Please ask if you would like additional photos or more in-depth descriptions. 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. A neck break and chipped foot have been restored and the whistles returned to working order. The surface is nicely burnished and there are light deposits present, mainly in the crevices. Intact with some minor paint enhancements, otherwise complete and original. See Lapiner's "Pre-Columbian Art of South America", page 205 for other examples of Nazca figural miniatures. 5 — Costa Rica 500 AD - 800 AD A greater Nicoya Peccary effigy vessel dating to Period VI. Polychrome painted in cream and black against an orange-red background. An elegant form with rounded bottom, curving upward to a stepped shoulder and topped by a wide, flared spout. It depicts a male figure seated on a square stool and is holding his extra-large, exaggerated phallus that forms the pouring (drinking) spout. 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. The Storm God is shown here in the typical fashion with googled eyes, ear spools, large fangs and split tongue. Each side of the vessel shows two nicely detailed, mythological figures in battle; all carved in high relief. 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. Additional linear and geometric designs complete the complex imagery. Small chips on one leg and at the rim edge have been restored along with light paint enhancements. As is typical, it is shown in the seated position and has shortened, bulbous legs tapering to the feet. The leaves of the coca plant were mixed with ground lime, wrapped into a small bundle (called a quid) and chewed to stave off hunger and alleviate altitude sickness. Most of the damage was concentrated around the base (neck) area. Painted in a dark brown-black slip over a cream background, the ovoid-shaped body has realistically sculpted head and forearms held to the face. The front and back sections are painted with linear stripes. The spout has been reattached and a couple of cracks along the body have been restored. Decorated with horizontal and vertical lines and a circular 'eye' design at the rim. A few small chips restored at the rim and light paint enhancements, otherwise intact and original. Some areas of light surface erosion, minor paint loss and deposits remain. It has pierced tapered tripod legs, each containing several large rattle balls. Approx 8.25" tall x 8.25" across 5 — Peru 900 AD - 1100 AD A fine Chancay whistle vessel from ancient Peru. The form is somewhat similar to the later Inca aryballo, but it is unpainted and an unusual shape. Aryballo vessels are seldom seen from this culture. The head shows an elongated snout with appliqued nostrils, coffee-bean style eyes and pierced ears. In good condition with restored breaks and some losses replaced as is common. Condition is very good, especially considering its enormous size. The sides are decorated with complex geometric patterns that are similar, but different from the plate. 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. 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. Painted with red over buff-gray terracotta along with some teal paint remaining in the crevices. Two fingers and a portion of the strap across the head have been replaced. Two sets of museum codes written in ink across the top. Vessels with articulated parts are exceedingly rare in Costa Rican pottery. Minor losses replaced and several repaired breaks at the rim. Two of the legs have been reattached and partially restored. Sackler Collections" for a similar example and additional information.
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 head of the peccary is realistically sculpted and there's a short tail at the rear. One end is decorated with concentric half-circles; the other end has a row of triangles. The bottom shows 'free-form' brushed designs in groups of three. Assembled from six large shards and a dozen or so smaller pieces. He wears ear spools and a head wrap with pierced holes around the top of the vessel. 9" tall x 8" across $2250 — Mexico 600 AD - 1000 AD An exceedingly rare Zapotec effigy vessel in the form of a bat claw (foot) from the Monte Alban region of Central Mexico. Buff terracotta construction, nicely painted with geometric designs and stylized sea birds. The rim is decorated with angular and circular forms thought to represent sea dwellers. Ai Apaec is shown here wearing a jaguar headdress and serpent waist wrap (belt). It depicts a standing figure wearing a large, elaborate headdress with two suspension holes, mantle and loin cloth. — Peru 900 BC - 200 BC A large Chavin bottle (vessel) from the northern highlands of ancient Peru, dating to the Formative Period. The blades flare at the end to crescent shape and a sharp edge. Painted overall in an orange-red slip with cream details, topped by a wide flared spout. See Donnan's "Moche Portraits" Page 40, Figure 3.26 for a similar example. Light surface wear, some chipping, minor erosion and paint loss present. Painted overall with a purple-brown color and an orange-red slip on the spout. Breaks to the legs and minor losses replaced as is typical. One chamber is topped by a long straight spout, the other has a standing figure shown drinking from a kero. Both ear spools and small headdress losses have been replaced. The plate is displayed on a custom metal stand which is included as shown. Each jaguar head has circular openings facing inward and pairs of elongated oval (slots) near the top. — West Mexico 100 BC - 250 AD A medium-large redware phytomorphic vessel from the Colima region of ancient West Mexico. Sometimes referred to as corn-poppers based on their form, they were actually used as ceremonial water dippers by the ancient Moche. $650 — Peru 400 AD - 700 AD A nice Moche pottery trumpet from ancient Peru, dating to Phase IV. The long, hollow tubular body is curved (looped) at the top, ending with the mouth-piece. Bi-chrome painted in red and cream with three sets of chevrons radiating outward from the center along with pairs of wavy lines. Displays well on the custom metal stand which is included as shown. The sides are nearly vertical and flare slightly at the rim. $2400 — Costa Rica - Panama 1000 AD - 1500 AD An adorable bird vessel from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama (Diquis Zone) dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. 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. $250 — Ecuador 300 BC - 300 AD An unusual avian motif pottery rattle sculpture from the Manabi Province of ancient Ecuador. Some light surface wear, scrapes and minor imperfections as would be expected. See Klein and Cevallos "Ecuador - The Secret Art of Pre Columbian Ecuador" for additional scholarly information on ancient Manteno art and culture. A very diverse grouping with examples ranging from the early cultures of Mexico, down through Central America to later cultures of Peru. — 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. As is often seen in Cocle art, these stylized creatures combine serpent, bird and other elements. — Mexico 400 AD - 650 AD Three pottery bowls from Teotihuacan, Mexico. A few small cracks have been stabilized and restored. Considerable dendrites and other deposits present throughout. Hembrough Collection of Illinois Approx 11.5" across x 4" tall $550 — West Mexico 200 BC - 200 AD A large incensario cover from the Michoacan region of Western Mexico. Has small rim chips - $75 3) Medium tripod (right) - Approx. Lovely bowl with rattle legs and in perfect condition - $200 Priced individually or $450 for all three — Ecuador 3000 BC - 2500 BC Hacha 1 (left). Very unusual in that it depicts a person lying prone on their stomach.
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. The rim of the bowl is incised with geometric patterns and the surface is a lightly burnished rich brown slip. The spout is tall and flares slightly with handles that attach to the upper shoulder. The surface is nicely burnished and has deposits along with minor scrapes and dings. Minor losses replaced and break lines restored, but appears intact. An impressive size that displays dramatically on the custom metal stand that is included. Redware construction covered with areas of burnished cream and red slip. The end of the phallus has been assembled from several original pieces with restored break lines and a small (stable) pressure crack at the rim, otherwise intact. Bat claw effigy vessels are characteristic of later (Period IV) Zapotec artistic style. Vessels of this type were used to store and transport liquids such as water and corn beer (Chicha). See Christopher Donnan's "Ceramics of Ancient Peru" page 103 for a very similar example and additional information. Highly burnished brown-ware construction with scattered deposits. Assembled from several large pieces with restored break lines. He is grasping his opponent and wields a tumi knife. He is also adorned with very large ear spools and labret (lip plug). An elegant form with a wide flat base, the body has slightly rounded sides that slope gently to a tall tapering neck and spout with a flared rim. Both show signs of extensive use and have darkened patinas. The break lines have been restored and light paint enhancements, but is otherwise original and complete. The figure wears a headdress that contains the whistle. $550 — Costa Rica 1000 AD - 1400 AD Large human effigy figure from Costa Rica's Atlantic Watershed region, carved from tan colored lavastone. Light deposits along with minor scrapes and dings, all consistent with age. They have large eyes and noses along with open-work mouths showing teeth. Prichett - Jacksonville, Florida who purchased them from the previous owner, Hartwell Kennard of Mc Allen, Texas in 1972. — Costa Rica 400 AD - 800 AD Three rare pottery pestles from Costa Rica's Atlantic Watershed Region. Vessel #3, Right - Incised sunburst design around the upper shoulder. Restored neck break and restored stress cracks on the lower body. This olla-form vessel is a stylized cactus showing a wide band of raised ribs and nodes sculpted around the midsection. The body is rounded, angles sharply at the shoulder and tapers toward the neck, then flares gently to a wide spout. This example is beautifully painted using the fine-line method in shades of red against a tan/cream background. The bottom tapers gently and is slightly flared at the end. The shallow bowl sits on three pointy, hollow legs containing rattles. A three-inch section of the rim has been restored along with one leg. Large, hollow ball-shaped feet are slotted diagonally. Well sculpted in the form of a stylized bird with wings in high relief tucked to the sides. The eyes, nose and mouth are in high relief along with large circular ear spools. Originally acquired in 1972 from Hartwell Kennard of Mc Allen, Texas. 5" tall x 3.75" across $275 — Peru 100 AD - 400 AD A Nazca pottery bowl with geometric designs. It depicts three birds perched upon conjoined spheres. Burnished redware surface with a few areas of fire clouding. It has never been overly cleaned and still shows ample deposits along with earthen encrustation in the crevices. Just over 11" tall x 6" across $1400 — Costa Rica 300 AD - 700 AD Tripod vessels from the Atlantic Watershed region of Costa Rica. Sizes range from very small to tiny with various types of surfaces; polychromes, blackwares, red and orange wares, etc. Additional provenance and info (specific cultures and dates) on each piece will be provided to the buyer. 1.25" tall to 2.25" tall $1850 — Peru 650 AD - 800 AD A nice Wari (Huari) vessel from ancient Peru. $200 each or $550 for all three — Ecuador 300 BC - 400 AD An unusual Jama Coaque figure from ancient Ecuador. 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. Condition is somewhat poor with moderate to heavy restoration. All are brownware terracotta and are nicely burnished. — Mexico 600 AD - 900 AD A nice Classic Period Maya rattle figure from Jaina Island, gulf coast of Campeche, Mexico. A very fine and unusual example that displays impressively! $3250 — West Mexico 300 BC - 300 AD Small Colima pottery olla from Western Mexico. A few cracks around the midsection have been stabilized and restored, otherwise intact. It is topped by a heavily adorned female figure wearing ear spools, necklace and decorative headband. Elegant form with rattle legs and only minor repairs - $250 2) Small tripod (left) - Approx. Nicely carved from greenish-gray stone with earthen deposits. The head is tilted upward and hands to their chest.
An expressive and sizable example that displays dramatically. A large and beautiful artifact that displays dramatically on the custom metal display stand, included as shown. Also, there is a 1" x 1/2" area of surface loss on the handle near the spout on one side. Once possibly covered in stucco, which eroded away with time and exposure to moisture, or simply a utilitarian vessel made for everyday use.
A standing female figure with numerous rattle balls inside. A neck break and one hand partially restored along with minor paint touch ups. 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. Its size, form and condition make this an amazing example that displays dramatically on the custom metal stand which is included. There are three sizes here, possibly representing different monetary denominations. The surface is also slightly clouded by a salt-lime haze which could be cleaned, but is currently in original, as found condition. The figure is shown seated with one arm outstretched, the other curled to the chest and is wearing a broad collar (necklace), turban style headwrap and large circular earspools. A small portion of the headdress has also been restored, otherwise intact. 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. At the base of the handle are two ball-shaped objects (appearing as testicles) which form the whistles. A crack in the main body has been stabilized and restored. Minor scrapes and dings present along with deposits and some fire clouding. The remainder was later sold through various art auctions in NYC. A flared bowl sits atop three large jaguar heads, each containing their original rattle balls. The figure is of hollow construction with red, tan and black painted and burnished surface. $500 — Peru 400 AD - 600 AD A large and impressive Moche Phase IV portrait vessel from the Northern Coastal region of ancient Peru. $1250 — Costa Rica - Panama 1100 AD - 1450 AD An unusual pottery vessel in the form of an armadillo. $325 — Peru 1000 AD - 1400 AD A Chancay painted bowl from ancient Peru. Outside of the obvious losses, they are intact with nice deposits. The face and hands are painted in yellow-gold pigment, otherwise covered in a cream-tan slip with deposits and some root marks present. Assembled from original pieces (as is common) with break lines restored and minor losses replaced. In the other hand is a five-lobed ceremonial rattle. $750 — Peru 700 AD - 1000 AD A rare Wari aryballo (water transport vessel) from ancient Peru. The vessel is rounded with a flat bottom and has a flared spout. Rounded bottom with corseted sides; an elegant form. He (she) smiles widely exposing filed teeth and has almond shaped eyes. It depicts a central band of stylized birds with rows of waves (water motif) at the top and bottom. The gently curving sides of the bowl are finely painted in diagonal stripes. The back is completely painted with parallel lines in black on tan. Assembled from approximately six original pieces with breaklines partially restored and slightly visible. The cream colored surface is nicely burnished inside and out with areas of orange and black (fire clouding) on one side. Assembled from three original pieces with breaks restored. Minor surface wear, dings and scratches along with light deposits consistent with age. By far the largest examples of this type I have ever seen. 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. 7.25" tall x 7" across $1250 — Mexico 300 AD - 400 AD A medium-large Teotihuacan tripod vessel dating to the Early Xolalpan Period. Constructed of tan terracotta with orange pigment on the face and nose ornament. Carved from green speckled stone with earthen deposits. The headdress is two alligator heads facing outward. Restoration to the corner of the head and one foot. The exterior is nicely incised with complex geometric patterns. It has pierced tapered tripod legs, each containing numerous small rattle balls.
The cheeks have additional incising that indicate facial tattooing or ritual scarification in the woven mat motif suggesting this individual was of the elite ruling class. 15 original pieces with restored break lines and small losses replaced. A large area of fire-clouding and surface discoloration on one side and the bottom. An exceptional example that is masterfully crafted. A fine example with considerable amounts of painted slip remaining. Both sides of the stirrup handle have a relief carved, arched band of birds against a background of raised dots; representing rainfall. One is seated, the other standing, but stylistically they are nearly identical. The burnished surface is a deep orange-red with areas of dark brown fire clouding and light deposits. The base is intact; the bowl has been assembled from approx. This example is a four-lobed, squat bowl with a low base and a wide flared rim with opposing loop handles. 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. — Peru 100 AD - 400 AD Two Antara (pan pipes) from the southern coastal region of ancient Peru. The upper section is an elaborately embellished dome. The top spout is painted in a checkerboard pattern and has two pierced lugs which would have been used to secure a lid. The vessel has a flat bottom, the body is rounded and topped by a realistically sculpted head and a wide flared spout. $475 — Costa Rica 300 AD - 700 AD A large and exceptional Costa Rican tripod vessel from the Diquis region. The smaller olla (3" tall) has geometric painted decoration, raised nodes on the shoulder and is intact. At the top are two tapered spouts and an arched stirrup handle. A crack that ran from the bottom and partially up the side has been restored with light paint touch ups, otherwise it is intact and original. The central image is that of Tlaloc, the Mesoamerican Rain God, who is also the God of Fertility and is among their most important deities. The lime pot and dipper would have been used for the ingestion of Coca or other hallucinogenic substances. 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 $475 — 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.
Around the top and back are wide bands of interlocking angular designs, likely representing a textile head wrap. A wide strap handle connects from the spout to the upper shoulder. A small chip at the rim of the spout has been restored, otherwise intact and original. Ample deposits, and light surface wear present overall. Blackware terracotta construction and elongated spherical body with stirrup handle topped by a straight neck and flared spout. — West Mexico 100 BC - 250 AD A nice pair of Jalisco female figures. An elegant shape with a flared pedestal base and a sharply angled bowl. The upper shoulder of the bowl is decorated with finely incised linear and stippled geometric patterns. A relatively unknown culture, their pottery is exceptionally well crafted and beautifully painted in colors and styles very similar to the neighboring Tiwanaku, but their wares are typically more refined in their execution. 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. Both are polychrome painted in shades of red-orange and black against a cream background. Shows some light surface wear as would be expected. A nice example and a desirable type with great iconography. In one hand he holds a lime dipper (spatula) also having a human face; in the other he holds a lidded "poporo" (lime pot). 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.
There are ample surface deposits and a few areas of light staining are present on the exterior. See Klein and Cevallos "Ecuador - The Secret Art of Pre Columbian Ecuador" for additional scholarly information on ancient Tumaco - La Tolita art and culture. The face shows pierced eyes and nose and perked ears. 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. The burnished surface shows ample mineral deposits along with minor surface pitting and light paint wear as is common. A suspension loop at the back makes it wearable as a pendant. In excellent condition with no breaks, cracks or repairs. 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. Both with similar designs of curved linear incising embedded with white stucco. Each assembled from 5-6 original pieces with breaks restored and small losses replaced. See Labbe's "Guardians of the Life Stream" for additional information on Cocle pottery. The vessel sits on a wide footed base and has a rounded body with stepped ridges, tall flared spout and a wide strap handle on the back. 8" across x 3" tall - 0 Bowl #3 (Bottom), Small bowl that sits on a footed pedestal base and with gently flared sides. Most interestingly it has (rarely seen) ancient restoration where by the cracked bowl was drilled and tied to extend its usefulness in ancient times. Several restored breaks, but the ancient drills holes remain along with the associating crack. For additional info on this motif see "A Sourcebook of Nazca Ceramic Iconography" by Donald Proulx, Page 190 - 191 Approx. 5 — Peru 1150 AD - 1400 AD Chimu blackware vessel in the form of a lobster. 5 — West Mexico 200 BC - 300 AD Small Nayarit hollow-bodied figure from Western Mexico. The figure is adorned with arm bands, head wrap, ear spools and nose ornament. This type, sometimes referred to as "chocolate pots," have tall tripod support legs. A minor repair to the rim of the spout, otherwise intact. A remarkable example and rarely seen, especially in this condition. All are well made, thin walled examples of "bisque ware" pottery, typical of that region. Approx 9" tall x 9" long — Peru 1100 AD - 1450 AD A fine collection of Chancay textiles and weaving tools. 8" x 10") woven textile panel with an interlocking bird motif and fringe along the bottom.
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.
At the base of each handle, upper body of the vessel, are two nicely detailed human figures, lying flat. 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 — Mexico 1200 BC - 800 BC A rare Copilco pottery figure dating to the Middle Pre-classic Period. 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. The painting style and motif of each vessel is nearly identical. 3.5" tall x 5" across 5 — Ecuador 1000 AD - 1500 AD A large and exceptional Manteno figural tripod vessel from Pre-Columbian Ecuador. It enabled them to induce shamanic trances and visions. Nicely carved from a greenish-gray stone in the form of a celt. A few edge chips along with minor scrapes and dings, but overall a nice example and rarely seen in this size. Near excellent condition with restoration to one leg; else intact and choice.