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Auction Description for Artemis Gallery: DAY 2 | Pre-Columbian and Ethnographic Art
Auction Description:

Day 2 of this auction featuring ancient and ethnographic art from around the world.  Egypt, Greek, Roman, Viking, Russian, Near Eastern plus Asian Art from China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, India, more.

Antiquities, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art:
The following are the TERMS OF SALE for bidding in Live Auction, Weds/Thurs, January 18 & 19, 2017.

AUCTION will start at 8 a.m. MT, 10 p.m. EST, 7 a.m. PST - Live Online / Absentee Bidding only.

Please read the following "Terms of Sale" carefully. These terms are applicable to all bidders in this auction, collectors and dealers alike. Please do not bid in this auction if you do not agree to all of the terms listed below. Your submission of bids in this auction constitutes your acceptance of these "Terms of Sale."

1. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

2. This is an auction sale, not an approval sale. By bidding in this auction, the bidder personally guarantees payment. The auctioneer has final discretion in all matters. In case of dispute, the lot(s) in question may be resold. Lots will be sold in their numerical sequence unless the auctioneer directs otherwise.

3. HIGH and LOW ESTIMATES are provided for each lot for reference only.

4. No lots will be released until payment in full has been made. Payment(in U.S. funds) may be made via personal check or money order, via credit card (MasterCard, Visa or Discover), PayPal or Bank Wire Transfer. For PayPal payments please use "artemisgallery@gmail.com" email address for processing payments.

5. BUYER'S PREMIUM: A 24.5% Buyer's Premium will be added to the final price of each lot purchased through Artemis Gallery LIVE and will be paid by all bidders without exception.

6. CO SALES TAX: Appropriate Colorado Sales Tax will be added to all invoices, unless a valid CO seller's permit is on file with Artemis Gallery/Artemis Gallery Live prior to any bidding in the auction. Items shipped outside of CO (United States or international) are also sales tax exempt.

7. RETURN POLICY: If our description of the item is not as described, we will accept return of the item; however, WE MUST HAVE WRITTEN NOTIFICATION OF RETURN WITHIN TWO BUSINESS DAYS FROM RECEIPT OF ITEM BY BIDDER, as shown by FedEx, UPS or USPS tracking data, and the item must be received by us within ten days in the condition received. A written letter from a recognized expert in the field pertaining to the item in dispute must be presented for refund. No lots may be returned without prior written consent. Late remittance constitutes just cause for revocation of all return privileges. Return shipping is at the bidder's expense. In no event may any lot(s) be returned after fifteen (15) days from the date of the auction. As of February 6, 2017 ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

8. BIDDING will be conducted ONLINE / LIVE as the auction progresses. Bidders may place their bids LIVE, via PHONE or by leaving ABSENTEE BIDS via the Live Auctioneers auction catalog. Please keep in mind that Phone Bids will be accepted on a limited basis and must be arranged in advance.

9. SHIPPING: As a convenience to our buyers, all shipping services are handled in-house. All buyers will receive an invoice detailing their purchases, sales tax (if applicable), buyer's premium, and shipping/insurance charges. Items will be shipped only upon receipt of payment in full and will be insured for their full value. **For shipments outside of the USA, customs and duties may apply upon entry in to said country, and this fee, if any, is the buyer's responsibility. We will NOT falsify customs value on international shipments - what you pay is what we declare, no exceptions. There are a small number of international countries we cannot ship to. If you have questions about this, please inquire BEFORE bidding**

9a. REQUEST TO DELAY SHIPPING FOR LOTS WON: We are happy to delay shipping on all paid lots for up to 30 days with no storage fees. After 30 days, storage fees will accrue based on a % of invoice total.

10. ESTIMATES for each lot are given only as a guide to help gauge bidding. Lots may sell for a price greater than or less than these estimates.

11. STARTING PRICES may or may not be the actual price at which any item will sell. At the discretion of the auctioneer, starting prices may be lowered to encourage bidding, but this is up to the auctioneer.

12. The auctioneer may open the bidding on any lot by placing a bid on behalf of the seller. The auctioneer may accept or decline any bid, or challenge to any bid, as he in his sole discretion shall determine.

13. ALL BIDDERS must register in order to bid.

14. In the event a successful bidder fails to make payment when due, Artemis Gallery reserves the right to re-sell the merchandise and bidder agrees to pay for the reasonable cost of such a sale and also to pay any difference between the resale price and the previously successful bid, together with any incidental costs of sale and disbursements.

15. If the auction invoice is not paid for in full when due per invoice terms, including any applicable credit card processing fees, the unpaid balance will bear interest at the highest rate permitted by law until paid in full. If the matter is referred to an attorney for collection, bidder agrees to pay all reasonable attorney fees, court costs and other collection cost incurred by Artemis Gallery to collect past due invoices and that the services of process by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, shall be sufficient to confer "in personam" jurisdiction over bidder.

16. Buyer agrees that any claim of controversy arising out of, or relating to the formation, interpretation of performance of these terms and underlying transactions or the breach thereof, is subject to arbitration or judicial proceedings and shall take place within the County of Boulder, CO subject to the laws of the State of Colorado.

17. QUESTIONS? Feel free to email us at info@artemisgallery.com with questions prior to bidding or feel free to call us at 720-890-7700. Please be sure to ask all questions at least 30 minutes prior to auction start time, as we will not be able to take calls or answer emails sent to us during the auction.

Good luck!
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DAY 2 | Pre-Columbian and Ethnographic Art (259 Lots)

by Artemis Gallery

January 19, 2017, 7:00 AM PST

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Louisville, CO, USA

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Choice Mammoth Tooth w/ Long Root - 40000 Y/O

Estimate: $600 - $800

Description: Ancient World, Pleistocene period, ca. 40,000 years ago to 5000 years ago. A fine large fossilized example of a mammoth tooth with a very long root. Some of the original chemicals of the teeth have been replaced in the fossilization process with quartz (silica) and other minerals, which may give a clue to its place of original - for example, fossils found in the Wind River Formation in Wyoming have often been replaced by silica. Comes with custom stand. Size: 4.7" L x 3.1" W x 6" H (11.9 cm x 7.9 cm x 15.2 cm)Mammoth teeth are highly specialized, some of the largest grinding teeth in the animal kingdom, adapted to crush woody vegetable matter in ancient forests. Provenance: Ex- Private Saint Louis, MO 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. #118795

Condition Report: Small cracks and losses as shown; fossil has been stabilized.

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Choice Mammoth Tooth with Long Root - 40000 Y/O

Estimate: $500 - $700

Description: Northern Hemisphere, Pleistocene period, ca. 40,000 years ago. A gorgeous example of a mammoth tooth with a long, curved root. Mammoth teeth are highly specialized, some of the largest grinding teeth in the animal kingdom, adapted to crush woody vegetable matter in ancient forests. Comes with custom stand. Size: 2.95" L x 3.75" W x 4.7" H (7.5 cm x 9.5 cm x 11.9 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private St. Louis, MO 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. #118794

Condition Report: Lower surface cracking/possible areas of repair.

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Ancient Fossilized Turtle Shell

Estimate: $600 - $800

Description: New World, Late Cretaceous Period, ca. 144 to 65 million years ago. A fossilized turtle shell carapace with fine details of surface texture. Size: 5.7" L x 4.4" W x 2.05" H (14.5 cm x 11.2 cm x 5.2 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Orange County, 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. #119861

Condition Report: Some losses to edges as shown; nice preservation of shell surface pattern on remaining areas.

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Large Mammoth Vertebrae From Alaska - 40,000 Years Old

Estimate: $400 - $600

Description: North America, Alaska, Pleistocene period, ca. 40,000 years ago. A caudal vertebrae from a mammoth. The bone has absorbed iron from the surrounding soil, giving it a rust color. Comes with custom stand. Size: 6.9" W x 6.25" H (17.5 cm x 15.9 cm)Caudal vertebrae tend to lose some of their features the further from the base of the tail they go, because they need to support fewer muscles and nerves the further down the tail they are. This one seems to be from fairly high up in the tail, when it still needed to support weight. The vertebrae here has fused epiphyses, visible when looking at it head on, which indicates that it was from a mature adult animal rather than a juvenile. Provenance: Ex-Private St. Louis, MO 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. #118793

Condition Report: The body and vertebral foramen are well preserved, but the processes are largely missing.

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Rare Tall Valdivian Terracotta Venus Figure - 2500 BCE

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian culture, ca. 2500 BCE. One of the stylized terracotta figures - generally, but not always, female - who are found near hearths and food preparation areas, as well as in burials of important personages. She has slits for eyes, mouth, and eyebrows; clear breasts, waist, and legs; no arms; and a large coiffure parted in the middle. The meaning of these rare and early figures remains a mystery. Size: 1.3" W x 4.6" H (3.3 cm x 11.7 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Arizona 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. #118978

Condition Report: Repaired at neck; old accession sticker taped to back of head.

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Impressive Validivian Limestone Star Chart

Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000

Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian people, ca. 3300 BCE. This is a light gray limestone slab with boldly cut lines delineating vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines and drilled dots forming a surface design. The edges of the stone have been smoothed to make it a rough parallelogram shape. This is an example of some very early stone art, from one of the earliest settled cultures recorded in the Americas. Comes with custom stand. Size: 1.3" L x 12.7" W x 9" H (3.3 cm x 32.3 cm x 22.9 cm)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; in addition to stone objects, they also created some of the earliest known ceramic traditions in the world and possibly the earliest in the New World. The meaning of decorated stone objects like these - although they are called "star charts" by some - is unknown. Are they early forms of writing, roughly contemporary with cuneiform in Sumer and hieroglyphs in Egypt? Abstract designs? Decoration? To date, there have been very few scientific archaeological excavations of the Valdivian culture, leading to quite a few spectacular theories - including that the early pottery was influenced by shipwrecked sailors from the Jomon culture of Japan! Excavations at the Real Alto site in the 1970s and 1980s put that theory to rest, but this culture remains understudied; hopefully, future study will shed more light on the true meaning of this object and others like it. Provenance: Ex-Private AZ 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. #118804

Condition Report: Very slight surface wear/tiny areas of staining.

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Valdivian Spondylus Shell Necklace

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian people, Earliest Horizon, ca. 2300 to 2000 BCE. A restrung necklace made of flat cylindrical beads of shell and agate. The necklace is dominated by a large pendant made of a wonderfully-colored orange/red/white shell with a weathered surface and drilled through for suspension. A huge agate bead sits behind it, anchoring it to the necklace. Size: 9.5" L (of chain); 5.4" W x 3.75" H (of shell) (24.1 cm; 13.7 cm x 9.5 cm) Provenance: ex-Collection of Marcel Ebnother, Schaffhausen, Switzerland 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. #119536

Condition Report: Modern stringing; some surface wear to beads/shell.

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Valdivian Abstract Jaguar Tooth Amulet

Estimate: $1,100 - $1,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian people, Earliest Horizon, ca. 2300 to 2000 BCE. An abstract human figure in the shape of a horn or long canine tooth, with the figure's features string cut and drilled out of a white chalky stone. The figure has a triangular face and long arms that come to hands meeting at the stomach; above the hands is a drilled hole that may represent the navel. Comes with custom stand. Size: 1.1" W x 4.4" H (2.8 cm x 11.2 cm)The Valdivian culture is the first in Ecuador that began to depict representations of the body. In this new phase in ancient Ecuadorian society, status and different occupations for individuals suddenly became important to show artistically - suggesting that this was the period when their culture began to stratify and become culturally complex, with individuals in the society having specialized roles like shaman. This fantastic figure stands on its own as a work of art but also reminds us of exciting developments in a long-lost world. Provenance: Ex-Private New York Collection, ex southwest 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. #119545

Condition Report: Small chip from back top of head; small chip from one side near arms; some gentle surface weathering.

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Valdivian Stone Plank - Owl Relief

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,200

Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Earliest Horizon, Valdivian, ca. 2300 to 2000 BCE. A skillfully-executed limestone carving of an owl visage, though with monkey-like simian features, on a rectangular plank. The sculptor carved the bird of prey's visage with bold and deeply carved angular, curved, and straight lines on a pale grey limestone with nice white mineral deposits and root marks. This aesthetic boasts attractive minimalism that appeals to our modern sensibilities and yet bespeaks of the ancient world. Size: 5.5" W x 8" H (14 cm x 20.3 cm)Ancient stone steles from Ecuador like this example are the oldest stone sculptures known to exist in the Americas, dating as far back as 3500 BCE. Certainly each stele is unique; however, they do share a few common characteristics. They are usually carved from a pearly grey colored stone and are for the most part "blockish" in form. The four most prominent themes include the owl, the serpent/arrow, the sun chart, and the star chart. The owl was widely symbolic in the Pre-Columbian world. Owls were considered Shamanic, guiding humans on their journeys to other worlds, the divine, and death. In some cultures an anthropomorphic owl represented a warrior or war god. As a nocturnal bird of prey, the owl was also associated with night hunters, darkness, and the Underworld. Provenance: Ex-Private Arizona 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. #118975

Condition Report: Near choice with surface deposits and a few old scuffs as shown.

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Valdivian Limestone Plank Figure - Waterbird

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Earliest Horizon, Valdivian, ca. 2300 to 2000 BCE. A well-executed limestone avian carving, depicting a waterbird, both its beaked visage as well as winged body. Boldly carved with dramatic angular, curved, and straight lines from limestone of attractive taupe hues. The aesthetic is is remarkably in line with the embrace of geometry among some of our most esteemed modern artists. Just look at the delineation of those wings! Custom stand. Size: 4.875" W x 12.5" H (12.4 cm x 31.8 cm); 14" H (35.6 cm) on standWaterbird iconography was associated with underworld deities of the Pre-Columbian world. The underworld was simultaneously linked to the aquatic environs as well as the starry sky, as the watery underworld was reflected in the night sky. Waterbirds as animals of both sky and water connected the two realms. Provenance: Ex-Private AZ 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. #118811

Condition Report: Surface shows nice mineral deposits, one dendrite mark behind left eye is not a fissure, as well as burnishing marks. Overall excellent with a few small chips to peripheries.

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Large Valdivian Limestone Roundel - Double Arrows

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Description: Pre-Columbian, South America, Ecuador, Valdivian, Earliest Horizon, ca. 2300 to 2000 BCE. A hand carved, light grey limestone circular palette of a stylized curved form with boldly cut lines delineating a pair of arrows, the composition interestingly similar to a yin-yang symbol. A very rare find, from the Valdivia culture which existed from approximately 3500 to 1800 BCE - only about 1700 years in total! Custom stand. Size: 11" W x 10.75" H (27.9 cm x 27.3 cm); 12.625" H (32.1 cm) with standThe ancient Valdivia culture of Ecuador was initially discovered by archaeologist Emilio Estrada in 1956, fairly recently in historic terms, and it is regarded as one of the oldest cultures of the ancient Americas. Interestingly, this culture still poses a bit of a mystery to scholars as no finite end to this culture has been identified yet; what's more, no sign of a cultural migration has surfaced. Most plausible is that the population somehow dwindled inspiring members of the communities to leave their settlements in search of opportunities elsewhere.Ancient stone steles from Ecuador like this example are the oldest stone sculptures known to exist in the Americas, dating as far back as 3500 BCE. Certainly each stele is unique; however, they do share a few common characteristics. They are usually carved from a pearly grey colored stone and are for the most part "blockish" in form, though this example shows rounded contours. The four most prominent themes include the owl, the serpent/arrow, the sun chart, and the star chart. Provenance: Ex-Private AZ 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. #118805

Condition Report: Normal surface wear with old scratches and nicks, and encrustation. Nice mineral deposits as well as burnishing and root marks.

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Valdivian Limestone Plank Figure - Owl Head

Estimate: $1,700 - $2,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Earliest Horizon, Valdivian, ca. 2300 to 2000 BCE. A skillfully-executed limestone carving of an owl visage on a semi-circular plank. The sculptor carved the bird of prey's visage with bold and deeply carved angular, curved, and straight lines on a pale grey limestone with nice white mineral deposits and root marks. This aesthetic boasts attractive minimalism that appeals to our modern sensibilities and yet bespeaks of the ancient world. Custom stand. Size: 8.5" L x 4.125" H (21.6 cm x 10.5 cm); 5.75" H (14.6 cm) on standAncient stone steles from Ecuador like this example are the oldest stone sculptures known to exist in the Americas, dating as far back as 3500 BCE. Certainly each stele is unique; however, they do share a few common characteristics. They are usually carved from a pearly grey colored stone and are for the most part "blockish" in form, though this example shows rounded contours. The four most prominent themes include the owl, the serpent/arrow, the sun chart, and the star chart.The owl was widely symbolic in the Pre-Columbian world. Owls were considered Shamanic, guiding humans on their journeys to other worlds, the divine, and death. In some cultures an anthropomorphic owl represented a warrior or war god. As a nocturnal bird of prey, the owl was also associated with night hunters, darkness, and the Underworld. Provenance: Ex-Private AZ 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. #118809

Condition Report: A section with small losses to peripheries as shown. Expected surface wear and encrustation commensurate with age.

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Valdivian White Stone Owl Effigy - Rectangular Prism

Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000

Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Earliest Horizon, Valdivian, ca. 2300 to 2000 BCE. A Valdivian owl effigy with visages and perched bodies on each face of the rectangular-shaped prism, even the top and bottom. Boldly carved with angular and straight lines from a pale grey limestone, the surface with mineral deposits and burnishing marks. The many faces of this piece are quite apropos as owls are known for their ability to turn their heads nearly 360 degrees! Size: 3.25" L x 4" W x 8.625" H (8.3 cm x 10.2 cm x 21.9 cm)There's so much to appreciate about this piece, its abstract aesthetic so in tune with our modern sensibilities despite the fact that it is about 4,000 years old. In addition, the owl was widely symbolic in the Pre-Columbian world. Owls were considered Shamanic, guiding humans on their journeys to other worlds, the divine, and death. In some cultures an anthropomorphic owl represented a warrior or war god. As a nocturnal bird of prey, the owl was also associated with night hunters, darkness, and the Underworld. Provenance: Ex-Private Arizona 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. #118973

Condition Report: Two pieces reattached to lower corner. Expected surface wear with a few small nicks here and there. Areas of mineral deposits. Nice burnishing marks.

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Large Tlatilco Terracotta Pretty Lady, ex-Royal Athena

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, Central Highlands of Mexico, Tlatilco, ca. 1200 to 500 BCE. A very nice example of one of the classic pieces of Mesoamerican art with an excellent provenance! This is a solid pottery standing female figure depicted with wide hips and arms outstretched; she wears an incised wide brim hat atop her head and there are some remaining traces of red and ocher surface pigment. Size: 9" H (22.9 cm)Compare similar example in The Jaguar's Children: Pre-Classic Central Mexico. by Coe, Michael D. NY Museum of Primitive Art, 1965 Provenance: Private collection of a California physician, ex. Royal Athena Gallery, NYC., 1988; Ex. Dr. Melvin Silverman collection, LA. 1970s. 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. #115785

Condition Report: Intact

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Pair of Olmec Jade Ear Ornaments

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: Pre-Columbian, Mesoamerica, Olmec culture, ca. 1150 to 550 BCE. This is a pair of jade (green stone - the term is often used interchangeably) objects that were made to be worn in the ear. Later, we know that the Maya considered ear ornaments to be used as conduits for the spiritual energy that they believe flowed through the ears - so perhaps the Olmec, the Maya's predecessors, also believed this. Size of largest: .75" W x 0.45" H (1.9 cm x 1.1 cm) Provenance: Ex - Private W. S. 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. #114781

Condition Report: Both have some age wear but are intact.

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Huge Chorrera Green Stone Mortar - Jaguar Form

Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000

Description: Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Chorrera culture, 1500 to 300 BCE. A large! carved, smooth-polished greenstone object in the form of a jaguar with prominent teeth and a magnificent spiral carved tail. The greenstone has brown and black specks. An incised square pattern provides the mouth full of teeth and four small, rounded feet and a deep well in the center of the back complete the form. Size: 10.2" L x 3.55" W x 5" H (25.9 cm x 9 cm x 12.7 cm)Although the Chorrera culture is not well known, researchers believe that this item and ones like it served as mortars for grinding the ingredients of hallucinogenic drugs that would be used by shamans to enter a religious trance. However, this example - and some others we know of - does not have scratch marks inside the mortar, suggesting that it was not used for its intended purpose, but was instead made to be placed into a tomb, perhaps used once to place an offering of hallucinogens beside the deceased. The form of the jaguar throughout the pre-Columbian New World speaks to the transformation of the shaman into a half-human, half-animal spiritual creature. See a similar example at the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA. Provenance: Ex-James Klein Auction 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. #119390

Condition Report: Slight wear to surface.

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Extremely Rare Chavin Bone / Turquoise Jaguar Claw

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chavin, ca. 1400 to 400 BCE. A jaguar claw, hand-carved from a human elbow bone with striking (no pun intended) pointy turquoise claws of brilliant aqua hues and a painstakingly carved, double-headed serpent design around the wrist. Incredibly rare, replete with the utmost technique and artistry. Custom, museum-quality stand. Size: 1.75" W x 2.125" H (4.4 cm x 5.4 cm)The iconography of this piece connotes layers of symbolism. Jaguar imagery symbolized power and might throughout the Pre-Columbian world. Warriors, rulers, hunters, and shamans alike associated themselves with this king of beasts, the largest and most powerful feline in the New World. The bicephalic serpent or dragon was a signifier of high rank in various Pre-Columbian world views. These two-headed beasts were regarded as sky bands that arched over the earth or surrounded the seas serving as a passageway for the planets and stars of the celestial realm. This motif decorated objects associated with individuals of high rank, thus associating them with the powers of this mighty creature. Beyond this, even the singular serpent is a fascinating element of Pre-Columbian iconography as it was regarded to be a beneficial source of nourishment and at the same time quite deadly with its poisonous venom. Also important to the indigenous was the fact that snakes shed their skin annually thus rejuvenating themselves and serving as symbols of renewal and good health. Provenance: Ex-Private Long Beach, 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. #118759

Condition Report: Small losses to tips of two leftmost turquoise claws. Nick to bone near right side of claw. A few stable surface fissures as shown.

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Olmec Green Jade Pectoral and Drug Spoon

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, Olmec culture, ca. 1150 to 550 BCE. A carved jade (greenstone) spoon with incised designs in its slightly sunken bowl that would have once been filled with red cinnabar based on similar examples. These designs are a human head shown in profile and a snake or lizard. Two holes have been drilled on the horizontal side, and two others are on the vertical side. A modern string and other greenstone have been added to make this a wearable necklace. Size: 1.45" W x 2.95" H (3.7 cm x 7.5 cm)For the ancient Olmec, these items were worn as pectorals by wealthy elites and also possibly used by shamans for the ingestion of hallucinogens. We know this from representations of Olmec people on contemporary artwork. Provenance: Ex-Naomi Lindstrom 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. #119410

Condition Report: Polished in modern times, with necklace and other stone added recently.

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Gorgeous Olmec Blue-Green Jade Celt

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, Olmec culture, ca. 1150 to 550 BCE. This is a large greenstone tapered hand tool of a highly stylized ritual form with a curved blade. Meticulously flaked and then sanded smooth, this is a remarkable piece of art, designed to look like a common weapon but used for a votive function, probably carried in a ceremony and/or buried with its owner. Comes with custom stand. Size: 2.2" W x 7.1" H (5.6 cm x 18 cm)Research in the late 1990s and early 2000s pinpointed the source of "Olmec blue" jadeite at being in the lowland Motagua River near the modern day border of Guatemala and Honduras; stone from this source was carved and traded widely throughout early Mesoamerica. The value of jade for ancient people lay in its symbolic power: perhaps its color was associated with water and vegetation; later, the Maya would place jade beads in the mouths of the dead. Many scholars have argued that the demand for jadeite contributed to the rise of long distance trading networks and to the rise of urban centers in ancient Mesoamerica. This would have been an exceedingly valuable and rare piece of ceremonial art. Provenance: Ex-Private Arizona 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. #118979

Condition Report: Small areas of wear, especially to end that does not have a blade edge.

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Rare Olmec Engraved Stone Drug Palette

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,600

Description: Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. A very rare and very desirable jade snuff tray. Shallow green jade vessel with 2 suspension holes to one side, each side of the tray incised with the image of the quintessential Olmec deity. Nice example! Size: 3.125" L x 2" W x .875" H (7.9 cm x 5.1 cm x 2.2 cm) Provenance: Ex-private Scollard 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. #115076

Condition Report: Engraving a bit faint else intact and excellent

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Important Olmec Blue-Green Jade Were Jaguar Figure

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

Description: Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Olmec, ca. 900 to 500 BCE. An exquisite, finely carved, near miniature, blue-green jade were-jaguar figurine, standing in a characteristically stiff pose with long arms and shorter, separated, slightly bent legs with protruding knees, presenting hallmark Olmec features including an elongated head, a jowly "babyface" visage with a downturned open jaguar-like mouth, double pierced pupils in almond-shaped eyes, a bifurcated hair part, and pierced ears for suspending earrings or ornaments. Custom stand. Size: figure measures 1.5" W x 2.625" H (3.8 cm x 6.7 cm); 3.25" H (8.3 cm) on stand.Note that even the fingers and toes are delineated! Scholars have proposed that the flattened and elongated heads of these figures are indicative of the artificial cranial deformation practiced by the Olmec. An exemplar of Olmec sculpture, impressive for its technique, iconography, and well as the inherent beauty of the jade. A superb scuptural work from the Olmec, indeed the first Mesoamerican civilization that most regard as the forerunner of subsequent ancient American cultures such as the Maya and Aztecs! Provenance: Ex-private Scollard 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. #114263

Condition Report: Intact and choice!

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Tlatilco Pottery

Estimate: $500 - $800

Description: Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Valley of Mexico, Tlatilco, ca. 800 to 500 BCE. A finely modeled 'pretty lady' in solid terracotta, with a pronounced multi-lobed coiffure and incised headband, characteristically attenuated arms, perky breasts and large wide hips signifying fertility, and elegantly thin pierced ears. Beyond these are her beautifully delineated facial features comprised of arched, then brows, almond-shaped eyes with pierced pupils, straight applied nose, and pouty open mouth. Nice white caliche across surface. Custom, museum quality stand. Size: 5.5" H (14 cm); 6.125" H (15.6 cm) on stand 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. #115944

Condition Report: Tiny nick to left breast, else intact and excellent.

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Large Chavin Decorated Blackware Stirrup Jar

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chavin culture, ca. 900 to 200 BCE. A large blackware stirrup vessel with four stylized profile heads incised upon the shoulders of the globular body, all underscored by a large incised zigzag band. A stirrup spout vessel like this one would have been mold-made and then detailed by hand. Given its grand size and fine decoration, this vessel was probably createdto hold chicha for ritualistic use. Size: 7.75" in diameter x 10.5" H (19.7 cm x 26.7 cm)A fabulous stirrup vessel most likely created to hold fermented corn beer or chicha cherished by the ancients of the Chavin culture - "the mother civilization of the Andes" that is oftentimes compared to the Olmec in Mexico in terms of artistic inspiration for later periods. Provenance: Ex-New Hampshire collection, most acquired prior to 1985 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. #119449

Condition Report: Expected surface wear with nicks, scuffs, fissures and losses to blackware glaze as shown. Patched probe hole.

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Rare Paracas Textile Strip - Bright Colors, Insects

Estimate: $2,200 - $3,000

Description: Pre-Columbian, Peru, Paracas culture, ca. 800 to 100 BCE. An absolutely gorgeous strip of textile showing anthropomorphized insect figures of a similar shape in a long thin line; the colors are wonderful, with blue, yellow, orange, green, pink, red, and brown all represented. The piece comes mounted and framed. Size: 1.1" W x 25.75" H (2.8 cm x 65.4 cm); size of frame: 6.5" W x 36" H (16.5 cm x 91.4 cm)The people of the early cultures in the Andes buried their dead in bundles with woven textiles, sometimes wearing clothing like this loincloth. These often have repetitive, almost fractal patterns, often placed inside of frames, with color sequences designed to move the eye across the textile rather than focus on a single point. The dry, cold climate of the Andes preserved these textiles. Two-dimensional representations of insects are common in Andean art, but their meaning has not been well studied. Provenance: Ex-Private 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. #119569

Condition Report: A few loose threads on the edges and both ends are slightly ragged; bright colors.

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Guerrero Mezcala Stone Axe God

Estimate: $400 - $600

Description: Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala culture (Balsas culture), ca. 700 to 200 BCE. An abstract, carefully carved symmetrical anthropomorphic figure. Stringcut and polished, the grey stone figure appears human through suggestion, with a heavy brow, neck, and legs the most prominent carved areas. Comes with custom stand. Size: 1.55" W x 3.95" H (3.9 cm x 10 cm)Mezcala sculpture makes us think about the individual elements of the human form by abstracting them into basic geometric shapes. Sculptures like this one play with planes and depressions. The type of stone it is made out of is a smooth grey-green andesite, a volcanic rock that, although hard and therefore difficult to carve, was heavily favored by the Mezcala and used to create many of their human form sculptures and some of their architectural models. Provenance: Ex-Private Arizona 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. #118983

Condition Report: Wear to surface as shown, with an old accession sticker from a previous owner on the back.

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Costa Rican Jade Axe God w/ Crocodile Legs

Estimate: $1,400 - $2,100

Description: Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, ca. 400 to 100 BCE. A wonderfully carved ceremonial hand axe, in a blue-green stone. The level of detail is incredible: a skull-like face wearing a round crown or headdress tops the handle, with its body formed of incised lines below, giving it hands held close to the body and large feet. The blade has been carved through down its center in a twin snake design and its point terminates in two snake heads. These figures were string cut and polished with sandstone. Comes with custom stand. Size: 0.9" W x 5.25" H (2.3 cm x 13.3 cm)The ancient Costa Ricans were influenced by the Olmec to their north, and may have even repurposed Mesoamerican blue-green jade hand axes for their own purposes. This was likely a funerary offering. Provenance: Ex-Private Kentucky 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. #119385

Condition Report: Excellent

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Chavin Salinar Transitional Pottery Stirrup Jar

Estimate: $500 - $750

Description: Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chavin/Salinar, ca. 500 to 100 BCE. A blackware stirrup vessel of a classic form with a round, near spherical body, a thick stirrup and substantial, subtly flaring tubular spout. A nicely burnished transitional example bridging the Chavin and Salinar cultures. Size: 5" in diameter x 9" H (12.7 cm x 22.9 cm) Provenance: Ex-New Hampshire collection, most acquired prior to 1985 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. #119468

Condition Report: Expected surface wear commensurate with age. Nice burnishing and root marks.

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Mezcala Green Stone Standing Figure

Estimate: $1,400 - $2,100

Description: Pre-Columbian, Guerrero Mexico, ca. 300 BCE. This is a finely made, small grey-greenstone axe figure. The neck, legs, and marks on the body were string cut; the face has drilled eyes. 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: 1.45" W x 5.35" H (3.7 cm x 13.6 cm) Provenance: ex-private NY 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. #119351

Condition Report: Repairs at neck and waist, with a two old accession stickers on the back.

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Mezcala Guerrero Stone Hand Axe Figure

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

Description: Pre-Columbian, Guerrero Mexico, Mezcala, ca. 300 BCE. This type of item is known as a hand axe (or celt). The neck, legs, and marks on the body were string cut; the face has clearly delineated brow, mouth, and nose. The body was smoothed with sandstone. Stone axe figures are common from this period, representing 15-20% of all artifacts found, and are named for the Rio Mezcala (Balsas) valley. The Mezcala style is known only through stone carving, which is done using strings with the aid of sandstone for abrasion. This particular one is very nice to hold; the stone has a weighty quality that makes it very pleasing to touch. Size: 2.2" W x 6.25" H (5.6 cm x 15.9 cm) Provenance: Ex - Private W. S. 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. #114720

Condition Report: Near perfect, slight wear to facial features.

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Viru Pottery Jar in Bird Form

Estimate: $400 - $600

Description: Pre-Columbian, northwest coast of Peru, Viru culture, ca. 200 BCE. A charming example of whimsical artistry. This is a stirrup vessel with a very narrow, cylindrical handle and spout; opposite the spout is a delightful bird's face with huge eyes and short, downturned beak. The body of the vessel is the bird's body, bulbous and painted in negative resist style with a pattern of lines and dots. Size: 6.7" L x 5.25" W x 5.95" H (17 cm x 13.3 cm x 15.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-New Hampshire collection, most acquired prior to 1985 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. #119455

Condition Report: Spout and bird's face have been repaired; small chips and losses to foot.

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Proto-Nazca Textile Munecas Framed Panel

Estimate: $500 - $700

Description: Pre-Columbian, Southern Peru, ca. 400 to 100 BCE. A group connected textile figures - called muneca from the Spanish for doll. Woven from camelid fiber, this piece has nine 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: 8.75" W x 3" H (22.2 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. #118639

Condition Report: Small losses and loose threads.

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Elegant Chontal Stone Maskette

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Guerrero region, ca. 300 to 100 BCE. A Chontal maskette expertly carved from a grey stone with green undertones and mottled beige inclusions. The mask presents an angular form and a flat back, its visage with features in relief including coffee bean shaped eyes, rounded cheek bones, prominent brows, a long aquiline nose, puckered lips, and narrow ear phalanges pierced at the lobes with additional perforations behind temples. Custom block mount. Size: 4" W x 5.5" H (10.2 cm x 14 cm); 4.5" W x 7.5" H (11.4 cm x 19 cm) with mountThe 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 to 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. Scholars believe that such masks were tied to funerary bundles of the noble elite; however, the smaller scale suggests it may have been attached to clothing. Note the four perforations at the peripheries for such attachment. Provenance: Ex-Dr. G. Hermann collection, Denver, CO 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. #118960

Condition Report: On verso are linear depressions most likely inherent to the original stone. Chip to upper edge on back side. Old abrasions beneath it. Otherwise excellent.

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Rare Chupicuaro Pottery Seated Female Figure

Estimate: $900 - $1,200

Description: Pre-Columbian, Western Mexico, Michoacan, Chupicuaro, ca. 3rd to 2nd century BCE. What an unusual example from the Chupicuaro! We are more accustomed to seeing flat 'pretty lady' figures, making this solid, full-bodied, hand-built pottery form relatively rare. The female figure sits with her arms wrapped around upraised knees, her long, slender fingers so elegantly defined. Her characteristically elongated head presents a globular upper section, perhaps indicative of the custom of headbinding with cloth to intentionally flatten and elongate the cranial region. Her face is nicely detailed with an expressive visage comprised of double eyes, a protruding aquiline nose, and open mouth. Beyond this, she is quite decorated with a fanciful coiffure comprised of incised appliques, two bands adorning each arm, a nosering, large round earspools, and a prominent pectoral. A special example with some remains of red pigment to boot. Size: 3.125" W x 5.125" H (7.9 cm x 13 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. #116299

Condition Report: Head reattached. Left earspool missing

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Suerpb Chupicuaro Redware Pottery Bowl

Estimate: $500 - $700

Description: Pre-Columbian, Western Mexico, Chupicuaro, ca. 500 BCE to 300 CE. A gorgeous deep red bowl standing on three short legs, with abstract black designs that call to mind snakes around the rim. Size: 6.25" W x 2.55" H (15.9 cm x 6.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 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. #119182

Condition Report: Very slight wear to paint

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Large Colima Mahogany Obsidian Spear Blade

Estimate: $1,400 - $1,800

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A beautiful stone spear point created from a gorgeous chunk of mahogany obsidian (volcanic glass with iron inclusions). The piece is well-crafted, symmetrically knapped to points at both ends, obviously a large prestige item from a rare source of stone. Comes with custom stand. Size: 1.6" W x 9.7" H (4.1 cm x 24.6 cm)Obsidian - "iztli" to them - fascinated the ancient Mesoamericans; the Aztecs even had a god, Tezcatlipoca, who was the Lord of the Smoking Obsidian Mirror. The shockingly sharp edges and points of this piece demonstrate its great allure. In a world without metal, this sharp quality was especially important for ceremonies of ritual bloodletting and human sacrifice. The difficult-to-obtain material came from volcanic sources in the Sierra Madre of Mexico and in Guatemala, traded hundreds of miles to meet the demand for sharp cutting tools and ritual objects, and then were struck using a deer antler or small hammer stone to form blades and other shapes. The Colima buried their dead in shaft tombs deep below their residences, alongside the remains of their ancestors. These tombs were richly furnished with ceramic figures, vessels, offerings, and precious stone items of jade and obsidian. Provenance: Ex-Sevilla Collection, Pomona, 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. #119695

Condition Report: One point has a very small loss to the chip.

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Adorable Jalisco Redware Mother & Young Son

Estimate: $400 - $600

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A charming figure of a seated mother holding her son, hand-molded, with applied details. Both boy and mother have large, fine necklaces and wear headbands/hats/headdresses. Their features are similar. The boy's pierced ears and the piercings through the woman's upper body suggest that they might once have had rings or feathers placed through them. Size: 3.1" L x 4" W x 6" H (7.9 cm x 10.2 cm x 15.2 cm)In this culture, the dead were buried down shafts - 3 to 20 meters deep - that were dug vertically or near vertically through the volcanic tuff that makes up the geology of the region. The base of the shaft would open into one or more horizontal chambers with a low ceiling. These shafts were almost always dug beneath a dwelling, probably a family home, and seem to have been used as family mausoleums, housing the remains of many related individuals. This is a figure made to be placed inside those mausoleums, perhaps to mediate between the worlds of the living and the dead. Provenance: Ex-Duhon 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. #119722

Condition Report: Feet from child are missing.

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Important Colima Janus-Headed Stone Mace

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Rare and important stone mace head in Janus-headed form. Carved of light green basalt with human head on each end, full groove around center for attachment to a wooden haft. This mace was created using a pecking technique especially evident in the groove, as well as drilling and string cutting. One of the things that sets this off from many other examples we have handled is the extensive evidence of manganese blooms. We have seen manganese on stone in the past, but never this obvious or extensive and this further confirms the authenticity of this fine piece! Custom stand. Size: 4.5" L x 2.75" H (11.4 cm x 7 cm) Provenance: Ex-Sevilla Collection, Pomona, 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. #119696

Condition Report: Intact and excellent with nice surface deposits and areas of manganese blooms.

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Very Rare Nayarit Chinesco Pottery Dog

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Although the neighboring Colima are known for their dog vessels, they are much rarer to find from the Nayarit! A fantastically expressive and hugely chubby hollow dog figure with black-painted details on the face and body. Small, perky ears, small eyes, and a flat, upturned nose give the impression of a serene animal sitting in the sun. Size: 10.5" L x 5" W x 5.55" H (26.7 cm x 12.7 cm x 14.1 cm)Dogs in this culture were both companion animals, fattened up to be eaten, and related to mythology surrounding the Underworld - seen as guides for the deceased into the afterlife. This style of sculpture is known as Chinesco by collectors because of its stylistic similarities to Chinese art. Clay figures like this one are the only remains that we have today of a sophisticated and unique culture in West Mexico -- they made no above-ground monuments or sculptures, at least that we know of, which is in strong contrast to developments elsewhere in ancient Mesoamerica. Instead, their tombs were their lasting works of art: skeletons arrayed radially with their feet positioned inward, and clay offerings, like this one, placed alongside the walls facing inward, near the skulls. A large effigy like this one would most likely have flanked the entrance to a tomb in a way that archaeologists have interpreted as guarding. Some scholars have connected these dynamic sculptures of the living as a strong contrast to the skeletal remains whose space they shared, as if they mediated between the living and the dead. Provenance: Ex-Harvey Collection, acquired prior to 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. #119744

Condition Report: Intact, with excellent remaining pigment, especially on the face, and manganese deposits over the body.

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Very Rare Nayarit Chinesco Pottery Dog

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A dynamically posed hand-made pottery depiction of a dog with a long face, a perky nose, and tiny round ears. The dog sits with his legs drawn up underneath him, his tail coiled at his rear. Although the neighboring Colima are known for their dog vessels, they are much rarer to find from the Nayarit! Size: 9.5" L x 7.9" W x 6.8" H (24.1 cm x 20.1 cm x 17.3 cm)Dogs in this culture were both companion animals, fattened up to be eaten, and related to mythology surrounding the Underworld - seen as guides for the deceased into the afterlife. This style of sculpture is known as Chinesco by collectors because of its stylistic similarities to Chinese art. Clay figures like this one are the only remains that we have today of a sophisticated and unique culture in West Mexico -- they made no above-ground monuments or sculptures, at least that we know of, which is in strong contrast to developments elsewhere in ancient Mesoamerica. Instead, their tombs were their lasting works of art: skeletons arrayed radially with their feet positioned inward, and clay offerings, like this one, placed alongside the walls facing inward, near the skulls. A large effigy like this one would most likely have flanked the entrance to a tomb in a way that archaeologists have interpreted as guarding. Some scholars have connected these dynamic sculptures of the living as a strong contrast to the skeletal remains whose space they shared, as if they mediated between the living and the dead. Provenance: Ex-Harvey Collection, acquired prior to 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. #119763

Condition Report: Back and top of head have been repaired and restored.

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Huge Colima Mahogany Obsidian Spear Blade

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A huge and gorgeous mottled red-brown and black stone spear point created from a gorgeous chunk of mahogany obsidian (volcanic glass with iron inclusions). The piece is well-crafted, symmetrically knapped to points at both ends, obviously intended to be an impressive object of prestige given its large scale and rare source of stone. Quite unusual, not only for its size, but also because we do not ofen see obsidian blades created by the Colima. Custom stand. Size: 1.9" W x 12.25" H (4.8 cm x 31.1 cm)Obsidian - "iztli" to the indigenous - fascinated the ancient Mesoamericans; the Aztecs even had a god, Tezcatlipoca, who was the Lord of the Smoking Obsidian Mirror. The shockingly sharp edges and points of this piece demonstrate its great allure. In a world without metal, this sharp quality was especially important for ceremonies of ritual bloodletting and human sacrifice. The difficult-to-obtain material came from volcanic sources in the Sierra Madre of Mexico and in Guatemala, was traded across hundreds of miles to meet the demand for sharp cutting tools and ritual objects, and was struck using a deer antler or small hammer stone to form blades and other shapes. The Colima buried their dead in shaft tombs deep below their residences, alongside the remains of their ancestors. These tombs were richly furnished with ceramic figures, vessels, offerings, and precious stone items of jade and obsidian. Provenance: Ex-Sevilla Collection, Pomona, 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. #119694

Condition Report: Slight wear to edges and some white mineral deposits on surface.

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Chupicuaro Redware Pottery Bowl - Geometrics

Estimate: $500 - $700

Description: Pre-Columbian, Western Mexico, Chupicuaro, ca. 500 BCE to 300 CE. A wonderful redware bowl with an unpainted interior and a slightly rolled rim; a round base indicates it was made to sit in sand. Negative geometric patterns ring the exterior rim. Size: 7.75" W x 2.85" H (19.7 cm x 7.2 cm) Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 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. #119183

Condition Report: Intact; some wear to paint with slight stain from old accession stickers on the lower underside.

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Unusually Large Nayarit Chinesca Pottery Female

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, Chinesco style, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Perhaps the most desirable of all Nayarit pottery styles. An unusually large Chinesca pottery female standing with legs slightly apart, nude save large nose ring, typical triangular-shaped head, coffee bean eyes and arms wrapped under her small awkwardly placed breasts. Covered in thick deep red slip, now spotted with manganese blooms. A very nice example in a very nice size! Size: 15" H (38.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-private Scollard 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. #114452

Condition Report: Intact save small chip to right foot

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Nayarit Polychrome Pottery Seated Female Holding Vessel

Estimate: $800 - $1,200

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A beautifully modeled polychrome female figure seated with her legs folded under her body, holding a bowl in her left hand and her right hand away from her body. She wears a thick headband, large nosering, painted multi-strand beaded necklace, and shell-shaped ear ornaments. Otherwise she is nude except for her knee length skirt and elaborate body paint and/or tattoo marks across her chest. Her visage is quite expressive with wide, almond shaped eyes, pronounced nose, and open mouth. Size: 7.5" W x 10" H (19 cm x 25.4 cm) Provenance: Ex Scollard collection, LA, 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. #116156

Condition Report: Perhaps missing teeth, base repaired from a couple sections but all complete, section of rim of bowl restored.

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Huge Nayarit Pottery Armed Warrior

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, Ixtlan del Rio, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. This is a beautiful, large example of one of the expressive shaft tomb hollow pottery figures that were placed around the perimeter of graves sunk several feet below households. Size: 10.5" W x 23.25" H (26.7 cm x 59.1 cm)Depicted is a male warrior, holding a club in front with both hands. His upper body is protected by a barrel-shaped armour, which is decorated with incised lines in an intricate geometric pattern. The same pattern is visible on his double-crested helmet. Around his neck is a double stranded necklace and he wears large earrings. He stands at the ready. Clay figures like this one are the only remains that we have today of a sophisticated and unique culture in West Mexico -- they made no above-ground monuments or sculptures, at least that we know of, which is in strong contrast to developments elsewhere in ancient Mesoamerica. Instead, their tombs were their lasting works of art: skeletons arrayed radially with their feet positioned inward, and clay offerings, like this one, placed alongside the walls facing inward, near the skulls. A large effigy like this one would most likely have flanked the entrance to a tomb in a way that archaeologists have interpreted as guarding. Some scholars have connected these dynamic sculptures of the living as a strong contrast to the skeletal remains whose space they shared, as if they mediated between the living and the dead. Provenance: Ex-Private 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. #119541

Condition Report: Both arms and neck have been repaired; loss to one half of crest at top of head.

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Colima Pottery Peyote Blossom Redware Jar

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A fantastic redware vessel with a wide, low body decorated with repeated patterns to form a peyote blossom motif around its shoulder. A narrow neck leads to a flared rim; the base is flat. Size: 11.5" W x 6.25" H (29.2 cm x 15.9 cm)Colima, located on Mexico's southwestern coast, was during this time part of the shaft tomb culture, along with neighbors to the north in Jalisco and Nayarit. In this culture, the dead were buried down shafts -- 3 to 20 meters deep -- that were dug vertically or near vertically through the volcanic tuff that makes up the geology of the region. The base of the shaft would open into one or more horizontal chambers with a low ceiling. These shafts were almost always dug beneath a dwelling, probably a family home, and seem to have been used as family mausoleums, housing the remains of many related individuals. Vessels like this one were placed in the tombs in order to hold offerings. The peyote blossom is of course associated with drug use, which we believe was ritually practiced in Colima by shamans. Perhaps this bowl graced the tomb of such an individual or held an offering of the plant. Provenance: Ex-Private New York Collection, ex southwest 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. #119542

Condition Report: Base has two small areas of repair and a painted accession number from a previous owner. Some wear to pigment.

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Gorgeous Chinesco Nayarit Pottery Seated Female

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A wonderful example of a seated female figure with a wonderfully painted body in creamy orange and dark red. Size: 4.5" L x 5" W x 7.5" H (11.4 cm x 12.7 cm x 19 cm)The woman's head is large and ovoid, with red "Z" designs on each side of her face; she wears nothing but a nose ring, earrings, and bracelets around her upper arms. This style of sculpture is known as Chinesco by collectors because of its stylistic similarities to Chinese art. Clay figures like this one are the only remains that we have today of a sophisticated and unique culture in West Mexico -- they made no above-ground monuments or sculptures, at least that we know of, which is in strong contrast to developments elsewhere in ancient Mesoamerica. Instead, their tombs were their lasting works of art: skeletons arrayed radially with their feet positioned inward, and clay offerings, like this one, placed alongside the walls facing inward, near the skulls. A large effigy like this one would most likely have flanked the entrance to a tomb in a way that archaeologists have interpreted as guarding. Some scholars have connected these dynamic sculptures of the living as a strong contrast to the skeletal remains whose space they shared, as if they mediated between the living and the dead. Provenance: Ex-Gill collection, ex-Private 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. #119526

Condition Report: Intact, with a great deal of remaining pigment

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Superb Chinesco Nayarit Pottery Standing Female

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A wonderfully stylized female standing figure. She has a large, ovoid head with black hair and small facial features; she wears a necklace, a skirt, and bracelets and anklets. Her hips and thighs are hugely exaggerated, maybe suggesting the beauty standards of the Nayarit. Comes with custom stand. Size: 5.35" W x 10" H (13.6 cm x 25.4 cm)This style of sculpture is known as Chinesco by collectors because of its stylistic similarities to Chinese art. Clay figures like this one are the only remains that we have today of a sophisticated and unique culture in West Mexico -- they made no above-ground monuments or sculptures, at least that we know of, which is in strong contrast to developments elsewhere in ancient Mesoamerica. Instead, their tombs were their lasting works of art: skeletons arrayed radially with their feet positioned inward, and clay offerings, like this one, placed alongside the walls facing inward, near the skulls. A large effigy like this one would most likely have flanked the entrance to a tomb in a way that archaeologists have interpreted as guarding. Some scholars have connected these dynamic sculptures of the living as a strong contrast to the skeletal remains whose space they shared, as if they mediated between the living and the dead. Provenance: Ex-Gill collection, ex-Private 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. #119525

Condition Report: Intact with almost all remaining pigment

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Nayarit Polychrome Seated Female w/ Striped Face

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. This is a seated pottery female figure with a beautiful striped face, wide hips, splayed legs, and hands held to her waist. She is adorned with a belt, armlets, and a necklace. It is painted with a good cream slip with orange painted details. This style of figure is sometimes known as "Chinesco", of which this is a Type B to E, more abstract than a Type A, and shown seated with bulbous, tapering legs. These figures formed the grave furniture of the West Mexican shaft tomb culture that flourished in Nayarit and neighboring Colima and Jalisco. Size: 5.25" W x 6" H (13.3 cm x 15.2 cm) Provenance: Ex Tiernan Collection, Colorado; Ex Danish Private Coll. 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. #115777

Condition Report: Scattered areas of mineral deposits, minor paint and surface losses.

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Calima Redware Pottery Double-Spouted Jar (Alcarraza)

Estimate: $900 - $1,500

Description: Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Calima people, Yotoco Phase, ca. 400 BCE to 1200 CE. A charming symmetrical double-spouted redware vessel known as an alcarraza. The vessel has a hugely bulbous body and a low stance on four nubby legs that flow down from the body. A strap handle runs between the double spouts. Size: 6" W x 6.75" H (15.2 cm x 17.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-John Smith Collection, Roswell, GA 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. #119681

Condition Report: Repairs to spout and to one side of bowl.

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Unusual Chinesco Bichrome Lidded Box

Estimate: $600 - $900

Description: Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Chinesco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A bichrome pottery lidded box, the exterior surface covered with stylized geometric motifs - diamond, zigzag, and other wonderful patterns - in negative resist red on white ground. The lid fits the box rather nicely! Perfect for storing anything precious to you! Size: 4.25" L x 3.5" W x 2.875" H (10.8 cm x 8.9 cm x 7.3 cm) Provenance: Ex-Harvey Collection, acquired prior to 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. #119766

Condition Report: Expected surface wear, but pigment is still quite nice.

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