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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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Pre Columbian Mayan Cylinder Pottery Vessel Vase Pot Jar 600-900 AD
Oct 30, 6:00 PM MST
Pre Columbian Mayan Cylinder Pottery Vessel Vase Pot Jar 600-900 AD
by Ace Of Estates
Est: $2,000- $6,000
$304 Bids
22 Labeled Misc. Pre Columbian Objects
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
22 Labeled Misc. Pre Columbian Objects
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$603 Bids
Probably Pre-Columbian Taino Pottery Vessel
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Probably Pre-Columbian Taino Pottery Vessel
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$803 Bids
2 Carchi Painted Pottery Bowls, Northern Ecuador, C. 1000-1532 CE
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
2 Carchi Painted Pottery Bowls, Northern Ecuador, C. 1000-1532 CE
by Material Culture
Est: $300- $600
$2503 Bids
Probably Pre-Columbian Peruvian Moche Pottery Vessel
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Probably Pre-Columbian Peruvian Moche Pottery Vessel
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$402 Bids
Collection of Pre-Columbian Type Pottery Vessels
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Collection of Pre-Columbian Type Pottery Vessels
by Weschler's
Est: $100- $200
$1252 Bids
Probably Pre-Columbian Peruvian Pottery Vessel
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Probably Pre-Columbian Peruvian Pottery Vessel
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
Probably Pre-Columbian Pottery Vessel
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Probably Pre-Columbian Pottery Vessel
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$201 Bid
Clay figure in pre-Columbian styl
Nov 05, 10:00 AM CET
Clay figure in pre-Columbian styl
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€401 Bid
Pre-Columbian Manner Large Figurehead Floor Vase
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Pre-Columbian Manner Large Figurehead Floor Vase
by Showplace
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
PRE COLUMBIAN VOLCANIC ROCK CARVED FIGURE W MANO
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
PRE COLUMBIAN VOLCANIC ROCK CARVED FIGURE W MANO
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $80- $150
$201 Bid
Pre-Columbian Mayan Guatemalan Hacha Carved Stone
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Pre-Columbian Mayan Guatemalan Hacha Carved Stone
by Showplace
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$5001 Bid
4.75" Pre-Columbian Pottery Nayarit Head
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
4.75" Pre-Columbian Pottery Nayarit Head
by Showplace
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
TAINO CULTURE ATABEY TRANSFORMATION FIGURE
Nov 10, 9:00 AM EST
TAINO CULTURE ATABEY TRANSFORMATION FIGURE
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $200- $400
$501 Bid
Pre-Columbian Style Quimbaya Gold Mask
Nov 04, 10:00 AM CDT
Pre-Columbian Style Quimbaya Gold Mask
by Revere Auctions
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,0001 Bid
Painted textile Coastal Wari culture, Peru 900-1200 CE.
Oct 26, 10:00 AM EDT
Painted textile Coastal Wari culture, Peru 900-1200 CE.
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
Peruvian polychrome pottery bowl
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Peruvian polychrome pottery bowl
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $60- $80
$301 Bid
South Coast Nazca Bracelet, Peru, C. 200-600 CE
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
South Coast Nazca Bracelet, Peru, C. 200-600 CE
by Material Culture
Est: $400- $1,000
$2001 Bid
Fine Inca Alabaster Bleating Llama Canopa, Peru, 1400-1532 CE.
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
Fine Inca Alabaster Bleating Llama Canopa, Peru, 1400-1532 CE.
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
7 Pre-Columbian Cylinders Seals and Stamps, Possibly Ecuadorian
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
7 Pre-Columbian Cylinders Seals and Stamps, Possibly Ecuadorian
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Indigenous Peoples from Latin American Statue
Nov 17, 10:00 AM EST
Indigenous Peoples from Latin American Statue
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $80- $200
$11 Bid
ARYBALLOS VESSEL, PERU.
Nov 04, 3:00 PM EDT
ARYBALLOS VESSEL, PERU.
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
PRE-COLUMBIAN FIGURE.
Nov 04, 3:00 PM EDT
PRE-COLUMBIAN FIGURE.
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid

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