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Auction Description for Minerva Gallery: Ancient Art from the Americas

Ancient Art from the Americas

(198 Lots)

by Minerva Gallery


198 lots with images

November 24, 2013

Live Auction

2728 Davie Blvd

#133

Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33312 USA

Phone: 719-646-3789

Email: info@minervaancientart.com

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Pre-columbian Nayarit Standing Figure

Lot 1: Pre-columbian Nayarit Standing Figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Nayarit Standing Figure from West Mexico, ca. 100 B.C.-250 A.D. In a standing position with arms outstretched. She is painted with black and red paint. A nice example!

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Pre-columbian Chancay Figural Vessel

Lot 2: Pre-columbian Chancay Figural Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Chancay Figural Vessel from Peru, ca. 1200-1400 A.D. The vessel is depicted wearing earspools and a headband or crown with adornments. Holding a small cup to it's chest and painted in black paint. Both earspools have small pieces missing. The rim also has several chips and a small adornment is missing from the back of the headband.

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Pre-columbian Chancay Vessel

Lot 3: Pre-columbian Chancay Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Chancay Vessel from Peru, ca. 1100-1450 A.D. Decorated in traditional Chancay colors with geometric and linear patterns. Two loop handles with some minor chips to the rim and paint loss.

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Pre-columbian Nayarit Seated Figure

Lot 4: Pre-columbian Nayarit Seated Figure

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Description: A very nice Pre-columbian Nayarit shaft tomb figure from west Mexico, ca. 100 B.C.-250 A.D. depicting a seated obese figure on a stool. This interesting fellow squats with arms curving and meeting at the waist, the legs slightly bent before him as he is supported on a short rounded leg beneath the buttocks, probably indicative of a short stool. The wonderful face is decorated with a faded black painted section on the right side , and he wears a large curving mushroom shaped cap and ear ornaments. The backside is shaped in an abnormal round form, possibly depicting an aged resting man or a hunchback.

Condition Report: Excellent, undamaged condition with only some light surface hairlines else fine.

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Pre-columbian Maya Tlaloc Tripod Vessel

Lot 5: Pre-columbian Maya Tlaloc Tripod Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Maya Post Classic Vessel from Mexico, ca. 1200-1500 A.D. Tlaloc is depicted with applied ear ornaments. The vessel is seated on three short legs. Made of a hard clay almost like concrete with remains of white stucco. A rare example!

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Pre-columbian Maya Adze

Lot 6: Pre-columbian Maya Adze

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Description: Pre-columbian Maya Adze from Nothern Guatemala/Belize, ca. 800 B.C. Made from a rare color pinkinsh flint. Excellent example!

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Pre-columian Maya Axe

Lot 7: Pre-columian Maya Axe

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Description: Pre-columbian Maya Axe from Nothern Guatemala/Belize, ca. 800 B.C.

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Pre-columian Maya Bi-facial Knife

Lot 8: Pre-columian Maya Bi-facial Knife

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Description: Pre-columbian Maya Bi-facial Knife from Nothern Guatemala/Belize, ca. 800 B.C.

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Large Pre-columian Maya Axe

Lot 9: Large Pre-columian Maya Axe

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Description: Pre-columbian Maya Axe from Nothern Guatemala/Belize, ca. 800 B.C. A really wonderful large axe with great patina. These caramel

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Pre-columbian Nicaragua stone figure

Lot 10: Pre-columbian Nicaragua stone figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Volcanic Stone Figure from Nicaragua, ca. 1000-1400 A.D.

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Pre-columbian Jalisco Figure

Lot 11: Pre-columbian Jalisco Figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Jalisco figure from West Mexico, ca. 250- B.C.-200 A.D. The figure is depicted standing with arms outstretched. Painted in red with white highlights.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Pre-columbian Nicaragua stone figure

Lot 12: Pre-columbian Nicaragua stone figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Nicaragua stone figure, ca. 1000-1400 A.D. A seated figure with hand meeting at mid section. Reportedly found near Lake Nicaragua in the 50's.

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Pre-columbian Nicaragua stone figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Nicaragua stone figure, ca. 1000-1400 A.D. A seated figure with hand meeting at mid section. Reportedly found near Lake Nicaragua in the 50's.

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Pre-columbian Heutar Bird Effigy Vessel

Lot 14: Pre-columbian Heutar Bird Effigy Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Heutar Brid vessel from Costa Rica, Ca. 800 A.D. Depicting a parrot or other bird from the region. A nice example!

Condition Report: Excellent

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Pre-columbian Jalisco Seated Figure

Lot 15: Pre-columbian Jalisco Seated Figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Jalisco figure from Mexico, ca. 200 B.C. - 350 A.D. In a blackware pottery depicted in a seated crouching position with arms resting on it´s knees.

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Pre-columbian Jalisco Figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Jalisco Female figure from West Mexico, ca. 250- B.C.-200 A.D. The figure is depicted standing with arms outstretched. She is painted in red with white highlights. Excellent condition.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Pre-columbian Nayarit (Type B)Chinesco Figure

Lot 17: Pre-columbian Nayarit (Type B)Chinesco Figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Nayarit (Type B) Chinesca Figure from Mexico, ca. 100 B.C.-250 A.D. The figure is depicted in a standing position with hands on her belly. She has some remains of paint on her clothes. Chinesca Type B figures are the rarest type of all Chinesco figures.

Condition Report: Excellent besides some minor wear

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Pre-columbian Pihuamo Hollow Seated Figure

Lot 18: Pre-columbian Pihuamo Hollow Seated Figure

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Description: A Pre-columbian Pihuamo Hollow figure from Colima or Jalisco region of Mexico, Ca. 100 B.C.-250 A.D. The male figure is depicted in a seated position with ear-spools and hands on knees. A nice example of this rarely seen type. Small chip on left foot otherwise intact.

Condition Report: Small chip to left foot otherwise intact.

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Pre-columbian Ixtlan Del Rio Nayarit Figure

Lot 19: Pre-columbian Ixtlan Del Rio Nayarit Figure

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Description: A large seated male figure from Nayarit, West Mexico, ca. 200 BC - 300 AD. This fine Ixtlan del Rio type is portrayed with legs crossed and arms held to the chest. He is adorned with large ear ornaments, simple headdress and a tubular nose ornament, with bead necklace indicated with paint. He is wearing a loincloth and additional clothing is depicted with intricate painted designs. Strong mineral deposits, small restoration.

Condition Report: Small restoration

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Pre-columbian Nayarit Painted Vessel

Lot 20: Pre-columbian Nayarit Painted Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Nayarit Painted Vessel from West Mexico, ca. 100 B.C.-250 A.D. Painted with red in a net type pattern. Several Holes perforated close to the rim. Nice example!

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Pre-columbian Nayarit Painted Vessel

Lot 21: Pre-columbian Nayarit Painted Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Nayarit Painted Vessel from West Mexico, ca. 100 B.C.-250 A.D. Painted with red in a net type pattern. Several Holes perforated close to the rim. Nice example!

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Pre-columbian Nayarit Painted Tripod Vessel

Lot 22: Pre-columbian Nayarit Painted Tripod Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Nayarit Painted Tripod Vessel from West Mexico, ca. 100 B.C.-250 A.D. Painted with red in a net type pattern. One leg partially broken.

Condition Report: Choice

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Pre-columbian Costa Rican Plainware Vessel

Lot 23: Pre-columbian Costa Rican Plainware Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Costa Rican Plain ware vessel, ca. 1-700 A.D. This piece can be a depiction of a mace head or the protruding spikes can represent the ceiba tree.

Condition Report: Choice

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Pre-columbian Costa Rican Head Whistle

Lot 24: Pre-columbian Costa Rican Head Whistle

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Description: Pre-columbian Ocarina whistle from Costa Rica, ca. 300 B.C.- 500 A.D. The whistle is in the form of a head with incised decoration on top of it's head most likely indicative of hair. Choice condition.

Condition Report: Choice

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Pre-columbian Costa Rican Bird Mace Head

Lot 25: Pre-columbian Costa Rican Bird Mace Head

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Description: Pre-columbian Ceremonial Mace Head from Guanacaste/Nicoya, Costa Rica, ca. 1000-1500 A.D. A very nice example carved in a white stone in the form of a bird. Choice condition.

Condition Report: Choice

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Pre-columbian Costa Rican Jade Axe god

Lot 26: Pre-columbian Costa Rican Jade Axe god

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Description: Pre-columbian Axe god from Costa Rica ca, 1-400 A.D. This superb example is in the form of a figure with hands meeting over the midsection. The figure is perforated through the neck for suspension as a pendant. A choice example!

Condition Report: Choice

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Pre-columbian Maya Gourd Vessel

Lot 27: Pre-columbian Maya Gourd Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Maya gourd vessel from Guatemala, ca.600-900 A.D.

Condition Report: Two rim chips otherwise intact

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Rare Pre-columbian Lambayeque Lime Dipper Container

Lot 28: Rare Pre-columbian Lambayeque Lime Dipper Container

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Description: A wonderful small wooden lime dipper with shell inlays and original stick from Peru, ca. 800-1000 A.D. This fine little container is carved from a dense wood, very dried now, and features a seated maize god on the front with knees upward bent, hands against his chest, a tall pointed maize cap, and his eyes with small spondylus and turquoise inlays. To the rear is a round drum shaped container ornamented with two rows of triangular mother of pearl inlays, the top being capped with a shell disc, the base being capped with a round wood piece, and retains the original small dipping stick with ball shaped finial. A wonderfully detailed example, only lightly cleaned, and in excellent condition.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Pre-columbian Narino Container

Lot 29: Pre-columbian Narino Container

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Description: A pre-columbian Narino Container from Ecuador, ca. 500-1200 A.D. The container is in the form of a sea shell which was probably used to hold either paint, lime or medicine at one point. The bottom is cut opened and probably contained a perishable type of material like wood to seal it. The opening at the top probably also had a fixed wooden plug as well now long gone. A very nice example!

Condition Report: Choice

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Pre-columbian Nayarit Painted Vessel

Lot 30: Pre-columbian Nayarit Painted Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Nayarit Painted Vessel from West Mexico, ca. 100 B.C.-250 A.D. Painted with red and cream ground. Several cracks and chips to the rim.

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Pre-columbian Costa Rican

Lot 31: Pre-columbian Costa Rican "Shoe" Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian "shoe" vessel from Costa Rica, ca. 800-1200 A.D. Some chips to the rim otherwise intact.

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Pre-columbian Jalisco Dog Vessel

Lot 32: Pre-columbian Jalisco Dog Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Jalisco Dog Vessel from West Mexico, ca. 100 B.C.-250 A.D. A standing dog with spout on the head. Some Some weathering to the surface with traces of pigment still visible.

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Pre-columbian Nayarit Atlatl Finger loop

Lot 33: Pre-columbian Nayarit Atlatl Finger loop

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Description: Pre-columbian Nayarit Atlatl Finger loop from West Mexico, ca. 100 B.C.-250 A.D. Carved from a piece of bone and in excellent condition.

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Pre-columbian Stone Pot Holder

Lot 34: Pre-columbian Stone Pot Holder

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Description: Pre-columbian Stone Pot Holder from Costa Rica, ca. 800-1200 A.D. One long crack down one side, pictured.

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Pre-columbian Nicaragua stone figure

Lot 35: Pre-columbian Nicaragua stone figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Nicaragua stone figure, ca. 1000-1400 A.D. A seated figure with hand meeting at mid section. Reportedly found near Lake Nicaragua in the 50's. Excellent condition.

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Pre-columbian Costa Rican Smoking Sukia Figure

Lot 36: Pre-columbian Costa Rican Smoking Sukia Figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Costa Rican Smoking Sukia Figure, ca. 1000-1400 A.D. Carved from a volcanic basalt stone. Depicted in a squated position with arms resting on his knees, smoking out of a tubular pipe. Choice condition.

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Pre-columbian Volcanic Stone Figure from Nicaragua

Lot 38: Pre-columbian Volcanic Stone Figure from Nicaragua

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Description: Pre-columbian Volcanic Stone Figure from Nicaragua, ca. 1000-1400 A.D. Depicted in a standing position with hands around his neck.

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Pre-columbian Veracruz Nopiloa Rattle Figure

Lot 39: Pre-columbian Veracruz Nopiloa Rattle Figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Nopiloa Rattle from Veracruz Mexico, ca. 500-800 A.D. Natural buff molded pottery figural rattle depicting a standing female wearing a layered headdress, belt, and necklace with large central pendant. A large amount of the original white Kaolin slip still remains.

Condition Report: Missing right hand and left foot otherwise intact. Still a very nice example!

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Pre-columbian Chorrera Figure

Lot 40: Pre-columbian Chorrera Figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Chorrera Figure from Ecuador, ca.1200 - 200 B.C. A very nice example in Choice condition!

Condition Report: Choice

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Pre-columbian Colima Dog Vessel

Lot 41: Pre-columbian Colima Dog Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Colima Dog from West Mexico, ca. 100 B.C.-250 A.D. Portrayed in a standing position with stocky body, perked ears, incised eyes and a spout at the back. A very superb and large example in choice condition! At least two different types of Colima dogs evolved: one to be fattened up and eaten or ritually sacrificed, and another type for a watchdog and healer of the sick.The fat dogs most often depicted in Colima sculpture were eaten. Possibly that's why many of the sculptures of the Colima Dog portray the pooch with an ear of corn in his mouth. This one more slender in shape was most likely a depiction of a healer or watch dog. The hairless dog, known as the Techichi or Escuincle. It is believed to be a relative of the Chihuahua and/or the Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintle). The xolo breed can still be seen today as shown in our last picture. The Xolo dog was named after the god who would lead the deceased into the afterlife. Xolotl ("Lord of the Underworld") was the deity who aided the dead on their journey to the afterlife. These Colima vessels were placed in Shaft Tombs and suggested to safely guard the deceased to the afterlife.

Condition Report: Choice

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Pre-columbian Teotihuacan figure

Lot 42: Pre-columbian Teotihuacan figure

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Description: Pre-columbian Teotihuacan figure from Mexico, ca. 300-600 A.D. Some pieces broken off otherwise intact.

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Pre-columbian Chorrera Coatimundi Whistling Vessel

Lot 43: Pre-columbian Chorrera Coatimundi Whistling Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Chorrera Whistling vessel from Ecuador, ca. 1000-500 B.C. In the shape of a Coatimundi with incised triangular net patterns.

Condition Report: Bottom ear is missing and a small hole in the front otherwise intact. A nice example!

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Pre-columbian Carchi Griton Vessel

Lot 44: Pre-columbian Carchi Griton Vessel

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Description: Pre-columbian Carchi Griton Vessel from Colombia, ca. 800-1200 A.D. Eyes and hands molded in high relief and painted in a red color. A wonderful screamer vessel in Choice condition.

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Nueva Cadiz Old Trade Beads Necklace

Lot 45: Nueva Cadiz Old Trade Beads Necklace

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Description: Nueva Cadiz Trade beads from Peru, ca. 16th Century A.D. Composed of a single strand of 13 - 3 layer blue twisted square Nueva Cadiz beads, purple Spondylus, white shell spacers and a modern barrell clasp. Sizes ranging from .75" - 2.375"

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Nueva Cadiz Old Trade Beads Necklace

Lot 46: Nueva Cadiz Old Trade Beads Necklace

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Description: Nueva Cadiz Trade beads from Peru, ca. 16th Century A.D. Composed of a single strand of 10 - 3 layer blue twisted square Nueva Cadiz beads white shell spacers. Sizes ranging from 1" - 2"

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Pre-columbian Tairona Jasper Necklace

Lot 47: Pre-columbian Tairona Jasper Necklace

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Description: Pre-columbian Tairona Jasper Necklace from Colombia, ca. 500-1000 A.D. Composed of a single strand of 18 barrell multi color jasper beads (.625" - 1.25") with 34 Flat disk stone spacers. Small modern clasp.

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Pre-columbian Tairona Necklace

Lot 48: Pre-columbian Tairona Necklace

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Description: Pre-columbian Tairona Necklace from Colombia, ca. 500-1000 A.D. Composed of a single strand of various shape and size jasper, stone, shell and clay beads. Small modern clasp.

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Pre-columbian Tairona Necklace

Lot 49: Pre-columbian Tairona Necklace

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Description: Pre-columbian Tairona Necklace from Colombia, ca. 500-1000 A.D. Composed of a double strand of 2 small carnelian barrell type stones and orange spondylus disks. Modern Barrell clasp.

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Pre-columbian Tairona Necklace

Lot 50: Pre-columbian Tairona Necklace

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Description: Pre-columbian Tairona Necklace from Colombia, ca. 500-1000 A.D. Composed of a single strand of various shape and size stone, shell and pottery beads centered with a clear crystal stone (.75"). Modern Lobster Claw clasp.

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Pre-columbian Tairona Necklace

Lot 51: Pre-columbian Tairona Necklace

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Description: Pre-columbian Tairona Necklace from Colombia, ca. 500-1500 A.D. Composed of a single strand of 8 - 3 Layer blue square Nueva Cadiz beads(5") with orange spondylus spacers and several multi color barrell type beads. Modern barrell clasp.

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