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Mexican Items

Mexican ethnographic and indigenous artifacts have a thriving market among those that appreciate the rich histories told by these objects, as well as those who appreciate the unique aesthetics that they embody. Mexico was the home of some of the great early civilizations including the Mayans and the Aztecs, and preserved artifacts from these cultures are particularly prized.

Many of these pre-Columbian artifacts have survived until present day, appearing in national museums and illustrious private collections. The Olmecs, the first Mesoamerican society, were the first to establish pottery and fine art traditions circa 1500 B.C. The Mayans, Aztecs, and other indigenous cultures thrived over the next two millennia, producing a wealth of stunning artifacts until the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century.

The ethnographic and indigenous artifacts of Mexico were highly influenced by European traditions, representing an enchanting amalgamation of cultural and visual sensibilities. Mexican ethnographic and indigenous artifacts include textiles and pottery; tools and jewelry fabricated from jade, copper, and gold; as well as stone masks and sculptures.


Quick Facts

  • In 2011, Sotheby’s sold a jade Olmec mask for more than $310,000
  • The pre-Columbian Mayan population numbered around 8 million people, covering a geographic range that now encompasses Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize. Mayan artifacts continue to be among the most sought after items from Mesoamerica
  • Pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico are often worth tens or hundreds, and sometimes millions of dollars, and are among the most prized objects from any culture in history

Recommended Items at Auction

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A Collection of Thirty Day of the Dead Figures, Collected in Mexico in 1986, Made from Clay and Wood
Dec 05, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Collection of Thirty Day of the Dead Figures, Collected in Mexico in 1986, Made from Clay and Wood
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD4008 Bids
Mexican Folk Art Arbol de la Vida Tree of Life Pottery Candelabrum
Dec 14, 10:00 AM EST
Mexican Folk Art Arbol de la Vida Tree of Life Pottery Candelabrum
by Gray's Auctioneers
Est: $200- $400
$1003 Bids
2 Pesos 1921 A : Aigle sur un cactus tenant dans son bec un serpent
Dec 15, 1:00 PM CET
2 Pesos 1921 A : Aigle sur un cactus tenant dans son bec un serpent
by Millon Riviera
Est: €20- €40
€201 Bid
Mexico Sterling Silver Necklace
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Mexico Sterling Silver Necklace
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $200- $425
$251 Bid
Sterling Mexico Vintage Duck Brooch
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Sterling Mexico Vintage Duck Brooch
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $140
$251 Bid
(2Pc) Mexican Carved & Painted Wood Cheetah Masks
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
(2Pc) Mexican Carved & Painted Wood Cheetah Masks
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
Antique Mexico Sterling Turquoise Brooch
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Antique Mexico Sterling Turquoise Brooch
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $80- $175
$251 Bid
Mexican Wedding Dresses
Dec 09, 6:00 PM EST
Mexican Wedding Dresses
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
A Collection of Fifty Seven Antique Silver Milagro Charms in Various Forms, Mexico
Dec 05, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Collection of Fifty Seven Antique Silver Milagro Charms in Various Forms, Mexico
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD501 Bid
Vintage Sterling Mexico Belt Buckles
Dec 10, 12:00 PM MST
Vintage Sterling Mexico Belt Buckles
by Appraisley
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Mexican sterling onyx earrings
Dec 28, 6:00 PM EST
Mexican sterling onyx earrings
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $50- $125
$400 Bids
VTG HECHO EN MEXICO ABALONE SHELL INLAID
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
VTG HECHO EN MEXICO ABALONE SHELL INLAID
by Vintage Auctions Online
Est: $50- $80
$100 Bids
32ct Natural Mexican Fire Opal Carving, Mask
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
32ct Natural Mexican Fire Opal Carving, Mask
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $75- $150
$600 Bids
Pre Columbian MEZCALA? Green Stone Amulet Pendant - Western Mexico
Dec 18, 10:00 AM PST
Pre Columbian MEZCALA? Green Stone Amulet Pendant - Western Mexico
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $250- $300
$2000 Bids
Lot de trois 20 Pesos 1907, 1920, 1941 A : Aigle sur un cactus tenant dans son bec un serpent
Dec 15, 1:00 PM CET
Lot de trois 20 Pesos 1907, 1920, 1941 A : Aigle sur un cactus tenant dans son bec un serpent
by Millon Riviera
Est: €20- €40
€200 Bids
(4) SILVER BROOCHES & PENDANT, MEXICO
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
(4) SILVER BROOCHES & PENDANT, MEXICO
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $200
$800 Bids
Contemporary Serpentine Mayan Style Mask
Dec 17, 7:00 PM EST
Contemporary Serpentine Mayan Style Mask
by Tunicks Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$500 Bids
A CERAMIC DRINKING CUP OF A CLASSICAL MAYA NOBLE
Dec 16, 11:00 AM CET
A CERAMIC DRINKING CUP OF A CLASSICAL MAYA NOBLE
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €300- €400
€1500 Bids
PRIMATIVE MEXICO FOLK ART NATIVITY SCENE AUTOMATON
Dec 10, 9:00 AM CST
PRIMATIVE MEXICO FOLK ART NATIVITY SCENE AUTOMATON
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $400
$1500 Bids
Vintage Mexico Box
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
Vintage Mexico Box
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $80- $800
$800 Bids
2 Mexican Abalone Aztec Style Masks
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
2 Mexican Abalone Aztec Style Masks
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
Three Mexican Abalone Decorative Objects
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Three Mexican Abalone Decorative Objects
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Mexican Items


Millon Riviera

Millon Riviera

Vintage Auctions Online

Vintage Auctions Online

Artemis Gallery

Artemis Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery