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Gorgeous Gem Quality Transluscent Chalcedony Early Knife

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Belize/ Northern Guatemala, circa 400 B.C.-200 A.D.

$600

DM105 This gorgeous early knife/ dagger is a bi-facially knapped Pre-classic Maya, possibly Olmec time, and would have been a very necessary weapon and tool for survival.

The knife is chipped from a gem quality chalcedony transluscent smokey gray stone with the butt end retaining the rhind exterior, a few areas to one side retaining some of the exterior mineral growth, and retains strong ancient lime encustations.

The material is highly transluscent with a form that may have been hafted to a wooden handle, yet, also, conforms to the hand and has a notch to one side that seems to be intentional and the patina appears that a left handed person was using it by hand.

The example shows various ancient reworking and measures 8 inches long and 3 inches wide. Such shaped spears are depicted on Peten Region vessels and this appears to be an heirloom knife shaped and re-used for generations.

A LARGE Pre-Classic Green Stone Pendant of the Guatemalan Highlands

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Northern Highlands of Guatemala, circa 200 B.C.- 200 A.D.

$1,850

MP347 This very large pendant is carved from a dense dark green spinach colored stone with various black veins and creamy spotting. The image depicts a coffeebean eyed human face with a series of five small hair tufts or a short crown, the brow expands down in a triangular form with a delineation of the upper lip from the nose, flattened recessed ears, and the left cheek with a bulging oval.

The downturned mouth is a typical Olmec characteristic and can be found carried forward in the transitional early Maya carvings of the highlands of Guatemala. The region is known for many important Olmec stone carvings and during the transitional period between the Olmec culture onto Maya, the stone work became more rudimentary and more similar to Guerrero state carvings of basic lines and simple grinding for more basic images. Frequently, these early Pre-Maya idols and monuments were round obese humans with basic grooving for facial details.

In an unusual trait, the left cheek is enlarged and not in symmetry with the opposite side of the face. The swollen area is an intentional characteristic to the image and creates the offsetting of the eyes by raising the left eye over the level of the right eye. More than likely, the image is depicting a man with a serious tooth injury that is deforming his face.

The rear side of the pendant is well ground and slightly twisting from the grinding technique, so that, like celts, this backside allows for the pendant to lay on the back and spin and wobble with decent weight balance; could be considered a 'Charm Stone' ritual object, and, most likely, something a shaman would wear and use for ritualistic story telling.

Drilled for suspension at the tops of both ears, the right ear with a stronger pull and thinner area, and measures just under 5 1/2 inches, 4 1/4 inches tall, intact, excellent condition with strong surface patina, only lightly cleaned.

Pottery Conch Effigy Trumpet with Spiral Core

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Southern Coast of Guatemala, circa 400- 600 A.D.

$95.00

M3-90 A deep beige pottery conch shell effigy small trumpet with a ribbed line and several nodes over the body. The tapered mouth end has a large opening exposing the spiraling interior core that recreates the reverberation to cause a loudening horn sound.

The trumpet is 4 1/4 inches long, nearly 4 inches deep, and 2 1/2 inches tall and has the majority of the opening with modern reconstruction and resurfacing.

Rare Matched Set of Plumbate Storage Bottles Showing the Stages of Firing Techniques

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South Coast of Guatemala, circa 1000- 1400 A.D.

$1,250.00

M2-3-294 A marvelous set of four scarce Plumbate glazed storage jars, all in solid condition and from the same offering. This wonderful grouping is a very rare collection showing the variants achievable with the only Pre-Columbian glaze technique. The Plumbate technique is a lead based glaze, normally attributable to the Post-classic time frame and produced in only a few workshops. It can be found as tradeware in various from El Salvador into Mexico regions and is an extremely durable ceramic. To this day, the true chemical analysis to achieve these high quality and beautiful ceramics has not been reproduceable.

The collection is four jars, similarly shaped with a bolbous body, short neck, and slightly flaring mouth. In a rare combination, the four all have a variety of coloration, which was attained through a combination of varied temperatures or time during firing and also, each has a different numeral designation of an incised design on the body and, interestingly, each grows gradually in size based on the rings; possibly a learning tool to see the various stages of coloration.

The smaller jar measures approximately 5 3/4 inches tall, solid, with only one interior rim chip, rings like a bell, and has a beautiful pale orange finish with a clouded gray side. This example exhibits only a small raised line on the neck.

The second sized jar, is also 5 3/4 inches tall, but, a bit more bolbous, deeper orange, a larger olive green colored side, and has a single incised line on the upper body. Also, solid condition, rings like a bell, and with surface pitting.

Third jar is intact, excellent condition, rings like a bell at 6 inches tall, and features two incised bands over the body. This example is unusually heavy and has an undercoating of muted orange with a surface of drab olive green. This jar alone weighs more than 1 1/2 pounds while the others are much lighter.

The largest jar exhibits three incised lines and has the deepest drab green paint with a creamy white clouding mark. It is solid condition, rings like a bell, and has various rim nicks.

Matched Set of Nesting Offering Bowls with Polychrome Designs

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Southern Guatemala, c. 200-600 A.D.

$725.00

M2-5-302 A wonderful burial offering collection of four matching polychrome bowls, all sized to nest within each other. Each vessel is uniformly shaped and painted with a deep orange base, a thick red border at the rim and the midsection painted in black with bands and a diamond pattern. Each example has nice root markings and lime depositing.

The largest jar stands 4 1/8 inches tall with a 6 inch diameter, this, with an ancient stress crack running from the rim to underside; second jar is solid and rings like a bell at 3 inches tall with 4 1/4 inch diameter. The third smaller jar measures approximately a 2 1/2 inch height with 3 1/2 inch diameter, solid condition and faded design; the smallest in solid condition with faded design and sitting just over 2 inches tall and 3 inches across.

Collectively, a scarce find because, usually, over the years, such a group will be separated.

Nice Size Painted Bowl from near Palenque

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Mexico, Mayan, c. 600-900 A.D.

$100

A636 A large thin pottery bowl with a burnished brown interior and orange exterior with red painted water designs surrounding the rim. A nice quality vessel retaining strong patina and light mineral deposits. Offering bowl sits on a slightly rounded base with a 9 1/4 inch diameter and approximately 3 1/2 inches tall.

Reglued from two large pieces and missing a small shard. Marked on underside 'Mexico, Chilapa Site, 700-900 A.D.' The site of Chilapa lies in the modern state of Tabasco and near the important Maya site of Palenque.

Fine Small Pottery Bird Head Bead

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El Salvador, ca. 600-900 A.D.

$45.00

MP318 This very fine small pottery pendant is a vulture head with large round eyes, a long beak, incised tufts on the top, and pierced for suspension on the backside. The image is, typically, representative of a tribe that existed in the northern lowlands of El Salvador. The piece would have been one of a set comprising an entire necklace.

Intact and excellent condition at 1 1/8 inches long.

 

Large and Excellent Condition Painted Offering Jar

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Guatemalan Southern Lowlands, c. 600-900 A.D.

$285

M2-3-293 A very beautiful and large, well made Mayan offering jar. This impressive example is an unusually well made solid red painted terra cotta jar or cup sitting 8 inches tall with a diameter of 6 1/2 inches and would have served as an offering container in the southern lowlands of Guatemala.

Vessel is highly stone polished on the terra cotta over the interior surface, the exterior wall with a beautiful solid thick layer of red paint that holds a beautiful surface sheen.

Overall, in excellent, intact, solid condition and with light dendritic mineral growths, minor surface pitting, and root markings inside and out.

A wonderfully decorative and good size jar, larger than the normal. Such an intact vessel from this region is normally damaged from earthquakes so, being intact is nice to see.

Transluscent Chalcedony Eccentric Flint

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Northern Guatemala/ Belize, c. 200- 600 A.D.

$65.00

CL525 A small eccentric flint from a very transluscent caramel colored chalcedony. Such images are typically found in caches within offering bowls and were chipped to represent deities, glyphs, animals, and insects. The image here exhibits an oval form with notched midsection and two intentional notches to one edge.

In excellent condition at 2 1/2 inches long.

Huge Red and White Slipped Offering Bowl, Massive Example

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Southern Lowlands of Guatemala, c. 400-600 A.D.

$600

 

M2-5-308 An absolutely Massive bowl from the southern lowlands region of Guatemala. This marvelous bowl sits 4 1/4 inches tall and measures a huge 15 1/2 inches across. By far, this is the largest Mayan bowl I have ever had the opportunity to offer.

The interior is painted with a cream ground, the center area worn from use and exposing the black pottery below, while the exterior has a red painted rim with a series of 11 red painted triangles and in between these are 11 cream painted pyramids, each with a series of horizontal lines.

This wonderful offering vessel would have been an important example reserved only for royalty.

Due to it's convex base and the size, the example here, inevitably suffered ancient stress cracks and is reconstructed from many large and small pieces, missing only two small areas at the rim.

Quite impressive and worthy of restoration.

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