque) whistle figure. The standing female is elaborately adorned with ear spools, labret (lip plug), beaded necklace with triangular pendant and large mammiform headdress. Both sides of the headdress contain a working whistle. Double whistles are quite rare in Jama Coaque figural art. Considerable amount of original pigment remains, with orange on the body and yellow on the face. Dendrites and other deposits along with areas of light weathering, all consistent with age. Overall in near excellent condition. One side of the headdress has been partially restored, otherwise it is completely intact and original. A fine example that displays beautifully on the custom metal stand which is included.

Approx. 8" tall x 3.25" across


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.


Pre-Columbian Colima FLutes and Nazca Antara Pan Pipes Ancient Pre-Columbian Flutes — Mexico and Peru

Left & center - Two blackware flutes from Colima, West Mexico. 250 BC - 250 AD. Both are in working order and have 4 finger holes. Custom metal display stands are included as shown. Both are approx. 9.5" long. Approx. 11" on the stands. Ex. Lynn Langdon - collected between the 1940s and early 1960s.

Flute #1 (left) - A lizard motif at the top. Two restored breaks, otherwise intact - $250

Flute #2 (center) - A serpent (snake) at the top. Perfect condition. Intact - $250

Flute #3 (right) - A fine Nazca Antara (pan pipes) from Peru. 200 AD - 700 AD. A five-tube flute with two suspension holes, burnished redware surface, mineral deposits and nice tone(s). A single restored break across the middle, else intact. Displays well on the custom metal stand that is included as shown. Ex. A. Caravallo collection of Miami, Florida. - $450

Priced individually. Purchase 2 and get a 10% discount or get all three for $800.

Pre-Columbian Huari - Wari Ritual Vessel Huari Ritual Vessel — Peru

650 AD - 800 AD

An exceedingly rare Huari (Wari) ritual vessel of complex construction. It shows an intricate double-chambered vessel with two deep, stacked receptacles. The upper vessel is supported by three arching hollow serpents or elongated feline forms. There are holes in the bottom of the upper receptacle that would allow ceremonial liquids to flow through the arches into the chamber below. The upper bowl is elaboratley painted with two panels showing a two-headed mythological creature. The panels are separated by bars and chevrons. The lower chamber is painted with horizontal bands and chevron designs. The arched supports are decorated with diamond patterns. In very good condition. The lower chamber has several restored breaks otherwise completely intact and original. Some minor paint loss and nice deposits throughout. An exceptional example of Huari pottery. Ex. L. Shaw collection of Smyrna, Georgia.

For a similar vessel of this type see page 137, figure 117 of "Wari - Lords of the Ancient Andes."

Approx. 7.25" tall x 5.25" across.


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.


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.


Chimu Blackware Bird Stirrup Vessel Chimu Bird Vessel — Peru

800 AD - 1200 AD

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

Ex. Private Charlotte, North Carolina collection.

Approx. 9.5" tall x 9.5" across.


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


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

1350 AD - 1450 AD

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

Approx. 7" tall x 4.5" across


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.


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


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.


Pre-Columbian Narino Shell Ocarina Narino Shell Ocarina — Colombia

1250 AD - 1500 AD

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

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

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


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


Pre-Columbian Jailsco Pottery Dog Jalisco Dog — West Mexico

200 BC - 300 AD

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

Approx. 8.5" long x 3.5" tall


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.


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

1000 AD - 1500 AD

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

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

Approx. 6" tall x 9.5" across.


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

300 BC - 300 AD

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

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


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

700 AD - 1350 AD

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

Approx. 10.5" tall x 9.5" across


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.


Calima Armadillo Dual Spout Stirrup Vessel Calima Armadillo Vessel — Columbia

200 BC - 800 AD

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

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

Approx. 6" tall x 6" across.


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

200 AD - 500 AD

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

Approx. 8" tall x 6" across.


Maya Shallow Polychrome Painted Bowl Maya Painted Bowl — Guatemala

700 AD - 900 AD

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

Approx. 7" across x 2" tall


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

900 AD - 1200 AD

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

Approx. 8.5" tall x 8.5" across


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.


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.


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.


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


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

1450 AD - 1550 AD

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

Approx. 8.5" long x 6" tall.


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.


Moche Blackware Coquero Portrait Vessel Moche Coquero — Peru

500 AD - 700 AD

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

Approx."5 tall x 5" across.


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.


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


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.


Maya Brownware Figural Urn Vessel Maya Figural Urn — Guatemala

600 AD - 900 AD

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

Provenance. Ex. R. Oswalt collection of Arizona.

Approx 6" tall x 5" across


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


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


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.


Chupicuaro Dog Effigy Polychrome Vessel Chupicuaro Dog Vessel — Mexico

500 BC - 100 BC

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

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

Approx. 5" tall x 8" long.


Chorrera Zoomorphic Coatimundi Vessels Chorrera Zoomorphic Vessels — Ecuador

1200 BC - 200 BC

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

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

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

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

1000 AD - 1500 AD

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

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

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

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

Priced individually or $500 for all three

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

700 AD - 1350 AD

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

Approx. 6.25" tall x 9.25" across


Costa RIcan Tripod Vessels Tripod Vessels — Costa Rica

300 AD - 700 AD

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

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

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

$275 each or $500 for both.

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.


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.


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

1000 AD - 1500 AD

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

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

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

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

Priced individually or $450 for all three

Tairona Shell Necklaces Tairona Shell Necklaces — Colombia

800 AD - 1500 AD

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

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

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

Priced individually or $300 for both necklaces

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 OwenSOLD

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


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


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


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


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


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


Chupicuaro Pottery Vessels Chupicuaro Pottery Bowls — Mexico

500 BC - 100 BC

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

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

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

Bowl 1(top) has been sold.

Jalisco Pottery Bowl Jalisco Pottery Bowl — West Mexico

300 BC- 200 AD

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

Approx. 7" across x 5" tall


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


Large Chancay Gauze Textile Panel Large Chancay Textile — Peru

1100 AD - 1450 AD

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

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

Approx. 34" x 28"


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


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 - $475

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

Peruvian Recuay Phytomorphic Root Vessel Recuay Phytomorphic Vessel — Peru

100 AD - 500 AD

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

Approx. 7.5" wide x 4.5" tall


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

1300 AD - 1450 AD

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

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

Approx. 8" tall X 9" across


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


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.


Colima Seated and Standing Figures Colima Figures — West Mexico

300 BC - 300 AD

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

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

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

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

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

400 AD - 700 AD

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

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

Approx 13.5" tall x 7" across


Chimu Pakay Fruit Stirrup Vessel Chimu Pakay Stirrup Vessel — Peru

1100 Ad - 1400 AD

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

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

Approx. 7.75" tall X 6" wide.


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.


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.


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


Cocle Footed Bowl Cocle Bowl — Panama

600 AD - 800 AD

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

Approx. 3.5" tall x 5.5" across


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


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


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


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


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

400 AD - 700 AD

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

Approx. 5" tall x 9" across


Colima Ocarinas Colima Ocarinas — Colima

300 BC - 300 AD

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

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

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

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

Priced individually or $300 for remaining two.

Bahia Vessels Bahia Figural Bottles — Ecuador

100 AD - 500 AD

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

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

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

$1000 for the pair

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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


Columbian Urn Rio Magdalena Urn — Colombia

800 AD - 1200 AD

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

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

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


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


Turtle Pipe Aztec(?) Pipe — Central Mexico

1200 AD - 1400 AD

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

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

Just over 4.5" long


Maya Swimmer Bowl Maya Bowl — El Salvador

550 AD - 900 AD

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

Approx. 8" wide X 3" tall


Narino Footed Bowl Narino Bowl — Colombia

1250 AD - 1500 AD

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

Approx. 7" wide X 3" tall


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


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


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"


Ancient, Historic and Contemporary Native American Artifacts

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

Catawba Indian Pottery Pitchers Catawba Indian Pitchers — Southeast United States

Mid 20th Century

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

Approx. 4" tall and 6" tall

$150 for both

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

Late 20th Century

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

Approx. 10" tall x 10" across


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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