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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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Mexican Double Face Devil Folk Art Carved Mask
Mar 03, 10:00 AM EST
Mexican Double Face Devil Folk Art Carved Mask
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$356 Bids
Mexican Ironwood Yaqui Deer Dancer Carving
Mar 02, 9:00 AM MST
Mexican Ironwood Yaqui Deer Dancer Carving
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $75- $125
$353 Bids
Mexican pottery, necklace beads
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Mexican pottery, necklace beads
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$803 Bids
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Turquoise Bracelet
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Turquoise Bracelet
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$202 Bids
Teotihuacan Theater-Type Censer Lid, TL Tested
Mar 01, 8:00 AM MST
Teotihuacan Theater-Type Censer Lid, TL Tested
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $3,000- $4,500
$1,5002 Bids
Mexican Ironwood Falcon Carving
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Mexican Ironwood Falcon Carving
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$152 Bids
Rare Pottery Attributed to Casas Grandes Culture
Mar 10, 10:00 AM EST
Rare Pottery Attributed to Casas Grandes Culture
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Pre-Columbian Jalisco Pottery Warrior Figure
Apr 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Pre-Columbian Jalisco Pottery Warrior Figure
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid
Antique Mexican sterling crysoprase earrings
Mar 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Antique Mexican sterling crysoprase earrings
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $60- $125
$501 Bid
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Ring
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Ring
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Spiny Oyster Pendant
Mar 03, 9:00 AM MST
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Spiny Oyster Pendant
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
9 in.pottery human effigy
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
9 in.pottery human effigy
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Pink Conch Shell Ring
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Pink Conch Shell Ring
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Pink Conch Shell Ring
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Pink Conch Shell Ring
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
Antique Mexican folk art milagro shoe form
Mar 06, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Mexican folk art milagro shoe form
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $80- $125
$401 Bid
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Ring
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Ring
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$101 Bid
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Pink Conch Shell Ring
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Pink Conch Shell Ring
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Ring
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Ring
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $25- $50
$101 Bid
Oaxaca Mexico Carved Wood Rabbit Figure
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Oaxaca Mexico Carved Wood Rabbit Figure
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Ring
Mar 01, 9:00 AM MST
Taxco Mexico Sterling Silver Ring
by Davis Brothers Auction
Est: $50- $75
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Mexican Items


Davis Brothers Auction

Davis Brothers Auction

Artemis Gallery

Artemis Gallery

Neal Auction Company

Neal Auction Company

Auctions at Showplace

Auctions at Showplace