Every purchase comes with a written certificate of authenticity (COA) and are fully guaranteed to be as described. Shipping options are USPS Priority Mail, UPS Ground and Fed Ex. The figure is somewhat simplistic, almost abstract in its execution. Never broken, it is structurally intact with a surface and patina in an excellent state of preservation, virtually mint. Michael Cichon of 'Cichon Tribal Arts', Sarasota, FL. The squat, spherical body is decorated with a wide central band of angular geometric designs. The figure depicts a seated warrior with one arm resting across the knees, the other arm held up to the towering headdress that forms the top of the vessel. 5 — El Salvador 600 AD - 700 AD A nice Maya bowl from the Pacific slope of El Salvador. The vessel shows a nicely sculpted head and pointy tail. 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. 3.5" tall x 5" across 5 — Ecuador 1000 AD - 1500 AD A large and exceptional Manteno figural tripod vessel from Pre-Columbian Ecuador.
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. 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. An old collection inventory number is written on the bottom. These step patterns are thought to be references to stepped pyramids or temple steps; a motif often depicted in their art. Dressed in full battle regalia; he wears a helmet with chin strap, necklace, large ear spools, loin cloth and strap sandals. 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. This imagery was copied from an earlier culture; the Moche. 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.
Decorated all around with linear and geometric motifs; a single stripe just inside the rim. One small rim chip restored and minor paint touchups, otherwise intact and original. Mounted on a wooden display block, made from an attractive, complementary exotic wood with several old collection labels on the back. The raised arm and the necklace are partially restored. Four long panels around the neck and four lower (body) panels that are a continuation of the themes on the neck. 0 — Guatemala 1100 AD - 1400 AD A late Post-classic Maya bowl from the Tiquisate region of Guatemala. — Mexico A large and exceptional whistle figure from the Vera Cruz region of ancient Mexico. 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. The degree of adornment indicates this individual is of high ranking social status. 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. 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.
These rare white-slipped wares clearly display Central Mexican influence and iconography. Chisel-type tools such as these were used to carve stone for buildings, architectural elements and retaining walls for terraced planting areas. As found and uncleaned; the surface is now covered with a thick oxidized patina. The function of such sculptures is still unknown, but some scholars believe that they were placed in tombs as companions or guardians of the deceased. One arm has been restored, the head reattached and the break line restored along with some light paint enhancements; otherwise intact and original. A fine example, more finely painted than most and substantial in size. Beautifully polychrome painted with orange-red and dark brown linear designs over a cream-white slip. See page 220 of "Between Continents-Between Seas, Pre-Columbian Art of Costa Rica" for a nearly identical example. A poporo this large and elaborately decorated would have been ceremonial and not intended for everyday use. It is beautifully sculpted and realistically executed. Their hands are gesturing forward toward speech scrolls. Sea-bird guano was an important source of fertilizer for crops in ancient Peru. 5 — Peru 800 AD - 1300 AD An unusual Lambayeque blackware stirrup vessel from ancient Peru.
The exterior surface is decorated around the middle and surrounding the nodes with angular geometric designs. 5 — Peru 1000 AD - 1200 AD A large Chancay standing female figure from the Central Coast region of ancient Peru.
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Displays well on the custom metal tripod ring stand which is included. Bichrome painted with intricate patterns in shades of cream against a deep orange-red ground. See Hasso Von Winning's "Shaft Tomb Figures of West Mexico" page 149, fig. All are in fine, intact condition and display nicely on custom metal stands that are included. A sizable example that displays dramatically on the metal tripod ring stand which is included. It stands on four cylindrical feet and has a long banded tail that curves upward. Some paint enhancement to the forehead area and around the ears. 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. Louis Art Museum Collections" for a very similar example and additional info. 3.5" x 4.5" 0 — Peru 900 AD - 1350 AD A rare Ica (Ika) aryballos from southern coastal Peru. Ai Apaec is shown here wearing a jaguar headdress and serpent waist wrap (belt). — Peru 1250 AD - 1450 AD Two Inca (Inka) copper axes from the Central Peruvian Highlands. A larger one flanked by 2 medium sized ones are displayed on a custom metal stand. The surface is also slightly clouded by a salt-lime haze which could be cleaned, but is currently in original, as found condition. The stirrup handle is slightly flattened (squared) on the sides and is topped by a straight spout. These ancient musical instruments are constructed with a row of hollow tubes of different lengths that produce a variety of notes. Small in size (very rare) possibly made for a child. In the center is an idealized Teotihuacan-style face wearing circular ear flares and a large nose ornament. Beautifully painted in dark brown-black against a cream ground. Small losses restored on the spout and light paint enhancements, otherwise intact and original. A fine example that displays well on the custom metal stand which is included. A depiction of a Lord or Shaman, certainly a person of importance or high social status. The upper bowl has corseted sides and is decorated with rows of applied and incised designs, topped by a widely flared rim. The larger olla (3.25" tall) has stylized zoomorphic designs. Some surface pitting, mostly around the spouts and handle. Ample mineral and earthen deposits are present overall. The upper part of the spout has been restored, otherwise it is intact and original. All carved from hard-stone of various types and colors. Several show moderate to heavy edge chipping and losses. Each has light to moderate deposits consistent with age. All are in very good condition; intact with some minor surface wear and light deposits. It is substantial in size and displays dramatically. The vessel is rounded in form and has two large, realistically sculpted, saurian-type creatures decorating either side of the top opening. 00 — Mexico 450 AD - 750 AD A rare and exceptional Maya plate from Chipas, Mexico. Typical of the type, all have bulbous bodies, low footed bases and sculpted relief faces. He is seen here flanked by two prone figures representing his descendants; known as the "children of Naymlap". 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. Well made and thin walled examples of buff (unpainted) terracotta "bisque ware" pottery, typical of that region. All have minor restoration, mostly rim chips and small cracks restored, but are generally intact and original. Each is on a custom metal tripod stand and display beautifully as a group. His clothing is decorated with incised designs and raised concentric circles. 0 — El Salvador 900 AD - 1200 AD Two Post Classic Lenca vessels from El Salvador. A flared pedestal base carved with open-work designs supports the upper bowl. Heavily weathered surface overall with moderate deposits and only traces of painted decoration visible. The figure is beautifully sculpted and has an expressive face; smiling widely with exposed teeth and almond shaped eyes. — Peru 1200 BC - 1000 BC A superb, early Chavin (most likely Pre-Chavin) stone mirror. The finely detailed figure is shown wearing elaborate regalia, large crescent headdress, ear spools with long tassels, tunic and loin cloth. Some light paint enhancements, otherwise all original and completely intact. Although moderately restored, it is a lovely example. 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 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.
The cheeks and lower jaw are covered in wide bands indicating facial tattoos. The body and lower legs are decorated with linear and wavy striped patterns representing woven armor. 217 for a very similar example and additional scholarly information. 16.5" tall x 7.75" across 50 — Peru 800 AD - 1200 AD Three copper tumis from ancient Peru. At the top is a wide strap handle and tapered spout. Minor pitting, surface wear, scrapes and dings and light paint loss present along with surface deposits. 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. A barrel-form vessel with cylindrical body topped by loop handles and flared spout. He is grasping his opponent and wields a tumi knife. Acquired via inheritance from her mother who was an artist, collector and world travler. Although referred to as 'axes', these were not made for use as weapons, but were chisels (tools) used to shape and carve stone. Also included is a stack of (10 or so) smaller pieces that have been fused together by oxidation. A lovely example from a seldom seen Bolivian culture. The upper half of the vessel is intricately carved. 0 — Ecuador 600 BC - 300 BC A very rare Chorrera erotic whistle vessel from ancient Ecuador. 5 — West Mexico 300 BC - 300 AD Two partial obsidian pectorals. Both flutes are in playable condition with nice tones and have two pierced holes used for suspension around the neck. The face is framed with large slab panels that create a massive headdress. He wears elaborate regalia; the headdress features opposing birds with heads turned backward. 0 — Vera Cruz, Mexico 600 AD - 900 AD A rare and exceptional Sonriente figure from the Remojadas region of ancient Veracruz. 17.5" x 9.5" 5 — West Mexico 200 BC - 400 AD A large Nayarit plate (shallow bowl) from ancient West Mexico. 0 — Mexico 400 AD - 750 AD A Teotihuacan tripod vessel from ancient Mexico. The three gracefully curving legs are decorated with stylized bird heads with long beaks, likely representing the heads of pelicans. A chip on the spout is restored, but it is otherwise intact. A few minor scrapes and dings along with light deposits (consistent with age) as would be expected. Smaller than most of this type, but is a really cute piece that displays well. 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. This very rare mirror dates to the Wairajirca-Kotosh Period. His arms are raised in a gesture which indicates he is in an induced state of shamanic transformantion. The fruits are accented with red and black stripes delicately painted over a backround of cream slip. There are two rhizomes flanking the central chamber. Just under 6" across x 6" tall 5 — Mexico 400 AD - 650 AD Three pottery bowls from Teotihuacan, Mexico. The practice of inhaling hallucinogens was critical to the shamans of Pre-Columbian times. A small shard is reattached and restored along the slit. Minor restoration to both hands and the headdress of the figure. For a similar example see page 130, Image 278 in Rebecca Stone-Miller's "Seeing With New Eyes" - Highlights of the Michael C. A portion of the head and a small section of the lower blade has been reattached with breaks restored. Approx 11" across x 3" tall 5 — Peru 300 AD - 600 AD Two rare Moche rattles; one spherical, the other cylindrical. Each is pierced for suspension and were likely worn as pendants or clothing ornamentation. The low, wide bowl has a stepped edge with two rows of incising all around supported by three pointed hollow legs.