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— Costa Rica 850 AD - 1350 AD A life-sized portrait head from the greater Nicoya region, dating to Period VI. Realistically sculpted with alternating areas of smooth and textured surfaces. Finely made with very thin walled construction from orange-buff terracotta with some reddish-brown burnished slip remaining, mostly on the ring handle. The reverse medallion is similar but slightly different. Light surface wear, minor paint loss and deposits present overall. At the back is the vessel opening, topped by a widely flared spout. Terracotta construction with bright yellow-orange paint on the face and body. The deer is a 6-point buck, most likely the 'white-tail' variety native to that area and found throughout the Americas. Just under 6" tall x 6.5" long (nose to tail) 0 — Mexico 400 BC - 100 BC A trio of Chupicuaro 'Pretty Ladies' from ancient Mexico, dating to the Pre-Classic period. On the front are two birds in low relief (repousse); a mother bird standing over her young. He wears a collar and has carved whiskers along with other incising on the head and face. Approx 9" tall x 4.25" across 5 — Guatemala 400 AD - 600 AD A large and complete Early-Classic period Maya 'Escuintla' incensario (brazier) from the Highlands-Pacific Slope region of Guatemala. 00 — Peru 1000 AD - 1400 AD A nice Chancay canteen from ancient Peru. Flat bottom with rounded body and tapered neck topped by a large inverted rim with incised decoration and a scalloped edge. In good condition with some rim restoration and the tip of the handle restored, otherwise intact. There is a similar example of this type on display at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center of Wellesley College in Massachusetts. The highly burnished orange-red surface shows calcified deposits and mineralization, heavy in some areas. This example is constructed of buff terracotta and is in very good condition. The lightly burnished gray surface has a large area of (almost black) fire-clouding. For comparable examples of this exact type, as well as additional scholarly information, see "Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico", by Kan, Meighan & Nicholson, page 141. Minor restoration to a very small part the figure's right eye and eyebrow, otherwise intact and original. The central design element is a wide band of highly stylized stingrays. The exterior of the vessel has some light paint enhancements and there is a shallow one inch pock-mark in the bottom, but it is completely intact with no breaks or cracks. Two of them still have scattered remains of yellow pigment in the crevices. One has a few minor chips and another shows light erosion on one side, but overall they are intact and are fine examples. The figure is nicely adorned with ear spools and a wide pointed collar, likely representing feathers. The figure has been reattached at the legs and the break restored. 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. 9" tall x 6" across 00 — Ecuador 500 BC - 500 AD A choice Jamacoaque pottery vessel featuring a matched pair of conjoined bowls. The imagery depicts a mythological bird-like creature with head plumage, wings and large talons. 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 shallow stone dish, nicely carved and in excellent condition. - 0 — Costa Rica 100 BC - 500 AD An exceedingly rare Huetar pottery slit drum from the Atlantic Watershed region of Costa Rica. She stands on splayed feet with arms held to the side. Somewhat crudely made and thick walled, typical of the period. 7" across x 7" tall 5 — Guatemala - Honduras 600 AD - 900 AD A carved and painted Maya bowl dating to the late classic period. 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. The bottom has four elongated chevron designs done in stippled (dots), painted in red. Two large rim sherds have been reattached and breaks restored, otherwise intact. The low, wide bowl has a slightly rounded bottom, deeply corseted sides, and a stepped lower edge with impressed rope design.
5 — Peru 1250 AD - 1550 AD A fine Inca blackware vessel in the form of a gourd. 5 — 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. The bird is likely a reference to the Lord's name or animal alter ego. Prominently featured at the top is a band of stylized jaguars and plumed serpents. These being rendered upside-down is symbolically important and is thought to imply that the bottom register is depicting a scene from the Underworld; an inversion of the earthly realm above and symbolically suggests a sense of duality. The raised ring, just above the base has been partially restored, otherwise completely intact and original with no chips, cracks or breaks. At his side is a (conjoined) standing llama with elongated body. Almost certainly he is a shaman or a person of great importance. Antara 1 is — Costa Rica - Panama 1000 AD - 1500 AD An adorable terracotta deer effigy vessel from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama - Diquis Zone, dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. Hollow construction with a domed front showing an avian motif. The dog is realistically sculpted, nicely detailed and sits atop a box-shaped (cube) lower chamber. Grayware terracotta with a nicely burnished surface. It will whistle loudly by blowing across the opening, much like one would 'play' a glass soda bottle. The blackware surface is nicely burnished and shows considerable deposits and root marks. They are curious and mischievous animals that were kept as household pets by the Maya and are sometimes depicted in their art. A tapering stirrup handle with a short spout typical of the type and period. This is a large and unusual type of Colima figure that is only found in the Coahuayana Valley region. Faint remains of other decoration in areas of the orange bands. Several large shards have been reattached on one side with the break lines restored along with some light paint enhancement. At the top is a step-fret pattern, below that is a thin band of elongated trophy heads. These roller stamp sellos are deeply carved and show geometric and mythological zoomorphic designs. Rounded lower chamber with a concentric (graduated) stepped form, topped by a seated figure playing a pan flute. The central image is of a highly stylized bird; boldly polychrome painted in red, black and purple against a cream colored slip. Heavily adorned; he wears an elaborate jewelry assemblage: a large spherical nose-piece, huge ear spools and a perctoral. — Peru 900 BC - 500 BC Early stone items from the Chavin culture of Northern Peru. Unlike the more common "pretty lady" type, the form is more stylized. These wooden barbed points would have been lashed to longer shafts and were most likely used for fishing in the rivers and coastal waters. A type that later evolved into the more realistic and refined 'pumpkin' vessels. Above that, deeply corseted sides are carved with a stylized woven "mat" pattern. Black painted decoration on the headdress and body. The figure contains numerous rattle balls and a whistle in the base. A fine and rare example with excellent published provenance. Approx 9" tall x 6.5" across 00 — West Mexico 300 BC- 200 AD A nice terracotta bowl from Jalisco, West Mexico. The lightly burnished surface is a creamy yellow-orange with a red stripe just below the rim. 7" across x 5" tall 0 — Mexico 500 BC - 100 BC A lovely Chupicuaro brownware pottery bowl.
Constructed of orange terracotta with the surface in a deep purple-brown (plumbate-like) slip. The snout and base are partially restored, otherwise intact. Across the upper torso is a feathered cloak along with feathered headdress and back assemblage. 00 — Peru 700 BC - 100 BC A large and attractive pottery bowl from the early Paracas culture of southern coastal Peru. Also has a few hairline age cracks, but overall the vessel is stable and complete. Substantial in size and larger than most of this type. The colors range from light blue-greens, browns-tans and gray-blacks. Constructed of light orange-tan terracotta, typical of Jama pottery. The central image is a depiction of the Maya mythological God, 'Water Lily Jaguar'. The tips of the legs are restored; otherwise intact. The nicely burnished blackware surface shows light deposits and strong root marks and trails. The light gray surface shows moderate deposits inside and out. He wears ear and nose ornaments along with a chin plug (labret). Both have rounded bodies, large loop handles and figural spouts, likely representing monkeys. The tall headwrap features a large curling, spiral plume in high relief. 00 — Peru 1000 BC - 400 BC An early Chavin brownware stirrup vessel from ancient Peru. There are two rhizomes flanking the central chamber. Just under 6" across x 6" tall 5 — Mexico 400 BC - 100 BC A fine ovoid pottery bowl from Mexico's Chupicuaro Valley. Minor edge chips have been restored on the spout, otherwise intact and original. Each leg has an open slit that contains a rattle ball. 5 — Peru 1100 AD - 1350 AD A fine Chimu blackware vessel in the form of a fruit or possibly a gourd. All three textiles are woven in a variety of vibrant colors.
At the back are finger holes and a suspension loop to allow for wearing as a pendant. An angular form with a blunted tip, there is a face carved into the upper portion showing minimalist features of the eyes and mouth. A nice and seldom seen example that displays well on the custom metal stand that is included. He wears elaborate regalia - ear ornaments, a broad collar, knee pads, loin cloth and sandals on the feet. A rare example that illustrates significant mythological and cultural symbolism. The whistle works perfectly and has a very loud and clear tone. Light mineral deposits and pigment remaining in the deep crevices along with minor fire clouding on each. Some light surface erosion, mainly on the ears and along the bottom. The group contains celt forms, chisels, axes and scrapers. A nice selection of ancient utilitarian stone tools. The elongated snout indicates these are most certainly representations of caimans or possibly alligators. The outer boarder shows stylized glyphs and centipedes. Tripod 1 (left) - Orange terracotta with areas of fire clouding. Tripod 2 (right) - Tan (buff) terracotta with some fire clouding. The vessel sits atop a footed base and has a wide strap handle. Condition is quite good, a hole in the back (under the handle) and rediating cracks have been restored otherwise intact. A wide band of incised geometric forms decorate the midsection and up the back. All are round, spherical shapes and are decorated with two small zoomorphic adornos. The headdress is incised across the forehead and flows gracefully over the head and down the shoulders. These rare figural ollas are attributed to the late period, Southern Maya. Several chips along the base, but is otherwise intact with no repairs or restoration. Adorned with circular ear spools and a necklace of graduated disk beads. The main chamber is a sculpted Achira bulb (Canna Edulis). I would like to acknowledge Todd Braun for his expertise and help in identifying this rare and interesting phytomorphic vessel. The crustation sits with claws around a domed base. The vessel has a lightly burnished surface and light deposits. A single stress crack that ran across the bottom and partially up both sides has been stabilized and restored. This example has twisted rope-like handles and legs in the form of stylized fish, thought to represent orca whales or sharks. Two other smaller textile fragments with geometric and bird designs.
Constructed of the fine (light-colored) tan-white clay which is indicative of figures from the ancient cultures of this region. They are curious and mischievous animals that were kept as household pets by the Maya and are sometimes depicted in their art. — Ecuador 1000 AD - 1500 AD A rare stone netting (weaving) tool from the coastal Manabi region of ancient Ecuador. An impressive and powerful depiction of the underworld Bat God. A few small rim chips also restored, otherwise intact and original. Covered overall in a yellow-tan slip with the figural scene and base enhanced by a contrasting red-brown color. A small hole and crack just below the handle on one side have been restored. Left - An adorable zoomorphic (animal form) whistle pendant. In fair condition with restored losses to the headdress, one leg and mantle. The lower body has several restored cracks with visible hairline cracks remaining on the bottom. A visually appealing example that is considerably larger than most of this type. Both are relief carved and have cone-shaped 'handles' on the backs. The whistle works perfectly and has a nice, clear tone. 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. Minor surface wear and paint loss along with deposits from burial. The monkeys are realistically sculpted and nicely detailed. Shown with hands on the knees and pierced button eyes. Divided into four panels, each decorated with a stylized bird motif along with other geometric designs. Moderate surface erosion, mostly on the bottom and along the interior rim. The Jamacoaque culture centered around the Manaba Province along the Pacific coast of ancient Ecuador. Vessel #1, Left - Tapered and stepped body with a large head and pierced nose. Repaired breaks around the neck and head, with minor losses replaced on the head. The handle is a tapered cone that is thought to represent a horn. Assembled from numerous original pieces with restored break lines and paint touch ups. An attractive example with light to moderate mineral deposits overall. Some light surface wear, minor scrapes and dings, all consistent with age. Light paint loss, surface wear and deposits present. Each has a rounded bowl, loop handles and tripod legs decorated with incised appliques. The smaller tripod is intact with light erosion and paint loss. The interior shows medium to heavy deposits and some light pitting (spalling) mostly near the bottom. He is identified as having a human face with slanted eyes and tattoos. Almost certainly he is of a person of great importance; a shaman or of the ruling elite. As is typical for this type, it depicts a standing youth with a gleeful expression. Rectangular shape with rounded corners and still retains a nice reflective surface. A piece of one corner appears to have been reattached, but it is all original with some scrapes, minor edge chipping and light wear from age and usage as would be expected. Despite having considerable repairs and restoration, it displays well on the custom metal stand which is included as shown. Achira is a tuber-type plant that is high in starch. Bowl #1 (Top), Large, shallow bowl with small nubbin tripod feet, widely flared sides and decorated with incised scalloped (cloud) designs. Buff terracotta construction with some white stucco remaining in the deep crevices and light earthen deposits overall. Similar examples can be seen in the book "Hidden Faces of the Maya" by Linda Schele. Known as the "Disjunctive Style" in which the complex designs of the earlier periods were vastly condensed and abbreviated to simple lines, circles, waves and chevrons. Shallow bowl with a fish motif; head at one end and tail at the other with long 'fins' down both sides. The figure likely represents a deceased ancestor for whom the incense offerings were made to honor. Completely intact with no cracks, breaks or repairs. Elegant form with integrated loop handles and in perfect condition - 0 2) Simple olla (left) - Approx. This type is referred to as a grating dish or "molcajete". Two rim shards have been reattached and the breaks restored. Also of interest, the feet have been amputated, a practice sometimes performed on individuals (prisoners and captives) as a form of punishment.
The dual whistles, hidden in the back, work perfectly and emit pleasant tones. Both arms (hands), the toes of one foot and the nose ornament are all partially restored, otherwise intact and original. This coatimundi is realistically sculpted and is wearing a pointy hat. These hand-held stone tools were used by fishermen in the weaving and mending of fishnets. The Bat God is shown standing in a defiant pose wielding a club and ready for battle. A realistically sculpted and adorable bird-form whistle. Also, the top of the spout has been replaced, otherwise intact and original. It features large ears, button eyes and paws extended. A rare example with considerable original paint, mineral deposits and root marks remaining. Each of these stamps depict mythological deities with human bodies and saurian (alligator) heads, which likely represent Shamans in a state of human to animal transformation. Click the photo at the left to see additional photos of the stamps on their stands. A rectangular form with two figures shown in profile with saurian heads. Leg breaks could be restored for an additional charge. The surface is highly burnished blackware and has a straight spout, typical of the period. 5 — Costa Rica 800 AD - 1200 AD A collection of nine (9) stone tools from Costa Rica's Nicoya Zone. The larger two are blackware, the smaller is orangeware with some fire clouding. A well executed and classic example of Wari artistry. This massive vessel was likely used for food or water storage or in the fermentation of corn beer known as "chicha de jora". 60" in circumference NOTE: This item is for pick-up only. I would much prefer it be picked up, although I would consider delivery within a reasonable distance. — Ecuador 100 AD - 500 AD Three Bahia vessels from the Coastal Manabi Province, Ecuador. Displays nicely on a custom metal display stand which is included. Displays beautifully on the custom metal display stand that is included as shown. Incised lines and dots under his eyes are tears; symbolic of rain as he is the provider of (precious) water for his peoples and their crops. 7" tall x 5" across 0 — Ecuador 1000 AD - 1400 AD A Manteno grayware pottery vessel from ancient Ecuador. 5 — 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. Standing proudly with arms to his sides wearing a long tunic (poncho) that flares outward at the knees. 0 for both — Panama 600 AD - 800 AD A Cocle terracotta pedestal bowl from ancient Panama. Both arms are raised, one hand holding a small rattle, the other hand is open with what appears to be a 'waving' gesture. — Mexico 400 AD - 650 AD Two orangeware pottery bowls from Teotihuacan, Mexico. Please refer the the restoration services, 'Breaks' page of this website to view before and after photos of this item. It is thought these tubers were fermented to produce an alcoholic beverage; similar to Chicha (beer) that was fermented from corn. 8.5" across x 3" tall - 0 Bowl #2 (Center), Large bowl with flared rim and carved, fluted (ribs) pattern all around the exterior. This example shows scalloped lines and dots on the upper portion and a wide band of black below. Much of the paint is obscured by heavy manganese deposits, but still displays well. The tips of both feet and a chip on one shoulder have been restored, otherwise intact. 5.5" tall x 3.25" across — Costa Rica 1200 AD - 1500 AD A nice tripod vessel from the Diquis Region of Costa Rica dating to the Chiriqui Phase. An excellent example that displays well on a custom metal display stand which is included as shown. Two small areas of fire-clouding, one on the head and another on the dome. The interior is blackened with soot build up from use in ancient times. 0 — Costa Rica - Panama 1000 AD - 1500 AD Three fine Tarrago vessels from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama (Diquis Zone) dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. Deeply incised lines in the bottom surrounded by a wide band of red-orange paint. This is an exceedingly unusual depiction and a rare form. The stirrup handle has been repaired from several original pieces, otherwise perfect.
One side shows a seated Lord with hands reaching forward and wearing a bird headdress. A custom metal display stand is included for added stability and safety. A very nice and well made example that is substantial in size. One roof support is reattached and the break lines restored otherwise intact and original. Decorated in a variety of symbolic and geometric patterns. For additional info and a photo of a nearly identical example, reference page 103, image 212, of "Seeing with New Eyes" Highlights from the Michael C. He wears a large headdress, likely representing a stylized bird. The degree of adornment indicates this individual is of high ranking social status. All are approx 2.5" tall Top, center figure is — Peru 300 AD - 500 AD A large Moche ear spool from ancient Peru. 0 — Peru 900 AD - 1100 AD An adorable Chimu dog stirrup vessel from the North Coast region of ancient Peru. 5 — Mexico 250 AD - 650 AD A Pre-Classic (Phase I) Zapotec miniature vessel from the Monte Alban region of Central Mexico. Could be a honey dipper or possibly a baby feeder, but it also functions as a whiste. Two holes near the rim were used for suspension or to secure a lid. Minor rim chips restored along with some light erosion around the top. The tail on the back is hollow and served as a handle and pouring spout. Coatimundi were called "chic" by the ancient Maya and are similar to the North American raccoon. Also has two raised ear-like tufts on either side of the center crest. She is adorned with ear spools, a beaded necklace and arm bands/bracelets. Nicely painted with wide bands of orange and red overlaid with thin black vertical stripes. Rounded bottom and flared sides, nicely polychrome painted in multiple colors. Used in ancient times to apply body paint and decorate woven fabrics, sellos were made as cylindrical roller-types and flat stamp-types. 3" long x 1.75" wide 0 for all three — Ecuador 1000 AD - 1500 AD A fine Manteno figural vessel from Pre-Columbian Ecuador. 0 — Panama 600 AD - 800 AD An attractive Conte style Cocle bowl from Panama. — Ecuador 500 BC - 500 AD An exceptional Jamacoaque pottery figure of a seated Shaman. - 5 — Western Mexico 200 BC - 200 AD An unusual Michoacan standing female figure. Collected pre-1970 5 — Peru 1100 AD - 1450 AD A collection of five Chancay harpoon points. This being a very early example of a gadrooned, plant-fruit form vessel. Rounded bottom, carved with repeating geometric designs. Some minor fading to the black paint, otherwise completely intact and choice. Approx 6" across x 3.75" tall 5 — Mexico 600 AD - 900 AD Published Veracruz Nopiloa maternal figure dating to the Late Classic Period. She wears an elaborate headdress along with beaded necklace and bracelets. Ample deposits and areas of wear as would be expected.
A style that was inspired by the northern Maya regions, it has two carved (not molded) cartouche medallions. It sits on three slotted legs, two of which still contain the original rattle balls. An attractive example that displays well on the custom metal stand which is included. The coca leaves were ingested by adding a small quantity of powdered lime (ground sea-shells) and folded into a 'quid'. This ritual was typically performed for shamanic purposes as well as to alleviate hunger and altitude sickness. The container has areas of surface loss and some missing shells, but is generally intact and complete. The figure sits upright on its own, but would easily tip backward. Light surface wear and a few scrapes and dings as would be expected. The burnished blackware surface shows moderate deposits, light staining and minor weathering. A few tiny spout chips have been restored, otherwise intact. An exceptional example in near excellent condition. A very rare example that depicts a mix of cultural symbolism. The exterior has vibrant polychrome painted decoration in black and orange-red against a cream/white slip. Behnkin via deaccession from the Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina. The warrior figure holds a shield in one hand and a club in the other. He also wears several types of jewelry consisting of a nose ring, large ear ornaments and two necklaces; a beaded choker at the neck and a long necklace that drapes over the shoulders and ends with a circular pendant. This type is typically referred to as a 'beehive' form, but their exact purpose is unknown. The unusual shape of these small incensarios are thought to represent an ancient pottery kiln or possibly a volcano effigy. Lynn Langdon - collected between the 1940s and early 1960s. Nicely sculpted in the form of a stylized Coatimundi with rounded body and wide, flared opening at the top. 5 — Peru 800 BC - 400 BC An early Chavin grayware terracotta stirrup vessel in the form of a Harpy Eagle. It has a sharply pointed curved beak, pierced eyes and a central ridge of plumage. The hollow vessel depicts a seated female with the right hand up to the side of her face, the left arm is down and shows ritual scarification on the shoulder. 5 — Guatemala 700 AD - 900 AD Southern Maya polychrome bowl dating to the Late Classic Period. 8" across x 3.5" tall — Peru 400 AD - 600 AD An unusual Nazca pottery cup dating to the Proliferous Period. 5 — Ecuador 100 AD - 500 AD Three Jamacoaque roller stamp seals (sellos) from Pre-Columbian Ecuador. All show wear with some cracking and splintering consistent with age. A rare item from a time when shaft tombs were first being developed. Several breaks across the body have been restored, but it is all original and appears near choice.