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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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Rare Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, Signed Photograph
Oct 27, 1:00 PM EDT
Rare Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, Signed Photograph
by Lion Heart Autographs
Est: $2,200- $2,600
$1,1007 Bids
Huichol Mexican Foreign Hand Beaded Tribal Mask w/ Real Horns
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Huichol Mexican Foreign Hand Beaded Tribal Mask w/ Real Horns
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$504 Bids
Mexican Santiago Dance Mask, Puebla
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
Mexican Santiago Dance Mask, Puebla
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1004 Bids
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HECTOR AGUILAR MEXICAN SILVER & ROSEWOOD SALAD SET
Oct 21, 5:00 PM EDT
HECTOR AGUILAR MEXICAN SILVER & ROSEWOOD SALAD SET
by Leighton Galleries
Est: $300- $500
$1753 Bids
Huichol Mexican Beaded Animal Sculptures on Wooden Forms
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Huichol Mexican Beaded Animal Sculptures on Wooden Forms
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Mexican Danza de los Pescadores Mask, Guerrero, Early-Mid 20th C.
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
Mexican Danza de los Pescadores Mask, Guerrero, Early-Mid 20th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1003 Bids
(3pc) Red, Orange & Brasa Mexican Fire Opals
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
(3pc) Red, Orange & Brasa Mexican Fire Opals
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$703 Bids
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JEAN CHARLOT "INDIAN MAN" SIGNED COLOR LITHOGRAPH
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
JEAN CHARLOT "INDIAN MAN" SIGNED COLOR LITHOGRAPH
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$252 Bids
VINTAGE MEXICAN SILVER BRACELETS (3)
Oct 24, 3:00 PM PDT
VINTAGE MEXICAN SILVER BRACELETS (3)
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $180- $225
$1302 Bids
Georgia O'keeffe And New Mexico
Oct 21, 10:00 AM EDT
Georgia O'keeffe And New Mexico
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$92 Bids
Mexican Curpites Dance Mask, Early-Mid 20th C.
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
Mexican Curpites Dance Mask, Early-Mid 20th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
Mexican Dance Mask by Jose "Che" Luna, C.1955
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
Mexican Dance Mask by Jose "Che" Luna, C.1955
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
Mexican Devil Dance Mask, Jalisco, Early/Mid 20th C.
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
Mexican Devil Dance Mask, Jalisco, Early/Mid 20th C.
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
Mexican Emperor Tiberius Dance Mask, Coatepec, Veracruz
Nov 14, 10:00 AM EST
Mexican Emperor Tiberius Dance Mask, Coatepec, Veracruz
by Material Culture
Est: $200- $400
$1002 Bids
Mexican Dance Mask
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Mexican Dance Mask
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Mexican Dance Mask
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Mexican Dance Mask
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Mid 20th C. Mexican Wood Carved Ceremonial Mask
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Mid 20th C. Mexican Wood Carved Ceremonial Mask
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Vintage Mexican Ceremonial Dance Tribal Wood Mask
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Vintage Mexican Ceremonial Dance Tribal Wood Mask
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
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Mexican General Who Ordered Alamo’s Destruction
Oct 27, 1:00 PM EDT
Mexican General Who Ordered Alamo’s Destruction
by Lion Heart Autographs
Est: $600- $800
$3001 Bid
RUFINO TAMAYO (Mexico, 1899-1991)
Oct 24, 11:00 AM EDT
RUFINO TAMAYO (Mexico, 1899-1991)
by CRN Auctions
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$7501 Bid
Mexican Ceremonial Wedding Folk Art Painting
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Mexican Ceremonial Wedding Folk Art Painting
by Caza Sikes
Est: $50- $100
$201 Bid
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JEAN CHARLOT "PILGRIMS" COLOR SIGNED LITHOGRAPH
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
JEAN CHARLOT "PILGRIMS" COLOR SIGNED LITHOGRAPH
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Mid 20th C. Mexican Gourd Lacquered Bowl Depicting Lions
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Mid 20th C. Mexican Gourd Lacquered Bowl Depicting Lions
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Mexican Devotional Objects
Oct 27, 11:00 AM EDT
Mexican Devotional Objects
by Caza Sikes
Est: $50- $100
$201 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Mexican Items


Artemis Gallery

Artemis Gallery

Material Culture

Material Culture

Austin Auction Gallery

Austin Auction Gallery

Fidelity Estate Services

Fidelity Estate Services