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Auction Description for ArtemisGallery LIVE: Pre-Columbian Art from the Ancient Americas

Pre-Columbian Art from the Ancient Americas

by ArtemisGallery LIVE


280 lots with images

October 11, 2013

Live Auction

P.O. Box 714

Erie , CO, 80516 USA

Phone: +1 720-502-5289

Email: info@artemisgallerylive.com

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Valdivian Ceremonial Stone Hacha

Lot 300: Valdivian Ceremonial Stone Hacha

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Description: Ecuador, pre 1000CE. Magnificent for its scale as well as high polished stone, this gorgeous hacha is quite impressive! 9". Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Choice condition

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Tlatilco Olmecoid Stone Visage

Lot 301: Tlatilco Olmecoid Stone Visage

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Tlapacoya, or Coapexco in Valley of Mexico, ca. 1250 BCE to 800 BCE, Early Formative Period. The Tlatilco culture created stylized Olmecoid human representations typically as grave offerings for the elite. The Olmec influence on this elegantly, mottled greenstone visage is unmistakable. While large numbers of Olmec-style objects were found in rich graves, they in fact constituted only a small percentage of the grave goods. 4 1/2"W x 3 1/2"H x 1"D Provenance: Ex-private Colorado collection All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Near Choice!

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Olmec Two-Tone Pottery Cup

Lot 302: Olmec Two-Tone Pottery Cup

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, ca 1000 to 800 BCE. Lovely red over tan pottery cup incised with scraffito-like decoration. 3"D x 1-3/4"H. PROVENANCE: EX-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Stable cracks else intact and excellent, paint/Cinnabar still quite vivid.

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Pre-Columbian Olmec Greenstone Plaque

Lot 303: Pre-Columbian Olmec Greenstone Plaque

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Description: Mexico, Mayan Territories, Ca 1150 to 550 BCE, possibly Las Bocas or La Banca. Classic Olmec style! Carved jadeite or green hardstone plaque, with central image of human/jaguar deity, squarish face with down-turned mouth, broad nose and drilled eyes - rectangular wings to each side - pierced in 4 locations for suspension. 3-1/2" W by 1-5/8" H. Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Loss to one corner, else quite excellent

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Olmec Redware Egg-Shaped Jar

Lot 304: Olmec Redware Egg-Shaped Jar

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Description: Southern Mexico to Guatemala, ca 1000 to 800 BCE. Lovely hand built egg-shaped redware jar incised with scraffito-like decoration. 6"Dx5"H. PROVENANCE: Ex-private Santa Monica, CA Collection. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Intact, excellent condition, gorgeously saturated red pigment, quite vivid.

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Chorrera Bridge-Spouted Vessel - Obsidian Eyes

Lot 305: Chorrera Bridge-Spouted Vessel - Obsidian Eyes

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Ca 1200 to 500 BCE. Some of the earliest and finest pottery from Ecuador! Spouted jar in human form, seated male with hands to folded legs, large rounded headdress and eyes made of deep black obsidian. 8" H x 6-1/2" W. Provenance - Ex-prominent Hollywood director/writer, acquired at major auction. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Repaired from several pieces with restoration over breaks.

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Tlatilco Caesarean Fertility Figure and Miniature Version

Lot 305A: Tlatilco Caesarean Fertility Figure and Miniature Version

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Description: Valley of Mexico, ca. 1250-800 BCE. The name Tlatilco comes from the Nahuatl language and means "the place of occult or hidden things." This funerary gift depicts a female figure who has undergone a caesarean procedure paired with a miniature version of herself, fascinating as duality is an omnipresent Meso-American theme. Throughout Meso-America, life and death are indivisible and form a continuum. Ritual ceramics of the Tlatilco culture oftentimes exhibit unmistakable Olmec influence resulting from cross-cultural trade relations. These figurines, while not obviously Olmecoid in physiognomy, depict a condition portrayed by the Olmec who were unabashed about depicting the graphic details of a wide range of experiences from women in labor to pathological conditions. Perhaps related to a fertility ritual, the figures' limbs are truncated so as to focus our attention on the locii of fertility - ie the pronounced womb and breasts. The figure also possesses a horn-like feature emerging from her forehead, perhaps referencing shamanistic qualities. Moreover, the necklace and ankle bands ornamenting the figure are attributes of an elite member of society. While not the most attractive piece, clearly it was created to serve a ritualistic and/or didactic funciton. A huge 12 1/2"L x 7 1/4"W x 3"D. Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Some surface loss as shown,

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Rare Olmec Stone Jadeite Bead

Lot 305B: Rare Olmec Stone Jadeite Bead

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Description: Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Olmec, ca. 1000 - 800 BCE. The remarkably fine carving of this bead is unparalleled. The piece assumes the form of a classic Olmec baby. The posture of the figure is quintessentially childlike with its clenched fists and crossed legs. All the signature Olmecoid facial features are exhibited here as well - the slanted, almost Asiatic eyes, full fleshy cheeks, and downturned jaguar mouth. The backside of the bead is stylistically carved as well. Beyond its iconography and carving technique, the beauty of the jadeite material is something to behold as well! 1.25"L x .5"W Provenance Ex-Santa Monica Collection All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back.  A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art.  The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Small chip to one end, else choice

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Mayan/Proto Mayan Stone Pendants

Lot 305C: Mayan/Proto Mayan Stone Pendants

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Description: Mayan Territories, ca. 200-800 CE. These finely carved jadeite beads ranging in hue from apple green to earthy, amber make for a handsome ensemble. As was custom for Mayan artisans, the natural shape of the stones was used as inspiration for iconography. Two of the pendants features relief carvings, one depicting a hybrid visage of a human fist and face, the other an unfinished zoomorphic/anthropomorphic creature. All the beads are polished to a pleasing luster and contain lateral perforations for suspension. Largest bead 1 3/4"L x 1 1/2"W. Provenance: Ex-Santa Monica Collection.All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Near Choice!

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Olmec Jade Earflare or Pendant

Lot 305D: Olmec Jade Earflare or Pendant

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Description: Gulf Coast Mexico, Olmec, ca. 1200-500 BCE. This fine blue-green jade earflare of pendant features intriguing carvings of two classic were-jaguar heads carved in profile on the sides. Characterized by almond-shaped eyes, a downturned open mouth, and a cleft head, the were-jaguar was the primary deity of the Olmec culture. A hybrid of man and jaguar, analogous to a werewolf, the etymology of the term is derived from the Old English were meaning "man." The piece is pierced for suspension and includes a custom, museum-quality stand; 2"H x 2"W Provenance: Ex-Splendors of the World Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Choice save minor scratch on upper right.

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Large Green Chontal Mask

Lot 305E: Large Green Chontal Mask

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Description: Mexico, Guerrero Region, ca. 300-100 BCE. The Guerrero region of modern-day southwestern Mexico was the center of the Mezcala and Chontal stone carving traditions. While Mezcala artists are known for their abstract, geometric style, the Chontal sculptors imbued their artworks with more naturalism. Although their stonework stems from the Preclassic period, ca. 300-100 BCE, later Mesoamerican peoples clearly cherished Chontal portable sculptures as heirlooms. Chontal creations have been unearthed in ritual caches at Templo Mayor, the principle temple of the fifteenth-century Aztecs of Tenochititlan (Mexico City). What's more, legendary 20th century modernists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Miguel Covarrubias appreciated the minimalist qualities of Chontal art. Covarrubias went so far as to compare it to the Cycladic style of ancient Greece. This striking mask with its pierced eyes and mouth, pronounced brow ridge, and naturalistically rendered nose and mouth is positively lifelike! Carved from gorgeous green andesite, the mask includes a custom, museum-quality stand. 10"H x 8"W. Provenance: Ex-Splendors of the World Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Minor loss to surface, near choice!

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Important Chavin Chrysocolla Stone Jaguar Bead

Lot 306: Important Chavin Chrysocolla Stone Jaguar Bead

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Northern Peru, ca. 1100 to 900 BCE. This ancient stone bead carved from a lucid, light blue-green/teal chrysocolla stone in a Janieform style with a finely delineated, head of jaguar on each end. The bead displays a refined, string-cut technique, a bi-conically drilled center hole and flat base. Despite the fact that jaguars didn't inhabit Peru, the Chavin artists depicted exotic creatures found in other regions including jaguars and eagles rather than their native flora and fauna. Provenance: Ex-private Phoenix, AZ Collection. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Deep deposits on surface, especially in the interior hole, tiny chip to one eye, else quite exceptional.

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Important Chavin Amethyst Jaguar Bead

Lot 307: Important Chavin Amethyst Jaguar Bead

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Northern Peru, ca. 1100 to 900 BCE. This ancient stone bead carved from a lucid, light purple amethyst stone, in Janieform style with a finely delineated, head of jaguar on each end. The bead displays a refined, string-cut technique, a bi-conically drilled center hole and flat base. King of Beasts in the Pre-Columbian world, infamous for possessing high speed and massive strength, the jaguar was believed to dominate nature inspiring respect and awe throughout the ancient Americas. 35mm long x 17mm wide. Provenance: Ex-private Phoenix, AZ Collection. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Deep deposits on surface, especially in the interior hole, tiny chip to one eye, else quite exceptional.

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Pre-Columbian Olmec Terracotta Figure

Lot 308: Pre-Columbian Olmec Terracotta Figure

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Description: Southern Mexico to Guatemala, ca. 1000 to 800 BCE. The ancient sculptor of this baby-faced figure adeptly captured the jowly face, downturned mouth, pouty lips, and puffy, slit-like eyes characteristic of the Olmec style with remarkable technique given the tools available during the day. This piece is unique for the diamond-shaped hair ornament superimposed on its long locks. Piercings through the ears were used to hang the piece most likely as a pectoral pendant. 3 3/4" L x 1 3/4"W x 1"D. Provenance: Ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL: acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Minor loss on legs, else intact. Excellent condition!

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Olmec Jadeite Bowl

Lot 309: Olmec 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! 6"D x 2 1/2"H. Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Intact/choice!

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Large Olmec Hardstone Bowl

Lot 310: Large Olmec Hardstone Bowl

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Description: Southern Mexico to Guatemala, ca. 1000 to 900 BCE. Large utilitarian bowl of slightly flattened form carved from a hardish brown/black stone. Interior and exterior with wonderful root marking from nearly 3000 years of burial. A large example measuring 9-1/8"D x 3 1/2"H. Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Near choice with a few very small rim chips.

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Fine Tairona Tumbaga Gold Jaguar and Emerald Chip Necklace

Lot 310A: Fine Tairona Tumbaga Gold Jaguar and Emerald Chip Necklace

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Description: Columbia, ca. 800 CE. The cast feline hangs in a crouching position with an erect tail and twin suspension holes on its front legs. The Tairona civilization is best known for its distinctive goldwork standing apart for richness in detail. and lively forms. Certainly this animated King of Beasts is full of life. The earliest known Tairona goldwork came from the Neguanje Period (300 to 800 CE). Scholars believe that such wearable art was not exclusive to the elite. This gold jaguar pendant hangs from an exquisite necklace comprised of dozens of hand-polished, hand-cut, hand-drilled emerald chip and turquoise beads. 9"Long Provenance: Ex-Hart Collection, FL.All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Near Choice!

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Mezcala Turtle Effigy Incensario

Lot 310C: Mezcala Turtle Effigy Incensario

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Description: Guerrero Region, Mezcala. ca. 400-100 BCE. Turtle imagery symbolized the watery surface that separated sky from underworld. In addition, turtles had fertility connotations. This jadeite piece is finely carved using the string-cut technique mastered by the Mezcala culture. Its concave form with multiple perforations makes for an effective incensario. 3"L x 1 5/6"W x 1"H Provenance: Ex-southern California collection. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Some loss to left side of shell.

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Wearable Mezcala Pendant Necklace

Lot 310D: Wearable Mezcala Pendant Necklace

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Description: Fun! Mexico, Mezcala/Guerrero, Ca 300 BCE. A delightful and completely wearable necklace comprised of 8 black stone Guerrero pendants, one larger purple/brown stone pendant and hundreds of black and white stone beads. The perfection of this necklace lies in the imperfection of each bead. Can you imagine the skill and time it took to individually cut, round, drill and polish each of these beads, with tools that we would consider beyond primitive!? Necklace measures approximately 20" long and has been recently restrung and is wearable and very attractive! Provenance: Ex-Santa Monica Collection. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Near-choice and wearable

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Olmec Stone Hallucinogen Palette

Lot 311: Olmec Stone Hallucinogen Palette

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Description: Southern Mexico to Guatemala, ca. 1000-800 BCE. The ruling caste of the Olmec were elite shamans. Archaeologists believe that these men ingested mind altering substances to transform into animal spirits (nahuals) enabling the shamans to commune with the spirits of the three realms of heaven, earth, and the underworld. This palette may have been used to prepare such hallucinogens. 7 3/4"L x 5"W x 1 1/2"D Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Choice condition

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Olmec Jadeite Shaman's Spoon

Lot 312: Olmec Jadeite Shaman's Spoon

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Description: Southern Mexico to Guatemala, ca. 1000 to 800 BCE. This spoon is carved from gorgeous pale, blue-green jadeite of remarkably consistent color. A shallow spoon of petaloid form with the rear slightly curving and drilled with small suspension holes, it would have been used by a shaman for mixing ritualistic hallucinogens to induce transformative states. 4"L x 2" W Provenance: Ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: One slight ship, else intact, excellent condition.

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Olmec Terractotta Head

Lot 313: Olmec Terractotta Head

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Description: Southern Mexico to Guatemala, ca. 1000-400 BCE. The Olmec were noted for their baby face figurines. This is significant as representations of children is relatively rare in Meso-America. This head shows hallmark Olmec facial features - the jowly face, downturned open mouth with teeth showing, and puffy slit-like eyes. What we find intriguing is the hairstyle highlighted in red cinnabar that may point to African derived customs. The fact that the Olmecs were likely a civilization of African origins is generally overlooked. However, recent scholars including Paul A. Barton link the Olmecs to Africans in the Western part of Africa. See Barton's "The Olmec: An African Presence in Early America." Custom, museum-quality stand included with this piece. 4-1/4" H x 2-1/2"W x 2-3/4"D. Provenance: Ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Intact, Excellent condition with generous applications of cinnabar.

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Olmec Terracotta Head of Baby

Lot 314: Olmec Terracotta Head of Baby

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Description: Southern Mexico to Guatemala, ca. 1000-400BCE. Terracotta head of baby face Olmec figurine shows the hallmark facial features such as its jowly face, downturned mouth, and puffy slit-like eyes. 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 not dissimilar to the one depicted here. Perforations in elongated ears likely held adornments made of feathers or wood. Custom, museum-quality stand included. 3-3/4"H x 2"W x 1-1/2"D. Provenance: Ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Intact with minor wear on helmet, excellent condition.

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Lot of 3 Pre-Columbian Terracotta Heads

Lot 315: Lot of 3 Pre-Columbian Terracotta Heads

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Description: First head: Teotihuacan, ca. 200-800 CE. This ceramic visage's wide eyes, open mouth, and upward look bring this male figure to life. Perhaps he is in the midst of ceremonial singing or simply mid-thought. In addition to the fine carving and hand building, the artist added painted pupils and red pigment on the face. 2-1/4"T x 2-1/4"W x 2"D. Second head: Southern Mexico to Guatemala, ca. 1000-800 BCE. The Olmecoid head is equally captivating with its lively baby face features, stylized coiffure and helmet, jutting jaw line, and large ear spools. 2-3/4"L x 2"W x 1-1/2"D. Third head: Peten, Guatemala, ca. 550-850CE. The Mayan head is finely hand built and carved as well and boasts charming almond-shaped eyes and filed teeth. 2-1/2"T x 2-1/4"W x 2-1/4"D PROVENANCE: Ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Fragments of original, but all are intact and excellent condition.

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Olmec Polished Stone Piercer

Lot 316: Olmec Polished Stone Piercer

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mexico - Guatemala, Ca 1000 to 800 BCE. Finely polished ritual stone piercer - probably used for piercing ears and possibly tongues. Lovely polished brown hard-stone with knobbed handle and perforated working end. A fascinating implement! 4-3/4" L. Custom stand. Provenance: Ex-Private Chicago Collection, acquired before 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Choice

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Pre-Columbian Olmecoid Proto Maya Figure

Lot 317: Pre-Columbian Olmecoid Proto Maya Figure

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Description: From the ancient Chalchuapa region of El Salvador, ca. 1000 - 600 BCE. Terracotta Olmecoid figure of a distinct type, depicting a seated individual wearing an elaborate loin cloth/wrap, ear spools, a large necklace with pendant, and an ornate hair style. Approximately 4-3/4" tall. Provenance: Former Canadian private collection. Before that, Former Artemis Gallery, Colorado, USA. Provenance: Ex-Schuler Auktionen, Zurich (Switzerland), June 2010 sale. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Intact with expected weathering, wear, chipping, abrasions and minor loss for an authentic, ancient example exposed to the elements for millennia. The surface exhibits a rich patina, as well as mineral deposits and root marks.

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Large Pre-Columbian Tlatilco Figure

Lot 318: Large Pre-Columbian Tlatilco Figure

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Description: A large and impressive hollow Tlatilco figure from ancient Mexico, ca. 1200 - 500 BCE. Depicts a seated individual of ambiguous gender in classic Tlatilco form for the larger, hollow figures from this ancient region. In typical fashion, the belly button serves as an opening into the hollow interior, as does an opening at the top of the head. Remnants of original red pigment remain visible on the surface. Includes custom made, museum quality display stand. Figure itself stands 10-1/2" tall, 11-1/2"tall mounted. Provenance: Former Cassard collection, NY, USA. Collected between the 1950 - 1960. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Intact overall, with minor repair to ancient, clean breaks at the waist where it joins at one hip and a small shard at the rim, with restoration over the original break lines to blend the repairs. Expected minor abrasions, chipping, weathering and wear for an authentic, ancient example. Excellent Manganese and other mineral deposits remain.

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Rare Pre-Columbian Chorrera Terracotta Jar

Lot 319: Rare Pre-Columbian Chorrera Terracotta Jar

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Description: Ecuador, Ca 500 to 0 BCE. Large storage vessel comprised of thin pottery slipped medium brown with long neck and flaring rim with bulbous base. Bottom slightly indented, lower section of vessel with lovely deep firing cloud. 11-1/2" H x 11" D. Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Near choice with a few very small rim chips.

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Important Chavin Polychrome Rimmed Olla

Lot 319A: Important Chavin Polychrome Rimmed Olla

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Description: Northern Peru, Ca 1000 to 500 BCE. A large, stunning and very important Chavin jar! Potted in an almost spittoon shape with large flat rim and rounded base, the base molded into the form of a very menacing human with pointed teeth, sunken piercing eyes and added pink and white pigments. The top rim is decorated with continuous serpentine design, incised eyes set into the interior of each band. 10" diameter by 5-5/8" H. PROVENANCE: EX-Danish collection displayed at the Danish Museum of Art. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Repaired from 6 or 7 large pieces, but appears choice.

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Lot of 2 Teotichuacan Heads + Olmec Ear Spool

Lot 320: Lot of 2 Teotichuacan Heads + Olmec Ear Spool

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Description: Heads - ca. 200-800 CE Ear Spool - ca. 1000-800 BCE. This pair of ceramic heads features elaborate headdresses and large ear-spools characteristic of the Teotihuacan style. The faces are well-defined with wide eyes and mouths as well as pronounced noses. Custom museum-quality stands. This grouping also includes a marvelously large-scale Olmec ear spool in pottery! Larger head measures 3-1/4" T x 3"W x 1-3/4"D; smaller head 3-1/4"T x 1-3/4"W x 1"D; ear spool 2"L x 1-11/12"D Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Heads are fragments, but near choice condition otherwise. Minor hairline crack in ear spool, but intact and excellent.

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Lot of 3 Pre-Columbian Mezcala Maskettes

Lot 321: Lot of 3 Pre-Columbian Mezcala Maskettes

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Description: Mexico, ca. 500 to 200 BCE. These black stone visages all boast the Mezcala signature string cut abstract style in their facial details. Each miniature stone mask displays rich veining, and all are perforated for suspension as pendants. 2-3/4" L x 2-1/2"W; 2"L x 1-3/4"W; 1-3/4"L x 1-1/4"W Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL acquired prior to 1970 All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: All in choice condition

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Lot of 2 Chupicuaro Pretty Lady Figures

Lot 322: Lot of 2 Chupicuaro Pretty Lady Figures

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Guanajuato Valley, Mexico, Ca 500 BCE. Sweet pair of pottery "pretty lady" figures. Each a female, larger example holding hands to her flat belly, wearing double row of beads around her neck and ornate armband - her hair neatly parted down the middle. Smaller version is near miniature in size and probably depicts an older woman with fat belly and wearing only a nice smile, armband and necklace. 4-3/4" H for tallest, 2-3/4" H for shorter. Provenance: Ex-Private Chicago Collection, acquired before 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Each figure intact and choice

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Pre-Columbian Mezcala Stone Figure

Lot 323: Pre-Columbian Mezcala Stone Figure

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Description: Guerrero, Mexico, ca. 400 - 100 BCE. What makes this figure so attractive to the modern eye is the stylized carving as well as the beauty inherent in the stone itself! The Mezcala sculptors brilliantly used string-saw technology to differentiate limbs and facial features with eloquent line. 5"L x 2 3/4" W x 1 1/2"D Provenance: Ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL: acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Minor crack on back of figure, otherwise intact, excellent condition.

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Mezcala Guerrero Stone Figure

Lot 324: Mezcala Guerrero Stone Figure

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Late Preclassic 400-100 BCE. This carved, jade-green and brown speckled hardstone axe god was so finely carved that the features virtually flow. It's forms like these that must have inspired the early modern British sculptor Henry Moore! The Mezcala specialized in abstracting human physiognomy, saying so much through line and volume. 5-1/4"H x 2"W x 1-3/4" D. Provenance: Ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL: acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: So fine, choice!

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Mezcala Guerrero Standing Figure

Lot 325: Mezcala Guerrero Standing Figure

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Description: Guerrero, Mexico, Late Preclassic 400 to 100 BCE. This fine, speckled, light grayish-green, hardstone standing figure features abstracted humanoid features such as the extremely tapered head and wide smile carved in the characteristically stylized manner of the Mezcala culture. 4-1/4"L x 2-1/4"W x 3/4"D. Provenance: Ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL: acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Choice condition

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Mayan Jade Face Pendant

Lot 325A: Mayan Jade Face Pendant

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Description: Mayan Territories, ca. 500-800 CE. This finely carved, medium blue-green jade pendant features relief carved to depict a chief's stylized visage, richly ornamented with an elaborate headdress and ear discs. As was the custom, the Mayan artisan worked with the natural shape of the stone rather than lose any precious surface area. The stone was drilled horizontally behind the headdress for suspension of this lovely pendant. Custom, museum-quality stand. 1-1/2"W x 1"T x 1/4"D Provenance: Ex-Santa Monica Collection. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Intact, near choice!

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Mezcala Jade Bearer Figurine/Pendant

Lot 325B: Mezcala Jade Bearer Figurine/Pendant

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Description: Guerrero Region on Mezcala River, ca. 400-100 BCE. Bearers called tameme in Meso-America provided a significant service to society. Oddly enough, the indigenous did not build vehicles with wheels. So these carriers would have transported the heavy loads. Curiously, miniature toy-like objects with wheels have been found in shaft tombs. This figurine exhibits fine details - his simian-like visage and well-articulated posture - was created by an artisan who was obviously an expert at string-cut technology. A perforation was drilled behind the figure for suspension. 2 1/4"T x 3/4"W x 1"D Provenance: Ex-Santa Monica Collection All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Choice condition!

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Mezcala Speckled Stone Figure

Lot 326: Mezcala Speckled Stone Figure

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Description: Guerrero, Mexico, Late Preclassic 400-100 BCE. This carved, grayish-green speckled hardstone axe god depicting an abstract standing human shows characteristic abstract facial features - large tapered head, heavy brow line and angular jaws -suggested by incised lines and contrasting textures. The Mezcala sculptural style may have been influenced by the Olmecs. In turn, it may have influenced the sculptural styles of Classic period Teotihuacan metropolis in the Valley of Mexico. 5"T x 2-1/4"W x 1-3/4"D. Provenance: Ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL: acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Intact, slight wear on tips of truncated legs, else near choice!

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Mezcala Guerrero String-Cut Stone Figure

Lot 327: Mezcala Guerrero String-Cut Stone Figure

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Description: Guerrero, Mexico, ca. 400 - 100 BCE. This standing idol is depicted with simple, abstract features and a tapered conical head. The Mezcala sculptors brilliantly used string-saw technology to differentiate limbs and facial features. These figures are equally appealing for the inherent beauty of the stone selected by the ancients. Custom, museum-quality stand. 2-1/2"T x 1-1/2"W x 3/4"D Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Minor loss at edges of left arm and leg, nevertheless excellent condition.

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Pre-Columbian Oaxacan Stone Figure

Lot 328: Pre-Columbian Oaxacan Stone Figure

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Description: Oaxaca, Mexico. Ca. 400 to 100 BCE. This carved grayish, hardstone standing penate figure crosses his large hands with exaggeratedly, long fingers over his chest. His face was just as expressively carved by the ancient artist. 6-3/4"L x 3-1/2"W x 1-3/4"D. Similar examples may be found in Lorenzo Gamio's publication: 28 Boletin INAH, junio 1967, pages 25-28. Provenance: Ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL: acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Near choice

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Mezcala Stone Penate Hunchback Figure

Lot 329: Mezcala Stone Penate Hunchback Figure

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Description: Guerrero, Mexico, Late Preclassic 400-100 BCE. This penate hunchback figure demonstrates the Mezcala culture's penchant for carved, abstract human facial features. In this example, carved from a rich deep-green stone with gorgeous white and cream deposits, the curve of the figure's nose adds infinite charm. 3-3/4"L x 2-1/4"W x 1-3/4"D. Provenance: Ex Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL: acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Near choice

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Mixtec Oaxacan Stone Penate w/Gold Bale

Lot 329A: Mixtec Oaxacan Stone Penate w/Gold Bale

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Description: Mexico, Mixtec, Oaxacan region, Ca 1200 to 1500 CE. String cut stone penate (pendant) of humanoid form, squarish string-cut features to which a 14k gold bale has been added in recent times. 1-3/8" H not counting bale. Provenance: Ex-southern California collection. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Near-choice and quite wearable

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Mezcala Monkey, Pair of Jar-Shaped Beads,  Stone Mortar

Lot 330: Mezcala Monkey, Pair of Jar-Shaped Beads, Stone Mortar

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Description: Mexico, Guerrero Region, Late PreClassic, ca. 400 to 100 BCE. This grouping of stone pieces makes quite the ensemble. The miniature mortar shows elegant detailing with simple string-cut lines and stands on rounded tripod feet. The inherent beauty of the stone with its subtle creamy hues is quite pleasing. 1 3/4"T x 1 3/4"D Note how the playful Mezcala monkey is rubbing his hands together, obviously up to some trickery. The Mezcala artisans were so adept at using string cut technology to ignite our imaginations and please our aesthetic taste for abstraction! Custom, museum-quality stand. 2 1/4"H x 2 1/4"W x 1"D Lastly the pair of beads are in the form of hand-built ceramic jars. These quaint pieces confirm that the indigenous of the Guerrero region have a penchant for selecting fine specimens of stone with gorgeous coloring and veining. 1 1/4" T x 1 1/4"D and 1 1/2"T x 1 1/2"D Provenance: Ex-Santa Monica Collection. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Choice condition!

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Mezcala Anthropomorphic Axe God

Lot 330A: Mezcala Anthropomorphic Axe God

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Description: Guerrero, Mexico, ca. 400-100 BCE. This carved, deep gray stone - possibly fine grey andesite - standing idol has a regal presence! The figure is depicted with elegantly simplified string-cut abstract facial features, a dramatically tapered head and cut separation between the legs. Some surface deposits. 6-1/2" H. Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Choice

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Teotihuacan Quartz and Guerrero Jadeite Figurines/Pendants

Lot 330B: Teotihuacan Quartz and Guerrero Jadeite Figurines/Pendants

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Description: Teotihuacan-Guerrero, Mexico. Ca. 250-450 CE. The quartz figure is an exemplar of Teotihuacan style with its embrace of material and geometry is similar to the Teotihuacan architectural style. Static and serene, Teotihuacan sculpture seemingly possess a lack of individuality and personality. This reflects the culture's corporate mentality that idealized uniformity. The modern lines of the Teotihuacanos would inspire modern sculptor Henry Moore. Perforations on backside for suspension. 2 1/4"L x 1"W x 1/2"D; The Guerrero Jadeite figurine is poetically incised with minimal lines to eloquently capture the human form. The gorgeous hue and lustrous quality of the stone is aesthetically appealing as well. Perforations were made for suspension. 3"L x 1-1/2"W x 1 -1/4"D Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Choice condition!

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Pair of Sinu Gold Earrings

Lot 330C: Pair of Sinu Gold Earrings

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Description: Colombia, ca. 500-1000CE. These hand-crafted stunning gold earrings make for modern wearable works of art. Each is composed of openwork filagree surmounted on the top bar with a pair of stylized coastal bird effigies. High karat gold, 9.5g. Each 1-1/2" W x 1"T Provenance: Ex-Hart Collection, FL.All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Tiny casting flaw, else choice!

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Mezcala Bat Pendant on Gold Chain

Lot 330D: Mezcala Bat Pendant on Gold Chain

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Description: Mexico, Guerrero Region. Ca. 400 to 100 BCE, Late Preclassic. Bats swoop and dart in the Mesoamerican night sky. Pre-Columbian ancients have traditionally associated this nocturnal creature with rain and fertility. Bats symbolize the dark thunderclouds of rainstorms and are closely connected with fertility and maize production. This string-cut speckled jadeite pendant's silhouette captures the wingspan of this creature as he navigates the blackness of night. An exquisite piece of wearable art, this bat pendant is special for its symbolism as well as aesthetic qualities. 1-3/4"W x 1/2"T x 1/4"D - 12-1/2"Long Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Near Choice!

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Chupicuaro Smoking Vessels

Lot 331: Chupicuaro Smoking Vessels

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Description: Central Mexico, likely Michoacan or Guanajuato, Preclassic period. The inhabitants of Chupicuaro devoted themselves to the art of creating pottery figurines and other small artifacts such as these smoking vessels. Chupicuaro visages are distinguished for their slanted, coffee bean shaped eyes. A culture that cherished fertility, many figurines depict female bodies. These pieces, however, each display two snouts of animals with mirror images on the opposing sides. Indeed the Chupicuaro were farmers and animals were omnipresent in their rural environs. While many surviving pieces appear to have been left unpainted, occasionally we find some that were decorated with a rich red pigment. Custom, museum quality stand. 4 3/4"L and 4 1/2"L Provenance: Ex-Hart Collection, Florida. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Minor wear on visages most likely from use, tip of shorter piece was reattached, otherwise excellent condition

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Monumental Mezcala Anthropomorphic Axe God

Lot 332: Monumental Mezcala Anthropomorphic Axe God

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Description: Guerrero, Mexico, ca. 400-100 BCE. This carved, deep gray stone - possibly fine grey andesite - standing idol has a monumental presence! The figure is depicted with elegantly simplified string-cut abstract facial features, a dramatically tapered head and cut separation between the legs. Rare for its large size and hefty weight. Some surface deposits. 9"T x 3 1/4"W x 1 1/2"D. Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Minor wear at top of head, near choice.

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Pre-Columbian Mezcala Jade Monkey

Lot 333: Pre-Columbian Mezcala Jade Monkey

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Description: Mexico, ca. 500 to 200 BCE. This representation of a monkey carved from jadeite is quite unusual for it reveals a rare instance of whimsy from this Mezcala artist. The Mezcala are known for their command of the string-cut technique resulting in marvelously abstract forms that appeal to our contemporary sensibilities! Custom, museum-quality stand. 3-5/6"T x 2-5/6"W x 1/2"D Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell.

Condition Report: Choice condition

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