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Scarce Hand Incised Poison Bottle with Glyphs

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Maya Lowlands of El Salvador, Circa 600-900 A.D.


M2-3-296 A fine creamware poison bottle with the large central panels hand incised with head variant glyphs and numeral designations. Each side of bottle is decorated with vertical bands dotted with three sets of two small dashes, apparently, purely decoration, while the top is bordered with a relief ridge having sets of three vertical notches.

The sets of glyphs are quite detailed and look to be hand incised, versus typical mold made examples, the first being a wrinkled human head with strong features looking upon a temple. The middle glyph appears to be a more sickly, weakened version of the first head, having sunken eyes, withdrawn jaw, shorter nose, and having numerals in dots before him while, behind, is a column. The third and lower glyph, seems to be an upside down parrot with various numeral designations, a jar as its body, and decorated with organic designs.

An interesting and scarce example measuring 4 inches tall, 2 1/4 inches wide, intact, excellent condition, with strong patina, various mineral deposits, one repaired small chip at the rim, and rings nicely when tapped.

Maya Jadeite Plaque with Dancing Maize Lord

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Nebaj Type, Guatemalan Highlands, Circa 600- 900 A.D.


MP342 The scarce type pendant is carved in a flat slab form exhibiting a V-cut sawn backside that angles slightly, while the decorated face is carved with an image of a highly decorated dancer.

The depiction shows a male wearing large earflares, a rain god open reptilian head framing his face, a beaded collar, and a large lappet at the waist. To show motion, the figure has the right arm to the side, the left arm is bent with the hand against the stomach, and, in a rare scene, the feet are both pointed outward from the body, the knees with a separation gap showing the legs would be bent to achieve this outward direction of the feet, and render him in ceremonial dance. Most likely, the figure is performing a Maize ritual.

Measuring 3 inches long by 2 1/4 inches wide, this pendant has been rituallistically subjected to high heat or fire, altering the surface quality and ingraining cinnabar deep in the matrix. Such practices of burning jades along with blood offerings and copal inside bowls and plates would have been precious sacrifices to the god.

Once polished to a mirror like surface, the piece retains areas of high polish and deep green and suffers a fragment loss on the left top of the headdress and another loss at the left arm, both ancient loss and with identical patina as when offered for sacrifice.

Comes with custom display stand for a 6 inch tall display.

Large Orangeware/ Plumbate Vase with Dancing Monkey

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Southern Lowlands of Guatemala/ El Salvador, circa 400-600 A.D.


M2-2-257 This interesting plumbate cream/ orangeware large cup is quite perplexing. The vessel shows two molded panels of a 'dancing' monkey set against a cross-hatched background. The animal stands with the right arm raised upward, palm to the sky, the other at the belly. The tail is curling upward and he wears a necklace with a round pendant, similar to a clam shell. The monkey has the face of the populous spider or howler monkeys with large round eyes surrounded by a wide tuft of hair.

In an unusual trait, the panel here depicts a very odd jagged object or glyph exiting from the rectum. The object is in the shape of a leaf with four lobes on each side, a line down the center. Possibly this is a glyph, a disease, or just a funky monkey? Very curious. A similar depiction can be seen on a vase documented in 'Painting the Maya Universe: Royal Ceramics of the Classic Period' by Dorie Reents-Budet, page 240, example 6.5.. The example there, also, has no interpretation of the extension image from the underside of the tail.

The monkey is associated with a scribe, which may explain the shell pendant, which would have been a paint palette; however, this image of something coming out of the body is quite an unusual character and open to interpretation. Very odd.

Vessel stands 7 3/4 inches tall with a rim diameter of 5 1/2 inches, a very decorative size, only lightly cleaned, and reconstructed from approximately 7 or 8 pieces. Has an undecorated area at the rim and a few tiny areas of modern fill, and appears complete and nicely matched restoration.

Blue Jade Howler Monkey Pendant

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Early Classic, Southern Coast of Guatemala, circa 200-600 A.D.


M4-202 A wonderful small monkey pendant carved in rare translucent Olmec blue jade.

The monkey stands upright with early Maya south coast style design of a howler monkey, with the tail curling high above the head and pierced for suspension, while the arms surround the sides and rest upon a rounded belly, probably indicative of pregnancy.

Such jade was not normally used by the Maya, however, was highly sought by the Olmec, and normally such pieces would have been carved from found Olmec jades. This fine small pendant may have been carved in this small form as being a remainder cutting from an Olmec jade being reworked in Maya times.

The pendant measures nearly 2 inches long and only about 1/4 inch wide at the front. Quite a nice small jade image with strong ancient polish and intact. Pigment in photos is modern to highlight details.

Green Stone Parrot Effigy Pendant

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Honduras Coast, Circa 200 B.C.- 200 A.D.


M4-203 A small parrot effigy pendant carved in a green soapstone native to the Mosquito coast of Honduras, where ancient Maya sites are overtaken by swampy jungle.

The pendant is carved in effigy of a plump bird with incised lines for wings, a relief tail, and a curving head with incised details. The pendant is, interestingly, drilled with a concave receptacle in the backside, probably to hide a knot for suspending more ornamentation at sides.

Just under 2 inches long, 1 inch wide, and 1 inch thick, in excellent condition and patina.

Rare Honduran King Maskette Pendant

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Honduras, Mosquito Coast, Circa 200 B.C.- 400 A.D.


M4-204 A finely detailed green stone pendant from the Mosquito Coast of Honduras, where ancient Maya sites are overtaken by swamp terrain.

This may be the best pendant of the region I have ever had. The very rare detailed image of a full chief head mask pendant is a first for my offerings. Such detail is exceptionally rare for such early Maya carvings of the region.

The pendant shows a full chief head wearing a tall ornate plume crown having a central 'Y' shaped decoration, earflares, and appears to have a nose ornament crossing the sides of the face as if wearing a wide metal band. On the backside, is a deep concavity, possibly meant for attachment to a perishable doll body and actually fits a finger quite well. The rear is carved to slant in unequal angles so that it hops like a bug when tapped lightly from either end while laying down.

This type of material is a soapstone native to the uninhabitable region of the coastline of Honduras and hardens similar to steatite to hold a strong smooth, soapy surface quality.

Approximately 1 3/4 inches tall, 1 1/2 inches wide.

Fine Decorated Peten Royalty Offering Bowl

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Peten Region, Guatemala, Circa 600- 900 A.D.


M2-5-309 This finely modeled vessel is painted in bold red and black on an orange ground, with alternating glyphs set on a spotted jaguar skin background. Such emblems are designations for royalty and this vessel would have been entombed as an offering container with persishables needed in the afterlife.

A beautiful and well modeled example, the vessel has strong ancient patina, only lightly cleaned, with surface encrustation, only minor surface pitting, a light stress line to each side, one ancient chip at the inside of rim, otherwise intact. Quite a lovely example.

5 inches tall and 5 3/4 inches in diameter.

Early Maya Transluscent Chalcedony Bi-face Knife

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Belize to North Eastern Guatemala dating to circa 400 B.C. to 200 A.D.


MP344 The wonderful hand tool is knapped bi-facially from a smokey gray chalcedony with areas of strong transluscence and fits the hand quite well. Such a tool could have been used as a knife or sawing at flesh and used in the hand or hafted within a wooden handle.

The butt end retains a thin white rhind layer from the exterior of the node and then flares outward in a nicely symmetrical leaf shape.

Measuring 7 3/8 inches long and 2 3/4 inches wide, the tip suffers a few small chips, else intact and excellent.

Such knives are normally considered very early Maya and typically known to Belize and North Eastern Guatemala dating to circa 400 B.C. to 200 A.D.


Very Large Early Maya Uniface Dagger or Spear

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Pre-Maya Belize, circa 800-400 B.C.


MP345 The Large example here, 13 inches long and 2 3/4 inches wide, is a marvelous example of the early ingenuity of the ancient Maya. Such large examples of these daggers are in the top few percent of rarity for size due to the incredible amount of knowledge needed to understand proper striking and pressure necessary to accurately fracture the stone and achieve such long flat surfaces with a single crack.

Uniface daggers, such as this, are actually three sided; one side will have a single flat surface and the opposite is humped with two flat sides, rendering a triangular form that tapers to a sharp point. The most common sizes for these types of early weapons are 6 to 8 inches; examples reaching the 10 inch long and larger are exponentially rarer for every inch above. The technique to reproduce these daggers has been lost for two thousand years with even the most experienced modern flint knappers confused for how to achieve such calculated strikes.

This dagger would have been hafted to a wooden staff and is far too large to serve any purpose for small game or minor cutting; it would have most likely, been used for piercing the armoring of large reptiles, particularly, river crocodile or possibly hunting large game such as tapir.

Crafted from a shark veined smokey grey to pale charcoal, the material has various white chert inclusions; a clouded area of algae staining; the edges are finely tapered with razor sharp areas; the spine is as sharp as when struck; and the tip has been chipped and re-worked in ancient times, as is very common to such weapons.

Custom black stand for horizontal display available

Red Painted Terra Cotta Jar with Large 'X' Panels

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Southern Guatemala Lowlands, circa 200- 600 A.D.


MP343 This beautifully ancient vessel is covered in ancient manganese deposits and surface encrustations, having only been cleaned lightly, the interior with a covering of calcified root markings, and in solid condition.

The vessel has a bolbous body with corseted neck going to a flaring lip and the rounded base was meant for easily twisting into the ground for sitting upright. Overall, the vessel has a smoothed surface painted with a peachy pale overpainted with blood red panels, three containing large openwork 'X' designs, possibly a floral image, and one panel left empty.

Overall, in solid, intact condition with surface erosion and three small modern chips to the rim. Dimensions are 6 1/4 inches tall and approximately 5 3/4 inches in diameter at the midsection.

Bold And Unusual Large Orangeware Vase with Rare Rodent Face on a Human Foot

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Guatemala southern lowlands or El Salvador, circa 400-600 A.D.


M2-2-259 A large and most unusual orange plumbate vase. The tall vessel stands on a human foot effigy, the vessel body with a bolobous midsection decorated with an open mouthed rodent like face and the upper spout with a trumpet form. Overall covered in a creamy to vivid orange plumbate surface and quite dramatic.

The interpretation of this vessel is quite open to opinion. The face replicates an opposum or coati, having a narrow pointed mouth, bulging nose, large oval eyes, low relief long ears, and an unusual tuft at the forehead. The human foot stabilizes the vessel and is indeterminate of being left or right.

In a fantastic solid condition, this fine vase is intact with only a minor chip filled at front rim and some matching fill to a light stress line joining the toes. A dramatic example and only lightly cleaned, being absolutely covered in ancient dendritic mineral growths. Measures an impressive 9 1/2 inches tall, 7 inches deep, and the rim being nearly 6 inches in diameter.

Shell Pendant with Chief's Face and Wind Emblems

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Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico, circa 400-600 A.D.


MP340 A small intact bi-valve shell with the center open into an egg form ovoid, drilled twice for suspension, and incised with designs.

On half of the edge are five open cutout images such as a 'T' form, probably representative of the Ik' image for wind or breath. Incised upon the internal side is a bold Maya face with elongated humped nose, a curling head cover bordering the face, and opposing panels with a column having a curling image.

The pendant is highly glassy in polish, intact at 2 1/4 inches wide and 1 3/4 inches tall, lightly washed, and retaining ancient calcified root markings and patina.

Brilliant Orange and Cream Usulutan Tripod Storage Vessel with Undulating Designs

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Southern Lowlands of Guatemala/ Northern El Salvador, circa 400-600 A.D.


M2-3-295 This Usulutanware vessel exhibits a vivid bold orange exterior with swirling undulating negative resist patterns while the interior is a creamy solid. Standing on three nubbin feet, the lower portion is a saucer form with a corseted center, a series of incised bands, and comes to an extending lip.

Usulutan is an early version of Plumbate and could be considered similar in properties because both are a thick lead glaze that serves to create an extremely strong pottery vessel with a tightly sealed moisture repellant surface.

Vessel here is intact, solid condition, with one trowel scraped chip on the rim, else quite wonderful, and rings like a piece of porcelain when tapping with fingernails. The bold vessel is only lightly washed, retaining much soil and has large areas of dendritic manganese blooms.

4 1/4 inches tall with a diameter of 7 inches.

Fine and Excellent Condition Larger Tripod Incense Burner with Rare Painted Imagery

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El Salvador, circa 200-600 A.D.


M2-2-258 A wonderful intact and vibrant red painted tripod incense burner with strong deposits and painted designs. The tripod sits on hollow legs, each with two jagged saw shaped openings supporting the lightly corseted vessel. The body is painted in deep red and covered in ancient calcified root markings and retains the trace images of ornately painted designs in faded black or red. The design elements show undulating bands representing water; below the water, a band of suspended orbs, probably lotus representations; and the lower half showing scrolling imagery, some paint replaced by black manganese, and appears to be underworld imagery. The offering vessel would have been used for blood letting offerings and had been well cared for.

A bit larger than normal, the burner stands nearly 8 inches tall with a diameter of just under 7 inches, only lightly cleaned, retaining ancient deposits, and is in excellent preservation with a body that rings like a bell.

Most likely, from a royalty member and preserved in a well protected chamber.

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