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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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TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN TYPE 2 ZEMI
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN TYPE 2 ZEMI
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$21011 Bids
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN ABSTRACT CARVING OF A BIRD
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN ABSTRACT CARVING OF A BIRD
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $250
$2009 Bids
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN ANTHROPIC COHOBA INHALER
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN ANTHROPIC COHOBA INHALER
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $300- $400
$1505 Bids
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN ANTHROPIC TRANSCENDENT
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN ANTHROPIC TRANSCENDENT
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $80- $150
$1305 Bids
ANCIENT TEOTIHUACAN 1ST MILLENIUM AD STONE FIGURE
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
ANCIENT TEOTIHUACAN 1ST MILLENIUM AD STONE FIGURE
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$2004 Bids
ANCIENT OLMEC CEREMONIAL JADE MASK CA 1100 TO 500 BC
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
ANCIENT OLMEC CEREMONIAL JADE MASK CA 1100 TO 500 BC
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$2254 Bids
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN ANTHROPIC PENDANT
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN ANTHROPIC PENDANT
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$1103 Bids
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN ANTHROPIC EFFIGY
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN ANTHROPIC EFFIGY
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$603 Bids
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN STONE ANTHROPIC PENDANT
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN STONE ANTHROPIC PENDANT
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $80- $150
$303 Bids
South American Sterling Silver Tureen
Apr 18, 12:00 PM EDT
South American Sterling Silver Tureen
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$753 Bids
HUASTEC BUFFWARE MASKETTE, 600 - 900 AD
Apr 19, 10:00 AM PDT
HUASTEC BUFFWARE MASKETTE, 600 - 900 AD
by Scollard Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
South American Wooden Mask
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
South American Wooden Mask
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$302 Bids
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN ANTHROPIC PENDANT
Apr 23, 9:00 AM EDT
TAINO PRECOLUMBIAN ANTHROPIC PENDANT
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $100- $200
$502 Bids
Peruvian Effigy Pottery Vessel
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
Peruvian Effigy Pottery Vessel
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
South American Erotica Effigy Vessel
May 18, 10:00 AM EDT
South American Erotica Effigy Vessel
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Three Early Pendants: A Pre-Columbian South American Carved Jade Death Mask Pendant carved with a fa
Apr 21, 11:00 AM BST
Three Early Pendants: A Pre-Columbian South American Carved Jade Death Mask Pendant carved with a fa
by Wilkinson's Auctioneers
Est: £100- £200
£601 Bid
PRE-COLUMBIAN SHAMAN FIGURE, COLIMA 300BCE-400CE
Apr 19, 10:00 AM PDT
PRE-COLUMBIAN SHAMAN FIGURE, COLIMA 300BCE-400CE
by Scollard Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$601 Bid
ANCIENT AZTEC HAND CARVED STONE MACE HEAD W SKULL
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
ANCIENT AZTEC HAND CARVED STONE MACE HEAD W SKULL
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
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1300-1450AD GILA POLYCHROME WHITE ON RED POTTERY BOWL
May 05, 9:00 AM MST
1300-1450AD GILA POLYCHROME WHITE ON RED POTTERY BOWL
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
A South American Woven Sash Belt
Apr 17, 11:00 AM EDT
A South American Woven Sash Belt
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $80- $120
$401 Bid
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MAYAN RELIEF CARVING SHOWING CAPTURE OF BOLON YOOP
Apr 14, 11:00 AM CDT
MAYAN RELIEF CARVING SHOWING CAPTURE OF BOLON YOOP
by Lewis & Maese Antiques & Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$701 Bid
PRE-COLUMBIAN STONE METATE & PESTLE
Apr 19, 10:00 AM PDT
PRE-COLUMBIAN STONE METATE & PESTLE
by Scollard Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$3501 Bid
OLMEC WHITE SLIPPED STANDING FIGURE 1000 BC- 600 BC
Apr 19, 10:00 AM PDT
OLMEC WHITE SLIPPED STANDING FIGURE 1000 BC- 600 BC
by Scollard Auctions
Est: $300- $600
$1751 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Latin American Items


Scollard Auctions

Scollard Auctions

John Moran Auctioneers

John Moran Auctioneers

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC