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Contact me via email at: [email protected] call 828-322-2942. All international shipping costs, insurance and import fees are the responsibility of the buyer. Both are very heavily cast; thick and heavy with large 'T' flanges. A larger one flanked by 2 medium sized ones are displayed on a custom metal stand. A lovely example from a seldom seen Bolivian culture. At the back is a vertical row of three stacked glyphs for 'muluc', meaning water. Painted in dark brown-black against a cream-yellow background as is typical. The figure is shown seated with one arm outstretched, the other curled to the chest and is wearing a broad collar (necklace), turban style headwrap and large circular earspools. A small portion of the headdress has also been restored, otherwise intact. Two human figures with arms held upward and wearing crescent shaped 'solar' headdresses along with two monkeys (or felines) shown in profile also wearing solar headdresses. The wide, turban-style headwrap is carved with slightly angled vertical lines and has a large circular medallion on top. In the bottom are three more felines around a central jaguar head. This type is characterized by puffy, slit-like eyes and broad rectangular head with incised hair. The practice of chewing coca leaves began in ancient Peru. The armadillo sits on a low ring-type base with a tall tapered spout above. Nicely painted in dark brown-black against a cream-yellow background. The body has been assembled from approximately eighteen (18) original pieces with break lines restored, a few very small losses replaced and paint enhancements. Sometimes these are called 'chocolate pots' or 'spider-leg' vessels. At the neck are impressed dots and carved linear geometric decoration. Realistically sculpted head, arms, legs and genitals. The figure is most likely a depiction of a shaman transforming into animal form; a jaguar or possibly a monkey. Rows of red stripes on the interior rim and below the glyph band. Minor scrapes, dings and paint loss, but intact with no repairs or restoration. A very long tail is partially sculpted and incised down the back. The headdress features an interlocking, woven mat design in high relief. The lower edge is decorated with long rectangular strips (fringe). Minor paint enhancements and light deposits present. The plate (shallow bowl) is flat on the bottom and shows the central image of Tlaloc. The upper bowl is identical in form to the plate, flat bottom and widely flared rim. The shallow bowl is polychrome painted with red and black on an orange background. The exterior has wide bands of red and smaller black lines circling the outer rim. Assembled from four original pieces and the break lines restored along with some light paint touch ups. Originally acquired in 1972 from Hartwell Kennard of Mc Allen, Texas. 6.5" across 0 — Guatemala 250 AD - 600 AD A huge Maya tripod cylinder vessel dating the the Early Classic Period. — Peru 700 AD - 1300 AD A large and unusual Lambayeque figural vessel from ancient Peru. The figure is nicely adorned with elaborate ear spools and bracelets. An amazing collection of 21 (twenty-one) Pre-Columbian miniatures. 0 — Peru 700 AD - 1500 AD A gorgeous Lambayeque whistle vessel from ancient Peru. The chocolate brown surface is nicely burnished inside and out. Assembled from around a dozen original pieces with breaks restored and some losses replaced. A rare example, the interior (tonto) is divided into three segments. Painted with red over buff-gray terracotta along with some teal paint remaining in the crevices. Constructed of tan terracotta with orange pigment on the face and nose ornament. There are light stains (sticker residue) on both sides. Sackler Collections" for a similar example and additional information.
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Here I will offer quality, yet affordable, authentic artifacts from throughout the Americas. At the top of the handle and the base of the spout, is a human face with large, pierced ear spools that also serve as suspension loops. 50 — Ecuador 1450 AD - 1550 AD A rare and interesting group of Inca (Inka) copper trade currency pieces. Both are constructed of tan (buff) terracotta with red-orange painted details. These small 'weapons' were used as votive offering and are unique to southern Ecuador, an area located at the northern reaches of the Inca Empire. Both have an ancient loss (chip) on the blade edge. 12 (twelve) original pieces with break lines restored and small losses replaced. Two of the lobes are stylized Janus-form faces, each distinctly decorated with facial tattooing. The main body is spherical, two large nodes (probably highly stylized birds or bird heads) protrude from the base of the handle on each side. 5 — Ecuador 600 BC - 300 BC A very rare Chorrera erotic whistle vessel from ancient Ecuador. 5 — West Mexico 300 BC - 300 AD Two partial obsidian pectorals. Both flutes are in playable condition with nice tones and have two pierced holes used for suspension around the neck. The face is framed with large slab panels that create a massive headdress. He wears elaborate regalia; the headdress features opposing birds with heads turned backward. 0 — Costa Rica 600 AD - 900 AD A large Costa Rican blackware pottery olla topped by a jaguar. The upper bowl has corseted sides and is decorated with rows of applied and incised designs, topped by a widely flared rim. The larger olla (3.25" tall) has stylized zoomorphic designs. Some surface pitting, mostly around the spouts and handle. Representations of Tlaloc are seen throughout Mesoamerica, north to the Maya regions and west to the cultures of Mexico. 5.25" tall x 6" across 5 — West Mexico 100 BC - 250 AD A well made Nayarit olla with fine-line decoration. Constructed of gray terracotta clay with areas of brown burnished surfacing. Shows some light surface wear as would be expected. Two panels show a central figure of Tlaloc, the Rain God, surrounded by stylized stepped pyramid designs. This type of pottery shows strong Teotihuacan influence and is often misidentified as being from the Valley of Mexico. Assembled from four large pieces with restored break lines. A nice example and a desirable type with great iconography. The vessel is topped by two conical spouts connected by an arched strap handle. The lime pot and dipper would have been used for the ingestion of Coca or other hallucinogenic substances. There are light stains (sticker residue) on both sides. Included is a small, but lovely Maya stone celt, also from the Classic Period. Pendant - Approx 6" tall x 3.5" across x .25" thick. Celt - 1.75" long x 1.25" across x 3/8" thick 5 for both — Costa Rica 200 AD - 600 AD Two Costa Rican Axe God celts (pendants) from the Guanacaste/Nicoya region. It depicts an anthropomorphic figure with hands across the chest. Just under 9" across x 3" tall 0 — Costa Rica 1200 AD - 1500 AD Large Costa Rican "Castillo Incised" blackware tripod rattle vessel dating to the Late Period. 0 — West Mexico 300 BC - 300 AD Two Colima figures from Western Mexico.
This gallery will be regularly updated so check back often. At the base of each handle, upper body of the vessel, are two nicely detailed human figures, lying flat. This type of ancient 'money' was used in the trading (and purchasing) of merchandise by the Inca. Each has a large nose and impressed eyes and mouth. The seated figure has an area of fire clouding on the back and a restored hand. Both are from the same estate collection; they were likely found together and appear to have been made by the same artist. Mounted on custom metal display stands which are included. The eyes and nose are sculpted in high relief with pierced nostrils and slit mouth. 0 — Mexico - Guatemala 650 AD - 900 AD A fine Classic Period Maya blackware cylinder from the border of Campeche, Mexico and the Peten region of Guatemala. The stirrup handle is slightly flattened (squared) on the sides and is topped by a straight spout. Constructed of grayish terracotta, burnished overall and painted with faint wide bands (in red) around the outer edge. At the top are two stepped ridges that encircle the spout, loop handle and spherical whistles. 0 — Costa Rica 1200 AD - 1500 AD A beautifully painted 'Pataky Polychrome' tripod vessel from the Nicoya-Guanacaste region of ancient Costa Rica. Nicely knapped from black volcanic glass, these rare and fragile objects were worn as pectorals via two suspension holes. At the lower front, the lord's hands extend outward holding staffs decorated with beaded plumes. He also wears large ear spools and a beaded necklace with multi-layered tassels. The vessel is of an ovoid spherical form, rounded on the bottom and with a gently flared spout. — Vera Cruz, Mexico 600 AD - 900 AD A rare and exceptional Sonriente figure from the Remojadas region of ancient Veracruz. 17.5" x 9.5" 5 — West Mexico 200 BC - 400 AD A large Nayarit plate (shallow bowl) from ancient West Mexico. 0 — Mexico 400 AD - 750 AD A Teotihuacan tripod vessel from ancient Mexico. The three gracefully curving legs are decorated with stylized bird heads with long beaks, likely representing the heads of pelicans. A chip on the spout is restored, but it is otherwise intact. A few minor scrapes and dings along with light deposits (consistent with age) as would be expected. Smaller than most of this type, but is a really cute piece that displays well. The painting style and motif of each vessel is nearly identical. This very thin-walled vessel shows expert craftsmanship; exceptional construction and is nicely painted with red linear designs against a golden yellow ground. The rounded spherical lower chamber sits on pointy, cone-shaped tripod legs. Surface shows minor wear and paint loss with light erosion, all consistent with age. One small shard on the bottom has been replaced along with some areas of stucco replaced or enhanced. The practice of inhaling hallucinogens was critical to the shamans of Pre-Columbian times. Carved from green speckled stone with earthen deposits. The headdress is two alligator heads facing outward. Restoration to the corner of the head and one foot. The exterior is nicely incised with complex geometric patterns. Both are of buff terracotta clay, well made with fine details and light deposits. 8" tall Seated figure - 0 Standing figure — Costa Rica 400 AD - 700 AD Very large Costa Rican tripod rattle vessel from the Central Highlands - Atlantic Watershed Zone, dating to Period IV-V.