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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 Moche Phase III Blackware Water Swirls Stirrup Vessel Moche Blackware Stirrup Vessel — Peru

250 AD - 450 AD

A lovely Moche blackware stirrup vessel dating to Phase III. The squat, spherical body is beautifully decorated with four spiral designs all carved in high relief. These 'swirl' patterns are references to water or ocean waves. Water was a precious commodity in ancient Peru and often depicted in their art. The vessel sits on a slightly rounded bottom and is topped by an arching stirrup handle with slightly flared spout, indicative of Phase III. In very good condition. A small area of damage to the spout has been restored, otherwise it is intact and original. The highly burnished surface shows mineral deposits and earthen deposits along with minor surface scrapes and scratches as is common. A rare type and elegant example. Metal tripod ring stand is included.

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Approx. 7" tall x 5" across. Approx 7.75" tall on the stand

$425

Pre-Columbian Ecuador Manabi Stone Netting Weaving Tool Manabi Stone Netting Tool — Ecuador

1000 AD - 1500 AD

A rare stone netting (weaving) tool from the coastal Manabi region of ancient Ecuador. These hand-held stone tools were used by fishermen in the weaving and mending of fishnets. Similar tools have also been found at ancient sites on the Island of La Plata off the coast of Ecuador. An angular form with a blunted tip, there is a face carved into the upper portion showing minimalist features of the eyes and mouth. Carved from a dark gray slate-like stone. In fine condition. Some wear and a couple of tiny chips missing, but it is completely intact and original. A nice and seldom seen example that displays well on the custom metal stand that is included.

Ex. M. Dailey collection of Charlotte, NC.

Just over 4" tall x 1.25" across. 5" tall on the stand.

$175

Pre-Columbian Veracruz Bat God Warrior Whistle Veracruz Bat God Warrior Whistle — Mexico

A large and exceptional whistle figure from the Vera Cruz region of ancient Mexico. An impressive and powerful depiction of the underworld Bat God. The Bat God is shown standing in a defiant pose wielding a club and ready for battle. The face shows bared teeth and protruding tongue with the eyes and nose enhanced with black bitumen paint. He wears elaborate regalia - ear ornaments, a broad collar, knee pads, loin cloth and sandals on the feet. Across the upper torso is a feathered cloak along with feathered headdress and back assemblage. At the back is a third tripod (support) leg and above that is the mouthpiece for an internal whistle. The whistle works perfectly and has a loud, deep, resonating tone. In fair to good condition, several restored breaks and some losses replaced as is typical for figures of this size. Both arms and legs reattached with restored break lines. The loin cloth and some feather tips are partially restored along with other minor losses. An expressive and sizable example that displays dramatically.

Ex. S. Lewis collection of Florida. Prior to that, Ex. Santa Monica, CA private collection.

Approx. 11" tall x 10" across.

$2000

Pre-Columbian Peru Paracas Incised Jaguar Spotted Bowl Vessel Paracas Polychrome Bowl — Peru

700 BC - 100 BC

A large and attractive pottery bowl from the early Paracas culture of southern coastal Peru. Beautifully decorated with a wide band of incised angular designs around most of the outer rim. The geometric patterns are resin painted in shades of red, green, black and white. A six inch long area of the rim has rows of horizontal dots done in the negative wax-resist technique. The circular designs represent the spots of a jaguar and are a rare feature on Paracas vessels. In fair condition. Assembled from original pieces; twelve (12) large shards and several smaller pieces with restored break lines. Museum deaccession with inventory code written in gold ink on the bottom.

Ex. A. Traugott of Sarasota, FL. Ex. Drexel University Museum of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA.

Just under 8" across x 3" tall.

$625

Pre-Columbian Peru Nazca Kneeling Figure Nazca Kneeling Figure — Peru

400 AD - 500 AD

A small Nazca (miniature) kneeling figure from ancient Peru, dating to late Phase V to early Phase VI. Hollow construction covered overall with a tan-orange slip with black, white and red painted details. The arms are shown to the sides and the legs are tucked underneath in a kneeling position. At the lower back is a painted face surrounded by grid patterns, likely representing netting. The surface is nicely burnished and there are light deposits present, mainly in the crevices. In very good condition. Intact with some minor paint enhancements, otherwise complete and original. An excellent example and rare type.

Ex. Michael Cichon - "Cichon Tribal Arts" of Sarasota, Florida.

See Lapiner's "Pre-Columbian Art of South America", page 205 for other examples of Nazca figural miniatures.

Just under 3" tall.

$425

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Nicoya Peccary Tripod Vessel Nicoya Peccary Vessel — Costa Rica

500 AD - 800 AD

A greater Nicoya Peccary effigy vessel dating to Period VI. This chocolate-ware 'Guinea incised' example has a bowl sitting on pierced tripod legs. The head of the peccary is realistically sculpted and there's a short tail at the rear. The rim of the bowl is incised with geometric patterns and the surface is a lightly burnished rich brown slip. In fair condition. Assembled from approx. 10 original pieces with restored break lines. Minor slip loss and surface imperfections present along with light deposits. Ex. P. Lewis collection of NC.

For a similar example and info see page 187, photo 56 of "Between Continents-Between Seas: Precolumbian Art of Costa Rica".

Approx. 9" long x 5.5" tall.

$375

Pre-Columbian Wari Huari Drum Barrel Vessel Wari Drum Vessel — Peru

500 AD - 800 AD

A rare Wari (Huari) vessel from the Ayacucho region, South-Central Andes of ancient Peru. A cylindrical barrel (or canteen) form vessel, likely representing a drum. Polychrome painted in cream and black against an orange-red background. The main body shows linear, angular and stepped pyramid designs. One end is decorated with concentric half-circles; the other end has a row of triangles. The spout is tall and flares slightly with handles that attach to the upper shoulder. One wide loop handle, the other a twisted rope. The surface is nicely burnished and has deposits along with minor scrapes and dings. Some pitting and erosion present, mainly on the bottom. In fair condition. Assembled from around two dozen original pieces with restored break lines. Although restored, it appears near choice and displays well on the custom metal display stand (included). A very unusual type and large in size.

Ex. A. Leon collection of Florida.

Approx. 10.5" tall x 8" x 7". 11" tall on the stand.

$975

Pre-Columbian Michoacan Olla Vessel Michoacan Olla — West Mexico

200 BC - 200 AD

An extra large Michoacan olla dating to the Late Formative Period of ancient West Mexico. An elegant form with rounded bottom, curving upward to a stepped shoulder and topped by a wide, flared spout. Intricately painted with undulating linear designs on the upper half and a star design below the spout. The bottom shows 'free-form' brushed designs in groups of three. In fair condition. Assembled from six large shards and a dozen or so smaller pieces. Minor losses replaced and break lines restored, but appears intact. Some fire clouding on the bottom. An impressive size that displays dramatically on the custom metal stand that is included. Ex. Adeline Newman estate of Beverly Hills, CA.

Approx. 7.5" tall x 11" across. 8" tall on the stand.

$650

Pre-Columbian Moche Erotic Figural Vessel Moche Erotic Vessel — Peru

400 AD - 750 AD

A Moche erotic vessel from the North Coast region of ancient Peru. It depicts a male figure seated on a square stool and is holding his extra-large, exaggerated phallus that forms the pouring (drinking) spout. His face shows a wide smile and he has one fist raised in a triumphant gesture. He wears ear spools and a head wrap with pierced holes around the top of the vessel. Redware construction covered with areas of burnished cream and red slip. In very good condition. The end of the phallus has been assembled from several original pieces with restored break lines and a small (stable) pressure crack at the rim, otherwise intact. Some minor surface erosion along with deposits and small areas of light fire clouding. A fine example and a rare type that is substantial in size. Museum deaccession.

Ex. Kennedy Museum of Art, Ohio University.

Approx. 9" tall x 8" across

$2250

Pre-Columbian Zapotec Bat Claw Effigy Vessel Zapotec Bat Claw Vessel — Mexico

600 AD - 1000 AD

An exceedingly rare Zapotec effigy vessel in the form of a bat claw (foot) from the Monte Alban region of Central Mexico. Bat claw effigy vessels are characteristic of later (Period IV) Zapotec artistic style. Typical grayware terracotta construction; it shows four front claws and a fifth rear claw on the side, all connected to a vessel with a flared rim. In good condition with one claw partially restored and another reattached. A few small rim chips also restored, otherwise intact and original. Moderate deposits and root marks present. A nice example and seldom seen type. Ex. C. Lawrence collection of Illinois.

See page 150 of "Pre-Columbian Art, The Morton D. May and St. Louis Art Museum Collections" for a very similar example and additional info.

Approx. 3.5" x 4.5"

$550

Pre-Columbian Peru Ica Ika Barrel Drum Aryballo Vessel Ica Barrel Aryballos — Peru

900 AD - 1350 AD

A rare Ica (Ika) aryballos from southern coastal Peru. A barrel-form vessel with cylindrical body topped by loop handles and flared spout. Buff terracotta construction, nicely painted with geometric designs and stylized sea birds. Vessels of this type were used to store and transport liquids such as water and corn beer (Chicha). Ica is one of the lesser known ancient Peruvian cultures that lived mainly in coastal areas and were eventually conquered by the Inca. In very good condition. Two small spout chips have been restored along with very minor paint touch-ups. Some light surface pitting present. Custom metal display stand is included. See Christopher Donnan's "Ceramics of Ancient Peru" page 103 for a very similar example and additional information. Ex. Oxford, N.C. private collection.

Approx. 9.5" long x 7.5" tall. 8" tall on the stand.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Teotihuacan Storm God Tlaloc Brownware Vessel Teotihuacan Storm God Vessel — Mexico

200 AD - 750 AD

An exceptional Teotihuacan vessel dating from the late Tlamimilolpa Phase to the early Metepec Phase. An elaborately sculpted depiction of the Teotihuacan 'Storm God' deity or Water God, also known as Tlaloc by numerous other cultures. Vessels like this are seen in painted murals being used in 'pouring rituals' relating to water worship. The Storm God is shown here in the typical fashion with googled eyes, ear spools, large fangs and split tongue. The arms and legs are diminutive; one hand is holding a long tendril that extends up one side and past the rim. The rim is decorated with angular and circular forms thought to represent sea dwellers. Highly burnished brown-ware construction with scattered deposits. In fair to good condition. Assembled from several large pieces with restored break lines. Base, rim and other small losses replaced, but mostly original and complete. An impressive piece!

See "Teotihuacan, Art from the City of the Gods" pages 240-242 for a similar example and addtional information.

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

Approx. 8" tall x 6" across.

$850

Pre-Columbian Moche Ai Apaec vs. Decapitator God Stirrup Vessel Moche Battle Scene Stirrup Vessel — Peru

250 AD - 450 AD

A fine Moche bi-chrome stirrup vessel dating to Phase III. Each side of the vessel shows two nicely detailed, mythological figures in battle; all carved in high relief. The scene on both sides of the vessel depict the Moche Protector God (Ai Apaec) in combat with the underworld Decapitator God. Ai Apaec is shown here wearing a jaguar headdress and serpent waist wrap (belt). He is grasping his opponent and wields a tumi knife. He is fully engaged in battle with the Decapitator God who also armed with a tumi knife and is holding a severed head. The vessel sits on a low base and is topped by an arching stirrup handle with slightly flared spout, indicative of Phase III. Covered overall in a yellow-tan slip with the figural scene and base enhanced by a contrasting red-brown color. In good condition. A small hole and crack just below the handle on one side have been restored. Also, the top of the spout has been replaced, otherwise intact and original. The burnished surface shows ample mineral deposits along with minor surface pitting and light paint wear as is common. A rare example that illustrates significant mythological and cultural symbolism.

Ex. W. Chavez collection of Niagara Falls, NY.

Approx. 9" tall x 5" across.

$725

Pre-Columbian Peru Chavin Blackware Textured Bottle Vessel></a></td>
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900 BC - 200 BC

A large Chavin bottle (vessel) from the northern highlands of ancient Peru, dating to the Formative Period. An elegant form with a wide flat base, the body has slightly rounded sides that slope gently to a tall tapering neck and spout with a flared rim. Burnished blackware exterior with decoration consisting of three curving S-shaped designs that are filled with a stippled (textured) surface. This is a rare and early variant called 'Cupisnique' which often shows the main chamber with low relief or textured decoration that continues onto the spout itself. In fair condition. The upper part of the spout, approximately 4 inches, was missing and has been completely restored (replaced). The lower body has several restored cracks with visible hairline cracks remaining on the bottom. Some light to moderate surface pitting overall. A visually appealing example that is considerably larger than most of this type.

Ex. New Hampshire private collection. Originally acquired prior to 1985.

See pages 29 through 32 of Christopher Donnan's "Ceramics of Ancient Peru" for similar photographs of this type and additional scholarly information.

Just over 10" tall x 5.25" across the base.

$600

Pre-Columbian Ecuador Guangala Pottery Shaman Stamps></a></td>
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400 BC - 200 AD

Two large and exceptional Guangala pottery stamps from ancient Ecuador. Stamps like these were created and used by many Pre-Columbian cultures to apply body paint and to decorate textiles. Both are relief carved and have cone-shaped 'handles' on the backs. Each of these stamps depict mythological deities with human bodies and saurian (alligator) heads, which likely represent Shamans in a state of human to animal transformation. In excellent condition with no breaks, cracks or repairs. Light mineral deposits and pigment remaining in the deep crevices along with minor fire clouding on each. Both are rare and fine examples. Seldom seen in this size and condition. Custom metal display stands are included. Click the photo at the left to see additional photos of the stamps on their stands.

Stamp #1 (left). A rectangular form with two figures shown in profile with saurian heads. Approx. 5" long x 3.5" tall.

Stamp #2 (right). A square form with the figure facing forward showing a fierce expression and wearing an elaborate headdress and waist wrap (belt) extensions. Approx. 3.5" across x 3.75" tall.

Ex. L.H. Hillard collection of Ohio. Acquired via inheritance from her mother who was an artist, collector and world travler. Originally collected in the 1960s.

$375 each or $700 for both.

Pre-Columbian Peru Inca Inka Copper Bronze Axe Ax Chisel></a></td>
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1250 AD - 1450 AD

Two Inca (Inka) copper axes from the Central Peruvian Highlands. Although referred to as 'axes', these were not made for use as weapons, but were chisels (tools) used to shape and carve stone. Both are very heavily cast; thick and heavy with large 'T' flanges. The blades flare at the end to crescent shape and a sharp edge. Both show signs of extensive use and have darkened patinas. Very rare examples that display nicely on custom stands that are included.

Axe #1 (left). In fair to good condition with one flange partially restored. Ex. L. Mason collection of NY. Prior to that, Ex. Brownsville, TX estate. 6" x 4.5". $750

Axe #2 (right). In excellent intact condition. Museum deaccession. Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA. Ex. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC. Museum inventory code across the top. 3.5" x 3". $650

Priced individually or $1250 for both.

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Belen Incised Portrait Head Vessel></a></td>
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850 AD - 1350 AD

A life-sized portrait head from the greater Nicoya region, dating to Period VI. This chocolate-ware 'Belen incised' example has an ovoid form and sits on a footed base. The exterior shows applique facial features and complex incised geometric patterns. Around the top and back are wide bands of interlocking angular designs, likely representing a textile head wrap. The cheeks have additional incising that indicate facial tattooing or ritual scarification in the woven mat motif suggesting this individual was of the elite ruling class. The surface is a burnished rich brown color with the incising filled with white kaolin, typical of Belen pottery. In fair condition. Assembled from approx. 15 original pieces with restored break lines and small losses replaced. An unusually large and impressive example. Ex. A. Schuetz collection of Florida.

For additional info on this type see pages 92 & 93 of "Seeing with New Eyes" Highlights from the Michael C. Carlos Museum - Atlanta.

Approx. 8.25" tall x 8" wide.

$675

Pre-Columbian Inca Inka Blackware Gourd Vessel Inca Gourd Vessel — Peru

1250 AD - 1550 AD

A fine Inca blackware vessel in the form of a gourd. Realistically sculpted with alternating areas of smooth and textured surfaces. Wide stripes containing raised nodes are separated by smooth, burnished bands. The vessel is topped by a gently tapering spout with a collared base and thick rim. A wide strap handle connects from the spout to the upper shoulder. Condition is near excellent. A small chip at the rim of the spout has been restored, otherwise intact and original. A large area of fire-clouding and surface discoloration on one side and the bottom. Light deposits present overall. An exceptional example that is masterfully crafted.

Ex. G. Jackson collection of North Carolina. Acquired via inheritance.

Approx. 7" tall x 7.5" across.

$525

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Ring Rattle Ring Rattle — Costa Rica

100 BC - 500 AD

An unusual 'ring' rattle from the Atlantic Watershed-Central Highlands Zone of ancient Costa Rica, dating to the El Bosque Phase, Period IV. Finely made with very thin walled construction from orange-buff terracotta with some reddish-brown burnished slip remaining, mostly on the ring handle. The main body is spherical with two narrow vertical slots and is filled with numerous small rattle balls. It is thought that rattles of this type were worn on the fingers or as pendants and 'played' during ceremonial events or celebrations. In fair to good condition. One broken shard has been reattached and small losses replaced. The rattle balls have been replaced as well. An interesting example and a rarely seen type.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 2.75" tall x 2.25" across.

$175

Pre-Columbian Maya Mayan Carved Blackware Bowl Vessel Maya Carved Blackware Bowl — El Salvador

600 AD - 700 AD

A nice Maya bowl from the Pacific slope of El Salvador. A style that was inspired by the northern Maya regions, it has two carved (not molded) cartouche medallions. One side shows a seated Lord with hands reaching forward and wearing a bird headdress. The bird is likely a reference to the Lord's name or animal alter ego. The reverse medallion is similar but slightly different. A rather small example, but is a very rare type. In near excellent condition. One small rim chip restored, otherwise intact. Ex. T. Stobinsky collection of Florida.

Approx. 4.5" across x 2.5" tall.

$450

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Tarrago Llama Effigy Vessel Diquis Llama Effigy — Costa Rica

1000 AD - 1550 AD

An adorable llama effigy vessel from Costa Rica - Diquis Zone, dating to Period VI. A finely crafted 'Tarrago Biscuit' pottery example depicting a standing camelid. Although llamas were not native to Costa Rica, vessels like this suggest that they were certainly aware of their existence in cultures to the south. The vessel shows a nicely sculpted head and pointy tail. It sits on three slotted legs, two of which still contain the original rattle balls. In near excellent condition. One ear is slightly eroded, otherwise intact. A rare form and a very cute piece. Ex. A. Schuetz collection of Florida.

See page 220 of "Between Continents-Between Seas, Pre-Columbian Art of Costa Rica" for a nearly identical example.

Approx. 6" tall x 7" long (nose to tail).

$425

Pre-Columbian Panama Cocle Macaracas Saurians Plate Bowl Vessel Cocle Saurians Plate — Panama

800 AD - 1000 AD

A lovely Cocle polychrome plate from ancient Panama. Done in the Macaracas style; painted with complex geometric and abstract zoomorphic designs that are divided into four segments. Each section is finely painted with mythological motifs in black and purple against a deep orange-red ground. The two large triangular areas depict stylized saurians (alligators), a common theme of this period. The smaller sections are abstract mythological designs. The plate (shallow bowl) sits on the low ring base and the underside is undecorated. Condition is fair to good. Assembled from three large pieces with restored break lines and light paint enhancements. An attractive example that displays well on the custom metal stand which is included. Ex. G. Lumannick collection of Florida.

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

Approx. 10" in diameter. Approx. 12" tall on the display stand.

$625

Pre-Columbian Peruvian Peru Inca Poporo Lime Dipper Bone Container Vessel Inca Ceremonial Poporo — Peru

1350 AD - 1550 AD

An exceedingly rare and exceptional Inca bone poporo (lime dipper & container). A poporo this large and elaborately decorated would have been ceremonial and not intended for everyday use. The container is a long bone, probably from a llama, and is covered with animal skin(?) and resin. The resin is embedded with small shells in geometric linear and triangular patterns. A length of rope is connected to one side. The lime dipper (spatula) is also bone and is nicely carved with two human figures, the lower figure is seated, the top figure is standing. The dipper fits perfectly into the opening atop the container. Poporo are lime containers used in the consumption of coca. The coca leaves were ingested by adding a small quantity of powdered lime (ground sea-shells) and folded into a 'quid'. These coca-lime packets were then chewed. This ritual was typically performed for shamanic purposes as well as to alleviate hunger and altitude sickness. This example is in very good condition. The container has areas of surface loss and some missing shells, but is generally intact and complete. Comes with a custom metal display stand. Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

The container with the dipper inserted is approx. 16" tall. Overall display is 13" tall.

$1950

Chimu Inca Peru Llama Head Vessel Chimu-Inca Llama Vessel — Peru

1150 AD - 1500 AD

A fine pottery 'portrait' vessel of a llama. From the Northern Coast of Peru, this piece dates to the late Chimu - Inca transitional period, Intermediate to Late Horizon. It is beautifully sculpted and realistically executed. Llamas played an important role in the Inca culture and economy, providing basic needs and serving as pack animals. They were also cultural icons and were revered in various spiritual and fertility rites. This monochromatic blackware vessel has a burnished surface with linear areas more highly burnished across the snout to indicate the animal was wearing a harness (domesticated). In excellent condition. One small spout chip has been restored, otherwise it is completely intact and original. Light mineral deposits present inside and out. An exceptional example of its type.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 6.5" tall x 6.5" across.

$550

Pre-Columbian Maya Mayan Copador Chiefs Lords Bowl Vessel Maya Copador 'Chiefs' Bowl — Honduras

600 AD - 900 AD

A lovely Maya copador bowl dating to the late Classic Period. Nicely painted in shades of red and black against a vibrant orange background, typical of the type. On the exterior is a wide painted band of eight (8) seated lords. Their hands are gesturing forward toward speech scrolls. The interior features a row of five (5) stylized birds, with speech symbols expelling from their beaks. In very good condition. A small rim chip has been restored along with some minor exterior paint touch ups. The interior shows moderate paint loss, mostly in the center. Light surface wear and a few scrapes and dings as would be expected. Ample organic deposits and root marks present. Overall a fine example with excellent provenance.

Ex. J. Blanco collection of southern California. Purchased from Sothebys.com in 2001 via consignment by Howard Nowes, Art of Eternity Gallery, NYC. Prior to that. Ex. Malatesta Collection of Wyoming. Documentation from Sotheby's sale is included.

Approx. 8" across x 3.25" tall

$725

Pre-Columbian Preu Chimu Lambayeque Bottle Canteen Vessel Chimu - Lambayeque Blackware Bottle — Peru

900 AD - 1350 AD

A large Chimu bottle showing strong Lambayeque-Sican influence. Blackware construction with an ovoid (canteen-like) form, topped by a straight spout and wide looped strap handle. On the front is a standing figure, depicting a shaman or lord wearing a wide crescent shaped solar headdress. The figure, certainly someone of great importance, is flanked on each side by two birds in flight. The birds are also wearing solar headdresses. The birds are carrying objects; possibly items being given as offerings to the central figure. One theory is the birds carry planting sticks and the scene is an agricultural motif. Sea-bird guano was an important source of fertilizer for crops in ancient Peru. The background is covered with raised dots representing rainfall. The reverse side is completely covered with the rainfall motif. The burnished blackware surface shows moderate deposits, light staining and minor weathering. In near excellent condition. A few tiny spout chips have been restored, otherwise intact. A very nice and well made example that is substantial in size.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 9" tall x 6.5" across.

$475

Pre-Columbian Preu Lambayeque Blackware Stirrup Vessel Lambayeque Blackware Vessel — Peru

800 AD - 1300 AD

An unusual Lambayeque blackware stirrup vessel from ancient Peru. Blackware construction with a rounded body that tapers toward the bottom and topped by two conical spouts joined by a wide flat handle. The handle is decorated with the Lambayeque deity 'Naymlap', flanked by two adornos. Each side of the vessel shows two relief carved figures in battle. The most interesting aspect of this vessel is the battle scene. This imagery was copied from an earlier culture; the Moche. The scene depicts the Moche God (Ai Apaec) in combat with the Decapitator God. The practice of 'borrowing' imagery from previous cultures is not common, but has been seen in numerous other Pre-Columbian cultures. In fair condition. Assembled from around a dozen original pieces with small losses replaced and break lines restored. The burnished surface shows deposits along with minor surface wear as is typical. A very rare example that depicts a mix of cultural symbolism. Ex. Tennessee private collection.

Approx. 8" tall x 8" across the spouts.

$475

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Urn Jaguar Plumed Serpent Vessel Nicoya Polychrome Urn — Costa Rica

1000 AD - 1350 AD

A large and impressive pear-shaped urn from the Nicoya region of ancient Costa Rica. This lovely 'Jicote Polychrome' example is of the Greater Nicoya - Pataky variety and dates to Period VI. The form is bulbous at the middle, tapering to a wide spout and sits on a tall footed base. The exterior has vibrant polychrome painted decoration in black and orange-red against a cream/white slip. Decorated in a variety of symbolic and geometric patterns. Prominently featured at the top is a band of stylized jaguars and plumed serpents. The footed base shows a band of inverted jaguars. These being rendered upside-down is symbolically important and is thought to imply that the bottom register is depicting a scene from the Underworld; an inversion of the earthly realm above and symbolically suggests a sense of duality. In near excellent condition. The raised ring, just above the base has been partially restored, otherwise completely intact and original with no chips, cracks or breaks. Light surface wear, minor paint loss and deposits present overall. A fine example that is substantial in size and displays dramatically. Museum deaccession.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA. Acquired by Mr. Behnkin via deaccession from the Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina.

For additional info and a photo of a nearly identical example, reference page 103, image 212, of "Seeing with New Eyes" Highlights from the Michael C. Carlos Museum - Atlanta GA.

Approx. 10" tall x 6.25" wide at the midsection.

$650

Pre-Columbian Peru, Warrior with Llama Figure & Vessel Recuay Warrior & Llama Figural Vessel — Peru

200 AD - 500 AD

A Recuay standing warrior and llama vessel from the northern highlands of ancient Peru. The warrior figure holds a shield in one hand and a club in the other. He wears a large headdress, likely representing a stylized bird. At his side is a (conjoined) standing llama with elongated body. At the back is the vessel opening, topped by a widely flared spout. Orangeware terracotta construction with faint red lines decorating the warrior's clothing, headdress and shield. In fine condition. A tiny chip missing from the front corner of the shield, otherwise intact and original with no breaks, cracks, repairs or restoration. Light deposits overall and a has an old collection label on the underside. A really cute piece!

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA. Prior to that, ex. A. Goldschmit collection of Indiana.

Approx. 7" tall x 6.5" long.

$375

Pre-Columbian Ecuador, Jamacoaque Seated Shaman Effigy Figure Jamacoaque Effigy Figure — Ecuador

100 BC - 500 AD

A nice Jama Coaque effigy figure from ancient Ecuador. The vibrantly painted figure is seated on a stool with hands resting on the knees. He wears a loin cloth and elaborate headdress with tasseled flanges and additional complex appliques. He also wears several types of jewelry consisting of a nose ring, large ear ornaments and two necklaces; a beaded choker at the neck and a long necklace that drapes over the shoulders and ends with a circular pendant. The degree of adornment indicates this individual is of high ranking social status. Almost certainly he is a shaman or a person of great importance. Terracotta construction with bright yellow-orange paint on the face and body. The headdress and jewelry are painted in teal (blue-green) pigment. In fair to good condition with one hand and several headdress ornaments replaced, a break at the waist has been restored along with minor paint enhancements. Ample deposits, and light surface wear present overall. A fine example with considerable amounts of painted slip remaining.

Ex. J. Catalano collection of California.

Just under 6" tall x 3" across.

$425

Pre-Columbian Inca Copper Trade Currency Money Inca Trade Currency — Ecuador

1450 AD - 1550 AD

A rare and interesting group of Inca (Inka) copper trade currency pieces. This type of ancient 'money' was used in the trading (and purchasing) of merchandise by the Inca. Much like the copper hoe-money (tajaderas) that was used by the Aztecs of Mexico. These Inca examples are all of similar shape and made of hammered copper. There are three sizes here, possibly representing different monetary denominations. A larger one flanked by 2 medium sized ones are displayed on a custom metal stand. Also included is a stack of (10 or so) smaller pieces that have been fused together by oxidation. The larger is Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA. The others are Ex. Jack Hart collection of Charleston, SC.

Approx. 3" tall, 2" tall and 1" tall. Overall display is 4.5" x 6".

$225 for the group.

Pre-Columbian West Mexico Jalisco Matched Pair Figures Jalisco Female Figures — West Mexico

100 BC - 250 AD

A nice pair of Jalisco female figures. One is seated, the other standing, but stylistically they are nearly identical. Both are constructed of tan (buff) terracotta with red-orange painted details. Each has a large nose and impressed eyes and mouth. They wear arm bands, elaborate (tassel-like) ear assemblages and head wraps. Ample deposits present overall. Both in very good condition. The seated figure has an area of fire clouding on the back and a restored hand. The standing figure has a restored hand and partially restored foot. Ex. Thomas Pack collection of California. Both are from the same estate collection; they were likely found together and appear to have been made by the same artist. An exceptionally rare, very closely matching pair of ancient figures.

Seated figure is approx. 7.5" tall. Standing figure is approx. 9.5" tall.

$650 for both. Not for sale individually.

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Diquis Pottery Chalice Pedestal Bowl Vessel Chirique Pedestal Bowl — Costa Rica - Panama

1000 AD - 1500 AD

A lovely pedestal bowl from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama - Diquis Zone, dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. An elegant shape with a flared pedestal base and a sharply angled bowl. The form shows Cocle style influence. The upper shoulder of the bowl is decorated with finely incised linear and stippled geometric patterns. The burnished surface is a deep orange-red with areas of dark brown fire clouding and light deposits. In fair condition. The base is intact; the bowl has been assembled from approx. 12 (twelve) original pieces with break lines restored and small losses replaced. A nice example and a rare type.

Ex. J. Lee collection of New Mexico.

Approx. 7.25" tall x 8" across

$550

Pre-Columbian Omereque Bolivian Pottery Bowl Janus Vessel Omereque Bowl — Bolivia

400 AD - 700 AD

A rare Janus-type pottery bowl from the Omereque culture of Bolivia. The Omereque (also referred to as Mizque and Nazcoide) were a subculture of the Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco). A relatively unknown culture, their pottery is exceptionally well crafted and beautifully painted in colors and styles very similar to the neighboring Tiwanaku, but their wares are typically more refined in their execution. This example is a four-lobed, squat bowl with a low base and a wide flared rim with opposing loop handles. Two of the lobes are stylized Janus-form faces, each distinctly decorated with facial tattooing. The eyes and nose are sculpted in high relief with pierced nostrils and slit mouth. The orangeware vessel is painted overall in black and reds with complex geometric designs of linear and angular patterns. In near excellent condition. One eye is chipped otherwise completely intact with no cracks, breaks or repairs. Ample deposits present; a few small areas of white caliche encrustation on one side. The surface is also slightly clouded by a salt-lime haze which could be cleaned, but is currently in original, as found condition. A lovely example from a seldom seen Bolivian culture.

Ex. B. Stelzer collection of Indiana.

Approx. 3" tall x 6.25" across.

$650

Chimu Peru Carved Stirrup Vessel Chimu Carved Stirrup Vessel — Peru

1100 AD - 1350 AD

A lovely Chimu stirrup vessel from ancient Peru. Orange-tan pottery construction with nicely burnished surface. The main body is spherical, two large nodes (probably highly stylized birds or bird heads) protrude from the base of the handle on each side. The stirrup handle is slightly flattened (squared) on the sides and is topped by a straight spout. The upper half of the vessel is intricately carved. A wide band at the midsection shows a connected diamond pattern. The top section is divided into quadrants each with a central figure. Two human figures with arms held upward and wearing crescent shaped 'solar' headdresses along with two monkeys (or felines) shown in profile also wearing solar headdresses. The background areas are covered with raised dots, representing rainfall. In near excellent condition. Intact with no cracks, breaks, repairs or restoration. Light surface wear, deposits overall and some fire clouding present. A fine example that is substantial in size.

Ex. E. Tipton collection of Massachusetts.

Approx. 8.75" tall x 6.25" across.

$550

Chorrera Erotic Whistle Vessel Chorrera Erotic Whistle Vessel — Ecuador

600 BC - 300 BC

A very rare Chorrera erotic whistle vessel from ancient Ecuador. Constructed of grayish terracotta, burnished overall and painted with faint wide bands (in red) around the outer edge. The vessel is squat and rounded on the bottom. At the top are two stepped ridges that encircle the spout, loop handle and spherical whistles. The spout is in the form of a penis with the strap handle attached to the side. At the base of the handle are two ball-shaped objects (appearing as testicles) which form the whistles. Overall in very good condition. A crack in the main body has been stabilized and restored. A small spout chip has been restored. Also has restoration to both whistles. One whistle has been returned to working order, the other is non-functioning. Minor scrapes and dings present along with deposits and some fire clouding. A fine and very early example of erotic art from that region. Custom metal tripod display stand is included.

Ex. Nina & Harry Abrams estate of New York City. The Abrams made their fortune in the publishing business and were avid collectors of fine art and artifacts. Harry passed in 1979; Nina in 2008. Much of their collection was donated to numerous museums. The remainder was later sold through various art auctions in NYC.

Approx. 7" across x 5.5" tall. Just under 6" tall on the display stand.

$650


Costa Rican Pataky Jaguar Tripod Rattle Vessel Jaguar Tripod Vessel — Costa Rica

1200 AD - 1500 AD

A beautifully painted 'Pataky Polychrome' tripod vessel from the Nicoya-Guanacaste region of ancient Costa Rica. Constructed of reddish earthenware covered overall in a cream slip with red, orange and black painted designs, typical of the type. A flared bowl sits atop three large jaguar heads, each containing their original rattle balls. The jaguar motif continues on the interior of the bowl where a row of four stylized felines circle the inner rim. In the bottom are three more felines around a central jaguar head. Additional linear and geometric designs complete the complex imagery. In very good condition; intact and unbroken. Small chips on one leg and at the rim edge have been restored along with light paint enhancements. Minor surface losses, general wear overall and deposits present.

Ex. M. Cichon of Florida. Ex. New England private collection. Originally acquired in the 1970s.

Approx 4.5" tall x 6.5" across

$475

Pre-Columbian Nayarit West Mexico Chinesco Seated Female Pottery Figure Chinesco Female Figure — West Mexico

200 BC - 100 AD

A Chinesco seated female figure from the Nayarit region of Western Mexico. The figure is of hollow construction with red, tan and black painted and burnished surface. A classic depiction of the Chinesco 'Type-D' style. This type is characterized by puffy, slit-like eyes and broad rectangular head with incised hair. As is typical, it is shown in the seated position and has shortened, bulbous legs tapering to the feet. Depicted nude, as is common, wearing only multi-layered ear ornaments. In good condition. One leg reattached, small losses along the break have been replaced and the break line restored. General surface wear and ample deposits present. Light erosion and minor losses around the mouth, eyes and nose. Overall a fine example that displays well.

Ex. Las Vegas, Nevada private collection.

Approx. 6.25" tall x 5" across the feet.

$500

Pre-Columbian Peru Moche Portrait Pottery Vessel Moche Portrait Vessel — Peru

400 AD - 600 AD

A large and impressive Moche Phase IV portrait vessel from the Northern Coastal region of ancient Peru. This life-size example portrays an individual with chubby cheeks; possibly a depiction of a 'coca chewer'. The practice of chewing coca leaves began in ancient Peru. The leaves of the coca plant were mixed with ground lime, wrapped into a small bundle (called a quid) and chewed to stave off hunger and alleviate altitude sickness. This example is realistically sculpted, showing large eyes and face paint representing ritual scarification or facial tattooing. Painted overall in an orange-red slip with cream details, topped by a wide flared spout. In fair to good condition. Assembled from approx. twelve (12) original pieces with restored breaks. Most of the damage was concentrated around the base (neck) area. The nicely burnished surface shows ample deposits, light surface wear and some fire clouding on the back of the head. See Donnan's "Moche Portraits" Page 40, Figure 3.26 for a similar example.

Ex. Jorge Alberto Lanis. Inherited from his father who was a member of the Peruvian Consulate in Argentina, originally collected prior to 1970. Ex. B. Budd collection of Philadelphia, PA.

Approx. 9.5" tall x 7" across.

$1250

Pre-Columbian Costa rican Armadillo Pottery Vessel Armadillo Vessel — Costa Rica - Panama

1100 AD - 1450 AD

An unusual pottery vessel in the form of an armadillo. Heavily potted from a coarse gritty clay indicative of Costa Rican wares, but shows strong Panamanian (Cocle) stylistic influence. The armadillo sits on a low ring-type base with a tall tapered spout above. Painted in a dark brown-black slip over a cream background, the ovoid-shaped body has realistically sculpted head and forearms held to the face. At the back are the rear legs and pointed tail. The front and back sections are painted with linear stripes. In fair condition. The spout has been reattached and a couple of cracks along the body have been restored. Also the tail and rear legs have been partially restored, but it is mostly original and appears complete. Light surface wear, some chipping, minor erosion and paint loss present. Moderate staining and deposits overall. A cute piece that is substantial in size.

Ex. Durham, North Carolina private collection.

Approx. 9" tall x 9.5" nose to tail.

$325

Pre-Columbian Peru Chancay Painted Bowl Vessel Chancay Painted Bowl — Peru

1000 AD - 1400 AD

A Chancay painted bowl from ancient Peru. Rounded bowl with nearly straight neck and rolled rim. Nicely painted in dark brown-black against a cream-yellow background. Decorated with horizontal and vertical lines and a circular 'eye' design at the rim. In very good condition. A few small chips restored at the rim and light paint enhancements, otherwise intact and original. Some minor paint wear and ample deposits present. An attractive example.

Ex. J. Fultz collection of VA.

Approx. 4" tall x 5.5" across.

$175

West Mexcio Colima Obsidain Pertoral Necklace Colima Obsidian Pectorals — West Mexico

300 BC - 300 AD

Two partial obsidian pectorals. Nicely knapped from black volcanic glass, these rare and fragile objects were worn as pectorals via two suspension holes. The two shown here are incomplete; each is missing a portion of one side. Outside of the obvious losses, they are intact with nice deposits. Priced individually. Buy both and get a free (partial) centipede flint. Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA. Ex. Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC.

Approx 4.75" across & 5.75" across

$175 each or $300 for both.

Pre-Columbian Peru Peruvian Pan Pipes Flute Antara Nazca Pan Pipes (Antara) — Peru

100 AD - 400 AD

Two Antara (pan pipes) from the southern coastal region of ancient Peru. These ancient musical instruments are constructed with a row of hollow tubes of different lengths that produce a variety of notes. Both flutes are in playable condition with nice tones and have two pierced holes used for suspension around the neck. On custom metal stands, included as shown.

Antara 1 (left) - An eight-note flute. Small in size (very rare) possibly made for a child. Burnished orange-tan surface with deposits. One tiny chip restored, otherwise intact. 4" tall. 5.5" tall on stand.

Antara 2 (right) - A five-note flute with burnished redware surface and mineral deposits. A single restored break across the middle, else intact. 7" tall. 8.25" tall on stand.

Ex. A. Caravallo collection of Miami, Florida.

Antara 1 is SOLD. $450 for the remaining flute.

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Diquis Pottery Deer Vessels Diquis (Chirique) Pottery Deer — Costa Rica - Panama

1000 AD - 1500 AD

An adorable terracotta deer effigy vessel from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama - Diquis Zone, dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. The deer is a 6-point buck, most likely the 'white-tail' variety native to that area and found throughout the Americas. It is sculpted with a bulbous body that sits on four short legs, tail in the back. The head, open at the top, shows a pointed snout, pierced button eyes and antlers with 3 points on each side. In fair to good condition. The surface is quite eroded with little slip remaining, rough gritty texture with some fire clouding and tan slip present. Antlers on one side are partially restored, otherwise intact. An extremely rare type and a very cute piece.

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Just under 6" tall x 6.5" long (nose to tail)

$250

Chupicuaro Pretty Ladies Lady Flat Figures Chupicuaro Pretty Ladies — Mexico

400 BC - 100 BC

A trio of Chupicuaro 'Pretty Ladies' from ancient Mexico, dating to the Pre-Classic period. Sometimes called 'flat figures', all are of the typical style, hair parted in the middle with slanted coffee-bean eyes and wearing necklaces and ear spools. All have some red pigment and two have white pigment remaining. In near excellent condition. One has a chipped foot, otherwise they are intact and original, no restoration. Light deposits as would be expected. Fine examples!

Ex. G. Alderman collection of GA.

All are approx 2.5" tall

Top, center figure is SOLD. The remaining two are $150 each or $275 for both.

Large Moche Peru Copper Ear Spool Birds Moche Copper Ear Spool — Peru

300 AD - 500 AD

A large Moche ear spool from ancient Peru. Hollow construction with a domed front showing an avian motif. On the front are two birds in low relief (repousse); a mother bird standing over her young. The thick 'post' in the rear would have be worn through the ear. The surface is heavily oxidized with a vibrant green patina. Areas of mineralization and encrustation also present. In good condition. Generally, it is intact and complete. A few cracks and minor surface losses to the rear post, otherwise near choice. Overall a sizable and attractive example. Displays nicely on the custom metal stand which is included.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx 2.5" in diameter x 3" front to back. Approx 4" tall on the stand.

$250

Large Chimu Blackware Dog Pottery Stirrup Vessel Chimu Dog Vessel — Peru

900 AD - 1100 AD

An adorable Chimu dog stirrup vessel from the North Coast region of ancient Peru. The dog is realistically sculpted, nicely detailed and sits atop a box-shaped (cube) lower chamber. He wears a collar and has carved whiskers along with other incising on the head and face. A small monkey adorno sits on the stirrup handle and clings to the base of the spout. The surface is burnished blackware and has considerable deposits and mineralization. In very good condition. The lower chamber has a few restored breaks, otherwise it is intact and original. An exceptional example and larger than most of this type. A really cute piece.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx 9" tall x 4.25" across

$625

Pre-Columbian Guatemala Maya Mayan Escuintla Incensario Brazier Vessel

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Maya Incensario — Guatemala

400 AD - 600 AD

A large and complete Early-Classic period Maya 'Escuintla' incensario (brazier) from the Highlands-Pacific Slope region of Guatemala. Sometimes called 'theater-style' braziers, these two-part incensarios show obvious Teotihuacan influence which is frequently exhibited in Maya artwork of this region. The lower section is a footed basin which held the burning copal incense, meant to appease the Gods. The basin is decorated with pointed spikes that represent the trunk of a young Ceiba tree; a sacred tree of the Maya. The upper section is an elaborately embellished dome. In the center is an idealized Teotihuacan-style face wearing circular ear flares and a large nose ornament. The face is framed with large slab panels that create a massive headdress. At the lower front, the lord's hands extend outward holding staffs decorated with beaded plumes. The beaded feather assemblages are repeated along the top of the headdress along with tassels and circular appliques with carved geometric designs. The face and hands are painted in yellow-gold pigment, otherwise covered in a cream-tan slip with deposits and some root marks present. In good condition. Assembled from original pieces (as is common) with break lines restored and minor losses replaced. An exceptional and impressive artifact. Museum deaccession. Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA. Ex. Mint Museum of Charlotte, NC. Matching museum inventory codes are written on each piece. Pick-up is much preferred. Shipping would be risky.

Approx. 25" tall x 18.5" across.

$8000


Pre-Columbian Peru Chancay Barrel Canteen Vessel Chancay Canteen — Peru

1000 AD - 1400 AD

A nice Chancay canteen from ancient Peru. A barrel-form pottery vessel used for transporting liquids, likely water. An unusual shape with round sides and flat on the front and back. Both flat panels are painted in vertical lines and waves (water motif). The vessel is topped by a two tiered spout. The lower spout has opposing loop handles that connect to the upper shoulder of the canteen. The top spout is painted in a checkerboard pattern and has two pierced lugs which would have been used to secure a lid. Beautifully painted in dark brown-black against a cream ground. In very good condition. Small losses restored on the spout and light paint enhancements, otherwise intact and original. Some minor paint wear and ample deposits present. A fine example that displays well on the custom metal stand which is included.

Ex. Jeanne Shifres estate of New Haven, CT.

Approx. 7" tall x 5" across.

$450

Large Moche Peru Figural Vessel Moche Figural Vessel — Peru

500 AD - 750 AD

A large Moche vessel from the northern coastal region of Peru. Constructed of redware terracotta with cream painted details. The vessel has a flat bottom, the body is rounded and topped by a realistically sculpted head and a wide flared spout. A depiction of a Lord or Shaman, certainly a person of importance or high social status. He wears elaborate regalia; the headdress features opposing birds with heads turned backward. He also wears large ear spools and a beaded necklace with multi-layered tassels. In one hand is a spherical object, likely representing a pottery vessel. In the other hand is a five-lobed ceremonial rattle. The hands are nicely sculpted and show painted fingernails. In fair condition. The head is intact with only two spout chips restored. The body has been assembled from approximately eighteen (18) original pieces with break lines restored, a few very small losses replaced and paint enhancements. Some areas of light surface erosion, minor paint loss and deposits remain. A sizable example that displays dramatically.

Ex. Tennessee private collection.

Approx 13" tall x 8.5" across

$825


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

400 AD - 700 AD

An unusual tripod rattle vessel from Costa Rica's Atlantic Watershed Zone. Sometimes these are called 'chocolate pots' or 'spider-leg' vessels. It has pierced tapered tripod legs, each containing several large rattle balls. The legs support a spherical bowl with a ridged shoulder and topped by a flared spout. Each leg is decorated with a zoomorphic being. Likely a depiction of a stylized bird head or the head of the mythological dragon creature. Painted overall with a purple-brown color and an orange-red slip on the spout. Condition is fair. Breaks to the legs and minor losses replaced as is typical. The break lines have been restored and light paint enhancements, but is otherwise original and complete. A nice example that is substantial in size. Ex. J. Behnken estate of Atlanta Georgia.

Approx 8.25" tall x 8.25" across

$475


Pre-Columbian Peru Chancay Double Chamber Whistle Vessel Chancay Whistle Vessel — Peru

900 AD - 1100 AD

A fine Chancay whistle vessel from ancient Peru. It has two barrel-shaped chambers with footed bases, joined at the sides and again by an arched strap handle. One chamber is topped by a long straight spout, the other has a standing figure shown drinking from a kero. The figure wears a headdress that contains the whistle. Covered overall in a creamy yellow slip with deposits and some light staining present. In very good condition. The spout tip has been reattached with the break restored. The figure's head has been reattached and one arm has been replaced, otherwise intact. The whistle works perfectly and has a nice, clear tone.

Ex. Jeanne Shifres estate of New Haven, CT.

Approx. 9" tall x 7" across.

$550

Pre-Columbian Costa Rica Lave Stone Standing Figure Stone Figure — Costa Rica

1000 AD - 1400 AD

Large human effigy figure from Costa Rica's Atlantic Watershed region, carved from tan colored lavastone. It depicts a standing male figure with one hand on the hip, the other at his stomach. The face is nicely detailed with typical coffee-bean style eyes and slit mouth. In fair to good condition. Both legs have been reattached along breaks at the upper thighs, otherwise intact and complete. A few scrapes and dings along with surface deposits, but generally a fine example that displays well on the custom metal stand which is included. Leg breaks could be restored for an additional charge. Museum deaccession.

Ex. Mint Museum of Charlotte, NC. Museum inventory code is written on the bottom. Ex. J. Behnken estate of Atlanta Georgia.

Appox. 11.25" tall. Approx. 12" tall on the stand.

$750

Pre-Columbian Peru Wari Huari Aryballos Olla Vessel Wari (Huari) Aryballos — Peru

700 AD - 1000 AD

A rare Wari aryballo (water transport vessel) from ancient Peru. Redware construction with opposing loop handles and flared spout. At the neck are impressed dots and carved linear geometric decoration. The form is somewhat similar to the later Inca aryballo, but it is unpainted and an unusual shape. The front is rounded (domed) but the reverse is flattened to provide more comfort and stability as the vessel was carried across the back via a woven trump-line that looped through the handles and across the carrier's forehead. In very good condition. One small handle chip has been restored and there is light pitting, mostly around the bottom and the spout, otherwise intact and original. Areas of fire clouding and ample deposits present. A fine example with a nicely burnished surface. Aryballo vessels are seldom seen from this culture. Custom display stand is included. Ex. Jeanne Shifres Estate of New Haven, CT.

Appox. 9" tall x 8" across.

$600

Pre-Columbian Bahia Figural Shaman Effigy Olla Vessel Bahia Figural Olla — Ecuador

300 BC - 500 AD

A Bahia vessel from ancient Ecuador. The vessel is rounded with a flat bottom and has a flared spout. A male figure emerges from the upper shoulder of the vessel. Realistically sculpted head, arms, legs and genitals. He holds a spherical object in his hands. The figure is most likely a depiction of a shaman transforming into animal form; a jaguar or possibly a monkey. The head shows an elongated snout with appliqued nostrils, coffee-bean style eyes and pierced ears. Constructed from buff (tan) terracotta with a burnished orange-red slip on the figure and spout. In fair condition. Assembled from approximately eight original pieces with restored break lines, but appears intact. Some fire clouding and ample deposits present.

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Approx. 5" tall x 6" across.

$600

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

400 AD - 700 AD

A Maya glyph bowl dating to the Classic Period. Rounded bottom with corseted sides; an elegant form. Nicely painted with a band of glyphs or pseudo-glyphs in vibrant shades of red and black against a tan background. Rows of red stripes on the interior rim and below the glyph band. In very good condition. Minor scrapes, dings and paint loss, but intact with no repairs or restoration. Ex. Art For Eternity Gallery, NYC. Ex. Atlanta, GA private collection.

Approx. 3.5" tall x 7.5" across.

$400


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

600 AD - 900 AD

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

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

Approx. 8.5" tall x 9" across.

$2400


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

900 AD - 1200 AD

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

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

$325


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

200 BC - 400 AD

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

Approx. 11" across x 2.25" tall.

$350


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

400 AD - 750 AD

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

Approx 5.25" across x 4.75" tall.

$475

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

300 AD - 700 AD

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

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

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

$700


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

600 AD - 800 AD

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

$225 for both.

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

200 AD - 600 AD

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

Ex. Oxford, N.C. private collection.

Approx. 5" tall x 3.5" across

$400

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

1250 AD - 1450 AD

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

Approx. 7" tall x 7.5" long.

$475

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

800 AD - 1200 AD

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

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

Sizes range from 2.25" to 5" long.

$350 for all nine. Not sold individually.

Costa Rican Pottery Pestles Grinding Tools Figural Pestles — Costa Rica

400 AD - 800 AD

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


Ex. R. Murray collection. Originally acquired in the early 1970s.

Sizes range from 3" to 3.75" tall.

Pestle #1 (left) and #2 (center) have been SOLD. The remaining one (#3, right) is $200.

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

600 AD - 900 AD

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

Just over 10" across x 5.5" tall.

$950

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

300 AD - 600 AD

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

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

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

$1600

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

450 AD - 750 AD

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

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

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

$2500

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

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

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

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

$250 each or $450 for both.

Bahia Blackware Figural Bottle Vessels Bahia Figural Vessels — Ecuador

100 AD - 500 AD

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

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

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

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

Vessel #3 is SOLD #1 & #2 are $300 each or $500 for both

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

100 BC - 250 AD

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

Ex. G. Conaway collection of Oregon.

Approx 6.25" tall X 8" across.

$625

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

350 AD - 600 AD

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

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

$650


Pre-Columbian Moche Pottery Trumpet Moche Trumpet — Peru

400 AD - 700 AD

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

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

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

$550

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

300 BC - 100 BC

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

Approx 5.5" across x 1.75" tall.

$200

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

1100 AD - 1500 AD

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

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

Approx. 6.5" across

$300

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

250 AD - 600 AD

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

Approx. 10" tall x 12.5" across.

$2400

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

1000 AD - 1500 AD

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

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Approx. 4.5" tall x 4" long.

$175

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

1200 AD - 1500 AD

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

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

Approx. 5" tall x 3.75" across

$275

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

100 AD - 400 AD

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

Approx. 7.25" across x 3.5" tall.

$250

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

300 BC - 300 AD

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

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

Approx. 5.25" tall x 6" across

$375

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

100 BC - 250 AD

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

Ex. Alan R. Sawyer collection.

Approx. 3.5" tall x 5" across

$225


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

1000 AD - 1500 AD

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

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

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

Just over 11" tall x 6" across

$1400


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

300 AD - 700 AD

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

Both are ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

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

$300 for both.


Pre Columbian Miniatures Collection Figures Vessels Miniatures Collection — Various Cultures

500 BC - 1500 AD

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

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

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

Sizes from approx. 1.25" tall to 2.25" tall

$1850


Wari Huari Bird Kero Vessel Wari Kero — Peru

650 AD - 800 AD

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

Ex. Tennessee private collection.

Approx. 4.5" tall x 5.5" across

$375


Lambayeqye Naymlap Blackware Vessel Lambayeque Naymlap Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1350 AD

A fine blackware Naymlap libation vessel from the North Coast of Peru. "Lord Naymlap" is the mythological founder of the pre-Chimu dynasty of the Sican-Lambayeque culture of Northern Peru. He is identified as having a human face with slanted eyes and tattoos. Incised lines and dots under his eyes are tears; symbolic of rain as he is the provider of (precious) water for his peoples and their crops. He is seen here flanked by two prone figures representing his descendants; known as the "children of Naymlap". The vessel sits atop a footed base and has a wide strap handle. A frog adorno is on the upper crest of the handle. Condition is quite good, a hole in the back (under the handle) and rediating cracks have been restored otherwise intact. The nicely burnished blackware surface shows light deposits and strong root marks and trails.

Ex. M. Avila collection of Florida.

Approx. 7" tall x 5" across

$400


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

1000 AD - 1400 AD

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

Approx. 6" across x 5" tall.

$325

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

1000 AD - 1500 AD

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

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

$200 each or $550 for all three

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

300 BC - 400 AD

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

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

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

$750


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

900 AD - 1200 AD

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

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

$600 for both


Cocle Frutera Pedestal Bowl Vessel Cocle Pedestal Bowl — Panama

600 AD - 800 AD

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

Approx. 7.5" across x 4" tall.

$175


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

600 AD - 900 AD

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

Ex. Southern Califorina private collection.

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

$3000


Ancient Peruvian Chavin Brownware Stirrup Vessel Chavin Stirrup Vessel — Peru

1000 BC - 400 BC

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

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

Approx. 9" tall x 5.5" across

$750


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

400 AD - 650 AD

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

$250 for both bowls.


Ancient Peruvian Chavin Anthracite Mirror Chavin Stone Mirror — Peru

1200 BC - 1000 BC

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

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

Ex. Frank Tapia collection of New York.

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

$500


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

700 AD - 1500 AD

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

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

Approx. 7.25" tall x 7" across

$1250


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

300 AD - 400 AD

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

Just under 7" across x 5" tall.

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

$675


Cocle Frutera Pedestal Bowl Vessel Cocle Frutera — Panama

600 AD - 800 AD

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

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

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

$525


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

1100 AD - 1450 AD

An unusual Chimu - Inca blackware Achira vessel from ancient Peru. Achira is a tuber-type plant that is high in starch. It is thought these tubers were fermented to produce an alcoholic beverage; similar to Chicha (beer) that was fermented from corn. The vessel sits on a wide footed base and has a rounded body with stepped ridges, tall flared spout and a wide strap handle on the back. The main chamber is a sculpted Achira bulb (Canna Edulis). There are two rhizomes flanking the central chamber. The burnished blackware surface shows moderate deposits, mineralization and light staining from burial. In near excellent condition with only a few small spout chips restored; otherwise intact. A fine example. Ex. T. Stardis collection of Pennsylvania.

I would like to acknowledge Todd Braun for his expertise and help in identifying this rare and interesting phytomorphic vessel.

Just under 6" across x 6" tall

$375



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

400 AD - 650 AD

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

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

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

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

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

Priced individually, or $750 for all three bowls.



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

600 AD - 900 AD

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

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

Approx. 6" tall x 4" across.

$650


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

500 BC - 200 AD

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

Ex. C. Thomas collection of Florida.

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

$200


Nazca Polychrome Birds Pottery Vessel Nazca Birds Vessel — Peru

200 AD - 400 AD

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

Ex. S. Inoa collection of Miami, Florida

Approx. 4" across x 4" tall.

$425



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

250 AD - 650 AD

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

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

Approx. 3" across x 3" tall.

$225



Jalisco Beehive Pottery Vessel Jalisco Beehive Vessel — West Mexico

100 BC - 250 AD

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

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

Approx. 3" across x 3" tall.

$250


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

600 AD - 900 AD

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

Approx. 4.5" tall x 5" across.

$275


Pre-Columbian Colima Incensario Vessel Colima Incensario — West Mexico

250 BC - 250 AD

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

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

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

$250


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

250 BC - 250 AD

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

Ex. private Texas collection.

Approx. 8.5" tall x 7" across.

$675


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

800 BC - 400 BC

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

Ex. Atlanta, Ga. private collection.

Approx. 9" tall x 6.5" across.

$850


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

300 BC - 300 AD

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

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

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

Approx. 9.25" tall x 7.5" across.

$675


Nazca Polychrome Stingray Vessel Nazca Stingray Vessel — Peru

400 AD - 600 AD

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

Approx. 4" tall x 5" across.

$475


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

100 AD - 500 AD

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

Ex. Atlanta, Georgia private collection.

Each is approx. 3" long x 1.75" wide

$500 for all three


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

1000 AD - 1500 AD

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

Ex. R. Murray collection of Georgia.

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

Approx. 9" tall x 6" across

$1500


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

500 BC - 500 AD

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

Approx 6.5" across x 1.5" tall.

$300


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 oval appliques (possibly representing cocoa beans) and a pectoral featuring a human face carved into a curved horn. In one hand he holds a lime dipper (spatula) also having a human face; in the other he holds a lidded "poporo" (lime pot). The lime pot and dipper would have been used for the ingestion of Coca or other hallucinogenic substances. The practice of inhaling hallucinogens was critical to the shamans of Pre-Columbian times. It enabled them to induce shamanic trances and visions. During such altered states of consciousness, shamans would communicate with spiritual beings as well as the deceased, and travel on shamanic journeys in the supernatural realm. Large figures of shamans, such as this one, are indicative of their high status in Jamacoaque culture and are often depicted displaying their ceremonial paraphernalia as symbols of power.

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

Approx 10.5" tall x 5" across.

$3250


Colima Pottery Olla Vessel Small Colima Olla — West Mexico

300 BC - 300 AD

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

Just over 5" across x 4" tall

$225


Nazca Polychrome Striped Vessel Nazca Geometric Polychrome Vessel — Peru

650 AD - 800 AD

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

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

Approx. 4" tall x 5.5" across.

$425


Chimu Blackware Lobster Vessel Chimu Lobster Vessel — Peru

1150 AD - 1400 AD

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

Approx. 6" tall x 8" long.

$275


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

1200 AD - 1500 AD

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

Approx 4.5" tall x 5.5" across.

$325


Chimu Blackware Fruit Gourd Vessel Chimu Fruit Vessel — Peru

1100 AD - 1350 AD

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

Approx 7" tall x 6" across

$375


Maya Fish Bowl Maya Fish Vessel — Guatemala

300 AD - 600 AD

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

Ex. D. Hembrough Collection of Illinois

Approx 11.5" across x 4" tall

$550


Michoacan Figural Incensario Cover Michoacan Incensario Cover — West Mexico

200 BC - 200 AD

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

Approx. 8.5" tall x 7" across.

$650


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

1000 AD - 1500 AD

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

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

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

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

Priced individually or $500 for all three


Mixtec Tripod Grater Bowl Mixtec Tripod Grater Bowl — Mexico

1000 AD - 1500 AD

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

Approx 8.5" across x 3.5" tall.

$225


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

1000 AD - 1500 AD

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

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

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

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

Priced individually or $450 for all three


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

3000 BC - 2500 BC

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

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


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

900 BC - 500 BC

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

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

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


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

100 BC - 500 AD

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

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

Approx 10.5" tall. 12" tall on stand

$1050


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

600 AD - 900 AD

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

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

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

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

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

$475 for both


Costa Rican Axe God Pendants Axe God Pendants — Costa Rica

200 AD - 600 AD

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

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

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



Michoaca Pretty Lady Figure Michoacan Figure — Western Mexico

200 BC - 200 AD

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

Approx. 5" tall x 3" across

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

$195


Chancay Wooden Harpoon Points Chancay Harpoon Points — Peru

1100 AD - 1450 AD

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

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

$75 each or $300 for all five


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

400 BC

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

Approx. 7" across x 7" tall

$325


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

600 AD - 900 AD

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

Approx 6" across x 3.75" tall

$625


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

600 AD - 900 AD

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

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

Approx 9" tall x 6.5" across

$7500


Jalisco Pottery Bowl Jalisco Pottery Bowl — West Mexico

300 BC- 200 AD

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

Approx. 7" across x 5" tall

$250


Chupicuaro Brownware Pottery Vessel Large Chupicuaro Bowl — Mexico

500 BC - 100 BC

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

Approx 11" across x 3" tall

$475


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


Chupicuaro Blackware Tripod Vessel Chupicuaro Tripod Vessel — Mexico

500 BC - 100 BC

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

Just under 9" across x 3" tall

$750


Costa Rican Articulated Tripod Vessel Articulated Tripod Vessel — Costa Rica

1200 AD - 1500 AD

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

Approx. 6.5" tall X 7.5" across.

$950


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

400 AD - 700 AD

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

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

Approx 13.5" tall x 7" across

$600


Chancay Textile Weaving Group Chancay Textile Group — Peru

1100 AD - 1450 AD

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

Frame is approx 17" tall x 13" across

$450


Maya Cylinder Maya Cylinder Vessel — Guatemala, El Salvador

200 AD - 800 AD

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

Approx 4" across x 9" tall

$200



Vera Cruz Spoon Vera Cruz Spoon — Mexico

600 AD - 900 AD

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

Custom display stand is included.

Approx. 12" long x 4.5" wide

$300



Cocle Filtro Large Cocle Filtro — Panama

600 AD - 800 AD

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

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

Approx. 8" tall x 7" across

$950


Casas Grande Bowl Casas Grandes Bowl — Northern Mexico

1200 AD - 1350 AD

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

Approx 5" across x 4" tall

$250


Maya Bowl Maya Bowl — Guatemala

200 AD - 600 AD

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

Approx 6" across x 3 tall

$275



Lambayeque Lobster Vessel Lambayeque Lobster Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1150 AD

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

Approx 7" across x 7" tall

$500



Teotihuacan Bowl Teotihuacan Bowl — Mexico

200 AD - 700 AD

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

Approx. 3" tall x 8.5" across

$250



Small Colima Vessel Small Nayarit Vessel — West Mexico

200 BC - 100 AD

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

Approx. 4" across x 3" tall.

$165



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

400 AD - 700 AD

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

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

Approx. 7.5" tall x 5.5" across

$550



Costa Rican Tripod Costa Rican Tripod Vessel — Costa Rica

400 AD - 700 AD

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

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

Approx. 6" tall x 5.5" across

$325



Moche Protrait Vessel Moche Portrait Vessel — Peru

450 AD - 650 AD

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

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

Approx. 7.5" tall x 5" across

$975



Lambayeque Vessel Lambayeque Vessel — Peru

700 AD - 1250 AD

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

Approx. 6.5" tall x 4" across

$250



Moche Deer Vessel Moche "Deer" Vessel — Peru

200 AD - 450 AD

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

Just over 9" tall x 5" across

$750



Costa Rican Vessel Jalisco Figural Vessel — West Mexico

400 BC

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

Approx. 7" tall

$325


gold nose ring Small Salinar Gold Nose Ring — Peru

400 BC - 200 BC

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

Approx 1.25" x 1"

$450


Ancient, Historic and Contemporary Native American Artifacts

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


Archaic Period Full-groove Trophy Ax Axe Ohio Archaic Trophy Axe — Belmont County, Ohio

3000 BC - 1500 BC

A nice 'full-groove' trophy type axe dating to the Archaic Period of Ohio. Well carved from indigenous hard-stone. In good condition. Has a few small ancient chips and scratches and some more recent plow damage, otherwise intact. Overall a very finely made example with good form. Shows deposits and mineralization on the surface along with ample original polish. No repairs or restoration present. Comes displayed on a custom metal stand.

Ex. Michael Cichon Tribal Arts of Florida. This axe was personally found by Mr. Cichon in 1974 (when he was young) on a family neighbor's farm in Crescent, Ohio.

Approx. 5.75" long x 3" tall. 6.75" tall on the stand.

SOLD


Adena 3-hole Banded Glacial Slate Gorget Adena Gorget — Southeast Ohio

800 BC - 400 BC

A rare three hole gorget from the Adena people of ancient southeastern Ohio. Nicely carved from beautiful banded glacial slate. Still retains its fine original polish and is etched with numerous ancient tally marks on both sides. An unusual example as this type of gorget normally have just two holes. In fair condition. Has a single glued break. The break has not been restored. A few minor (ancient) chips missing alone the edge, otherwise intact and original. Overall a very attractive piece with good deposits and light mineral staining. Displays nicely on the custom metal stand which is included.

Ex. Michael Cichon Tribal Arts of Florida.

Approx. 4" across x 1.5" tall. 4.25" tall on the stand

SOLD


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

19th - 20th Century

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

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

SOLD


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



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

Early 20th Century

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

Approx. 4" tall x 9" across

$450



Mississippian Bowl Mississippian Bowl — Cross County, Arkansas

500 AD - 900 AD

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

Approx. 3" tall x 6" across

$1500



Maricopa Pottery Birds Maricopa Pottery Bowl — Arizona

Late 19th - Early 20th Century

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

Approx. 6.5" tall x 7" across

$200



Jemez Pottery Birds Jemez Pottery Birds — New Mexico

Late 20th Century

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

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

Approx. 2.5" tall x 7" long

$225



Jemez Bowl Jemez Pottery Bowl — New Mexico

Late 20th Century

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

Approx. 2.5" tall x 3.5" across

$100


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