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Here I will offer quality, yet affordable, authentic artifacts from throughout the Americas. 5 — Mexico A large and exceptional whistle figure from the Vera Cruz region of ancient Mexico. One side shows a seated Lord with hands reaching forward and wearing a bird headdress. This imagery was copied from an earlier culture; the Moche. This very thin-walled vessel shows expert craftsmanship; exceptional construction and is nicely painted with red linear designs against a golden yellow ground. The rounded spherical lower chamber sits on pointy, cone-shaped tripod legs. 5 — West Mexico 100 BC - 250 AD An unusual Pre-Classic Period redware vessel from the Jalisco region of Western Mexico. 0 — Guatemala 600 AD - 900 AD A fine Maya sguash-form olla from the Tiquiste region of Guatemala, dating to the Classic Period.
This gallery will be regularly updated so check back often. 0 — Guatemala 1100 AD - 1400 AD A late Post-classic Maya bowl from the Tiquisate region of Guatemala. Approx 7.75" tall on the stand 5 — 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. 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. The scene depicts the Moche God (Ai Apaec) in combat with the Decapitator God. 5 — Costa Rica 1000 AD - 1350 AD A large and impressive pear-shaped urn from the Nicoya region of ancient Costa Rica. 5 — Ecuador 100 BC - 500 AD A nice Jama Coaque effigy figure from ancient Ecuador. Condition is very good, near excellent with a small hairline crack and minor rim chips restored. Around the top of the lower chamber is a band of incised decoration done in a repeating triangular pattern. Somewhat pear-shaped and decorated with deeply incised dots, zig-zag and linear designs. Rounded body with ribbed sides and a wide flared spout. 5 — West Mexico 250 BC - 250 AD An early incensario from Colima, West Mexico.
Each handle is decorated with raised designs in geometric patterns. The head appears somewhat human along with feline elements; short rounded ears, wide eyes, angular nose and protruding tongue. In fair to good condition, several restored breaks and some losses replaced as is typical for figures of this size. A six inch long area of the rim has rows of horizontal dots done in the negative wax-resist technique. Hollow construction covered overall with a tan-orange slip with black, white and red painted details. — Mexico 200 AD - 750 AD An exceptional Teotihuacan vessel dating from the late Tlamimilolpa Phase to the early Metepec Phase. A fine example that is substantial in size and displays dramatically. Orangeware terracotta construction with faint red lines decorating the warrior's clothing, headdress and shield. A tiny chip missing from the front corner of the shield, otherwise intact and original with no breaks, cracks, repairs or restoration. The headdress and jewelry are painted in teal (blue-green) pigment. 5 — Ecuador 1450 AD - 1550 AD A rare and interesting group of Inca (Inka) copper trade currency pieces. Both are constructed of tan (buff) terracotta with red-orange painted details. 12 (twelve) original pieces with break lines restored and small losses replaced. Two of the lobes are stylized Janus-form faces, each distinctly decorated with facial tattooing. It is sculpted with a bulbous body that sits on four short legs, tail in the back. Sometimes called 'flat figures', all are of the typical style, hair parted in the middle with slanted coffee-bean eyes and wearing necklaces and ear spools. The thick 'post' in the rear would have be worn through the ear. A small monkey adorno sits on the stirrup handle and clings to the base of the spout. Sometimes called 'theater-style' braziers, these two-part incensarios show obvious Teotihuacan influence which is frequently exhibited in Maya artwork of this region. A barrel-form pottery vessel used for transporting liquids, likely water. — Peru 200 AD - 600 AD A small Nazca pottery stirrup vessel from ancient Peru. These hand-held pestles (crushing/grinding tools) were used in the preparation of foods, medicines and pigments. Pestle #1 (left) and #2 (center) have been — Peru 600 AD - 900 AD A large Wari (Huari) flared bowl from ancient Peru. Vessel #2, Center (top) - Incised linear and scroll designs around the upper shoulder. Minor stress cracks on the lower body otherwise intact. The nicely burnished surface is a deep red, typical of Colima pottery from this period. The painted design depicts a spiraling row of fifteen running foxes. The trumpet is decorated with a finely detailed standing figure, sculpted in high relief. The exterior surface is a nicely burnished with a deep orange-red slip. On top is a nicely detailed head showing a long curving beak, likely depicting a native horn-bill variety. The hollow body is unusual with a wide opening between the legs and open at the top and at the base. Also, one eye and the nose were chipped and have been restored. Nicely painted all around with a step-fret motif in shades of gold, orange and purple; outlined in white against a black background. Overall a great example, quite large and a rare type. These are often referred to as Chocolate Pots or Cocoa Cups. Nearly all Pre-Columbian cultures were known to create miniatures, but a collection as extensive as this is rarely seen. Some have minor chips, dings and paint loss, but all are generally intact. This form is know as a kero and were used as drinking vessels, typically for 'chicha', a type of fermented corn beer. 4.5" tall x 5.5" across 5 — Peru 700 AD - 1350 AD A fine blackware Naymlap libation vessel from the North Coast of Peru. The figure wears complex regalia and jewelry assemblages and is elevated on a large rectangular platform. A cylindrical bowl sits on three hollow, rounded legs. 5 — Panama 600 AD - 800 AD An attractive Cocle polychrome pedestal bowl from ancient Panama. Thin walled and nicely polychrome painted with two bands of stylized birds. Minor spalling and pitting on the interior along with light deposits. Minor repairs to several of the collar points; otherwise intact and original. The cape is decorated with oval appliques (possibly representing cocoa beans) and a pectoral featuring a human face carved into a curved horn. "Mortars" such as this are thought to have been used to grind pigments or medicinal herbs and roots. Along with a strand of fifteen sodalite tubular and disk shaped beads. Long tubular drum topped by a standing figure in a state of transformation between human and animal form. Large angular head with ear spools, impressed eye and necklace. Intact with light surface erosion and minor losses to one corner of the head. Rounded bottom, deeply carved grooves above the shoulder and topped by a wide, slightly flared rim. One large and several small rim chips have been restored, otherwise intact. The nicely burnished chocolate brown surface shows light mineral deposits and considerable root marks inside and out.
Applique embellishments are typical of pottery of this region and period. There is a five inch long (stable) crack on one side, otherwise completely intact and original with no repairs or restoration. 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.
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 smaller sections are abstract mythological designs. See Labbe's "Guardians of the Life Stream" for additional information on this and other types of Cocle pottery. The dipper fits perfectly into the opening atop the container. They were also cultural icons and were revered in various spiritual and fertility rites. The interior shows moderate paint loss, mostly in the center. The reverse side is completely covered with the rainfall motif. The handle is decorated with the Lambayeque deity 'Naymlap', flanked by two adornos.
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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. A very nice and well made example that is substantial in size. The most interesting aspect of this vessel is the battle scene. 5.25" tall x 6" across 5 — West Mexico 100 BC - 250 AD A well made Nayarit olla with fine-line decoration. Constructed of gray terracotta clay with areas of brown burnished surfacing.