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Latin American Items

Latin American artifacts are stunning objects appreciated for their austere beauty as well as the historical legacies that they represent. For many thousands of years, prior to the arrival of Europeans, the indigenous peoples of South America flourished, creating highly sophisticated societies complete with advanced agriculture and a visual arts tradition.

Examples of indigenous artifacts from Latin America include arrowheads, headdresses, pottery vessels, and jewelry made from gold and jade. Metallurgy in the Andean region of South America, which is now Peru, Chile and Ecuador, dates back prior to 2000 B.C., during which time intricate ornaments were hammered out of gold and copper.

Today, native cultures throughout South America continue to produce objects that reflect their cultural lineage, which generally incorporates European influences. The aesthetics of various Latin American artifacts varies significantly by region. As a result, one can find a kaleidoscopic array of indigenous objects from each that tell unique and captivating narratives about the life and times of various native peoples throughout Latin America.


Quick Facts

  • In 2011, Sotheby’s sold a Teotihuacan Greenstone mask circa 450 B.C. for more than $500,000
  • Gold pre-Columbian statuettes, measuring only a few inches in length, routinely sell at auction for many tens of thousands of dollars
  • Many examples of pre-Columbian jewelry are not only exquisite fine art objects, but also highly wearable items

Recommended Items at Auction

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MOCHE PERU EROTIC POTTERY STIRRUP VESSEL
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
MOCHE PERU EROTIC POTTERY STIRRUP VESSEL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$355 Bids
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SICAN/LAMBAYEQUE CULTURE SICAN LORD FELINES VESSEL
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
SICAN/LAMBAYEQUE CULTURE SICAN LORD FELINES VESSEL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$504 Bids
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4PC VINTAGE PERUVIAN CHANCAY BURIAL DOLLS
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
4PC VINTAGE PERUVIAN CHANCAY BURIAL DOLLS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
PRE-COLUMBIAN BOWL
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
PRE-COLUMBIAN BOWL
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
Pre Columbian Volcanic Rock Carving of Tlaloc
Dec 18, 12:00 PM EST
Pre Columbian Volcanic Rock Carving of Tlaloc
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid
Prehispanic Nazca Spiked Macehead Group
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Prehispanic Nazca Spiked Macehead Group
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£51 Bid
Pre-Columbian Mezcala Jadeite Anthropomorphic Figure
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Pre-Columbian Mezcala Jadeite Anthropomorphic Figure
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£51 Bid
Ancient Pre Columbian clay Idol c.100 BC - 200 AD.
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Ancient Pre Columbian clay Idol c.100 BC - 200 AD.
by Palmyra Heritage Gallery
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Moche Style Figural stirrup-spouted Vessel.
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Moche Style Figural stirrup-spouted Vessel.
by Palmyra Heritage Gallery
Est: $50- $100
$101 Bid
Ancient Pre-columbian Colima Figure from West Mexico, ca. 300 B.C.-300 A.D.
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Ancient Pre-columbian Colima Figure from West Mexico, ca. 300 B.C.-300 A.D.
by Palmyra Heritage Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$101 Bid
Pre-Columbian Textile Fragment Group
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Pre-Columbian Textile Fragment Group
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £80- £100
£51 Bid
ASSORTED SOUTH AMERICAN MATE CUPS
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CST
ASSORTED SOUTH AMERICAN MATE CUPS
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $250
$251 Bid
Pre-Columbian Cupisnique Stone Macehead
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Pre-Columbian Cupisnique Stone Macehead
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£51 Bid
(4pc) Gourd Rattles/ Maracas
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
(4pc) Gourd Rattles/ Maracas
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Prehispanic Nazca Spiked Macehead Group
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Prehispanic Nazca Spiked Macehead Group
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£51 Bid
Miniatura Ordem da Rosa, em ouro e esmalte, P.1g
Dec 07, 7:00 PM WET
Miniatura Ordem da Rosa, em ouro e esmalte, P.1g
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €200- €400
€2001 Bid
"Demi-taille" da Ordem da Rosa, em ouro, P.5,5 g.
Dec 07, 7:00 PM WET
"Demi-taille" da Ordem da Rosa, em ouro, P.5,5 g.
by Palácio do Correio Velho
Est: €300- €600
€3001 Bid
Prehispanic Nazca Spiked Macehead Group
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Prehispanic Nazca Spiked Macehead Group
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£51 Bid
Pre-Columbian Moche Terracotta Statuette
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Pre-Columbian Moche Terracotta Statuette
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £100- £140
£51 Bid
Pre-Columbian Moche Copper Chisel
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Pre-Columbian Moche Copper Chisel
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £100- £140
£51 Bid
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MOCHE PERU EROTIC POTTERY STIRRUP VESSEL
Dec 03, 9:00 AM MST
MOCHE PERU EROTIC POTTERY STIRRUP VESSEL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Pre-Columbian Inca Llama Vessel
Dec 02, 10:00 AM GMT
Pre-Columbian Inca Llama Vessel
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £100- £140
£51 Bid
Moche III-V Head Pot Moche. Ca. 400- 700 A.D.
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Moche III-V Head Pot Moche. Ca. 400- 700 A.D.
by Palmyra Heritage Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$101 Bid
Pre-Columbian Style Carved Stone & Amethyst Figures
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Pre-Columbian Style Carved Stone & Amethyst Figures
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Latin American Items


Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung GmbH

Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung GmbH

Palmyra Heritage Gallery

Palmyra Heritage Gallery

TimeLine Auctions

TimeLine Auctions