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Auction Description for Artemis Gallery: Pre-Columbian | Tribal | Ethnographic Art
Auction Description:
Ring in the holiday shopping season by joining us for a special auction featuring a wide array of Pre-Columbian, Tribal, and Ethnographic Art from South America to Papua New Guinea, with many stops in between. Highlights include a huge ex-Sotheby's Chancay textile mummy bundle, a large and very fine Colima dog, and many gorgeous custom designed Pre-Columbian necklaces, perfect for the jewelry lover on your holiday shopping list. Whatever your budget or taste, we have something for you!

Pre-Columbian | Tribal | Ethnographic Art (328 Lots)

by Artemis Gallery


328 lots with images

December 1, 2016

Live Auction

Louisville, CO, USA

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Rare Valdivian Stone Maskette - Ex Arnovick

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian, Earliest Horizon (Early Piguigua-Late Piquigua Phase, Early Formative Period) ca. 2300 to 2000 BCE. A very rare and very old abstract maskette, finely carved from light green limestone, of a curved rectangular form with boldly cut geometric shapes delineating the eyes, nose, mouth, and brows. Extremely rare! Custom stand. Size: 4.5" L x 3" H (11.4 cm x 7.6 cm) Provenance: Ex- Peter Arnovick collection, San Francisco, CA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116955

Condition Report: Intact with minor surface wear as shown. Overall excellent.

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Valdivian Carved Stone Palette - Abstract Motif

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian people, Earliest Horizon, ca. 2300 to 2000 BCE. This is a light gray limestone carved in a stylized curved form with boldly cut lines delineating arrows and dots drilled in an abstract design. This is an example of some very early stone art, from one of the earliest settled cultures recorded in the Americas. The Valdivia lived in communities that built their homes around a central plaza in a circle or ovoid shape; they were fishermen primarily who also did some subsistence farming and hunting to supplement their diet. Size: 6.6" W x 4.4" H (16.8 cm x 11.2 cm) Provenance: Ex-Poway CA Collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116203

Condition Report: Some surface wear, abrasion and deposits, corner chip gone.

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Fine Olmec Terracotta Head Fragment (from Baby)

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Olmec, ca. 1500 to 1200 BCE. Terracotta head fragment of an Olmec baby. With distinct child-like features the Olmec are so well known for!  If this was a complete baby, add a zero to the price and then double! Size: 3" W x 6" H (7.6 cm x 15.2 cm) Provenance: Ex-private Hollywood, CA Collection, acquired from Ron Messick Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #101855

Condition Report: Fragment

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Lot of 3 Xochipala Terracotta Standing Figures

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican Formative Period, Guerrero State, Mexico, Xochipala culture, ca. 13th to 10th century BCE. A trio of small pottery human figures made by hand and with added applied details. These figures originally had polychrome decoration. Their clothing is rough and they have no obvious sex; all three, however, wear large headdresses of similar squared-off design. These figures, while rare, are noted for their naturalistic poses and attention to detail, despite their early date in the Mesoamerican ceramic tradition. Unlike the Olmec, who seem to have deliberately abstracted human figures, perhaps to remove them from the quotidian world, the artisans of Xochipala seemed intent on creating the most naturalistic representations possible. Each has a custom stand. Size of largest: 1.8" W x 4.15" H (4.6 cm x 10.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Ventura County, CA collection acquired before 1980 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118351

Condition Report: Leg has been repaired on the figure with one arm extended; small losses and age wear to all figures.

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Rare Olmec/Xochipala Jadeite Bowl

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Ca. 1000 to 900 BCE. The Olmec were among the first Mesoamerican peoples to use stone in sculpture even though it had to be quarried in distant mountains. The stonework of this piece shows influences of the Xochipala of the Guerrero region. Several reputable scholars including American anthropologist, archaeologist, and academic David Grove, known for his contributions to the Preclassic period of Mesoamerica, have found cross-cultural overlaps between Olmec and Xochipala. This piece is attractive for its rich green hues with cream mottling and deep brown striations. Having these beautiful colors and hardness, jade was used to make precious, valuable objects in Mexico. The ancients went to great lengths to quarry jade in order to make their most prized objects! Size: 6" L x 6" W x 2.5" H (15.2 cm x 15.2 cm x 6.4 cm) Provenance: Ex-Poolos/Adeon Gallery Collection acquired between 1950 and 1970. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #101049

Condition Report: Choice!

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Museum-Quality Olmec Jade Maskette

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Olmec, ca. 1000 to 400 BCE. An exquisite maskette or face panel carved from a beautiful blue-green jadeite stone by an artisan of the Olmec culture, the oldest major civilization in Mexico. The piece is expertly worked with graceful, subtle contours and displays signature Olmec traits including a jowly face, elegant straight nose, downturned jaguar mouth, square jaw, rounded chin, puffy eyelids, and slanted eyes. The blending of both lifelike relatively naturalistic and contrasting abstract representation in this piece is simply mesmerizing. The head is pear-shaped, a sign of high status most likely due to an artificial cranial deformation, as the Olmec traditionally wore tight-fitting helmets. Perforations were made through the ears to suspend ornaments that would have further embellished the personage. To the Olmecs, masks and maskettes like this example carried many meanings, not all of which are obvious to us today; however, scholars surmise that the color green was associated with vibrant growth, renewal, and given the cyclical conception of life and death, rejuvenation after death. In addition, notice that the fleshy, bilaterally symmetrical lips are slightly open so as to reveal the toothless gums of a youthful person, and there is a raised cleft each side of the lower lip. According to scholars, this was the Olmec symbol for corn or maize, which was a crop of such sublime significance to ancient Mexico that it took on religious import from a very early date. A remarkable example, impressive for the artisan's adept carving technique, an indisputable penchant for refined artistry, the inherent beauty of this stone, and the meaningful iconography of the form. Bilaterally perforated at the forehead for suspension or attachment. Clearly of museum-quality. Size: 1.5" deep x 2.25" W x 2.625" H (3.8 cm x 5.7 cm x 6.7 cm)Similar examples may be found in the most esteemed museum collections of the world. Follow this link for a comparable piece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (See http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1977.187.33/) Provenance: Ex - private LA County collection acquired before 1990 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116293

Condition Report: Intact and choice. Any surface fissures are inherent to the stone.

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Chavin Figural Stirrup Vessel - Water Carrier

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chavin, Cupisnique phase, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. An impressive orange and cream hued bichrome stirrup vessel depicting a water carrier figure, his arms extending upward to adjust his tumpline which secures his incised netted sack that is comprised of four, concave cross-hatched registers. The overall form of the vessel presents a lovely, almost egg-shaped globular silhouette with a tall stirrup spout extending above. A skillfully rendered effigy vessel with fabulous details including a fancy pectoral, slip-painted loin cloth, and incised fingers and toes, and an expressive visage. Just look at that wide-eyed smile. His happiness despite that heavy load is remarkable! Size: 6.25" W x 12" H (15.9 cm x 30.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private German collection; Private CA. collection. Ex-Kevin Cheek All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117067

Condition Report: Minor expected surface wear commensurate with age. Otherwise intact and excellent.

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Olmec Jadeite Cup - Engraved with Glyphs

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mesoamerica, Olmec, ca. 700 to 500 BCE. Jade is a swirling milky white and turquoise color, translucent enough over approximately a third of its surface that light clearly shines through it. The exterior has two small holes drilled opposite each other at the rim; the exterior of the body is decorated with finely-incised glyph-like designs. The Olmecs, the first major culture known from Mesoamerica, created amazing jade carvings, many of them incised like this one. Jade seems to have been associated with water, vegetation, and young corn, the staple food of Olmec life. Based on burial practices, particularly the objects from important burials at La Venta in the present day Mexican state of Tabasco, we believe that jade was reserved for high nobility, royalty, and the gods. Size: 2.7" W x 2.9" H (6.9 cm x 7.4 cm)The incised glyphs on this carving are probably epi-Olmec or proto-Mayan. Epi-Olmec, like Mayan, consists of glyphs, often written in lines or columns. Although not all of it has been deciphered, what we know of this language is that it describes religious notions and, to a lesser extent, socio-political matters. It is not clear if glyphs are both pictographic and ideographic, or what role phonograms might have played, and this remains a hotly studied component of Mesoamerican archaeology. With all these questions, can we say anything about this cup? Barring some exceptional circumstances, it was owned by a wealthy person, and buried with them; its glyphs probably speak to the status of the individual or offer a prayer. Provenance: Ex - private LA County collection acquired before 1990 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116298

Condition Report: Excellent condition, with slight wear to surface but design clear.

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Marvelous Guererro Chontal Stone Sky Watcher

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Chontal, ca. 800 to 400 BCE. An impressive anthropomorphic figural sky watcher, hand-carved and string-cut from an inherently beautiful greenstone of rich verdant hues with marvelous natural striations resulting from the dark green/black and cream inclusions. With arms held to sides in a zigzag position, the figure stands on two feet and dramatically gazes upward towards the celestial realm. His visage presents finely delineated facial features, including two circular sunken depressions representing his wide-open perhaps "starstruck" eyes, a pronounced curved nose protruding from his face, a small closed mouth, cup-shaped ears, and a gently pointed chin. The smooth, subtly curved contours of his facial planes are quite characteristic of the Chontal and are a testament to the sculptor's ability to turn stone to 'flesh'. Overall, a Chontal stone figure of museum quality, so elegantly modeled with a characteristically angular, rigid body and contrasting life-imbued visage, replete with expert technique and impressive artistry. Custom, museum-quality stand. Size: 5.5" L x 2.5" W (14 cm x 6.4 cm); with stand ~ 6" H (15.2 cm) Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick collection, San francisco, CA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117305

Condition Report: Intact with expected minor surface wear.

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Very Fine Paracas Blackware Bowl w/ Step Pattern

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Peru, Paracas culture, ca. 800 to 100 BCE. This is a black ware with cream slip decorated pottery bowl from ancient south coastal Peru. The decorations are incised and painted and show a design of steps and lines. Little is known about the Paracas people, and what little we do know comes from a 1920s archaeological excavation of the Paracas Cavernas, shaft tombs containing multiple burials, many of which contained ceramics like this one. Size: 5.75" W x 2.6" H (14.6 cm x 6.6 cm) Provenance: Ex Private New Jersey collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #113831

Condition Report: The piece has been restored but appears intact, with very clear decorations. One very minor chip to the decoration near the base.

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Valdivia Chorrera Stone Transitional Figure

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Chorrera culture, ca. 500 BCE. This is a grey stone, simplified human representation, with a flattened body, hands held to sides with individually-rendered fingers, the legs separated, and the head with fine facial features. The eyes are outlined (and may once have been inlaid) and the ears have large carved ornaments. This is a very rare example. Size: 3.6" W x 8.5" H (9.1 cm x 21.6 cm)Two scientific testing lab reports from Orenda (Investigation and Analysis of Artifacts and Antiquities) and Frank Preusser & Associates, Inc., accompany this lot. The object was tested for machine tooling and decompositional wear, and found to be authentic by both. Provenance: ex-New York Collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117058

Condition Report: Intact and choice. Ample age deposits.

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Chontal Gray Stone Standing Figure, ex-Arnovick

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Chontal, 600 to 400 BCE. A nicely shaped, pale greenstone figure, shown with arms down at his sides, head tilted upwards, with squared off ears and a triangular-shaped nose. This region is known for its greenstone figural carving. Chontal stone sculpture deviates from the earlier Guerrero-region sculptural styles by being more naturalistic rather than highly abstracted geometric human figures made by the Mezcala, and that development is seen here, especially in the style of the nose and shape of the face. The name "Chontal" probably comes from the Aztec, who called the people of this region "Chontales"; we do not know what they called themselves. Size: 3.25" W x 8.25" H (8.3 cm x 21 cm) Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick Collection, San Francisco, CA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116978

Condition Report: Surface wear to stone, but features are clear.

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Custom Designed Necklace / Ancient Chavin Stone Beads

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chavin, 900 to 200 BCE. An interestingly-shaped sterling silver necklace with cascading curved silver beads beautifully accented with six ancient Chavin beads at center - three round, and greenstone, and three cylindrical and crystal / quartz. Size: 17.5" L (44.4 cm) Provenance: Wearable, one-of-a-kind custom-designed ancient art jewelry from Muzeion Gallery, Dallas, TX All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117090

Condition Report: Excellent

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Huge Guerrero Mezcala Stone Mask, ex-Arnovick

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala culture (Balsas culture), ca. 700 to 200 BCE. Millennia before modern artists reduced human form to its geometric basics, the Mezcala of Guerrero, coastal southwestern Mexico, were doing the same in heavy green stone. This is a cut stone mask that would have been carved using string cutting and surface abrading using sandstone to make it smoother. The features are subtle and give an almost playful expression with a quirked mouth. Greenstone was more valuable than gold in Mesoamerica, and this would have been a valuable item, perhaps buried with its owner, an important person, to mark their passing and give them identity in the grave. Outside the grave, the dead were sometimes represented in art merely by a mask, or a mask set upon a small pyramid. Masks from this place and period are on display in many museums, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museo de America in Madrid, and the University of Pennsylvania Museum. Size: 6.25" W x 6.75" H (15.9 cm x 17.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick Collection, San Francisco, CA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116979

Condition Report: Surface wear, but features are clear.

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Proto Nazca Textile Muneca Fringe Section - 10 Figures

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Description: Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Proto-Nazca, ca. 500 to 300 BCE. A lovely section of a muñeca mantle woven by the proto-Nazca comprised of ten muñeca (Spanish for doll) figures, each with long sweeping brown hair and stylized bodies surrounded by a remarkably long 'frame' of abstract visages - all of camelid yarns of varying hues including red, blue, gold, green, and brown. Look closely and you will see that the muñecas are all holding hands! Mounted on rich chocolate brown museum-quality linen in a lucite box frame. Size: muñeca mantle section measures 10.5" L (26.7 cm); framing fringe measures 52" L (132.1 cm); 20.5" L x 16.5" W (52.1 cm x 41.9 cm) mounted and framed Provenance: Ex-Private Slavin collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118551

Condition Report: Some fraying, separation, and loss of threads/yarns. What would be the eleventh figure is missing its head.

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Custom Framed Proto-Nazca Textile Muñeca & Fringe

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Description: Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Proto-Nazca, ca. 500 to 300 CE. A large section of a muñeca mantle woven by the proto-Nazca comprised of thirteen muñeca (Spanish for doll) figures, each with long sweeping brown hair and stylized bodies surrounded by a remarkably long 'frame' of abstract visages - all of camelid yarns of varying hues including red, blue, gold, green, and brown. Look closely and you will see that the muñecas are all holding hands! Mounted on russet red museum-quality linen and framed under glass in a custom black wood frame. Size: muñeca mantle section measures 14" L (35.6 cm); fringe measures 69" L (175.3 cm); 26" L x 20.125" W (66 cm x 51.1 cm) mounted and framed Provenance: Ex-Slavin collection acquired in Peru and Bolivia in the early 1970's All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118641

Condition Report: Muñeca section with losses to hair and leftmost figure. Framing fringe with minor separation and losses as shown.

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Chavin Incised Blackware Jar - 600 BCE!

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chavin, 600 to 200 BCE. A blackware stirrup vessel, thin-walled, very light to hold and with incised decorations around its shoulder and body. The spout is cylindrical, with no obvious rim. The incised designs are geometric, with an avian theme. This is an example of Chavin Group II design, which is very geometric. The figure depicted is probably from some kind of ceremony where a human would symbolically gain the powers of an animal. This is a really fabulous example of some of their signature ceramic artwork. Size: 6.6" W x 9.4" H (16.8 cm x 23.9 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Ventura County, CA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118615

Condition Report: Repaired from multiple pieces, but repairs are well done and difficult to see.

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Mezcala Guerrero Greenstone Axe God - Rare Form

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala, ca. 500 to 200 BCE. A mottled greenstone Mezcala standing anthropomorphic figure, displaying an elegant minimalist aesthetic and presenting an unusual form that fits somewhere between and M-6 type --with its broader, flatter face, sloping cheek planes that meet in the central vertical ridge which suggests a nose, and the flatter temporal region-- and an M-10 type, which according to expert Carlo Gay showed significant changes advancing them over the previous four types. For instance, note how the flat plane across the lower section of the face creates an illusion of a nose. According to Gay, "At its best, the M-10 type epitomizes Mezcala sculpture, representing an optimal solution to carving a viable portrayal of the human figure in an intractable material and with simple tools." (Carlo Gay, Mezcala Ancient Stone Sculpture from Guerrero Mexico. New York: Balsas Publications, 1992 p. 51). The depressed round eyes may have contained shell or stone inlay originally. An unusual example, string-cut from a stone of stunning dark green coloration with black and grey mottled intrusions. Custom, museum-quality stand. Size: 3.25" W x 8" H (8.3 cm x 20.3 cm); 8.375" H (21.3 cm) on stand Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick collection, San Francisco, CA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116887

Condition Report: Diagonal line across face may indicate inclusion or well-executed repair. Chip at top of head may be old loss or perhaps inherent to stone.

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Mezcala Guerrero Stone Axe God w/ Painted Features

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala, ca. 500 to 200 BCE. Never before have we handled a Mezcala anthropomorphic axe god figure with painted features including round eyes and arms delineated with a russet red natural pigment. This standing figure hand-carved and string-cut from a beautiful grey-green stone, replete with marvelous root marks, displays the elegant minimalist aesthetic of the Mezcala. With its broad, flat face, sloping cheek planes, and separated legs, it appears to be an M-6 variant. However, there is no vertical ridge denoting a nose, and while grooves delineate the forehead, mouth, and jawline, these are replaced by painted lines when it comes to outlining the arms. Quite an unusual example from the ancients of Guerrero, Mexico. Custom, museum-quality stand. Size: 3.5" W x 7.25" H (8.9 cm x 18.4 cm); 7.5" (19.1 cm) on stand. Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick collection, San Francisco, CA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116886

Condition Report: Minor nicks to feet and back of head. Else intact and painted features are still vivid.

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Large/Fine Guerrero Mezcala Greenstone Head, ex Arnovik

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Guerrero, Mexico, ca. 400 to 200 BCE. Large and fabulous greenstone head pendant. Identified as a pendant due to the small suspension loop on the back of the head, but would be a very heave piece to wear. Mottled stone carved using pecking and string cut techniques with heavy forehead, and large nose using the natural veining in the stone for accent. A large and very lovely example! Custom stand. Size: 3.5" W x 4" H (8.9 cm x 10.2 cm) Provenance: Ex - Dr. Peter Arnovik Collection, California All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115514

Condition Report: Near choice

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Fine Mezcala M-6 Type Stone Axe God

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Guerrero, Mexico, Mezcala style, ca. 300 BCE. This is a carved grayish-green stone of a standing anthropomorphic figure with deep cuts to delineate head, torso, and legs. The figure's triangular face features a wide flat nose, pointed head, and circular drilled eyes. The shoulders and legs have been carved deeply using string. This piece would have been made from a cobble and smoothed using sandstone. Stone figures and masks are nearly all that we know of the Mezcala; we believe that they were probably meant to represent the dead or their spirits. Their geometric forms and use of planes to create human shapes out of a minimum of lines have been inspirational to modern artists. Size: 1.75" W x 5.3" H (4.4 cm x 13.5 cm)cf: Gay, Carlos MEZCALA: Ancient Stone Sculpture from Guerrero, Mexico; Balsas Publications, Geneva, 1992, pp193-199. Provenance: ex-private NYC collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #114001

Condition Report: Intact, with good ancient surface.

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Mezcala Stone Monkey with Maize

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Guerrero, Mexico, Mezcala style, ca. 300 BCE. This is a carved stylized stone figure with hands grasping maize and a stalk down his back; he has angular cuts to denote facial features and other parts of his body. The figure is made from a grey-specked greenstone cobble. Greenstone figures are some of our only evidence for the Mezcala culture; their purpose is unknown. Size: 1.85" W x 2.9" H (4.7 cm x 7.4 cm) Provenance: Ex-French Private Collector All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #114017

Condition Report: Expected age wear and encrustations, with excellent shape.

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Proto Mayan Pottery Kneeling Male Figure

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mayan / Olmec Territories, ca. 500 to 0 BCE. Unusual solid molded pottery kneeling/sitting figure. He rests with one leg tucked under & behind him, one under him with both hands to his chin, realistic facial features and added red pigment to his face. Much finer than most figures from this period! Size: 5.5" H (14 cm) Provenance: Ex - Private Connecticut collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115711

Condition Report: A few chips to torso else generally excellent

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Large Michoacan Pottery Pretty Lade

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Pre-classic, ca. 800 to 100 BCE. Large solid pottery standing female figure depicted with a high double pointed hair-do and elaborate incised zigzag pattern headdress, painted red with white highlights. Compare similar example in 'Little People of the Earth, Ceramic Figures from Ancient America' Denver Art Museum, 1991 exhibition. Size: 8" H (20.3 cm) Provenance: Ex-Robert M. Peters collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115315

Condition Report: Scattered areas of mineral deposits on the surface

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Late Chavin Brownware Stirrup Jar w/ Incised Star

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Description: Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chavin, ca. 400 to 200 BCE. A beautiful brownware stirrup spout vessel of a handsome form with a flat bottomed, globular body, and a thin-walled, slightly flaring stirrup rising from the gently swelling upper end of the vessel, surmounted by a spout with concave sides and a thin rim. The rounded orb-like body is finely incised with a ten-pointed star, perhaps representing the sun as sun worship was quite prevalent in ancient Andean civilizations, occupying a significant place in mythology and ritual. In fact, by the time of the Inca, rulers were believed to be an incarnation of the sun god, Inti. Size: 6.125" in diameter x 9.375" H (15.6 cm x 23.8 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Ventura County, CA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118622

Condition Report: Spout reattached to stirrup. Expected surface wear. Nice root marks.

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Near Miniature Guerrero Mezcala Stone Figure

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Guerrero Mexico, ca. 300 BCE. This is a finely made, small greenstone axe figure. The neck, legs, and marks on the body were string cut; the face has clearly delineated brows and nose. The triangular shapes of the face and slight cuts in at the arms just barely suggest the human form. These stone axe figures are common from this period, representing 15-20% of all artifacts found, and are named for the Rio Mezcala (Balsas) valley where they are commonly found. The Mezcala style is known only through stone carving, which is done using strings with the aid of sandstone for abrasion. Comes with custom stand. Size: 1.55" W x 3.25" H (3.9 cm x 8.3 cm) Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick collection, San Francisco, CA acquired around 1980 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118677

Condition Report: Excellent

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Framed Peruvian Proto Nazca Muneca Textiles

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Southern Peru, ca. 400 to 100 BCE. A stunning mantle fringe section - called muneca from the Spanish for doll. Woven from camelid fiber, this piece has six stylized figures, all brightly colored in cream, mustard yellow, black, red, green, orange, blue, brown, and teal. Textiles would have been used in this culture in conjunction with polychrome vessels in ceremonies. They were ritual attire and used as display objects, and ultimately in funerary contexts. Mounted on linen and framed. Size (approximate) of textile: 10" L x 3.5" W (25.4 cm x 8.9 cm); size of frame: 12.1" W x 9.1" H (30.7 cm x 23.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-Slavin Collection, acquired in Peru & Bolivia, 1971-1972 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118635

Condition Report: Some loose threads with minor separation; this is just a section of a larger textile.

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Trio of Large Proto Nazca Muneca Textiles - Framed

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Southern Peru, ca. 400 to 100 BCE. A group of three munecas (Spanish for "doll"), woven from camelid fiber. These are three heads with wild, flowing, black woven hair; the faces are bright and colorful, with reds, yellows, blues, and greys. Textiles would have been used in this culture in conjunction with polychrome vessels in ceremonies. They were ritual attire and used as display objects, and ultimately in funerary contexts. Mounted on linen and framed. Size (approximate) of each muneca: 4.75" W x 3" H (12.1 cm x 7.6 cm); size of frame: 12.1" W x 9.1" H (30.7 cm x 23.1 cm). Provenance: Ex-Slavin collection acquired in Peru and Bolivia in the early 1970's All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118636

Condition Report: One is more faded than the other two; all have some very small signs of fraying.

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Big Colima Pottery Slab Figure Male & Female Shaman

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A large, flat slab of pottery with applied details - coffee bean eyes and mouth, round earrings, thick necklace and bracelets, and a huge, elaborate headdress. The projection from the front of the headdress mirrors the enormous phallus that hangs like a third arm from the body. However, the figure also has female features - two small, round breasts. This is obviously a transformative figure, probably a shaman of some kind. These flat figures are a signature artwork of the Colima people from near the Tecoman area, although their purpose - aside from being placed in graves - is not known. Comes with custom stand. Size: 4.9" W x 12.45" H (12.4 cm x 31.6 cm) Provenance: Ex-Mitchell collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117984

Condition Report: Multiple repairs to body - head, headdress, and leg - but all are difficult to see.

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Rare Paracas Pottery Olla with Thick Pigments

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Southern Peru, ca. 300 to 100 BCE. Wonderful pottery olla with bulbous base and thin short spout. Vessel created in deep (almost black) olive-green slip with added decorative elements in red and yellow/green - these in heavy thick pigments. A lovely and desirable vessel! Size: 6.5" H (16.5 cm) Provenance: Ex - Private Connecticut collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115706

Condition Report: Intact and excellent save small chip to rim

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Attractive Colima Pottery Seated Dog

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A nice seated pottery dog vessel with a flared spout emerging from its forehead. This most famous class of Colima artifact continues to captivate. This pup has short legs, perky ears and tail, and a wide mouth bared with visible teeth. Size: 12.5" L x 4.75" W x 10.1" H (31.8 cm x 12.1 cm x 25.7 cm)Scholars know of at least two types of Colima dogs, one to be fattened up and ritually sacrificed or eaten and one to serve as a watchdog and healer of the ill. This plump hairless canine known as a Chichi or Escuintla is thought to be related to the Chihuahua or Mexican Hairless also known as the Xoloitzcuintle. The Xolo dog was named for the deity Xolotl, the God of the Underworld, and believed to guide the deceased as they journeyed to the afterlife. Colima vessels such as this one were buried in shaft tombs to protect the deceased and provide sustenance for eternity. Provenance: Ex-Young collection, New Hampshire All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118607

Condition Report: Tail has been repaired, as has the underside. Manganese deposits over the body.

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Nayarit Polychrome Standing Female Figure

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, Ixtlan del Rio, ca 300 BCE to 300 CE. A hand-built polychrome terracotta figure, depicting a standing female elaborately adorned with a headband, round earspools, nosering, 'beaded' pectoral, v-neck collar, skirt, and armbands. She presents an expressive visage with wide-open eyes, a protruding pointy nose, and an open mouth suggesting that she is either singing, speaking, or chanting. The level of detail is impressive, i.e. the striped motif on her headband, dotted earspools, and intricately patterned skirt - all done in a style distinct to the Ixtlan del Rio variety of Nayarit figures. A fabulous example from the ancients of West Mexico. Size: 3.875" W x 6.125" H (9.8 cm x 15.6 cm) Provenance: Ex-Mitchell collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117982

Condition Report: Surface wear with nicks and pigment loss as shown. Areas of mineral deposits.

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Jalisco Bichrome

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A bichrome pottery 'sheepface' figure depicting a seated figure wearing a white shawl/mantle/poncho over upraised knees with an open back that reveals the buttocks. The characteristically elongated visage with coffee bean shaped eyes, protruding nose, and slightly parted lips is adorned with an elaborate headdress, ear ornaments, and a nosering. A representative example from this ancient West Mexican shaft tomb culture. Size: 3.125" W x 5.75" H (7.9 cm x 14.6 cm) Provenance: Ex-Young Collection, New Hampshire All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118648

Condition Report: Normal surface wear commensurate with age. Nice manganese deposits.

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Attractive Jalisco Seated Pottery Figure

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A nice small example of a seated human figure. In Jalisco style, the head is emphasized and detailed, with wide staring eyes, a huge nose, and heavy jaw. Large spooled earrings and a headband with a crest complete the look. The body, in contrast, is less detailed, with a painted decoration in red and cream that may represent clothing or tattooing. These figures are from the West Mexican Shaft Tomb tradition and were made to be placed in tombs, where they lined the walls of the tomb while the deceased rested in the center. Size: 4.5" W x 7.35" H (11.4 cm x 18.7 cm) Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick collection, San Francisco, CA acquired around 1980 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118674

Condition Report: Small chip from one ear.

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Jalisco Polychrome Ameca Type Warrior in Barrel Armor

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, Ameca type, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A Jalisco seated warrior figure, holding a long striped club with both hands (and nicely modeled fingers) across his chest, wearing a traditional twin-horned helmet and striped barrel shaped armor (perhaps a form that inspiration for the term 'barrel chested'), and addressing the viewer with a serious, "I mean business" attitude. His determined visage is finely delineated with coffee-bean shaped eyes, an aquiline nose adorned with a nosering, angular ears with shell-shaped ornaments, and an open mouth as if speaking, singing, or chanting. He is also adorned with painted 'beaded' strands around his neck. A highly decorated, fierce personage from the ancients of West Mexico. Nice manganese deposits as well. Size: 3.125" W x 6.5" H (7.9 cm x 16.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-Young collection, New Hampshire All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118647

Condition Report: Normal surface wear with a few scuffs and pigment loss commensurate with age. Chips to back of helmet rim and left ear. One firing hole by each ear. Some

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Tall Colima Pottery Slab Female Figure

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A tall female figure made from a flat slab of pottery. With coffee bean eyes and mouth and several applied and incised details giving hair, clothing, and jewelry, as well as small breasts, the figure is both abstract and clearly human. The giant nose and elongated forehead may hint at beauty standards in this society. These flat figures are a signature artwork of the Colima people from the Tecoman area, although their purpose - aside from being placed in graves - is not known. Comes with custom stand. Size: 4.9" W x 12.45" H (12.4 cm x 31.6 cm) Provenance: Ex-Mitchell collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117978

Condition Report: Repair to top of head

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Jalisco Pottery Figure - Mother Holding Child

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Jalisco, Mexico, West Coast, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Attractive pottery flat of a mother holding her child. Large legs and breasts placed awkwardly under her shoulders, child looking as if he is getting ready for lunch. Typical thin (sheep-face) appearance of the mother and child, each with added red and tan pigments. Size: 6.25" H (15.9 cm) Provenance: Ex - Private Connecticut collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115705

Condition Report: Right foot reattached, left foot missing a few toes, child reattached with 2 repaired breaks

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Jalisco Pottery Seated Warrior w/ Bird Headdress

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Coast of Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 100 BCE to 200 CE. Modeled pottery warrior with sunken eyes, nostrils and mouth. Wearing incised twin-pointed helmet with cute bird atop. Painted overall in deep umber pigment. Cute! Size: 4" H (10.2 cm) Provenance: Ex - Southern California collectiona cquired before 2000 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115957

Condition Report: Intact, with some surface wear and deposits as shown.

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Colima Redware Jar  - Form of Long Dog

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima culture, ca. 200 BCE to 200 CE. What an unusually long Colima puppy with a rich redware finish and central opening - quite endearing for its elongated u-shaped body, alert countenance comprised of a pointy snout, perky ears, wide-open eyes, and raised stubby tail, as if beckoning for our attention! Scholars know of at least two types of Colima dogs, one to be fattened up and ritually sacrificed or eaten and one to serve as a watchdog and healer of the ill. This plump hairless canine known as a Techichi or Escuincle is thought to be related to the Chihuahua or Mexican Hairless also known as the Xoloitzcuintle. The Xolo dog was named for the deity Xolotl, the God of the Underworld, and believed to guide the deceased as they journeyed to the afterlife. Colima vessels such as this one were buried in shaft tombs to protect the deceased and provide sustenance for eternity. Size: 11" L x 8" deep x 3.5" H (27.9 cm x 20.3 cm x 8.9 cm) Provenance: Ex - Morgan collection, Santa Monica, CA. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115035

Condition Report: Intact. Normal surface wear commensurate with age. Overall excellent.

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Colima Red-Slipped Seated Woman with Bowl

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. This is a large, hollow pottery figure, red-slipped, in the tradition of the West Mexican shaft tomb culture, created to be placed as funerary furniture lining the edges of a deep tomb as if in conversation with the dead. This example is heavy and well-formed, showing a woman touching one breast with one hand and holding a bowl or basket on her shoulder with the other. She is seated, wearing a skirt. Her face is simple, with wide, empty eyes, a simple, smooth coiffure, and long, pierced ears. The hollow eyes and ear piercings suggest that this figure may have had inlays for the eyes (perhaps of shell?) and gold earrings. Size: 6.25" L x 9.25" W x 11.2" H (15.9 cm x 23.5 cm x 28.4 cm) Provenance: Ex - Scollard collection, Los Angeles, CA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115943

Condition Report: Intact with remaining pigment

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Pre-Columbian Vicus Pottery Effigy Jar - Seated Male

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Peru, northern coastal region, Vicus, ca. 200 BC to 200 CE. Attractive pottery jar in the form of a seated male. Legs held up to his waist, hands to his chest, stoic expression on his face, lovely negative resist pattern. Size: 7.5" H (19 cm) Provenance: Ex - Turner collection, CT. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115703

Condition Report: Restoration to areas above the chest

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Proto-Nazca Slit Weave Figural Border - Trophy Heads

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Description: Pre-Columbian, southern coast of Peru, Proto-Nazca, ca. 100 BCE to 100 CE. Wonderful and colorful textile fringe slit weaving depicting a row of trophy heads. Each head in vibrant colors and each with long "hair." Size: 22" L (55.9 cm) Provenance: Ex-private German collection since 1979. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115806

Condition Report: Excellent

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Recuay Cream Slip Portrait Vessel, ex-Arte Primitivo

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Peru, northern coastal region, Recuay, ca. 100 BCE to 400 CE. Large double-sided canteen vessel depicting a stylized human head. Wide toothy grin, face painted in reddish-brown on a cream ground, flared rim. A lovely and rare vessel! Size: 9.75" H (24.8 cm) Provenance: Ex-private San Francisco, CA collection acquired in the 1960s, ex-Harald J. Wagner collection to current owner by inheritance, ex-Arte Primitivo, NYC, NY. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115805

Condition Report: Three pieces reattached to rim else quite excellent

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Jalisco Kneeling Female Bowl On Shoulder, ex-Messick

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 500 BCE to 500 CE. Pottery seated female figure holding a bowl on her left shoulder, wearing small ear ornaments and nose ring. White painted beaded necklace and knee length skirt. Size: 8" W x 12" H (20.3 cm x 30.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-private Hollywood, CA Collection, acquired from Ron Messick Fine Arts, Santa Fe, NM. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #101844

Condition Report: Scattered mineral deposits on the surface. Repaired from approximately twelve original pieces with restoration over the breaklines. Some scattered paint loss and minor restoration.

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Colima Pottery Redware Gadrooned Gourd Vessel

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A very large redware pottery vessel depicting a gourd placed in a bowl, the gourd's gadrooned body magnificently modeled with vertical ribs, the bowl with concave walls and a small round concave foot, the vessel resolving to a flared rim. All is finished with a saturated red vermillion slip that was beautifully burnished and shows wonderful root marks and mineral deposits. This vessel is a classic case of art imitating life, as the indigenous of Mexico used hollowed gourds for storing and serving food and drink. Size: 8.25" in diameter x 5" H (21 cm x 12.7 cm) Provenance: Private LA County collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117802

Condition Report: Losses to flared rim and rim of 'bowl'

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Colima Redware Seated Figure - Child Shaman

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A burnished redware pottery seated figure, probably depicting a shaman given its horned helmet, yet presenting a child-like countenance and pose - appearing to suck his left thumb and gripping a small object, perhaps a snack or rattle in his right hand, sitting with feet turned in like a child. The visage with its wide open eyes, playfully sticking out pierced ears, and quizzical look as well as the bib-like, sleeveless shirt further support that juvenile sensibility. This piece, with the open spout emerging from the helmet, was most likely used to pour ritualistic libations. What's more it exemplifies the sculptural style of the Colima with its smooth forms and warm red hues, its intricate posture, gestures, and facial expression, quite distinct from those of the neighboring Jalisco and Nayarit cultures. Size: 5.75" W x 9.5" H (14.6 cm x 24.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-Mitchell collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117967

Condition Report: Expected surface wear with some scratches, abrasions, and pigment losses as shown. Nice manganese deposits.

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Jalisco Pottery Seated Ancestor Figure

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Description: West Mexico, Protoclassic, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. A voluminous cream slip painted figural form. The figure leans forward with hands to knees. He has a pleasing facial expression, head turban and ear clips. Size: 6.75" H (17.1 cm) Provenance: Ex - Southern California collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115978

Condition Report: Intact and excellent

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Nayarit Pottery Standing Male Figure

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 200 BCE to 300 CE. Standing with short arms to the sides, wearing loincloth and ear spools, with grooved eyes and mouth, long coiffure, and black painted details still present. Size: 14.5" H (36.8 cm) Provenance: Ex - Philadelphia, PA collection of Arthur Englander All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115967

Condition Report: Weathered surface, as shown.

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Nayarit Pottery Seated Female w/ Deformity

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. This is a very unique shaft tomb figure. A woman with some kind of physical deformity sits, one hand at her skirt, the other holding a bowl; she wears a wizard-like conical hat and very large earrings, bracelets, and a nose ring. Painted decorations highlight her necklaces and the decoration of her skirt. There is a clear tradition in Mesoamerican art of human figures who have some physical disability; common examples are dwarves and conjoined twins. Figures like these highlight that disabled people lived and thrived in the past, while also providing interesting data about past medical conditions. Size: 6" W x 8.9" H (15.2 cm x 22.6 cm) Provenance: Ex - private LA County collection acquired before 1990 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116282

Condition Report: Intact with slight losses

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Jalisco Pottery Seated Warrior w/ Barrel Armor

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Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A nicely intact example of a hand-sculpted shaft tomb figure, thought to be a warrior, wearing armor in the shape of a barrel that most likely represents a woven item of clothing worn by actual Jalisco warriors. The figure holds a staff in both hands and is seated with head turned away. A white-painted necklace, large earrings, and a square hat complete the look. Size: 3.1" W x 6" H (7.9 cm x 15.2 cm) Provenance: Ex - private LA County collection acquired before 1990 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116309

Condition Report: Repair to one leg, much pigment remaining

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