Pre dating tips
This chocolate-ware 'Guinea incised' example has a bowl sitting on pierced tripod legs. Minor slip loss and surface imperfections present along with light deposits. The main body shows linear, angular and stepped pyramid designs. Intricately painted with undulating linear designs on the upper half and a star design below the spout. His face shows a wide smile and he has one fist raised in a triumphant gesture. A barrel-form vessel with cylindrical body topped by loop handles and flared spout. The arms and legs are diminutive; one hand is holding a long tendril that extends up one side and past the rim. The scene on both sides of the vessel depict the Moche Protector God (Ai Apaec) in combat with the underworld Decapitator God. There are three sizes here, possibly representing different monetary denominations. The surface is also slightly clouded by a salt-lime haze which could be cleaned, but is currently in original, as found condition. The stirrup handle is slightly flattened (squared) on the sides and is topped by a straight spout. These ancient musical instruments are constructed with a row of hollow tubes of different lengths that produce a variety of notes. Small in size (very rare) possibly made for a child. In the center is an idealized Teotihuacan-style face wearing circular ear flares and a large nose ornament. Beautifully painted in dark brown-black against a cream ground. Small losses restored on the spout and light paint enhancements, otherwise intact and original. A fine example that displays well on the custom metal stand which is included. A depiction of a Lord or Shaman, certainly a person of importance or high social status. 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. Ample mineral and earthen deposits are present overall. The upper part of the spout has been restored, otherwise it is intact and original. All carved from hard-stone of various types and colors. Several show moderate to heavy edge chipping and losses. Each has light to moderate deposits consistent with age. All are in very good condition; intact with some minor surface wear and light deposits. It is substantial in size and displays dramatically. The vessel is rounded in form and has two large, realistically sculpted, saurian-type creatures decorating either side of the top opening. 00 — Mexico 450 AD - 750 AD A rare and exceptional Maya plate from Chipas, Mexico. Typical of the type, all have bulbous bodies, low footed bases and sculpted relief faces. He is seen here flanked by two prone figures representing his descendants; known as the "children of Naymlap". The rounded olla has a flared spout and a head emerging from the side that appears to be a stingray or possibly a stylized human face. Well made and thin walled examples of buff (unpainted) terracotta "bisque ware" pottery, typical of that region. All have minor restoration, mostly rim chips and small cracks restored, but are generally intact and original. Each is on a custom metal tripod stand and display beautifully as a group. His clothing is decorated with incised designs and raised concentric circles. 0 — El Salvador 900 AD - 1200 AD Two Post Classic Lenca vessels from El Salvador. A flared pedestal base carved with open-work designs supports the upper bowl. Heavily weathered surface overall with moderate deposits and only traces of painted decoration visible. The figure is beautifully sculpted and has an expressive face; smiling widely with exposed teeth and almond shaped eyes. — Peru 1200 BC - 1000 BC A superb, early Chavin (most likely Pre-Chavin) stone mirror. The finely detailed figure is shown wearing elaborate regalia, large crescent headdress, ear spools with long tassels, tunic and loin cloth. Some light paint enhancements, otherwise all original and completely intact. Although moderately restored, it is a lovely example. As is often seen in Cocle art, these stylized creatures combine serpent, bird and other elements. It enabled them to induce shamanic trances and visions. Carlos Museum at Emory Universtiy, Atlanta, Georgia. 12" tall on stand 50 — Guatemala - Honduras 600 AD - 900 AD Very large Maya stone pendant dating to the Classic Period. Restoration to a small area of the lower corner, else intact. 3.5" tall on stand - Celt 2 (right) - Carved from green stone with earthen deposits and light surface staining. Both have a heavily oxidized surface as would be expected. The burnished blackware surface shows light mineral and earthen deposits.
The head of the peccary is realistically sculpted and there's a short tail at the rear. One end is decorated with concentric half-circles; the other end has a row of triangles. The bottom shows 'free-form' brushed designs in groups of three. Assembled from six large shards and a dozen or so smaller pieces. He wears ear spools and a head wrap with pierced holes around the top of the vessel. 9" tall x 8" across 50 — Mexico 600 AD - 1000 AD An exceedingly rare Zapotec effigy vessel in the form of a bat claw (foot) from the Monte Alban region of Central Mexico. Buff terracotta construction, nicely painted with geometric designs and stylized sea birds. The rim is decorated with angular and circular forms thought to represent sea dwellers. Ai Apaec is shown here wearing a jaguar headdress and serpent waist wrap (belt). — Peru 1250 AD - 1450 AD Two Inca (Inka) copper axes from the Central Peruvian Highlands. 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. The upper half of the vessel is intricately carved. 0 — 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 — 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. Some light surface erosion, mainly on the ears and along the bottom. The group contains celt forms, chisels, axes and scrapers. A nice selection of ancient utilitarian stone tools. The elongated snout indicates these are most certainly representations of caimans or possibly alligators. The outer boarder shows stylized glyphs and centipedes. Tripod 1 (left) - Orange terracotta with areas of fire clouding. Tripod 2 (right) - Tan (buff) terracotta with some fire clouding. The vessel sits atop a footed base and has a wide strap handle. Condition is quite good, a hole in the back (under the handle) and rediating cracks have been restored otherwise intact. A wide band of incised geometric forms decorate the midsection and up the back. All are round, spherical shapes and are decorated with two small zoomorphic adornos. The headdress is incised across the forehead and flows gracefully over the head and down the shoulders. These rare figural ollas are attributed to the late period, Southern Maya. Several chips along the base, but is otherwise intact with no repairs or restoration. Adorned with circular ear spools and a necklace of graduated disk beads. This very rare mirror dates to the Wairajirca-Kotosh Period. His arms are raised in a gesture which indicates he is in an induced state of shamanic transformantion. The fruits are accented with red and black stripes delicately painted over a backround of cream slip. Condition is somewhat poor with moderate to heavy restoration. During such altered states of consciousness, shamans would communicate with spiritual beings as well as the deceased, and travel on shamanic journeys in the supernatural realm. Nicely carved from a greenish-gray stone in the form of a celt. A few edge chips along with minor scrapes and dings, but overall a nice example and rarely seen in this size. Near excellent condition with restoration to one leg; else intact and choice.
0 — Costa Rica 1000 AD - 1550 AD An adorable llama effigy vessel from Costa Rica - Diquis Zone, dating to Period VI. Each section is finely painted with mythological motifs in black and purple against a deep orange-red ground. A poporo this large and elaborately decorated would have been ceremonial and not intended for everyday use. It is beautifully sculpted and realistically executed. Their hands are gesturing forward toward speech scrolls. Sea-bird guano was an important source of fertilizer for crops in ancient Peru. 5 — Peru 800 AD - 1300 AD An unusual Lambayeque blackware stirrup vessel from ancient Peru.
See page 220 of "Between Continents-Between Seas, Pre-Columbian Art of Costa Rica" for a nearly identical example. Done in the Macaracas style; painted with complex geometric and abstract zoomorphic designs that are divided into four segments. 5 — Peru 1350 AD - 1550 AD An exceedingly rare and exceptional Inca bone poporo (lime dipper & container). From the Northern Coast of Peru, this piece dates to the late Chimu - Inca transitional period, Intermediate to Late Horizon. On the exterior is a wide painted band of eight (8) seated lords. Purchased from in 2001 via consignment by Howard Nowes, Art of Eternity Gallery, NYC. One theory is the birds carry planting sticks and the scene is an agricultural motif.
Minor edge chips have been restored on the spout, otherwise intact and original. This example has twisted rope-like handles and legs in the form of stylized fish, thought to represent orca whales or sharks. Once possibly covered in stucco, which eroded away with time and exposure to moisture, or simply a utilitarian vessel made for everyday use.
Each leg has an open slit that contains a rattle ball. 5 — Peru 1100 AD - 1350 AD A fine Chimu blackware vessel in the form of a fruit or possibly a gourd. Being unpainted it is difficult to attribute, but most likely from Southern Guatemala or El Salvador.
Although llamas were not native to Costa Rica, vessels like this suggest that they were certainly aware of their existence in cultures to the south. The smaller sections are abstract mythological designs. See Labbe's "Guardians of the Life Stream" for additional information on this and other types of Cocle pottery. The dipper fits perfectly into the opening atop the container. They were also cultural icons and were revered in various spiritual and fertility rites. The interior shows moderate paint loss, mostly in the center. The reverse side is completely covered with the rainfall motif. The handle is decorated with the Lambayeque deity 'Naymlap', flanked by two adornos.
A finely crafted 'Tarrago Biscuit' pottery example depicting a standing camelid. The two large triangular areas depict stylized saurians (alligators), a common theme of this period. The container is a long bone, probably from a llama, and is covered with animal skin(? The resin is embedded with small shells in geometric linear and triangular patterns. The lime dipper (spatula) is also bone and is nicely carved with two human figures, the lower figure is seated, the top figure is standing. Llamas played an important role in the Inca culture and economy, providing basic needs and serving as pack animals. The interior features a row of five (5) stylized birds, with speech symbols expelling from their beaks. A small rim chip has been restored along with some minor exterior paint touch ups. The background is covered with raised dots representing rainfall. Blackware construction with a rounded body that tapers toward the bottom and topped by two conical spouts joined by a wide flat handle.
Applique embellishments are typical of pottery of this region and period. There is a five inch long (stable) crack on one side, otherwise completely intact and original with no repairs or restoration. The ovoid body is more bird-like with painted designs appearing as feathers. Both arms and legs reattached with restored break lines. The circular designs represent the spots of a jaguar and are a rare feature on Paracas vessels. Assembled from original pieces; twelve (12) large shards and several smaller pieces with restored break lines. The arms are shown to the sides and the legs are tucked underneath in a kneeling position. 5 — Peru 500 AD - 800 AD A rare Wari (Huari) vessel from the Ayacucho region, South-Central Andes of ancient Peru. An elaborately sculpted depiction of the Teotihuacan 'Storm God' deity or Water God, also known as Tlaloc by numerous other cultures. Light deposits overall and a has an old collection label on the underside. In fair to good condition with one hand and several headdress ornaments replaced, a break at the waist has been restored along with minor paint enhancements. 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. The eyes and nose are sculpted in high relief with pierced nostrils and slit mouth. 0 — Peru 1100 AD - 1350 AD A lovely Chimu stirrup vessel from ancient Peru. Antara 2 (right) - A five-note flute with burnished redware surface and mineral deposits. The head, open at the top, shows a pointed snout, pierced button eyes and antlers with 3 points on each side. The surface is quite eroded with little slip remaining, rough gritty texture with some fire clouding and tan slip present. All have some red pigment and two have white pigment remaining. One has a chipped foot, otherwise they are intact and original, no restoration. The surface is heavily oxidized with a vibrant green patina. A few cracks and minor surface losses to the rear post, otherwise near choice. Displays nicely on the custom metal stand which is included. The surface is burnished blackware and has considerable deposits and mineralization. The lower chamber has a few restored breaks, otherwise it is intact and original. The lower section is a footed basin which held the burning copal incense, meant to appease the Gods. An unusual shape with round sides and flat on the front and back. 0 — Peru 500 AD - 750 AD A large Moche vessel from the northern coastal region of Peru. 0 — Panama 600 AD - 800 AD Two small Cocle pottery ollas (seed jars) from ancient Panama. Polychrome painted in reddish-brown (sienna), black and cream with a nicely burnished surface. 5" tall x 3.5" across 0 — Peru 1250 AD - 1450 AD A late Chimu, early Inca (Inka) blackware erotic vessel depicting a pair of copulating monkeys. Each depicts a squatting figure sitting atop a pedestal base. Beautifully painted in a variety of vibrant colors. Two shards reattached at the rim with restored break lines and some light paint touch ups. 0 — Ecuador 300 AD - 600 AD A gigantic Jama Coaque pottery olla dating to their Late Cutural Horizon. Shows ample manganese and mineral deposits overall, heavy in some areas. The outer edge of the spout rim has been restored in several places, otherwise completely intact and original. The foxes appear to be playfully chasing one another toward the center. The figure wears a turban type headwrap and is shown playing a four-note antara (panflute). A single restored break just below the mouthpiece, otherwise intact and original. In exceptional condition for a vessel of this size. There is one smaller hairline crack and several rim chips, otherwise completely and remarkably intact. An amazing example and rarely seen in this monumental size. Polychrome painted in white and black against red and orange. The beak is partially restorted and two small rim chips restored with minor paint touch ups, but generally intact and original. The openwork construction could indicate it was used as an incensario topper (chimney). Some minor paint touch ups but appears intact and displays well. Repeating step motifs were used in the decoration of Andean ceramics as far back as the Cupisnique period and are interpreted as stylized representations of mountains, temples, or thrones. Assembled from approximately ten original pieces with break lines restored, but appears intact and displays well. Both are of similar construction; buff terracotta partially covered with red burnished slip. The larger has some rim repairs and two legs reattached with restored breaks. Both sides are boldly painted with stylized birds in flight; executed in dark purple, black and cream against an orange background. Some surface pitting has been filled and moderate paint touch ups on the exterior. "Lord Naymlap" is the mythological founder of the pre-Chimu dynasty of the Sican-Lambayeque culture of Northern Peru. The raised platform and elaborate adornments indicates this individual is of high ranking social status. 5 — Mexico 600 AD - 900 AD A large hollow-molded Sonriente figure from the Gulf Coast, Vera Cruz (Remojadas) region of Mexico. A wide central band of incised geometric designs decorate the exterior. This type of vessel, typically called a 'frutera', has a flared pedestal base topped by a deep bowl painted with complex geometric and zoomorphic designs. Shows some light surface wear as would be expected. In one hand he holds a lime dipper (spatula) also having a human face; in the other he holds a lidded "poporo" (lime pot). Most have deposits, a few are chipped, some with red cinnabar, but generally intact and near choice. Unlike the large wooden slit drums that served as musical instruments, these rare hand-held pottery types were used ritually by shaman to induce and maintain states of trance and give them the ability to change form and move between worlds. Considerable deposits and some fire clouding, mainly on the back. Redware surface, lightly burnished with deposits and minor staining as would be expected. Excellent condition, one tiny rim chip, else intact and choice.— Costa Rica - Panama 1000 AD - 1500 AD A large two-handled olla from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama - Diquis Zone, dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. The surface is highly burnished and polychrome painted in natural tones of cream, red, purple, orange, brown and black. The top of the vessel is nicely decorated (a rare feature) with carved vertical lines and triangular patterns filled with pierced dots. Assembled from four large pieces and a dozen or more smaller shards with breaks restored inside and out. Despite considerable restoration, it appears intact and displays beautifully on a custom metal ring stand that is included. A rare example from a time just prior to the collapse of the Maya civilization. The vessel sits on a slightly rounded bottom and is topped by an arching stirrup handle with slightly flared spout, indicative of Phase III. A small area of damage to the spout has been restored, otherwise it is intact and original. At the back is a third tripod (support) leg and above that is the mouthpiece for an internal whistle. Beautifully decorated with a wide band of incised angular designs around most of the outer rim. The cheeks have additional incising that indicate facial tattooing or ritual scarification in the woven mat motif suggesting this individual was of the elite ruling class. 15 original pieces with restored break lines and small losses replaced. A large area of fire-clouding and surface discoloration on one side and the bottom. An exceptional example that is masterfully crafted. Prominently featured at the top is a band of stylized jaguars and plumed serpents. These being rendered upside-down is symbolically important and is thought to imply that the bottom register is depicting a scene from the Underworld; an inversion of the earthly realm above and symbolically suggests a sense of duality. The raised ring, just above the base has been partially restored, otherwise completely intact and original with no chips, cracks or breaks. At his side is a (conjoined) standing llama with elongated body. Almost certainly he is a shaman or a person of great importance. — West Mexico 100 BC - 250 AD A nice pair of Jalisco female figures. An elegant shape with a flared pedestal base and a sharply angled bowl. The upper shoulder of the bowl is decorated with finely incised linear and stippled geometric patterns. A relatively unknown culture, their pottery is exceptionally well crafted and beautifully painted in colors and styles very similar to the neighboring Tiwanaku, but their wares are typically more refined in their execution. Antara 1 is — Costa Rica - Panama 1000 AD - 1500 AD An adorable terracotta deer effigy vessel from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama - Diquis Zone, dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. Hollow construction with a domed front showing an avian motif. The dog is realistically sculpted, nicely detailed and sits atop a box-shaped (cube) lower chamber. — West Mexico 100 BC - 250 AD A medium-large redware phytomorphic vessel from the Colima region of ancient West Mexico. Sometimes referred to as corn-poppers based on their form, they were actually used as ceremonial water dippers by the ancient Moche. 0 — Peru 400 AD - 700 AD A nice Moche pottery trumpet from ancient Peru, dating to Phase IV. The long, hollow tubular body is curved (looped) at the top, ending with the mouth-piece. Bi-chrome painted in red and cream with three sets of chevrons radiating outward from the center along with pairs of wavy lines. Displays well on the custom metal stand which is included as shown. The sides are nearly vertical and flare slightly at the rim. 00 — Costa Rica - Panama 1000 AD - 1500 AD An adorable bird vessel from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama (Diquis Zone) dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. It depicts a seated figure with hands resting on the knees, polychrome painted with linear designs in shades of red and brown against a cream ground. 0 — Ecuador 300 BC - 300 AD An unusual avian motif pottery rattle sculpture from the Manabi Province of ancient Ecuador. Some light surface wear, scrapes and minor imperfections as would be expected. See Klein and Cevallos "Ecuador - The Secret Art of Pre Columbian Ecuador" for additional scholarly information on ancient Manteno art and culture. A very diverse grouping with examples ranging from the early cultures of Mexico, down through Central America to later cultures of Peru. Flat bottom with rounded body and tapered neck topped by a large inverted rim with incised decoration and a scalloped edge. In good condition with some rim restoration and the tip of the handle restored, otherwise intact. There is a similar example of this type on display at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center of Wellesley College in Massachusetts. The highly burnished orange-red surface shows calcified deposits and mineralization, heavy in some areas. This example is constructed of buff terracotta and is in very good condition. The lightly burnished gray surface has a large area of (almost black) fire-clouding. For comparable examples of this exact type, as well as additional scholarly information, see "Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico", by Kan, Meighan & Nicholson, page 141. Minor restoration to a very small part the figure's right eye and eyebrow, otherwise intact and original. The central design element is a wide band of highly stylized stingrays. The exterior of the vessel has some light paint enhancements and there is a shallow one inch pock-mark in the bottom, but it is completely intact with no breaks or cracks. Two of them still have scattered remains of yellow pigment in the crevices. One has a few minor chips and another shows light erosion on one side, but overall they are intact and are fine examples. The figure is nicely adorned with ear spools and a wide pointed collar, likely representing feathers. The figure has been reattached at the legs and the break restored. See page 209, plate 122 of Klein and Cevallos "Ecuador - The Secret Art of Pre Columbian Ecuador" for a comparable example and additional scholarly information. 9" tall x 6" across 00 — Ecuador 500 BC - 500 AD A choice Jamacoaque pottery vessel featuring a matched pair of conjoined bowls. He is shown wearing a complex headdress with two-pronged horn on top, long side flaps down the back and cone-shaped nodes on the frontal ridge. — Peru 900 BC - 500 BC Early stone items from the Chavin culture of Northern Peru. Unlike the more common "pretty lady" type, the form is more stylized. These wooden barbed points would have been lashed to longer shafts and were most likely used for fishing in the rivers and coastal waters. A type that later evolved into the more realistic and refined 'pumpkin' vessels. Above that, deeply corseted sides are carved with a stylized woven "mat" pattern. Black painted decoration on the headdress and body. The figure contains numerous rattle balls and a whistle in the base. A fine and rare example with excellent published provenance. Approx 9" tall x 6.5" across 00 — West Mexico 300 BC- 200 AD A nice terracotta bowl from Jalisco, West Mexico. The lightly burnished surface is a creamy yellow-orange with a red stripe just below the rim. 7" across x 5" tall 0 — Mexico 500 BC - 100 BC A lovely Chupicuaro brownware pottery bowl.An elegant form; round bottomed with a short neck, flared spout and two wide strap handles. An anthropomorphic form showing a mix of human and animal features. The highly burnished surface shows mineral deposits and earthen deposits along with minor surface scrapes and scratches as is common. The whistle works perfectly and has a loud, deep, resonating tone. The geometric patterns are resin painted in shades of red, green, black and white. Drexel University Museum of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA. 5 — Peru 400 AD - 500 AD A small Nazca (miniature) kneeling figure from ancient Peru, dating to late Phase V to early Phase VI. The surface is a burnished rich brown color with the incising filled with white kaolin, typical of Belen pottery. Light surface wear, minor paint loss and deposits present overall. At the back is the vessel opening, topped by a widely flared spout. Terracotta construction with bright yellow-orange paint on the face and body. One is seated, the other standing, but stylistically they are nearly identical. The burnished surface is a deep orange-red with areas of dark brown fire clouding and light deposits. The base is intact; the bowl has been assembled from approx. This example is a four-lobed, squat bowl with a low base and a wide flared rim with opposing loop handles. The deer is a 6-point buck, most likely the 'white-tail' variety native to that area and found throughout the Americas. Just under 6" tall x 6.5" long (nose to tail) 0 — Mexico 400 BC - 100 BC A trio of Chupicuaro 'Pretty Ladies' from ancient Mexico, dating to the Pre-Classic period. On the front are two birds in low relief (repousse); a mother bird standing over her young. He wears a collar and has carved whiskers along with other incising on the head and face. Approx 9" tall x 4.25" across 5 — Guatemala 400 AD - 600 AD A large and complete Early-Classic period Maya 'Escuintla' incensario (brazier) from the Highlands-Pacific Slope region of Guatemala. 00 — Peru 1000 AD - 1400 AD A nice Chancay canteen from ancient Peru. — Costa Rica 400 AD - 800 AD Three rare pottery pestles from Costa Rica's Atlantic Watershed Region. Vessel #3, Right - Incised sunburst design around the upper shoulder. Restored neck break and restored stress cracks on the lower body. This olla-form vessel is a stylized cactus showing a wide band of raised ribs and nodes sculpted around the midsection. The body is rounded, angles sharply at the shoulder and tapers toward the neck, then flares gently to a wide spout. This example is beautifully painted using the fine-line method in shades of red against a tan/cream background. The bottom tapers gently and is slightly flared at the end. The shallow bowl sits on three pointy, hollow legs containing rattles. A three-inch section of the rim has been restored along with one leg. Large, hollow ball-shaped feet are slotted diagonally. Well sculpted in the form of a stylized bird with wings in high relief tucked to the sides. The eyes, nose and mouth are in high relief along with large circular ear spools. Originally acquired in 1972 from Hartwell Kennard of Mc Allen, Texas. 5" tall x 3.75" across 5 — Peru 100 AD - 400 AD A Nazca pottery bowl with geometric designs. It depicts three birds perched upon conjoined spheres. Burnished redware surface with a few areas of fire clouding. It has never been overly cleaned and still shows ample deposits along with earthen encrustation in the crevices. Just over 11" tall x 6" across 00 — Costa Rica 300 AD - 700 AD Tripod vessels from the Atlantic Watershed region of Costa Rica. Sizes range from very small to tiny with various types of surfaces; polychromes, blackwares, red and orange wares, etc. Additional provenance and info (specific cultures and dates) on each piece will be provided to the buyer. 1.25" tall to 2.25" tall 50 — Peru 650 AD - 800 AD A nice Wari (Huari) vessel from ancient Peru. 0 each or 0 for all three — Ecuador 300 BC - 400 AD An unusual Jama Coaque figure from ancient Ecuador. 7.25" tall x 7" across 50 — Mexico 300 AD - 400 AD A medium-large Teotihuacan tripod vessel dating to the Early Xolalpan Period. 0 — Peru 200 AD - 400 AD A lovely Nazca pottery vessel from ancient Peru. Some spalling and pitting on the exterior has been restored along with light paint enhancements, but is intact and never broken. In excellent condition with no cracks, breaks or chips. A few restored cracks on the side and the top rim have been partially restored, otherwise it is intact and original. Considerable light-colored mineralization overall, heavier in the deep crevices. One spike of the central plum and one ear tuft partially restored along with a single hairline crack restored on the body of the vessel. Some very light surface wear, chipping and abrasions along with mineral deposits remaining, all consistent with age and extended burial. He also wears a domed headdress and is holding a large pan flute. A single stress crack along the lower chamber has been stabilized and restored. The bowls are attached at the rim and again at the base. The surface is a lovely pale-orange slip and shows deposits and fine root marks. A long cape drapes from the shoulders to below the knees. A shallow stone dish, nicely carved and in excellent condition. - 0 — Costa Rica 100 BC - 500 AD An exceedingly rare Huetar pottery slit drum from the Atlantic Watershed region of Costa Rica. She stands on splayed feet with arms held to the side. Somewhat crudely made and thick walled, typical of the period. 7" across x 7" tall 5 — Guatemala - Honduras 600 AD - 900 AD A carved and painted Maya bowl dating to the late classic period. NOTE: This exceptional artifact is featured in the well known (1968 - Abrams) book "Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America" by noted author, Hasso Von Winning. The bottom has four elongated chevron designs done in stippled (dots), painted in red. Two large rim sherds have been reattached and breaks restored, otherwise intact. The low, wide bowl has a slightly rounded bottom, deeply corseted sides, and a stepped lower edge with impressed rope design.Although restored, it appears near choice and displays well on the custom metal display stand (included). A fine example and a rare type that is substantial in size. In good condition with one claw partially restored and another reattached. The vessel sits on a low base and is topped by an arching stirrup handle with slightly flared spout, indicative of Phase III. 5 — Peru 900 BC - 200 BC A large Chavin bottle (vessel) from the northern highlands of ancient Peru, dating to the Formative Period. The blades flare at the end to crescent shape and a sharp edge. 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. At the base of the handle are two ball-shaped objects (appearing as testicles) which form the whistles. A crack in the main body has been stabilized and restored. Minor scrapes and dings present along with deposits and some fire clouding. The remainder was later sold through various art auctions in NYC. A flared bowl sits atop three large jaguar heads, each containing their original rattle balls. The figure is of hollow construction with red, tan and black painted and burnished surface. 0 — Peru 400 AD - 600 AD A large and impressive Moche Phase IV portrait vessel from the Northern Coastal region of ancient Peru. 50 — Costa Rica - Panama 1100 AD - 1450 AD An unusual pottery vessel in the form of an armadillo. 5 — Peru 1000 AD - 1400 AD A Chancay painted bowl from ancient Peru. Outside of the obvious losses, they are intact with nice deposits. The face and hands are painted in yellow-gold pigment, otherwise covered in a cream-tan slip with deposits and some root marks present. Assembled from original pieces (as is common) with break lines restored and minor losses replaced. In the other hand is a five-lobed ceremonial rattle. 0 — Peru 700 AD - 1000 AD A rare Wari aryballo (water transport vessel) from ancient Peru. The vessel is rounded with a flat bottom and has a flared spout. Rounded bottom with corseted sides; an elegant form. He (she) smiles widely exposing filed teeth and has almond shaped eyes. It depicts a central band of stylized birds with rows of waves (water motif) at the top and bottom. The gently curving sides of the bowl are finely painted in diagonal stripes. The back is completely painted with parallel lines in black on tan. Assembled from approximately six original pieces with breaklines partially restored and slightly visible. The cream colored surface is nicely burnished inside and out with areas of orange and black (fire clouding) on one side. Assembled from three original pieces with breaks restored. Minor surface wear, dings and scratches along with light deposits consistent with age. The surface shows considerable root marks and moderate to heavy deposits. An entity that represents the underworld sun or 'The Sun of the Region of the Dead'. 00 — Costa Rica Two Costa Rican tripod vessels from the Diquis region, circa 300 AD - 700 AD. The legs are decorated with stylized zoomorphic figures. Buff terracotta construction with orange and tan paint. Acquired from an estate collection, an old inventory number (3465) is written in ink on the back of one foot. The head and both arms have been reattached with breaklines restored and the open hand has been replaced, otherwise intact and original. There is stippling overall with a smooth vertical band deeply incised with abstract geometric patterns. Rectangular shape with rounded corners and still retains a nice reflective surface. A piece of one corner appears to have been reattached, but it is all original with some scrapes, minor edge chipping and light wear from age and usage as would be expected. Despite having considerable repairs and restoration, it displays well on the custom metal stand which is included as shown. Achira is a tuber-type plant that is high in starch. The stomach protrudes slightly, possibly indicating pregnancy. Faint traces of other colors remaining in some areas. 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. It has pierced tapered tripod legs, each containing numerous small rattle balls.A few small rim chips also restored, otherwise intact and original. Covered overall in a yellow-tan slip with the figural scene and base enhanced by a contrasting red-brown color. A small hole and crack just below the handle on one side have been restored. An elegant form with a wide flat base, the body has slightly rounded sides that slope gently to a tall tapering neck and spout with a flared rim. Both show signs of extensive use and have darkened patinas. The background areas are covered with raised dots, representing rainfall. Intact with no cracks, breaks, repairs or restoration. A fine and very early example of erotic art from that region. The jaguar motif continues on the interior of the bowl where a row of four stylized felines circle the inner rim. A classic depiction of the Chinesco 'Type-D' style. This life-size example portrays an individual with chubby cheeks; possibly a depiction of a 'coca chewer'. Heavily potted from a coarse gritty clay indicative of Costa Rican wares, but shows strong Panamanian (Cocle) stylistic influence. Rounded bowl with nearly straight neck and rolled rim. The hands are nicely sculpted and show painted fingernails. The head is intact with only two spout chips restored. Approx 13" tall x 8.5" across 5 — Costa Rica 400 AD - 700 AD An unusual tripod rattle vessel from Costa Rica's Atlantic Watershed Zone. Redware construction with opposing loop handles and flared spout. A male figure emerges from the upper shoulder of the vessel. Nicely painted with a band of glyphs or pseudo-glyphs in vibrant shades of red and black against a tan background. 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. There are a few areas of fire clouding as would be expected in a vessel of this size. The lid has a single restored crack and one edge chip restored. As is common, Water Lily Jaguar is shown with mouth protrusions; the tongue and in this case a version of the 'flame and smoke curl' symbol. Some teal pigment remaining in the incised crevices. A few dings and scratches, light surface wear and deposits as would be expected and is consistent with age and extended burial. Displays impressively on a custom metal stand which is included as shown. The stirrup handle is also stippled and is wrapped with raised coils. 9" tall x 5.5" across 0 — Mexico 400 AD - 650 AD Two orangeware pottery bowls from Teotihuacan, Mexico. Please refer the the restoration services, 'Breaks' page of this website to view before and after photos of this item. It is thought these tubers were fermented to produce an alcoholic beverage; similar to Chicha (beer) that was fermented from corn. 0 — Ecuador 500 BC - 200 AD Small Jamacoaque rattle figure from ancient Ecuador. She wears an asymmetrical headdress with nodes across the forehead, nose ornament, lip plug (labret) and necklace with a large pendant. Condition is very good, near chioce with only very minor repairs and replacements. The bowl sits atop three hollow mammiform legs, each containing a rattle ball. The legs support a semi-hemispherical bowl with curving shoulder that is decorated with appliques and incised bands, topped by tall chimney-type neck and flared spout. A large section of the neck has been replaced along with other repairs and surface touch ups.