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The figure's head has been reattached and one arm has been replaced, otherwise intact. The face is nicely detailed with typical coffee-bean style eyes and slit mouth. Both legs have been reattached along breaks at the upper thighs, otherwise intact and complete. 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. Approx 7" tall x 6" across 5 — Guatemala 300 AD - 600 AD Large Maya creamware vessel from the Southern Lowlands of Guatemala, dating to the Early Classic Peord. The dome retained the heat within and allowed the incense offering to smolder and emit smoke from beneath the bottom edge. Spout reattached with restored break - 3) Tripod vessel (right) - Approx. Lovely bowl with solid (rare, human-form) legs and in perfect condition - 0 Priced individually or 0 for all three — Mexico 1000 AD - 1500 AD Post Classic period Mixtec tripod bowl. All are well made, thin walled examples of "bisque ware" pottery, typical of that region. Also included is a six-inch long, bone weaver's wand topped by an incised human face. One is over ten inches long and still retains its original thread. Both spindles have nicely decorated terracotta whorls.
See page 220 of "Between Continents-Between Seas, Pre-Columbian Art of Costa Rica" for a nearly identical example. Done in the Macaracas style; painted with complex geometric and abstract zoomorphic designs that are divided into four segments. 5 — Peru 1350 AD - 1550 AD An exceedingly rare and exceptional Inca bone poporo (lime dipper & container). From the Northern Coast of Peru, this piece dates to the late Chimu - Inca transitional period, Intermediate to Late Horizon. On the exterior is a wide painted band of eight (8) seated lords. Purchased from in 2001 via consignment by Howard Nowes, Art of Eternity Gallery, NYC. One theory is the birds carry planting sticks and the scene is an agricultural motif.
The ovoid body is more bird-like with painted designs appearing as feathers. Both arms and legs reattached with restored break lines. The circular designs represent the spots of a jaguar and are a rare feature on Paracas vessels. Assembled from original pieces; twelve (12) large shards and several smaller pieces with restored break lines. The arms are shown to the sides and the legs are tucked underneath in a kneeling position. 5 — Peru 500 AD - 800 AD A rare Wari (Huari) vessel from the Ayacucho region, South-Central Andes of ancient Peru. An elaborately sculpted depiction of the Teotihuacan 'Storm God' deity or Water God, also known as Tlaloc by numerous other cultures. Light deposits overall and a has an old collection label on the underside. In fair to good condition with one hand and several headdress ornaments replaced, a break at the waist has been restored along with minor paint enhancements. This type of ancient 'money' was used in the trading (and purchasing) of merchandise by the Inca. Each has a large nose and impressed eyes and mouth. The seated figure has an area of fire clouding on the back and a restored hand. Both are from the same estate collection; they were likely found together and appear to have been made by the same artist. The eyes and nose are sculpted in high relief with pierced nostrils and slit mouth. 0 — Peru 1100 AD - 1350 AD A lovely Chimu stirrup vessel from ancient Peru. Antara 2 (right) - A five-note flute with burnished redware surface and mineral deposits. The head, open at the top, shows a pointed snout, pierced button eyes and antlers with 3 points on each side. The surface is quite eroded with little slip remaining, rough gritty texture with some fire clouding and tan slip present. All have some red pigment and two have white pigment remaining. One has a chipped foot, otherwise they are intact and original, no restoration. The surface is heavily oxidized with a vibrant green patina. A few cracks and minor surface losses to the rear post, otherwise near choice. Displays nicely on the custom metal stand which is included. The surface is burnished blackware and has considerable deposits and mineralization. The lower chamber has a few restored breaks, otherwise it is intact and original. The lower section is a footed basin which held the burning copal incense, meant to appease the Gods. An unusual shape with round sides and flat on the front and back. 0 — Peru 500 AD - 750 AD A large Moche vessel from the northern coastal region of Peru. 0 — Panama 600 AD - 800 AD Two small Cocle pottery ollas (seed jars) from ancient Panama. Polychrome painted in reddish-brown (sienna), black and cream with a nicely burnished surface. 5" tall x 3.5" across 0 — Peru 1250 AD - 1450 AD A late Chimu, early Inca (Inka) blackware erotic vessel depicting a pair of copulating monkeys. Each depicts a squatting figure sitting atop a pedestal base. Beautifully painted in a variety of vibrant colors. Two shards reattached at the rim with restored break lines and some light paint touch ups. 0 — Ecuador 300 AD - 600 AD A gigantic Jama Coaque pottery olla dating to their Late Cutural Horizon. Shows ample manganese and mineral deposits overall, heavy in some areas. The outer edge of the spout rim has been restored in several places, otherwise completely intact and original. The foxes appear to be playfully chasing one another toward the center. The figure wears a turban type headwrap and is shown playing a four-note antara (panflute). A single restored break just below the mouthpiece, otherwise intact and original. In exceptional condition for a vessel of this size. There is one smaller hairline crack and several rim chips, otherwise completely and remarkably intact. An amazing example and rarely seen in this monumental size. Polychrome painted in white and black against red and orange. The beak is partially restorted and two small rim chips restored with minor paint touch ups, but generally intact and original. The openwork construction could indicate it was used as an incensario topper (chimney). Some minor paint touch ups but appears intact and displays well. Repeating step motifs were used in the decoration of Andean ceramics as far back as the Cupisnique period and are interpreted as stylized representations of mountains, temples, or thrones. Assembled from approximately ten original pieces with break lines restored, but appears intact and displays well. Both are of similar construction; buff terracotta partially covered with red burnished slip. The larger has some rim repairs and two legs reattached with restored breaks. Both sides are boldly painted with stylized birds in flight; executed in dark purple, black and cream against an orange background. Some surface pitting has been filled and moderate paint touch ups on the exterior. "Lord Naymlap" is the mythological founder of the pre-Chimu dynasty of the Sican-Lambayeque culture of Northern Peru. The raised platform and elaborate adornments indicates this individual is of high ranking social status. 5 — Mexico 600 AD - 900 AD A large hollow-molded Sonriente figure from the Gulf Coast, Vera Cruz (Remojadas) region of Mexico. A wide central band of incised geometric designs decorate the exterior. This type of vessel, typically called a 'frutera', has a flared pedestal base topped by a deep bowl painted with complex geometric and zoomorphic designs. Shows some light surface wear as would be expected. In one hand he holds a lime dipper (spatula) also having a human face; in the other he holds a lidded "poporo" (lime pot). Most have deposits, a few are chipped, some with red cinnabar, but generally intact and near choice. Unlike the large wooden slit drums that served as musical instruments, these rare hand-held pottery types were used ritually by shaman to induce and maintain states of trance and give them the ability to change form and move between worlds. Considerable deposits and some fire clouding, mainly on the back. Redware surface, lightly burnished with deposits and minor staining as would be expected. Excellent condition, one tiny rim chip, else intact and choice.
It stands on four cylindrical feet and has a long banded tail that curves upward. Minor pitting, surface wear, scrapes and dings, light paint loss along with surface deposits. The loin cloth and some feather tips are partially restored along with other minor losses. Museum deaccession with inventory code written in gold ink on the bottom. At the lower back is a painted face surrounded by grid patterns, likely representing netting. Michael Cichon - "Cichon Tribal Arts" of Sarasota, Florida. For a similar example and info see page 187, photo 56 of "Between Continents-Between Seas: Precolumbian Art of Costa Rica". A cylindrical barrel (or canteen) form vessel, likely representing a drum. 5 — West Mexico 200 BC - 200 AD An extra large Michoacan olla dating to the Late Formative Period of ancient West Mexico. 0 — Peru 400 AD - 750 AD A Moche erotic vessel from the North Coast region of ancient Peru. Vessels like this are seen in painted murals being used in 'pouring rituals' relating to water worship. — Peru 250 AD - 450 AD A fine Moche bi-chrome stirrup vessel dating to Phase III. Ample deposits, and light surface wear present overall. Much like the copper hoe-money (tajaderas) that was used by the Aztecs of Mexico. They wear arm bands, elaborate (tassel-like) ear assemblages and head wraps. The standing figure has a restored hand and partially restored foot. An exceptionally rare, very closely matching pair of ancient figures. The orangeware vessel is painted overall in black and reds with complex geometric designs of linear and angular patterns. One eye is chipped otherwise completely intact with no cracks, breaks or repairs. Orange-tan pottery construction with nicely burnished surface. Approx 4.75" across & 5.75" across 5 each or 0 for both. A single restored break across the middle, else intact. Antlers on one side are partially restored, otherwise intact. Areas of mineralization and encrustation also present. An exceptional example and larger than most of this type. The basin is decorated with pointed spikes that represent the trunk of a young Ceiba tree; a sacred tree of the Maya. Matching museum inventory codes are written on each piece. Both flat panels are painted in vertical lines and waves (water motif). The lower spout has opposing loop handles that connect to the upper shoulder of the canteen. Constructed of redware terracotta with cream painted details. Of the Conti style with red and black linear decoration on an orange-tan ground. The upper body of the vessel is dome-shaped and decorated with six realistically rendered chili peppers. 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. 0 — Peru 700 AD - 1500 AD A gorgeous Lambayeque whistle vessel from ancient Peru. The chocolate brown surface is nicely burnished inside and out. Assembled from around a dozen original pieces with breaks restored and some losses replaced. A rare example, the interior (tonto) is divided into three segments. The lime pot and dipper would have been used for the ingestion of Coca or other hallucinogenic substances. They reflect the belief that shamans used such instruments to travel to other realms of reality. Once covered in a red slip, most of the slip has eroded away to expose bare clay. Displays well on custom metal stand which is included as shown. A large example with an elegant form that displays beautifully. 2" across 5 each or 0 for both — Mexico 500 BC - 100 BC A lovely Chupicuaro blackware vessel.
Provenance and accurate, detailed condition information is included with each listing. Discount may apply on the purchase of multiple items. International sales (outside of the United States) require payment via Pay Pal. There are highly stylized stepped pyramids and concentric circles; possibly representing a solar eclipse. The squat, spherical body is beautifully decorated with four spiral designs all carved in high relief. Similar tools have also been found at ancient sites on the Island of La Plata off the coast of Ecuador. Some wear and a couple of tiny chips missing, but it is completely intact and original. The face shows bared teeth and protruding tongue with the eyes and nose enhanced with black bitumen paint. This chocolate-ware 'Belen incised' example has an ovoid form and sits on a footed base. For additional info on this type see pages 92 & 93 of "Seeing with New Eyes" Highlights from the Michael C. Wide stripes containing raised nodes are separated by smooth, burnished bands. The main body is spherical with two narrow vertical slots and is filled with numerous small rattle balls. The burnished surface shows deposits along with minor surface wear as is typical. The form is bulbous at the middle, tapering to a wide spout and sits on a tall footed base. — Peru 200 AD - 500 AD A Recuay standing warrior and llama vessel from the northern highlands of ancient Peru. He wears a loin cloth and elaborate headdress with tasseled flanges and additional complex appliques. 0 — Costa Rica 1100 AD - 1500 AD A nice Nicoya pottery dish with a rare depiction of the "Dancing Monkey Deity". The top of the figures head is open and serves as a pouring spout. — Various Cultures 500 BC - 1500 AD NOTE: Six additional miniatures have been added to this listing. 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 — 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. 12" long to 16" long each or 0 for all five — West Mexico 400 BC A large Colima phytomorphic vessel dating to the Middle Formative Period.
Contact me via email at: [email protected] call 828-322-2942. All international shipping costs, insurance and import fees are the responsibility of the buyer. 0 — West Mexico 300 BC - 300 AD A large Colima olla from ancient West Mexico. The simplistic style is typical of late period Maya pottery. Assembled from eight original pieces with a large section of the bottom and two shards on one side replaced. These 'swirl' patterns are references to water or ocean waves. 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. The exterior shows applique facial features and complex incised geometric patterns. The vessel is topped by a gently tapering spout with a collared base and thick rim. It is thought that rattles of this type were worn on the fingers or as pendants and 'played' during ceremonial events or celebrations. One broken shard has been reattached and small losses replaced. 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. 7.25" tall x 8" across 0 — Bolivia 400 AD - 700 AD A rare Janus-type pottery bowl from the Omereque culture of Bolivia. The shallow bowl is polychrome painted with red and black on an orange background. The exterior has wide bands of red and smaller black lines circling the outer rim. Assembled from four original pieces and the break lines restored along with some light paint touch ups. Originally acquired in 1972 from Hartwell Kennard of Mc Allen, Texas. 6.5" across 0 — Guatemala 250 AD - 600 AD A huge Maya tripod cylinder vessel dating the the Early Classic Period. The figure is nicely adorned with elaborate ear spools and bracelets. An amazing collection of 21 (twenty-one) Pre-Columbian miniatures. 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. 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 — Ecuador 500 BC - 500 AD An exceptional Jamacoaque pottery figure of a seated Shaman. 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.