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Scarce Type Mezcala Green Stone Idol

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Ex Famous Peter Wray Collection

$850

Mezcala Culture, circa 400 B.C.

M410 The beautiful speckled spinach and creamy inclusion stone is crafted, first from a celt form and then carved, ground, and drilled into an idol. The figure depicts a standing male wearing a horned hat, probably an image of verility; has round recesses for eye sockets that would have, originally, contained inserts; a wide triangular nose; slotted mouth; hands held together at the waist. Highly unusual is the openwork drilling to separate the arms from the torso and legs. Each of these openings is created with biconical drill holes, very rare to see as most are string cut openings.

The idol is 5 inches tall and 1 7/8 inches wide, with much original encrustation, only lightly cleaned, with approximately half of the right leg being modern repair and the left leg cleanly glued from a break.

Comes from the famous collection of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Wray and accompanied with photocopies where this was advertised in an exclusive Peter Wray collection sale in 1984 by Harmer Rooke Galleries, New York, NY. See image #5 for the scan showing the Original Gallery Price for $1,650.

Larger Colima Flat Female Figurine

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Colima, Mexico, Circa 200 B.C.- 100 A.D.

$100

M413 A taller than the average Colima flat standing woman with a pleasant, serene face. She measures a nice 8 1/4 inches tall with arms akimbo, genitalia exposed, and wears armbands, a pointed headwrap, earspools, and hair pulled to the front of her right side.

Example has the right leg appearing to be modern replacement, or, could be all overpainted, else, is intact.

 

 

Wonderful Small Jalisco Standing Dwarf

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Jalisco, Mexico, Circa 200 B.C.- 100 A.D.

$115

M414 This very well modeled small standing Jalisco 'sheep faced' clay figure depicts a dwarf with a pointed conical headress, wearing a robe with a belt at the waist, a necklace, and pierced ears. Dwarves were revered in Pre-Columbian cultures and considered near scribe rank in society, usually close to the ruling classes.

The curious, cute, little figure stands just under 4 inches tall and 3 1/4 inches wide, with an ancient chip to the left foot and possibly missing a central pendant at the neck, otherwise, covered in mineral deposits and patina.

 

Very Large Standing Jalisco Shaft Tomb Statue of a Man with a Bag

Jalisco, circa 200 B.C.- 100 A.D.

$1,650.00

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M307 A very large Jalisco standing male wearing a bag. This impressive shaft tomb statue stands 19 3/4 inches tall and 10 1/2 inches wide depicting a nude male with a cap, noserings, ear ornaments, a beaded collar, shoulder scarification, an armband, and a bag slung across the right shoulder and surrounding the left side of his waist.

Such massive pottery statues were frequently found in pairs in deep buried protected tombs. The example is crafted in a thick dark pottery painted overall in a deep dark red with cream details. The bag exhibits columns of circles and dots.

Statue has suffered some expected damages and with various repairs including a replaced left forearm; surface lines, some stabilized with repaint; losses to right hand; and the head reconstructed from most original pieces with resurfacing and repaint, which could be improved on. The surface shows areas of ancient manganese and nice patina. An impressive and decorative image.

Matching Set of Carved Olmec Pottery Bowls

Olmec culture of La Venta, Mexico, circa 1100-800 B.C.

$1,200

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D105 Matched Set of Intact and Early Olmec bowls from La Venta, Mexico, ca. 1100-800 B.C.

The set consists of three excellent condition early Olmec bowls. Each shallow dish has incised glyph rectangular panels and is encrusted with ancient designs, root markings, and ancient deposits.

Sizes range from, the smallest, being a blackware dish sitting approximately 1 1/2 inches tall and 2 3/4 inch diameter, with one ancient chip on the interior; second piece is excellent with a 3 1/2 inch diameter and retaining much original cinnabar paint; and the largest measures 1 1/2 inches tall with a diameter of 5 7/8 inches and has an unusual blackened interior with a beige exterior and features panels of eagle claws.

Such shallow bowls would have held important objects for the afterlife and are exceptionally rare to have as a matched grouping and such good conditions.

Scarce Wood Bound and Boxed Book of 'The True History of the Conquest of the New Spain', by Bernal Díaz del Castillo

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$115

M318 Scarce Contemporary book titled 'The True History of the Conquest of the New Spain', in spanish'.

This is a dramatic copy of the famous book written by Bernal Díaz del Castillo (1492– 1585), a Spanish conquistador participating in the conquest of the New World with Francisco Hernández de Córdoba and Hernán Cortés, and had been written in Diaz's later years. This elaborately embellished version is bound in leather, further decorated with wood coverings, having shellac covered gold embossing and decals, enclosed in a custom wooden box with gold embossing and a large plastic relief royal shield emblem of the city of Mexico.

This wonderful, coffee table size book is a 730 page book that tells a chronological history of the conquest of the Americas, as written by Bernal witnessed, and felt he must document his personal version due to the overwhelming political environment with biased views of the conquest.

This book is a ninth printing, from 1972, and fully printed in Spanish. A very unusual version to find.

Olmec Jadeite Snuff Palette from a Split Celt

Olmec Culture from Guerrero State, circa 800-400 B.C.

$385

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MP341 A very fine small Olmec stone pendant palette used for hallucinogenic mixtures during rituals.

This example is half of a jadeite celt ground from a veined light and dark green stone with the interior having a lightly cupped face, the back being the original celt side, and drilled twice for suspension. The cupped face is polished to a mirror like surface while the back side retains a strong polish though more dull in appearance. Such forms, this being from a celt, are also similar in shape to bi-valve shells that were frequently used for ritual palettes and connected to underworld deities.

The flaring, very symmetrical pendant measures 2 1/2 inches long and approx. 1 1/4 inches wide, with a few tiny chips, otherwise, excellent condition.

Large Vera Cruz Mask Applique on Display Stand

Vera Cruz, c. 600- 900 A.D.

$350.00

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A868 A large Vera Cruz mask applique fragment from a much larger figure or urn. The mask shows a human face wearing a headress with a tall tufted or plume center and a triangular panel on either side.

The face is broken at the jawline and below the nose and would appear to have been attached to a rounded larger figure. Due to the fact the mask appears to be an applique on top of another piece, perhaps this was a headress part for a massive figure and not the face of a figure itself.

Mask measures just under 10 inches wide and 7 3/4 inches tall with ancient surface, the left side of face with three reglued sherds, a couple chips to the head band surrounding the head, otherwise broken from the jaw as seen. A very decorative piece.

Fine Early Tlatilco 'Venus'Figurine

Tlatilco, ca. 1150- 550 B.C.

$380.00

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A871 A very nice Tlatilco solid body female figurine. The female stands with arms out to the sides, thick thighs, a curving torso, wearing a tall head covering with lappets, and retains original cinnabar paint on the face. Quite a pleasant and well modeled face with good attention to the form.

She measures just at 3 1/2 inches tall with excellent repair to the lower left leg, otherwise solid and with nice patina and ancient mineral growths.

Comes with custom iron stand.

Green Diorite Mezcala Pendant Idol with 'Charm Stone' Characteristics

Mezcala Culture, circa 400 B.C.

$450

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MP346 A nice sized Mezcala pendant carved from a very oddly twisting choice of stone rendering a curving 'V' shape with opposing ends angling so that the idol will rock and vibrate, spin and wobble while laying upon its back. Such man-made carvings are found in many ancient cultures around the world and referred to as 'Charm Stones' because of the nature of exhibiting such unnatural movements for a piece of rock.

The image features deeply grooved lines to show a standing man with a conical head and is carved from a pale green diorite with spinach green speckles, holds a strong shiny polished surface that is lightly cleaned, and retains various ancient surface encrustation.

Idol is four inches tall, in excellent intact condition, and comes with custom black stand to make a 5 inch tall display.

A Rare Type Jalisco Kneeling Pregnant Female

Jalisco, Mexico, circa 200 B.C.-100 A.D..

$335

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M308 A, particularly rare Jalisco figurine depicting a pregnant woman, probably, in a birthing position, and of a rare style.

The red painted pottery figurine shows a swollen breasted female, extended belly with her hands touching it, indicative of pregnancy, sitting upon her calves. She wears a necklace with a pendant, a wrapped textile with a floral shaped insignia on her head, and a series of loop ear ornaments that are much more related to Nayarit culture than Jalisco. The highly unusual elongated face is quite rare so, probably from one potter or one family of potters.

She is painted over the body in a light red and pierced in the wet clay for making her a pendant or suspension piece, adding to the unusual nature.

In excellent, solid condition, the figure is only lightly cleaned, retaining strong ancient encrustations and mineral deposits and sits at 5 3/4 inches tall.

Vibrant Solid Chupicuaro Storage Jar

Chupicuaro, c. 400 B.C.

$300.00

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CL131 A vibrant Chupicuaro storage vessel in solid, excellent condition with red painted designs over a stone polished surface. The two loops at the rim could have been for suspension or, also, for a lid.

The jar is covered with nice patina and in choice condition at 5 inches tall, 5 1/2 inch diameter.

Lovely Petite Chupicuaro Jar in Solid Condition

Chupicuaro, Mexico, c. 400 B.C.

$230.00

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CL123 A vibrant Chupicuaro storage bottle with three loop suspension handles and red painted bands and design. This colorful bottle is in solid, excellent condition at 6 1/2 inches tall and with great patina and sheen.

Fine Miniature Las Morelos Female Figurine

Morelos state of Mexico, circa 200-400 A.D.

$85

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M309 An adorable miniature figurine with exceptional modeling.

This small clay figure is from the Las Morelos state but exhibits a strong Chupicuaro influence. She is an exceptionally fine miniature of the type, at approximately 2 3/4 inches tall.

The woman wears a large coiled head cover of thick twisted bands, large earflares, bare breasted, designs on her waist and legs that terminate with small dots for feet.

This is a much better artistic quality example than the normal and retains strong patina, ancient encrustations, with only the right arm having been chipped and modern recreation hand and a small ancient loss to the snaking headband.

Large Mezcala Idol with Wide Face

Mezcala culture of Mexico, c. 500 B.C.

$950.00

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A814 This interesting example is carved from a celt form in a greenish/grayish hardstone holding strong polish, possibly a diopside jadeite.

Carving depicts a large round faced male with a deep brow, recessed cheeks, a triangular nose and mouth, pecked eyes that, possibly originally held inlays; and a strong jawline. The torso shows recessed lines for the arms held at the sides and hands across the stomach. The legs are separated and were, most likely, a bit longer in ancient times and reworked.

The votive idol measures nearly 7 3/4 inches tall, nearly 3 1/2 inches wide across the ears, with expertly matching fill surrounding a break line on the face and is beautifully matched to appear excellent condition.

Comes with custom black display stand.

A Lovely Vibrant Red Colima Jar Covered with Large Ancient Manganese Growths

Colima, Mexico, c. 200 B.C.-100 A.D.

$190.00

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M257 A bold and carefully modeled Colima jar. This wonderful vessel is expertly formed to be symmetrical with the round body coming to a corseted neck and flaring lip. Jar is a lovely form with a beautiful surface covered in ancient manganese spots.

Overall painted in deep red and sits approximately 6 1/4 inches tall with a 5 3/4 inch diameter and is solid and intact condition with only two minor ancient chips to the lip.

A beautiful simplistic example with a fine surface quality.

Scarce Mezcala Votive Idol with Open Cut Arms

Mezcala culture of Guerrero, Mexico, circa 1000-300 B.C.

$1,450

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MP327 A very scarce stone Mezcala idol depicting a standing male with a broad face, squared shoulders and rare open cut arms with separated legs. The form appears to best coincide with the Carlos Gay classification of a Type M-22 or M-24 Aberrant.

He is carved, from a celt form, of gray schistic stone, and the boldness looks to bridge gaps between Olmec idols and Teotihuacan idols, where such cuts would be more frequently seen.

The cuts and form are methodically hewn from both sides and the face protrudes past the chest to give a more human-like reality to the figure. The angles and relation of, probably stone saw and string cutting can be blatantly seen how the carver planned the symmetry.

Standing 7 1/4 inches tall, he is well handled with strong wear and patina. The unusual stone choice, being a bit fragile, rings like a light bell when rubbed with fingers. Great character and out of the norm. The figure has had both arms and the face exceptionally repaired from clean separations and appears intact. Such stone will easily have fault lines that can split so, it is wonderful that he is together. A very scarce example.

Post-Classic Tri-Leg Offering Bowl with Grating Surface for Ceremonial Use

Aztec or Mixtec, c. 1200-1400 A.D.

$165.00

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 W233 A fine crafted Aztec or Mixtec offering bowl in a thin orangeware. The flaring inside wall is painted in brown with fine bands and dots while the base has an incised surface, probably for grating foods.

Measures 8 1/2 inches in diameter and originally stood on tall slab legs, each broken in ancient times and now stands approximately 3 inches tall. In solid, excellent condition save the missing legs and a few scrapes.

This vessel has old writing 'No 92- Tomb Near Teotihuacan, Mexico'. The Aztecs discovered the ancient abandoned city of Teotihuacan and gave the temples their modern names and also incorporated many of the ancient relics into heirloom offerings in their own culture's burials, as well as leaving behind their own objects.

 

Nayarit Painted Bowl with Cross-hatch Design and Intact

Nayarit, c. 200 B.C.-100 A.D.

$165

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A835 A very well crafted medium sized bowl with the wall decorated in a deep orange paint, a vertical band at the rim, and the body with a crosshatched overlayed red design.

The vessel is in wonderful excavated condition, uncleaned, retaining strong calcified deposits and other minerals.

Sits 3 1/2 inches tall with 7 1/4 inch diameter and is intact, excellent condition, the base only suffering a long minor hairline probably caused in firing. Has a nice ring to it and is a wonderfully uncleaned example.

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