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Welcome to the Pre-Columbian Gallery. Here I will offer quality, yet affordable, authentic artifacts from throughout the Americas. This gallery will be regularly updated so check back often. Please ask if you would like additional photos or more in-depth descriptions.
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NOTE: All items being offered on this website have appropriate provenance and are legal to buy and own under the United States statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, Chapter 14. Every purchase comes with a written certificate of authenticity (COA) and are fully guaranteed to be as described. Provenance and accurate, detailed condition information is included with each listing.

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Pre-Columbian Teotihuacan Articulated Puppet Figure Ancient Mexico Teotihuacan Articulated Figure — Valley of Mexico

400 AD -650 AD

A rare Teotihuacan articulated figure dating to the Early Xololpan Period of ancient central Mexico. Figures of this type, sometimes called 'puppet' figures, have separately formed (movable) arms and legs tied to the body/head with string. Articulated figures are more common in Teotihuacan art, but were also made by other Mesoamerican cultures. As is typical of the type and period, the figure is nude with the exception of large ear spools and a wide, beaded necklace. Considerable yellow ocher pigment remaining along with other deposits. Some fire clouding on one arm. In fair condition. Glued breaks at the top of the left arm. The top of the head and one ear spool are chipped. The left leg is a modern replacement. Assembled with modern string. Minor losses and breaks could be restored upon request. Ex. D. Beecroft collection of Los Angles.

Approx. 5.5" tall.

$500

Pre-Columbian Teotihuacan Miniature Family Group Ancient Mexico Teotihuacan Miniature Group Scene — Valley of Mexico

125 AD -350 AD

An ultra-rare miniature Teotihuacan figural family group dating the late Miccaotli to early Tlamimilolpa Periods. A tiny Teotihuacan platform group made from gray terracotta with traces of yellow ochre and white paint remaining. It depicts three figures; a mother, child and father. An endearing scene! All are meticulously sculpted in fine detail. Both adults wear headdresses and the male has a waist wrap. In very good condition considering the incredible fragility of the piece. The male figure has been reattached at the base and elbow. Minimal losses to the base and large figures, but there is no new material or restoration. An extremely rare, possibly unique example. Minor damage could be restored, but I chose to leave this piece all original.

Ex. B. Rogers collection of CA, originally collected early 1970s; Ex. D. DeRoche of CA; Ex. M. Cichon Tribal Arts Gallery, Sarasota, FL.

Approx. 1.75" long x 1.50" tall x 1.25" wide.

$600

Pre-Columbian Chimu Silver Royal Scepter Staff Chimu Silver Scepter — Peru

1000 AD – 1400 AD

A magnificent Chimu royal scepter from ancient Peru. The long handle is topped by a large rounded plaque depicting a deity in combat. The deity likely represents the mythological 'Sky God', typically referred to as Wrinkle Face. He is portrayed in characteristic fashion, wearing a serpent belt and holding zoomorphic 'weapons'. In one hand he holds intertwined snakes. In the other hand he thrusts a zoomorphic creature toward his opponent. His weapon is a lizard-type creature; probably an iguana as Wrinkle Face is often depicted with an iguana companion. He is engaged in a fierce battle with his enemy; an underworld serpent monster with curled body, large head baring fangs and protruding tongue. An intense scene showing much mythological symbolism. The upper handle of the scepter features six superbly detailed monkeys. Each monkey has inlaid green-stone eyes. Other green stone inlays decorate the main battle scene. In near excellent condition. Two or three stone inlays appear to be missing from the plaque, otherwise intact and complete. Moderate deposits overall, more heavily encrusted in the deep crevices. A large and amazing example of ancient Peruvian metalwork. Displays impressively on a custom metal stand which is included.
Ex. Tennessee collection. Ex. Florida artifact dealer.

Approx. 19.5" tall x 5.5” wide. Just over 21" tall on the display stand.

$4500 RESERVED - SALE PENDING

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Nicoya Polychrome Urn Vessel Nicoya Polychrome Urn — Costa Rica

1000 AD – 1300 AD

A huge and exceptional Costa Rican polychrome vessel dating to Period IV. The urn is corseted and wide-mouthed with a flared base. An elegant form that is profusely painted in fine detail. It features three figures in elaborate ceremonial regalia; large headdresses, ear spools and other adornments. The three figures are separated by pairs of ascending & descending columns depicting 'Quetzalcoatl', the feathered serpent. Rows of serpent heads surround the top and base. The figures are shown performing a ceremonial ritual. They are gesturing toward the descending serpents and appear to be coaxing Quetzalcoatl back to the underworld. The cult of the Feathered Serpent was prolific in Mesoamerican during this period and was prevalent in both Maya and Costa Rican art. The style of the figures is strikingly similar to figures depicted on Maya pottery from El Salvador, Nicaragua and Honduras. It shows strong Maya influence in coloration, style and overall motif. There is an ancient kill hole in the bottom of the vase, suggesting it was ritually 'killed' upon completion of the ceremony, resulting in the damage that is a part of its history and ceremonial use. In good condition. It has approx. 10 re-glued large (original) shards on one side of the upper section and also on one side of the base. Minor losses replaced, the breaks lines restored (inside and out) along with light paint touch ups. Ample root marks and mineral deposits remain. An incredible example that displays dramatically. Ex. G. Alderman collection of Georgia.

Approx. 12.25” tall x 10” wide.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Maya Mayan Mold Cast Casting Maya Mold & Casting — Guatemala

600 AD - 900 AD

A small Maya terracotta mold from the Central Highlands of (Classic Period) Guatemala. Molds like this were used by the Maya and many other Mesoamerican cultures to mass-produce pottery and figural ceramics. This mold depicts a person of the ruling class wearing a large headdress, ear spools, necklace and wrist bands. The mold is in good condition. It has a stable hairline crack at the lower leg area, otherwise intact with no restoration. The casting is modern. Custom metal display stands are included. Ex. M. Dailey collection of N.C.

Mold is approx. 3.75" tall x 2.75" wide. Just over 4.5" on the stand.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Tiwanaku Stone Arrow Points Bolivia Tiwanaku Stone Arrow Points — Bolivia

1500 BC - 200 BC

A fine collection of eleven (11) Tiwanaku arrowheads dating from the Early Formative to Late Formative Periods. Made from various types of stone; three are quartz. These have been found at early sites throughout the Titicaca Basin, but in-depth research has only recently begun. Made for both hunting and warfare, the serrated-edge variety are thought to have been made solely for war/battle. All are intact and in near excellent condition. Sizes range from approx. 0.75" to 3" long. Ex. William (Bill) Stelzer collection of NH.

Click here for a PDF of "Tiwanaku Projectile-Point Analysis" by John Wymer Bursary.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Maya Old God Pottery Head Pendant Maya 'Old God' Pendant — Guatemala

200 AD - 400 AD

A Maya pottery pendant dating to the Pre-Classic period of ancient Guatemala. An early depiction of the Maya 'Old God'. The Old God is among the Maya's oldest and most revered deities. Shown here with wrinkles across the cheeks and forehead, as is typical. This example is sculpted from dense (heavy) terracotta clay with a dark brown patina and shows considerable wear; worn smooth from extended use, especially on the nose and mouth areas. It has a vertical suspension hole from the back to the top to allow for wearing as a pendant on a necklace. A horizontal hole through the sides would likely held feathers, beads or other decorative embelishments. In very good condition. Somewhat eroded along the lower face, but is completely intact, never broken and with no repairs or restoration. A very rare artifact and quite large for a pendant.

Ex. John Behnkin estate of Atlanta, Georgia.

Approx. 2" tall x 2" across.

$150

Pre-Columbian Tiwanaku Tihuanaco Bolivian Polychrome Pottery Bowl Cup Vessel Tiwanaku Polychrome Bowl — Bolivia

600 AD - 800 AD

Small Tiwanaku bowl from the Lake Titicaca region of the Bolivian highlands. The vessel sits on a flat bottom with widely flared sides. At the rim is an anthrompomophic adorno in the from of a stylized head. The interior is boldly painted in vibrant shades of orange-red, yellow and white with black outlines done in traditional abstract geometric patterns. In good condition. Two rim losses have been restored along with light paint touch ups. Deposits and mineralization present.

Ex. Barney Mallonee Collection.

Approx. 2.5" tall x 4.5" across

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Mezcala Green Stone Beads Face Pendant Mask Necklace Mezcala Stone Beads & Pendant — Guerrero, Mexico

Circa. 500 BC

A fine group of very early Mezcala stone beads and head (mask/face) pendant from the mountainous region of Guerrero in modern-day Mexico. All show mineralization and calcified surface deposits. The Mezcala culture is famous for its prolific production of stone jewelry, figural sculpture, animal effigies and architectural models.

Top - A group of 31 beads, fashioned from similar but varying shades of light green stone. All are bi-conically drilled and are in excellent (wearable) condition. The strand totals 11" in length. The beads could be easily re-strung into a necklace or divided to make bracelets, earrings or pendants. Modern beads could also be added to create stunning, wearable ancient art. The beads generally flatish and circular. They measure from approximately half an inch to over 1 inch across. $400 for all 31 beads.

Bottom - A nicely polished green-stone head pendant with drilled eyes and groove-cut mouth. The face is highly stylized and abstract as is common for very early Mezcala stone pieces. Bi-conically drilled at the top and back for suspension as a necklace pendant. Approximately 1.25" x 1". $200

Ex. C. Regueira collection of Florida.

Priced individually, or $500 for the beads and pendant.

Pre-Columbian Narino Shell Whistle Ocarina Narino Shell-form Whistles — Colombia

1250 AD - 1500 AD

Two shell-form whistles from Tuza cultural complex of the Narino, Highlands region. Both are side-blown whistles that are played "soda-bottle" style. Somewhat difficult to play, but once mastered, can produce a variety of notes. Not true ocarinas, but both have a single (additional) finger hole to increase the tonal range.

Whistle 1 (left). A basic shell form with burnished surface. Painted in red geometric decoration and has a suspension hole tied with (possibly ancient) twine. Minor paint loss, otherwise perfect. Ex. M. Dailey, NC. Just over 2" x 1.5". $175

Whistle 2 (right). A large burnished redware conical shell with central core. Topped by a figure wearing a necklace and arms to the front. A band of incising around the middle with stepped pyramid and geometric motifs. Near excellent condition. A small, stable hairline crack by the front blow-hole, otherwise intact. Approx. 5.25" x 2.25". Custom stand included. A rare type. Ex. R. Murray, GA. $400

See Labbe's 'Columbia Before Columbus', page 138 - 139 for a similar examples and additional info.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Maya Mayan Stone Double Mortar Pigment Grinder Guatemala Maya Stone Double Mortar — Guatemala

100 BC - 300 AD

A rare and exceptional Maya stone (basalt) double mortar (grinding receptacle) dating from the Proto-Classic to very early Classic Period. Double (tandem) containers on a single platform are also found in other Mesoamerican cultures and are almost always associated with a sacred use. Not necessarily ceremonial/ritual, but the materials placed within them were considered precious. This example was obviously used for grinding pigments. Much of the surface is embedded with traces of red pigment, either cinnabar or hematite. Both cinnabar and the more easily accessible hematite were used by the Maya for decorating pottery vessels and other sacred items. In very good, near choice condition. One corner of the base has an ancient chip (loss) otherwise intact. Surfaces are worn smooth from extended use and handling. Approx. 4.5" x 2.25" x 2.5".

NOTE: Also included is a nodule of hematite ore in its natural state. The type of ore used by the Maya to create red pigment.

Ex. Marc Schmitt of Indiana, Ex. C. Regueira of Florida.

$600

Pre-Columbian Veracruz Vera Cruz Standing Figure Litter Corral Swinging Noble Veracruz Figure on Litter — Mexico

500 AD - 700 AD

A large buff-tan terracotta Veracruz sculpture depicting a priest standing on a platform. Scenes of this type have been described in various ways. The most common interpretation is described as a priest or person of nobility standing inside a litter which would have been carried during ceremonial rituals. Other scholars have described them as 'corralled' or 'swinging' figures. The figure stands on the platform (throne) with hands holding the sloping side rails. He/she wears an elaborate costume with large feathered helmet-type headdress and a wide, fringed panel across the forehead with bird ornament. The lower face is covered by a buccal (skin) mask indicating the scene is associated with springtime planting, fertility and rebirth. He is also adorned with earspools having long, thick central post and heavy beaded necklace. He is clothed in a skirt and cape (quexquemitl). In good condition with restored losses as is typical. One side rail, below the hand, and the front corner of the base have been restored. Headdress losses, feather tips, etc. have been reattached or restored, but generally intact and original. Ample manganese and other surface deposits present. Overall a fine example that is larger than most of this type.

Approx. 10" tall x 6" wide x 4" deep.

See page 60, fig. 64 of the book "Ceremonial Sculpture of Ancient Veracruz, Long Island University" for a very similar example and additional info.

Ex. B. Deshaies collection of California.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Ecuador Valdivia Palmer Stone Idol Figures Valdivia Palmer Stone Idols — Ecuador

4000 BC - 3500 BC

Two very early Valdivia 'Palmer Stones' from ancient Ecuador. Carved from sedimentary stone with incised details, these highly abstract figures are thought to be female fertility idols and are among the earliest known forms of art in the Americas. Carved from light tan and gray stone. The tan one is exceptionally large. Both in near excellent condition and show light mineralization and deposits. Both have stable cracks that are natural inclusions in the stones along with other ancient surface losses. Large idol has a tiny chip by one eye. Ex. R. Murray collection of GA. These are the last two Palmer Stones from that collection. These and other artifacts were found by Mr. Murray himself while overseeing the dredging of shrimp ponds along the interior coastline of Ecuador in the early 1970s.

Larger is approx. 3" tall. Smaller is approx. 1.75" tall.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Chancay Wooden Carved Wood Dogs Lid Vessel Cover Peruvian Peru Chancay Wooden Lid with Dogs — Northern Peru

900 AD - 1300 AD

An extremely rare and unusual Chancay wood carving from the North Coast of ancient Peru. It appears to be a lid for a bowl or pottery vessel; most likely to cover a container and protect food-stuffs or crop seeds from rodents and/or insects. The thin, slightly domed platform is topped by two well-carved 'viringos' (canines/dogs) facing one another. The dogs are realistically executed with upturned tails and finely carved faces. Although wooden artifacts from this region are rare there are some survivors due to the arid climate. Overall in very good condition. Minor chips missing from the dogs ears, light insect damage along with a glued break near the middle of the platfrom, otherwise intact and original. Scattered surface deposits of salt/lime embedded in the crevices. An exceptional and possibly unique example that displays well on a custom metal stand. Cute piece! Ex. M. Dailey collection of Charlotte, NC.

Approx. 5.5" across x 3" tall. Approx 6.5" tall on the stand.

$725

Pre-Columbian Colima Redware Lentiod Vessel Olla Bowl West Mexico Colima Lentoid Vessel — West Mexico

100 BC - 250 AD

A large Colima redware vessel dating to West Mexico's Classic Period. A simple, yet beautiful form with a wide, flared spout tapering to a sharply angled shoulder. In near excellent condition. Some light surface wear and minor abrasions. Completely intact, never broken. A refined and elegant example that displays dramatically. Ex. Arte Primitivo, NYC. Ex. NY private collection, acquired circa 1970.

Approx. 11" across x 6" tall.

$850

Pre-Columbian  Moche IV Seated Lord Dignitary Pottery Stirrup Vessel Peruvian Peru Moche Seated Lord — Northern Peru

500 AD - 600 AD

An exceptional Moche seated lord (Cazique) from ancient northern Peru, dating to Phase IV. A lovely bi-chrome example, nicely executed in shades of red/brown and cream. It depicts a realistically sculpted, seated dignitary (lord) with a stern, yet serene expression. He sits with legs crossed and hands resting on the knees. He wears a conical hat, cape with lappetts across the shoulders, wrist ornaments (bracelets) and a belt that holds an ornate back-flap at the rear. The back-flap shows an arrangment of 'bells' which (in real life) would have been made of hollow copper spheres with clackers inside. An arched stirrup handle is attached at the head and back and is topped by a short cylindrical spout, typical of Phase IV pottery. In near excellent condition. One small chip at the rim of the spout has been restored otherwise completely intact and unbroken. A hand-written collection number on the bottom along with light wear, moderate surface deposits and mineralization. A classic example of Moche imagery and craftsmanship. Not often seen in such pristine and original condition.

Ex. M. Dailey collection of Charlotte, NC.

Approx. 8.5" tall, 4,5" wide and 7" deep.

$950

Pre-Columbian Peruvian Peru Tumi Ceremonial Copper Bronze Knives Blades Chimu-Inca Copper Tumi Knives — Peru

800 AD - 1200 AD

Three copper ceremonial tumi knives from ancient Peru, dating to the Chimu-Inca transitional period. All are well cast in copper with encrusted surfaces. In good, intact condition with minor chips and patina loss, mostly at the edges. All are nicely displayed on custom metal stands. Ex. M. Dailey collection of Charlotte, NC.

Tumi #1 (left) is approx. 5.5" tall and has a stylized face punched into the top, just under the blade. $175

Tumi #2 (center) is just under 7" tall, heavily cast and has a finely incised snake (or fish) carved into the handle. A rare example. $250

Tumi #3 (right) is approx. 6.25" tall and is a chisel form. $125

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Chorrera Seated Pottery Figure Ecuador Chorrera Seated Figure — Ecuador

800 BC - 300 BC

A small Chorrera seated figure from ancient Ecuador. A hand-formed (solid sculpted) figure, likely of a female. She sits with legs crossed in the front and both hands resting at the knees. The elongated head is covered by a turban-style headwrap with incised and applique decoration. In good condition. Intact, with no cracks, breaks, repairs or restoration. Some surface wear; the face and headdress are slightly eroded along with light scratches and dings overall.

Ex. M. Dailey collection of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 2.5" tall x 2.25" across.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Inca Inka Stone Mace Head Inca Mace Head — North Coast Peru

1300 AD - 1500 AD

A nice Inca (Inka) stone mace head from northern Peru. Carved from a dark gray-black hardstone typical of Inca mace heads. Done in a scalloped form, with rounded lobes along the outer edge. A large central hole which allowed the mace to be secured to a wooden club handle. In excellent condition. Some minor surface wear along with light scratches and dings on the outer edges. Appears to have been used in battle, but has no cracks, breaks or repairs. Displays well on the custom metal stand which is included. A fine example and an uncommon form.

Ex. M. Dailey collection of Atlanta, GA.

Mace is approx. 2.75" across x .75" thick. Overall height, 5.5" tall on the stand.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Chupicuaro Ribbed Tripod Bowl Vessel West Mexico Chupicuaro Tripod Bowl — West Mexico

800 BC - 200 AD

A large and unusual Chupicuaro tripod bowl from the Guanajuato River Valley region of ancient west Mexico. Finely crafted, the bowl sits on three rounded feet. The upper shoulder has thick horizontal ribs with the outer ridge decorated with four coffee-bead shaped adornos. The highly burnished surface is in shades of orange-brown with areas of fire clouding. In very good, near excellent condition. Small rim chips and a few scratches, otherwise completely intact and original with no cracks, breaks or repairs. Ample manganese and mineral deposits, mostly on the interior. An exceptional example.
Ex. M. Dailey collection of Charlotte, N.C.

Approx. 4" tall x 8" across.

$385

Pre-Columbian Moche Copper Tumi Knife Ceremonial Blade Moche Copper Tumi — North Coast Peru

100 AD - 700 AD

An exceptional Moche copper tumi (ceremonial blade) from the northern coast of ancient Peru. Heavily cast in a copper/bronze alloy. The tumi has a rounded crescent-shaped blade with squared, rectangular handle that is topped by a large bird. The bird is perched on a small platform with two bells attached. The bird is shown with wings tucked to the sides. The beak is long and curved, likely depicting a heron, toucan or other bird native to the region. In good condition. The tumi is intact with no repairs or restoration. Only a very small loss near the corner of the blade. Unfortunately, the tumi has been cleaned and much of the ancient patina has been removed. Still retains some green oxidation in the deeper recesses and the bells are completely filled with oxidized encrustation. Despite being cleaned it is an impressive example and a very rare type. Displays well on the custom metal stand which is included.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate collection of Atlanta, GA.

Tumi is approx. 7” tall. Bird is 5" long. Overall, 8.5" tall on the stand.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Chavin Stone Mace Head Chavin Stone Mace Head — Northern Peru

700 BC - 400 BC

An early stone club head (mace) from ancient Peru. A round mace with sharply angled central ridge, tapered and flared at the top and bottom with a large center hole for attachment to a club handle. Carved from a dark gray/green hard-stone with black specks. In poor condition. Broken and having considerable edge chipping along the outer ridge. A large (original) piece of the bottom has been reattached and edge losses restored to better appear (display) as a complete mace. The restored areas are slightly different in color and restoration is obvious under close inspection.

Ex. Tribal Treasures Gallery of Tucson AZ. Prior to that, ex. Oscar Zelenya estate collection, Germantown, MD.

Approx. 2.75” across x 2” tall.

$185

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Shark-leg Tripod Rattle Vessel Costa Rican 'Shark Leg' Tripod Vessel — Costa Rica

400 AD - 700 AD

Costa Rican tripod rattle vessel dating to the late Phase IV period into early Phase V. The round-bodied vessel is supported by three hollow legs and two opposing loop handles at the rim. The legs are sculpted to represent stylized sharks. Each leg contains a single, large rattle-ball. Buff terracotta exterior with an orange-red slip on the inside. In good condition. One leg has been broken and reattached with break lines restored, otherwise intact and original. Some surface erosion and deposits present overall. Appears near choice and displays nicely. Ex. R. Murray collection of GA.

Approx. 4.75" tall x 6.25" across

$225

Pre-Columbian Nazca Masked Feline Stirrup Vessel Nazca 'Masked Feline' Stirrup Vessel — Peru

200 AD - 300 AD

A large Nazca dual-spout globular stirrup vessel dating to Phase III. Each side depicts a spotted feline wearing a 'mouth mask' with peppers attached. This design represents a small cat from the Nazca region known locally as a pampas cat (Felis Colocolo). This 'masked mythical' version of the spotted cat first appeared in Phase II. During Phase III plant forms were incorporated which links this imagery to agriculture and fertility. The spotted cat became more angular during Phase IV. This example is boldly polychrome painted in shades of red, orange, purple, brown, cream and black. In fair to good condition. Moderate deposits and surface pitting overall; more deeply pitted on the bottom. Minor edge chips and restoration to both spouts along with light paint retouching. Generally intact and complete with no cracks and never broken. A sizable example that displays well on a custom metal ring base.

For additional info and illustrations of this type see 'A Sourcebook of Nazca Ceramic Iconography' by D. Proulx - pages 88-89, Fig. 5.58

Ex. Harmer Rooke Gallery, NYC, acquired in 1995.

Approx. 7.5" tall x 6" across. Approx. 7.75" tall on the stand.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Peru Lambayeque Silver Ear Spools Flares Lambayeque Silver Ear Spools — Peru

750 AD - 1350 AD

An amazing pair of silver ear ornaments from the Lambayeque culture of north-coast Peru. A large, matched pair of flared ear spools with thick posts. Finely cast from silver, showing moderate tarnishing and green 'verdigris' encrustation, mostly on the back. One has red pigment remaining inside. In very good condition. Both are intact. One spool has a hairline crack and several tiny holes, but overall both are stable, complete and original with no repairs or restoration. A lovely and rare matching set that displays impressively on a custom metal stand. Ex. A. Sarmiento of Miami. Ex. Rodrigues family collection of Miami.

Each is approx. 2.5" across x 2" long.

$775

Pre-Columbian Maya Mayan Copador Chiefs Bowl Vessel Maya Copador 'Chiefs' Bowl — Honduras/El Salvador

600 AD - 900 AD

A large and exceptional Maya Copador bowl dating to the late Classic Period. An elegant form with deeply corseted (carinated) sides and rounded base with slightly depressed ribs. Beautifully painted in shades of red and black against a vibrant orange background. On the exterior is a wide painted band of six (6) seated lords. Their hands are gesturing forward toward speech scrolls and/or presenting offerings. The interior features a row of five (5) stylized vultures, with speech symbols expelling from their beaks. The birds surround a central 'Lamat' glyph which represents the eighth day of the Maya ceremonial calendar. This day was associated with the 'Heavenly Dragon', a mythological creature that symbolizes the planet Venus. In good condition. Assembled from several original pieces with restored break lines and very minor paint touch ups. Light surface wear and a few scrapes and dings as would be expected. Ample organic surface deposits present. Overall a fine and classic example of Maya Copador pottery. Larger than most of this type and displays dramatically.

Ex. Tribal Treasures Gallery of Tucson, Arizona. Acquired from the estate of Armando Lara of San Jose, California. Originally collected in 1969.

Approx. 8.25" across x just over 3" tall.

$650

Pre-Columbian Inca Blackware Pepinos Stirrup Vessel Inca 'Pepinos' Stirrup Vessel — Peru

1300 AD - 1500 AD

An unusual Inca stirrup vessel from ancient Peru. This blackware example has a phytomorphic motif, showing three realistically sculpted and stacked pepinos topped by an arched stirrup handle and tall spout with a flared rim. It has a stepped pyramid adorno at the base of the spout. The vessel is in good condition. Several cracks on one lower chamber have been restored along with a small rim chip on the spout, otherwise intact and original. The surface is lightly burnished and shows strong mineral deposits and some root marks. Has not been overly cleaned. A rare type and an attractive example that displays well.

Pepinos are a sweet edible fruit that is native to the temperate Andean regions of Peru. The pepino plant is not known to grow in the wild and its exact origins are unclear.

Just over 9" tall x 4.5" across.

Ex. private estate collection from Phoenix, AZ.

$375

Pre-Columbian Quimbaya Bowl Pot Vessel Stand Quimbaya Bowl Stand — Colombia

1000 AD - 1400 AD

A very rare Quimbaya incised polychrome bowl stand from the Middle Cauca Region. These hollow, cylindrical 'pot stands' were made to support round-bottomed bowls or other types of vessels. It has deeply corseted sides with the appliqued head and arms of a human figure in high relief on each side. Beautifully painted in shades of orange, red and black with intricately incised geometric decoration all around the exterior. Although red and black wares are more common, these tri-colored incised and appliqued polychrome wares are an exception. This type have been found mainly in the northern Caldas region of the Middle Cauca zone. In fair to good condition. A 3-inch (stabilized) hairline crack at the base and a section of the upper rim has been replaced (restored), otherwise intact and original. Moderate surface deposits inside and out. An attractive example and a seldom seen type.

See Labbe's 'Columbia Before Columbus', page 90 - photo 70 for a similar example and additional info.

Just over 6" tall x 5" across.

Ex. H. Nguyen collection of Virginia.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Chimu Inca Tweezers Silver Tumbaga Chimu-Inca Tweezers — Peru

1000 AD - 1500 AD

A fine collection of Chimu-Inca metal tweezers from Northern Peru. Four are silver and one is tumbaga (gold/copper alloy). These tweezers (depilatory tools) were used by the men (and likely women as well) to remove facial and body hair. Grooming implements like these were used by many ancient American cultures, long before the introduction of razors. All are in very good, near choice condition; intact and useable. One (at the left) has two small dents on one side. The largest has a tiny split (crack) at the edge. All show light deposits and surface tarnishing which could be cleaned (polished) if desired. The rectangular example has a small hole at the top for suspension. All are well made and sturdy. They could be placed on necklaces and be wearable as pendants.

Sizes range from the smallest at 3/4" long to the largest at 2" long.

The large example is Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA. The other four are Ex. Brian Cullity collection of Massachusetts.

$475 for the group of five.

Pre-Columbian Maya Mayan Stone Mace Head Maya Stone Mace Head — Guatemala or Belize

450 AD - 650 AD

A rare Maya stone mace dating to the Early Classic Period. Nicely carved from translucent stone. Archeological studies have shown that this opaque alabaster (translucent travertine) was used mainly during the Early Classic period, but the precise origin of the stone is unknown. Typically seen carved into thin-walled bowls, cups and other vessels; sometimes used in finely carved glyph panels. Alabaster (travertine) was a highly valued material and was only used to carve objects for those of elite status. This mace head was likely ceremonial and never intended for use in battle. It has a face carved into one side. The face is relief carved with a prominent nose, oval (coffee-bean) type eyes and ears to the sides. There is a large hole through the center to allow attachment to the club handle. Ample mineralization, deposits and light staining present overall along with minor surface wear. In fair condition. Broken into two pieces with a restored vertical break along one ear and a one inch section along the back replaced. Repairs are visible under bright light. A seldom seen example that displays well on a custom metal stand.

Approx. 2.5” tall x 3" wide x 3.5” long. Approx. 6” tall on the display stand.

Ex. Tribal Treasures Gallery of Tucson, AZ. From the estate of Oscar Zelenya – Germantown, MD.

$450

Pre-Columbian Peru Chimu Lambayeque Monkey Blackware Vessel Chimu/Lambayeque Monkey Vessel — Peru

1100 AD - 1400 AD

A cute Chimu monkey vessel from ancient Peru. It depicts a squatting monkey with front paws resting on the knees. Behind the figure is a wide strap handle that connects to a spout. The tapered spout shows Lambayeque influence. The monkey and spout sit atop a squared lower chamber with flared sides. A nicely sculpted and lightly burnished blackware example that is in near excellent condition. A small stress crack or firing flaw just behind the base of the monkey, otherwise completely intact and original with no repairs or restoration. Light surface deposits and earthen encrustation present overall.

Ex. S. Tyson collection of Florida.

Approx. 6" tall x 5.5" long.

$225

Pre-Columbian Ecuador/Columbia Narino Figural Pedestal Bowl Vessel Narino Figural Vessel — Ecuador/Colombia

750 AD - 1150 AD

A rare Narino figural pedestal bowl (chalice) from the Carchi-Narino region - Capuli cultural complex located at the border of Ecuador and Colombia. A hand-built pottery sculpture covered in a red slip and painted in black designs done in negative resist. It shows a standing figure holding a large bowl atop his head and hands; a type is referred to as 'Atlantean Figures'. The figure is that of a coca chewer (coquero). A bulge in the cheek represents a wad of coca leaves (called a quid) that is being chewed to release its narcotic properties; likely to induce a shamanic trance. In fair to good condition. The upper bowl and forearms have been assembled from original pieces, break lines restored and paint touched up as needed. For a similar example see: Labbe, Armand J. "Colombia Before Columbus: Ceramic Art of Prehispanic Colombia." page 140, fig 119.

Ex. Collection of Imer & Nicholas Molbar. Collected between 1960 & 1978.

Approx. 8.25" tall x 6" wide.

$675

Pre-Columbian Peru Inca Portrait Head Cup Goblet Vessel Inca Portrait Head Kero — Peru

1400 AD - 1550 AD

An exceedingly rare Inca portrait kero (cup/goblet) from the north coast of Peru. Nicely sculpted and polychrome painted in shades of red, cream white and black. His face shows a partially open mouth with teeth exposed and wearing a small a nose ornament. The spout and underside of the rim are decorated with linear geometric designs. Although few of this type are known to exist, it is thought they represent actual people; a ruler, shaman or individual of high social status. In poor condition. The face, one ear and front spout are original, but the neck, base, back of the head and rear spout area have been replaced and restored to match. Light surface wear and scattered deposits present. Despite considerable restoration, it is an exceptional example that appears intact and complete.

Ex. V. Hansen collection, FL. Acquired from Michael Cichon Tribal Arts Gallery.

Approx. 4.5" tall x 4" across.

$425

Pre-Columbian Peru 

 Inca Maternal Figure Figural Vessel Chimu-Inca Maternal Vessel — Peru

1150 AD - 1450 AD

A rare Chimu-Inca figural vessel depicting a standing female figure with two small children at her sides. An unusual example as adults are typically shown with infants; this depicts older children, probably twins clinging to their mother. The mother is shown with a realistically sculpted face, long hair draping from behind her ears and hands held to her chin. The children appear nude except for their pointed conical hats. The vessel is topped by a wide, flared spout which is common for Chimu-Inca transitional pottery of this period. Blackware terracotta construction; the vessel has a nicely burnished surface with earthen encrustation on the interior. In very good, near excellent condition. A small chip at the rim of the spout has been restored, otherwise completely intact and original. Light surface wear and scattered exterior deposits present, mainly in the deep crevices. An exceptional example and a very uncommon type. Seldom seen in such pristine condition.

Ex. T. Oleson collection of Washington state. Originally collected in the early 1960s.

Approx. 7.5" tall x 5" across.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Columbia San Agustin Figural Urn Vessel San Agustin Figural Vessel — Colombia

600 BC - 100 BC

A large San Agustin figural urn dating to the Horqueta Period. A beautifully crafted, burnished brownware vessel with a lintoid body and footed base. Just below the flared rim is a highly stylized face and arms resting on the upper shoulder. This simplistic, almost abstract form is typical of the period and are more minimalist than the later Tairona types. In good condition; restored from several large pieces and a few smaller shards. Minor chips have been replaced; otherwise intact and original. Light exterior deposits and soil encrustation, mainly on the interior. A striking example that is substantial in size. Ex. D. Marotti collection of Arkansas.

Approx. 9" tall x 10" wide.

$675

Pre-Columbian Peru Moche Aryballos Urn Vessel Moche Aryballos — Peru

300 AD - 600 AD

A nice Moche aryballos from ancient Peru, dating to Phase IV. It has a spherical body with rounded bottom and tall flared spout. There are two nubbin adornos (handles) on the upper shoulder, just below the spout. Constructed of orange-red terracotta with areas of cream-white pigment around each handle. On the front and back sides are 2.5 inch diameter circular recessed impressions which may have once contained additional painted designs. Vessels of this type (called aryballos) were typically utilitarian and used for the storage of liquids such as water and corn beer, called 'chicha'. In very good, near excellent condition. A couple of small chips are missing at the side of one adorno; otherwise completely intact and original. Never broken and has no repairs or restoration. Displays well in the custom metal tripod ring stand that is included.

Ex. T. Oleson collection of Washington state. Originally collected in the early 1960s.

Approx. 8" tall x 5" across. Just over 9" tall on the stand.

$250

Pre-Columbian Mexico Colima Janus Tlaloc Incensarion Braizer Rain God Figure Colima 'Tlaloc' Incensario — West Mexico

100 BC - 250 AD

A large Colima pottery incensario dating to the Late Formative Period - Comala Phase. A depiction of the Rain God 'Tlaloc' shown in Janus-form as he looks to the future while also looking into the past. Constructed of buff terracotta with two conjoined seated figures topped by a tall arched handle. A serpent slithers from the top of the handle into and protruding from one head. The two heads form the basket (receptacle) that held the burning copal incense. Tlaloc is shown here with prominent genitals, large eyes and other applique features. One figure has the hands resting on the knees; the reverse side is without arms and has a slightly smaller head. Tlaloc (Tlá-loch) - the god of rain, agriculture and fire - was one of the most ancient and widespread deities in all of Mesoamerica. Tlaloc was thought to live atop the mountains, especially ones covered by clouds; from there he sent rains, oversaw the growth of crops (maize, etc.) and insured the regular cycle of the seasons. Called 'Chaac' by the Maya and 'Cocijo' by the Zapotec, his origins can be traced back to Teotihuacan and the earlier Olmec. This example is a classic representation of Tlaloc as depicted by the Colima culture. In fair to good condition. Nicely assembled from approx. 12 pieces with break lines visible, but is all original and has no restoration. Break lines could be restored (upon request) but displays well as is.

Ex. Estate of Sylvie Gallagher of New York City. Originally collected between 1950 and 1970.

Approx. 16.25" tall x 6.5" across.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Peru Chimu Inca Figural Vessel Spondylus Shell Bearer Chimu-Inca Figural Vessel — Peru

1150 AD - 1450 AD

A Chimu-Inca figural vessel depicting a rotund female figure holding a large spondylus shell. Spondylus shell was highly valued by all Pre-Columbian cultures, even more than gold. The spondylus shell (thorny or spiny oyster) was found in Pacific coastal waters from Panama to Northern Peru and was traded extensively throughout the Americas. Spondylus held important ceremonial and ritual significance; when carved, the shells revealed layers of vibrant colors in white, orange and pink. Andean cultures used complete spondylus shells in ceremonial rituals and they were also cut into smaller pieces and used in jewelry, inlays, as trade currency and placed in burials. The shell's form was also carved into stone and shown in pottery effigies. This figural blackware vessel (actually a dark, brownish-red) is a rare example showing a figure bearing a realistically sculpted spondylus shell. In good condition. The lower chamber has been assembled from 5-6 original pieces with restored breaks and small losses replaced. The surface is lightly burnished and has ample deposits. Also included is an ancient Peruvian spondylus shell pendant in the form of a stylized bird. The pendant is in excellent condition; has double suspension holes and is wearable. Vessel, approx. 7.25" tall, Ex. R. Regimbal collection of CA. Pendant, approx. 0.75" tall, Ex. R. Murray collection of GA.

$525

Pre-Columbian Peru Chimu Boat Effigy Blackware Stirrup Vessel Chimu Boat Stirrup Vessel — Peru

1100 AD - 1450 AD

A nice Chimu stirrup vessel from Peru. It depicts two fishermen riding atop a large reed boat. The two oarsmen, one at the prow and one at the stern, are finely detailed and wear conical hats. Between the figures is a stirrup handle and spout decorated with a monkey adorno. Along the North Coast of Peru, ancient Chimu fishermen navigated the waters of the Pacific Ocean in reed boats (called 'caballito de totora') to catch fish and hunt marine mammals. Contemporary fishermen in Peru still use this same type of boat. This beautifully sculpted and highly polished blackware example is in very good condition. The spout has been replaced (restored) and the monkey's face is chipped, otherwise completely intact and original. Ample surface deposits present overall. A sizable example that displays well on a custom metal stand (included). Museum deaccession with an inventory number written in gold ink on the bottom. Ex. Drexel University Museum of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA. Later, Ex. T. Block collection of Ohio and R. Regimbal collection of California.

Approx. 8.75" tall x 7.75" long. Approx. 9.5" tall on the stand,

$475

Pre-Columbian Peru Moche Falcon Spirit Messenger Stirrup Vessel Moche 'Spirit Messenger' Stirrup Vessel — Peru

450 AD - 550 AD

An exceptional Moche stirrup vessel from ancient Peru dating to Phase IV. A seldom seen depiction of a 'Spirit Messenger'. It shows a falcon, likely a Peruvian Golden Falcon (Aplomado) with human heads emerging from under each wing. Falcons and other birds of prey were revered by the Moche for their ability to soar high into the mountains where the ancestral spirits dwell. These birds were seen as messengers between the world of the living and the spirit world. It was believed that these messenger birds could carry the sprits of the dead, called 'auquis', from the mountaintops down to the valleys below to vist friends and family in the living realm. The bird is realistically sculpted as are the two emerging heads that are shown wearing burial shrouds. The vessel is covered in a burnished tan-yellow slip with stirrup handle and other details highlighted in orange-red. In very good, near excellent condition. A small chip on the spout has been reattached and a handle break restored along with minor paint touch ups; otherwise intact and original. Some light surface wear, pitting, staining and deposits as would be expected. A lovely and exceedingly rare example. Few of this type are known to exist.

Ex. Collection of R. Przygoda - Vice President of the Greater St. Louis Archaeological Society, Missouri.

Approx. 9" tall x 7.5" long.

$800

Pre-Columbian Peten Maya Mayan Cylinder Glyph Vessel Peten Maya Cylinder Vessel — Mexico

600 AD - 900 AD

A classic period Maya cylinder vessel from the Peten region of the Northern Yucatan Peninsula. On each side is an incised glyph of the word 'Ja-yi' — a regional variation of the Ja-yi glyph, pronounced Jay (Hay) which translates to 'thin-walled vessel'. This single glyph, or in combination with other glyphs, has been seen on vessels from many Maya regions and was used to signify well made (thin walled) pottery. An artisan boasting (bragging) of their superior artistic achievement and/or high-quality workmanship. Constructed of orange terracotta with darkened areas of fire clouding. Some white stucco remaining with traces of red pigment inside the glyphs. In poor condition. Assembled from approx. 12 to 15 original pieces with rim losses replaced and break lines restored. Ample deposits overall along with scattered root marks. Ex. S. Tyson collection of Florida.

Approx. 5" tall x 6.5" across.

$475

Pre-Columbian Peru Chimu Inca Wooden Wood Tutu Tupus Shawl Pins Chimu-Inca Tupus — Peru

1150 AD - 1450 AD

A pair of wooden tupus from ancient Peru dating to late Chimu period to the early Inca Empire. Metal (copper, silver, etc.) tupus were also made during this time, but these carved wood examples are more rare than the cast metal varieties. Tupus were used by many ancient Peruvian cultures to fasten woven cloth cloaks (mantels/shawls) called 'lliclla' around the shoulders. The long pointed shafts would 'pin' the cloth in place and were worn by men, women and children. Both of these wooden tupus are topped by nicely carved figures in a state of transformation from human to animal forms. They are shown drinking from ritual vessels (keros) and likely depict shamans consuming hallucinogenic beverages in order to induce the transformation process. One tupu shows a crouching feline (cat) with a human head. The other shows a seated figure with human body and the tail of a monkey. The tail goes from the back and wraps around the side to the front of the platform (stool) upon which the figure sits. Both are in excellent, intact condition with smoothly worn surfaces and light deposits. Fine examples that display well on the custom metal stands that are included.

Ex. Cookston collection of Georgia. Purchased by the previous owner from a reputable California Antiquities Gallery.

Tupu 1 (left) 10" tall. Tupu 2 (right) 9.5" tall.

$250 each or $450 for both.

Pre-Columbian Teotihuacan Seated Old God Miniature Figure Teotihuacan 'Old God' Figure — Mexico

400 AD - 700 AD

An excellent Old God figure from Teotihuacan, central Mexico. The Old God was the supreme deity of their culture and also known as the 'Creator God'. Depicted here with his (unmistakable) wrinkled face and seated in a very animated position. Legs bent to one side and arms in gesturing position or meant to imply holding or presenting offerings. He is shown with a complex hairstyle, large ear spools, waist belt, loin cloth and necklace, along with wrist and ankle ornaments, all accented with red pigment. He sits on a throne (bench) which is not original to this figure, but is of the same culture and time period. Overall in good condition. Assembled from several pieces with arm and leg breaks glued and break lines restored. One foot restored (replaced); otherwise complete and original. Ample surface deposits and light fire clouding, mostly on the head and back. The bench has been glued across the center and the break left unrestored. A small but exquisitely detailed and finely sculpted example with excellent provenance. Ex. G. Alderman of 'Riverbend Gallery'. Ex. Michael Cichon of 'Cichon Tribal Arts'. Prior to that, ex. Siobhan Bryne collection.

Approx. 3" tall x 1.75" wide. Just over 4" tall on the bench.

$700 for both pieces.

Pre-Columbian Peru Moche Blackware Portrait Stirrup Vessel Moche Blackware Portrait Vessel — Peru

450 AD - 550 AD

A rare Moche blackware portrait vessel from ancient Peru. It depicts an important Moche dignitary with a serene expression. The vessel is topped by a stirrup handle and straight (Phase IV) spout. Moche portraiture reached its pinnacle during Phase IV as artists' demonstrated an extraordinary ability to capture the subject's likeness and provide a sense of individual personality. Previous Phases (I-III) produced mostly generic heads and not portraits of specific people. Oddly, the trend of true portraiture that was prevalent in Phase IV did not continue into Phase V. The Moche suddenly stopped producing realistic portraiture by the end of Phase IV and by Phase V only generic heads were made. This blackware example is quite unusual as the vast majority of Moche portrait vessels were decorated with various colored slips; very few were made as black or gray wares. Blackwares were the result of modified firing technique called 'smudge firing'. Once the kiln reached peak temperature the potters added more fuel to the kiln then quickly buried the kiln under sand. The newly added fuel produced intense smoke which was trapped by the sand driving carbon deep (or completely) into the walls of the pottery. Smudge ware pottery was never painted, but were burnished to a semi-gloss or high gloss finish. In fair condition. Broken and reassembled from approximately 15 original pieces with restored break lines, but appears intact and displays well.

Ex. Sandra Iona collection of Florida.

Approx. 11" tall x 6" across.

$975

Pre-Columbian Teotihuacan Whistle Pendants Teotihuacan Whistle Pendants — Mexico

250 AD - 700 AD

A trio of Teotihuacan pottery zoomorphic whistle pendants in the form of stylized animal heads. The main chambers are cylindrical with the protruding mouthpieces. All have suspension loops for wearing as pendants. Each is a functional whistle with holes at the sides to make them playable as two-note musical instruments. In good condition with small chips and losses restored. Ex. J. Major collection of Chicago, IL. Collected mid 1960s.

Small whistles approx. 2" x 2" - $80 each, Large whistle is approx. 2.75 x 1.75. - $125. Or, $250 for all three.

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Pataky Jaguar Tripod Rattle Vessel Papagayo Tripod Rattle Vessel — Costa Rica

1200 AD - 1500 AD

A nice Papagayo polychrome tripod vessel from the Nicoya-Guanacaste region of Costa Rica. Constructed of reddish terracotta 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 a rattle ball. The interior of the bowl shows a zoomorphic (stylized bird) motif. Additional linear and geometric designs along the side of the bowl. In very good condition. One leg reattached with break line restored along with paint enhancements, mainly on the interior of the bowl. Minor surface erosion, light wear, root marks and deposits present.

Ex. G. Alderman collection of Georgia. Approx. 4.5" tall x 7" across.

$725

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

1450 AD - 1550 AD

A nice group of Inca (Inka) copper trade currency pieces. This type of ancient 'money' was used in the trading (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 two sizes here, possibly representing different monetary denominations. All are in excellent condition with a nicely oxidized patina, surface encrustation and deposits present. Displayed on a custom metal stand. Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 3.25" tall and 2" tall. Overall display is 5.25" x 6".

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Huastec Standing Ballplayer Figure Huastec Standing Figure — Mexico

100 BC - 400 AD

A Huastec pottery standing figure dating to the Pre-Classic period of northern Veracruz, central Mexico. These tall, slender figures are thought to represent ballplayers. The Mesoamerican ritual ballgame was very popular in this region and ballplayers were commonly portrayed in ancient Veracruz art. This example is typical of the ballplayer type and is depicted with an elongated body, arms and legs along with very wide hips. He (possibly she) has pierced eyes, jutting jaw and is wearing a loincloth and tall, arched headdress with protruding ornamentation, likely representing feathers. This individual is further adorned with ear spools and wide collar necklace with an elaborate central medallion. Constructed of solid terracotta; the surface is covered in a white slip with traces of black painted details remaining. In fair condition with areas of restoration as is common. Restoration to one arm, one hand, right foot, loincloth and headdress ornament. Light surface weathering, staining and burial deposits present overall. Displays well on the custom metal stand which is included.

Ex. Alvin Schonfeld of New York City, then to his son, Robert by descent. Originally acquired in the 1960s.

Approx. 9" tall x 4" across. Approx. 9.5" tall on the stand.

SOLD

Pre-Classic Tlatilco Olmecoid Figural Bowl Vessel Tlatilco Figural Vessel — Valley of Mexico

1200 BC - 800 BC

An exceptional Tlatilco (or Tlapacoya) figural vessel dating to the early Pre-Classic period. A type that originated in the Valley of Mexico, Morelos, Puebla region and shows strong Olmec influence. Orange-red terracotta construction with white pigment remaining around the eyes. The vessel is squat and has all the elements of the human body (face, arms, legs, etc) but they are 'compressed' (chubby) to the point of being almost humorous. In fine condition. One small rim chip and two thin (stable) hairline cracks at the rim, otherwise completely intact and original with no repairs or restoration. A cute and exceedingly rare example. Ex. G. Alderman collection of Georgia. Ex. B. Stelzer collection of New Hampshire.

Approx. 6.5" across x 3.5" tall.

$1250

Pre-Columbian Jama Coaque Dolphin Lime Pot container Vessel Ecuador Jamacoaque 'Dolphin' Lime Container — Ecuador

200 BC - 300 AD

An adorable Jama Coaque zoomorphic vessel from ancient Ecuador. Nicely sculpted in the form of a stylized dolphin atop a domed base. Shown lying on its side, slightly curled and wearing a broad collar (necklace). Constructed of orange-buff terracotta with surface deposits and areas of teal-green pigment remaining. Small containers like this were receptacles that contained lime or other substances used in shamanic rituals. In good condition. Restoration to the base, otherwise intact. A very cute example and a rare type.

Ex. G. Alderman collection, Georgia. Ex. C. Thomas, Florida.

Approx. 3.5" long x 2.25" tall.

$325

Pre-Columbian West Mexico Colima Archaic Family Group Paternal Maternal Figures Colima Archaic Family Group — West Mexico

300 BC - 300 AD

An exceptional Colima family group dating to the Archaic Period. These extra large examples feature a standing male and a seated mother with child. Done in the early archaic (abstract) style with tall, cone-shaped heads, large noses and tapering limbs. They have matching headdresses and black painted accents. The male (father) figure wears a beaded necklace, arm bands and waist band. The female (mother) sits with crossed legs and cradles their small child in her arms. In very good condition. The male figure has a restored diagonal break across the body. The female has a restored leg chip and the tip of her head reattached and the break line restored. Both have ample root marks and surface deposits overall. An extremely nice, matching set that displays impressively on a custom metal stand which is included. Ex. G. Alderman collection of GA. Ex. Lynn Langdon, originally collected pre-1970.

Male is approx. 9.5" tall x 6.5" across. Female is approx. 5" tall x 3.5" across. Entire display is approx. 11" tall x 9" wide.

$750 for the group.

Pre-Columbian Inca Inka Copper Bowl Cups Containers Spoon Peru Inca Copper Bowl and Spoon — Peru

1300 AD - 1500 AD

An Inca copper bowl and spoon. The spoon has decorative loops on the handle. The bowl is actually two very thin bowls that are fused together. Both have surfaces covered in green oxidation. In fair condition. The spoon is partially restored on the scoop end. The top bowl has small rim losses; the lower bowl has an area of loss. Displays well as a set. Ex. M. Dailey collection of North Carolina.

Bowl approx. 3.5" across. The spoon is approx. 4.5" long.

$375 for both.

Pre-Columbian Tumaco La Tolita Olla Vessel Tumaco - La Tolita Olla — Ecuador-Colombia

300 BC - 200 AD

A rara Tumaco - La Tolita pottery olla. White-buff terracotta construction with a row of spiked nodes around the midsection. The upper shoulder is incised with stepped and circular designs embedded with red pigment. An unusual example. Nearly all of the ceramics from this culture are figural; vessels are much less common. In very good condition. The rim of the spout is partially restored along with a small hole on the underside. One node reattached with break line restored otherwise intact and original. Shows surface deposits and some light staining. A nice ex. museum example.

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

Approx. 5.5" tall x 6" across.

$425

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

1000 AD - 1400 AD

A fine Chancay canteen from ancient Peru; a rare polychrome painted barrel (drum) form pottery vessel. This is an unusual cylindrical shape with round sides and flat on the front and back. Both flat panels are painted in straight and wavy concentric lines along with rows of dots. The side panels have interlocking geometric patterns, possibly representing waves or a water motif. The vessel is topped by a tall, gently tapering spout. Beautifully painted in red with overlaying design patterns in cream/white; all against a tan/orange terracotta ground. The polychrome paint is rare and much less common than the typical brown-black against cream ground. In very good, near excellent condition. Small losses restored at the tip of the spout, otherwise intact and completely original with no cracks, breaks or paint enhancements. Some minor paint wear and staining. Light surface deposits present overall. A fine example that is larger than most of this type. Displays well on the custom metal stand which is included.

Ex. M. Dailey collection of North Carolina.

Approx. 9" tall x 5" across.

$475

Pre-Columbian Nayarit Maternal Figure Mother and Child West Mexico Nayarit Maternal Figure — West Mexico

200 BC - 350 AD

A fine Nayarit maternal figure from ancient western Mexico. This Ixtlan del Rio variant depicts a seated mother with her child on her lap, cradled in her arms. She wears a nose ornament and turban style headwrap; typical attire of the region and time period. Both figures are covered in a cream-white slip decorated with red painted accents on the faces and linear bands on the arms, legs and headwrap. In near excellent, unbroken condition. Completely intact and original with no cracks, breaks, repairs or restoration. Lightly burnished surface with ample dendrites and mineral deposits present overall. Minor fire clouding is visible on the head and base area. An old collection number is written on the bottom, just inside the leg. The figure leans slightly to one side. For added stability, a small felt tab has been added to the bottom to allow the figure to sit upright. A lovely example and an endearing scene.

Ex. M. Dailey collection of North Carolina.

Approx. 4" tall x 3" across.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Panama Cocle Copper Coil Necklace Tumbaga Bird Pendant Jewelry Cocle Metalwork Jewelry — Panama

400 AD - 900 AD

Two rare Cocle jewelry items from ancient Panama. A long, double-strand necklace of coiled copper, forming tubular 'beads' with nicely oxidized surface patina. Along with a tumbaga bird shown wearing large ear spools. The bird was likely once a pendant, but the suspension loop is now missing. The bird is made from tumbaga (gold/copper alloy) and appears to have a high gold content, but has not been tested. Both the necklace and bird idol are in very good, near choice condition. The assemblage is secured to a deep red, acid-free mat board via clear, monofilament thread (fishing line). Not wearable as jewelry, but display beautifully in a high-quality shadowbox frame. Ready to hang.

Ex. Thelma Bull collection of Tampa, FL. Originally excavated by Eva Hart in the mid 1950s. Both ladies were founders and active members of the 'Archaeological Society of Panama'. Both published numerous articles on their finds.

Frame is 11" x 14" x 2.5". Necklace is approx. 11" tall x 5" across. Bird is approx. 2.25" tall x 1.25"

$650

Pre-Columbian Chavin Moche Ai Apec Stirrup Vessel Early Moche Ai Apec Stirrup Vessel — Peru

50 BC - 50 AD

An incredible Moche stirrup vessel from the central coast of Peru. A rare example that dates to very early Moche Phase I and shows strong Chavin influence. An impressively executed blackware ceramic vessel; it sits on low footed base with a squat spherical chamber and stirrup handle topped by a slightly bulbous (Chavin-type) spout and angular (Phase I) rim. The lower chamber has a band of deeply carved, interlocking step-fret designs. The upper half of the vessel is completely covered with a complex scene depicting Ai Apec, the supreme deity of the Moche culture. He stands proudly; holding a gigantic two-headed serpent and is surrounded by numerous snakes at his feet and head, all arranged in a balanced, symmetrical composition. Serpents also are entwined around the handle. Ai Apec was revered as the supreme creator and was believed to be the son of the mountain god. While being the 'creator' he was simultaneously regarded as a fierce deity, often referred to as the Decapitator God. He is depicted here with characteristic traits and attributes; a face with a feline/jaguar mouth and large fangs, his body surrounded by slithering snakes. In fine, near choice condition. Moderate chipping along the base, otherwise completely intact with no cracks, breaks, repairs or restoration. A fabulous (ex. museum) example that shows expert artistry and extensive symbolic iconography. Approx. 7.5" tall x 6" across.

Ex. Drexel University Museum of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA. Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

$1750

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Tripod Birds Pottery Vessel Tripod Vessel with Birds — Costa Rica

400 AD - 700 AD

A large Costa Rican tripod vessel from the Central Highlands - Atlantic Watershed Zone, dating to Period IV-V. A type that are sometimes referred to as 'chocolate pots' or 'spider-leg' vessels. It has gracefully curved and tapered tripod legs. The legs are solid (without rattles) and support a spherical bowl with a tall chimney-type neck and flared spout. Atop each leg is a stylized bird with impressed feathers and head ridge likely representing a horn-bill variety. Constructed of orange terracotta with areas of fire clouding, light pitting on the spout and deposits overall. Condition is fair to good. One leg has been reattached and one leg broken. The spout has been also been reattached. The breaks have been restored and the vessel appears intact. An impressive example that is substantial in size and displays dramatically.

Ex. Koehler collection of PA.

Approx. 10" tall x 9" across the legs.

$475

Pre-Columbian Chupicuaro Pedestal Bowl Chupicuaro Pedestal Bowl — Mexico

800 BC - 200 AD

A lovely Chupicuaro pedestal bowl from Guanajuato, central Mexico. Beautifully painted in deep red, black and cream/white slips. The highly burnished surface is decorated with elongated diamond patterns and linear designs. The bowl sits raised on a footed base; an elegant form. In fine condition. One tiny (ancient) chip on the base, otherwise completely intact and original with no cracks, breaks or repairs. Light surface wear and minor paint loss along with ample calcified root marks and mineral deposits present overall. An exceptional example and in near mint condition. Ex. Cichon Tribal Art of Florida. Prior to that, Ex. California collection since the 1970s.

Approx. 4.5" tall x 9" across.

$485

Pre-Columbian Peru Moche IV Erotic Stirrup Vessel Moche Erotic Stirrup Vessel — Peru

450 AD - 550 AD

A Moche erotic stirrup vessel dating to Phase IV. This vessel depicts a male and female copulating atop a box-shaped lower chamber. At the back is a stirrup handle with straight spout, indicative of Phase IV. The figures are nicely sculpted; the male is behind the female with his arm around her waist. The female is in front cradling a small child that is nursing at her breast. This is a very unusual depiction. Moche erotic scenes seldom show a child. The cube base and stirrup handle are covered in an ocher slip with red lines around the 'bed'. The figures show remnants of orange ship, mostly missing. In fair to good condition. The surface is moderately worn with areas of slip missing and some erosion present. The stirrup handle shows pitting and numerous superficial cracks, but is stable. The head of the male has been restored (replaced), but the vessel is otherwise intact and original. Ample deposits along with a few minor dings and scratches as would be expected. A relatively nice example and a very rare type.

Ex. Sarasota, FL collection.

Approx. 7" long x 6.25" tall.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Peru Moche III Snail Stirrup Vessel Moche Snail Vessel — Peru

250 AD - 450 AD

An exceptional Moche zoomorphic stirrup vessel dating to Phase III. This superbly crafted vessel depicts a snail carrying a shell on its back. Realistically sculpted in fine detail. Painted with vivid colors and has a nicely burnished surface overall. The snail's body and the stirrup handle have a reddish-brown slip. The shell is divided into banded sections by incised lines. Each section has rows of painted triangles done in purple over an orange ground. Purple is a seldom seen color on Moche pottery. In very good, near choice condition. One small stress crack has been restored otherwise intact and original. Has a few minor dings and scratches as would be expected. Some paint fading on the shell along with light mineral and dendrite deposits present. A gorgeous example, in fine condition and a rare type.

Ex. Claudia R. Luebbers Trust of Chicago, IL.

Approx. 7" long x 8.25" tall.

$950

Pre-Columbian Peru Chancay Wood Carved Figure Chancay Wood Figure — Peru

1000 AD - 1400 AD

A fine Chancay wooden figure from the coastal region of ancient Peru. Carved into human form with areas of black paint remaining (representing facial tattooing) and wearing a textile headwrap of gauze fabric. The woven border across the forehead shows a bird motif. The figure is somewhat simplistic, almost abstract in its execution. The ancient artisan used only minimal cuts to express the essential elements of human form and expression, lending a timeless and appealing sense of style to this piece. Interestingly, the ancient maker worked around a small knot in the wood, just where the navel would appear, demonstrating skillful forethought in planning the design and execution of the form. Wooden artifacts from this period are rare, but those that have survived are from the arid coastal regions and typically well preserved. In near excellent condition. Light weathering and wear with minor loss and abrasions. There are stable splits on the back that do not extend through the figure to the front. The ancient textile head wrap has some damage and fraying and may not be original to the piece, but are typically seen on figures of this type. Mounted on a wooden display block, made from an attractive, complementary exotic wood with several old collection labels on the back. An impressive example.

Ex. estate of Marjorie Tinker, Washington DC. Ex. Arte Primitivo, NYC. Ex. G. Alderman of Georgia.

Approx. 8.5" tall x 4" wide. Approx. 11.75" tall on the stand.

SOLD

Pre-Columbian Costa Rican Polychrome Tripod Vessel Painted Tripod Vessel — Costa Rica

1000 AD - 1500 AD

A polychrome painted tripod vessel from the Atlantic Watershed region of Costa Rica, dating to Period VI. The globular vessel sits on pointy tripod legs and is topped by a widely flared spout with rolled rim. Above each leg (at the shoulder) are three raised nodes. The exterior surface is decorated around the middle and surrounding the nodes with angular geometric designs. Nicely polychrome painted in shades of white and brown against a deep orange-red ground. In fair condition. Assembled from six original pieces with break lines restored and minor paint touch-ups. Some fire clouding on the bottom along with ample surface deposits. The vessel does not sit level and tilts slightly, but is an attractive example that displays well.

Ex. Koehler collection of Pennsylvania via inheritance.

Approx. 6" tall x 5.5" across.

$300

Pre-Columbian Ancient Mexico Teotihuacan Tripod Pottery Bowl Vessel Small Teotihuacan Tripod Bowl — Mexico

400 AD - 650 AD

A small pottery Teotihuacan tripod bowl from ancient central Mexico. The bowl has corseted sides and sits on three nubbin feet. Brown-ware construction with incised decorations filled with white pigment. A wide central band of triangle patterns topped by circular designs, representing pyramids with the sun directly overhead. In fair condition. Several breaks in the side wall have been restored along with some pitting filled and restored. Moderate deposits overall.

Ex. Jack Simmons estate collection of Washington, DC.

Just over 2.75" tall x 4.5" across.

$165

Pre-Columbian Moche Phase I Bi-chrome Painted Stirrup Vessel Moche Painted Stirrup Vessel — Peru

100 BC - 100 AD

An excellent Moche stirrup vessel dating to Phase I. Beautifully bi-chrome painted in shades of deep orange (sienna) against a soft cream ground. The squat, spherical body is decorated with a wide central band of angular geometric designs. These step patterns are thought to be references to stepped pyramids or temple steps; a motif often depicted in their art. The vessel sits on a flat bottom and is topped by an arching stirrup handle, tapered neck with the spout slightly angled, indicative of Phase I. In near choice condition. Some minor paint fading, but it is completely intact and original with no repairs or restoration. The highly burnished surface shows very minor scrapes (scratches mainly on the bottom) along with light deposits and faint staining. Dendrites present on the handle and spout. An elegant form and early example of Moche pottery. Not often seen in such fine condition.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 7.5" tall x 6" across.

$850

Pre-Columbian Panama Cocle Macaracas Polychrome Saurians Vase Vessel Cocle Polychrome Vase — Panama

800 AD - 1000 AD

Large and impressive Cocle polychrome vase from ancient Panama. A tall and beautifully painted vessel done in the Macaracas style; painted with geometric and abstract zoomorphic designs. Four long panels around the neck and four lower (body) panels that are a continuation of the themes on the neck. Nicely painted overall with mythological motifs in black and orange-red against a cream background. Two sides depict zoomorphic mythical beings representing stylized saurian heads (alligators), a common theme of this period. The other two sections are abstract mythological designs of highly stylized spiders or crabs. This design is also sometimes referred to as the 'mystic eye' motif. The vessel is rounded on the bottom transitioning to a tall neck topped by a flared spout. Condition is very good. A small spout chip and two hairline stress cracks been restored, otherwise completely intact and original. Moderate to heavy root marks present overall along with other deposits and small areas of light fire clouding. A lovely example. Displays well on the custom metal tripod ring stand which is included.

Ex. Ken O'Keefe estate of Greenwich CT.

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

Approx. 11.5" tall x 6" across. Just over 12" tall on the stand.

$750

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

300 BC - 300 AD

A very large and beautifully painted warrior figure from Nayarit, West Mexico. He sits with legs slightly bent and there is a third tripod support leg at the back. He wields a spiked club with both hands and wears a two-horned helmet. The torso shows protective barrel-type body armor. Nicely adorned with a large triangular nose ornament and double-lobed ear ornaments. Bichrome painted with intricate patterns in shades of cream against a deep orange-red ground. The cheeks and lower jaw are covered in wide bands indicating facial tattoos. At the neck is a multi-strand beaded necklace. The body and lower legs are decorated with linear and wavy striped patterns representing woven armor. An impressive example showing an elongated face, pronounced nose, almond shaped eyes, partially open mouth and attenuated arms; all classic traits of the Nayarit style. In fair to good condition. Assembled from several large original pieces with restored breaks across the face, neck and arms with paint touch ups. The burnished surface has light deposits along with minor scrapes and paint loss as would be expected. Overall an exceptionally large and extensively adorned figure that displays dramatically.

Ex. R. Gill collection of Florida. Ex. Whisnant Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana.

See Hasso Von Winning's "Shaft Tomb Figures of West Mexico" page 149, fig. 217 for a very similar example and additional scholarly information.

Approx. 16.5" tall x 7.75" across

$2250

Pre-Columbian West Mexico Colima Carved Incised Olla Vessel Colima Decorated Olla — West Mexico

300 BC - 300 AD

A large Colima olla from ancient West Mexico. An elegant form; the vessel is round-bottomed and has an elliptical body with sharp shoulder and flared spout. The top of the vessel is nicely decorated (a rare feature) with carved vertical lines and triangular patterns filled with pierced dots. In fair condition. Assembled from four large pieces and a dozen or more smaller shards with breaks restored inside and out. Most of the restored damage is on the bottom. Despite considerable restoration, it appears intact and displays beautifully on a custom metal ring stand that is included. Ex. Art for Eternity Gallery, New York City.

Approx. 10" across x 7" tall. Approx. 7.75" tall on the stand.

$550

Pre-Columbian Maya Mayan Post Classic Pottery Bowl Vessel Maya Post-Classic Bowl — Guatemala

1100 AD - 1400 AD

A late Post-classic Maya bowl from the Tiquisate region of Guatemala. The exterior is carved with bold angular and circular designs in vivid red and orange. There are highly stylized stepped pyramids and concentric circles; possibly representing a solar eclipse. The simplistic style is typical of late period Maya pottery. In fair condition. Assembled from eight original pieces with a large section of the bottom and two shards on one side replaced. The break lines have been restored and are slightly visible. A rare example from a time just prior to the collapse of the Maya civilization. Originally collected in the early 1970s. Ex. Canadian collection.

Approx. 7" across x 4" tall.

$425

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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

SOLD

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.

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

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 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 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.

SOLD


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.

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 Chirique Pottery Olla — Panama

1000 AD - 1500 AD

A gigantic Chirique pottery olla dating to Panama's Late Cutural Horizon. 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 (buff) terracotta, typical of Chirique 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. Mr. Murray was on-site during the excavation of this piece in Bique Panama, west of Panama City.

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 for tripod #1. Tripod #2 is SOLD.

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 (pan flute). 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.

SOLD

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 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

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.


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


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

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 break lines 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 California 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 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 transformation. The four chambers are in the shape of fruits. The fruits are accented with red and black stripes delicately painted over a background 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 RESERVED

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

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 completely 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


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 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


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


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


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. - SOLD


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



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


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


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


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


Ancient, Historic and Contemporary Native American Artifacts

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


Catawba Indian Pottery Pitchers Catawba Indian Pitchers — Southeast United States

Mid 20th Century

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

Approx. 4" tall and 6" tall

$150 for both



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


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