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Large Tairona Blackware Effigy Storage Vessel of a Cacique

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Tairona Culture of Colombia, Circa 500- 1000 A.D.

$1,650

A885 An impressive large blackware Tairona human effigy jar standing on a pedastal base at 14 1/4 inches tall.

The vessel has a corseted base with the upper body depicting a cacique with various ornamentation and appears to be chewing a wad of coca in his left cheek.

This human effigy features round bolbous shoulders with armbands, hands held against the stomach, an exposed erect penis, a necklace with an avian pendant, wears a large nosering disc ornament, labret in the chin, and dangling circular earrings. The rear is undecorated.

Vessel is in excellent condition having been only lightly cleaned, retaining strong ancient patina, surface erosion in areas, retains various soil deposits, and ancient manganese mineral growths. There is a stabilized stress crack surrounding the mid-body, cleanly reglued, and a probe hole on the body which has matching fill repair, else, quite complete. A highly decorative example.

14 1/4 inches tall, 9 1/2 inches wide, 9 inches deep.

Very Rare Tiahuanaco Stone Mask Pendant

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Tiahuanaco, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, Circa 300-700 A.D.

$1,250

B205 Rare Tiahuanaco mask pendant in speckled black and white granite.

The pendant depicts a wide eyed human head with high arching brows accentuating disproportionately large recesses for eyes, open mouth which is drilled on sides, and short drilled ears. Overall, the stone is quite symettrical and expertly ground, carved, drilled, and polished. Quite well rounded in form, this is drilled for suspension on backside and intact, excellent condition. On the rear and half of face, a deep blackened staining has permeated the surface.

Such stone pendants are exceptionally rare with the face depicted here, quite reminiscent of monolithic idols and human depictions of the region.

Intact, undamaged, excellent condition, the pendant measures nearly 2 3/4 inches wide, 2 1/4 inches tall, and 1 1/8 inches thick.

Ornate Rare Moche Fineline Stirrup Bottle

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Moche IV, Peru, Circa 400- 700 A.D.

$2,250

P413 This rare fineline bottle features a repeating scene of a menacing Ai-Aipek deity figure with an elaborate array of land, water, and sky combinations as he prepares for a ritual sacrifice.

The central figure shows a deity in human form with serpent fangs and an elaborate king's headress with various accoutrements on a crown. The headress incorporates a small feline head, a parrot suspended with a curving neck behind him though possibly a turkey, and a tail extended along his back terminating in a serpent tongued feline. He is further garbed with large earplugs, a beaded collar, and, strangely, the deity emerges from a huge spiked sea-snail shell, has crab claws extending from his face, and two exceptionally long crab legs bending around his backside. It would appear he is a transformation of a hermit crab.

In the deity's left hand, he holds a tumi knife while the right is holding a scared waterbird and preparing to sacrifice the avian. The image is repeated on both sides.

A dramatic and elaborate scene painted in an umber brownish/ red on a cream base with the stirrup spout painted in same color.

This example stands 9 3/4 inches tall with a diameter of approximately 5 3/4 inches. The vessel appears to be intact and excellent condition, rings quite nicely with a high fired tone, though much of one side is repainted over a pitted surface. Both sides have various in-painted refreshed details, though probably limited to only 20% overall, with the majority limited to one side.

Phenomenal Depiction of a Coca Chewer

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Lambayeque/ Sican, Peru, Circa 700- 900 A.D.

$650

P411 An absolute charmer, this highly rare depiction of a leaf chewer is modeled, practically, as a modernistic abstract work of art.

This small vessel is supported on a flared round base mounted with a face of a man with a twisted jaw having a long jutting chin, a slanting mouth as he chews, high cheek bones, deeply sunken eye sockets with bulging ovoid slit eyeballs like a lizard's extended eyes, shaven head mounted with a crowned spout and loop handle, and a small flying king laying prone ontop. The vessel is overall burnished in a beautiful shiny black.

This depiction is exceptionally refined to depict, most likely, a very aged leaf chewer with gaunt features and crafted in a highly rare style, practically Picasso-like in it's rendering.

Vessel stands a petite 6 inches tall, 6 1/2 inches deep from chin to back of flying lord's headress, and approximately 4 inches wide. A small, but powerful, captivating example.

Huge Wood Tube Bead or Scale Balance with Ornately Carved Fish

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Chimu or Lambayeque Culture of Peru, circa 800-1200 A.D.

$485

P409 A wonderful long deep brown hardwood shaft carved into an oval form, the heart core of the wood removed, and the sides with elaborate panels of carved schools of fish.

This beautifully decorated bead measures nearly 14 1/4 inches long with a natural light curvature, a polished interior from rope wear, and has two very small drilled suspension holes aligned in the center for balance. The two sides have bordered panels, each containing alternating fish swimming in both directions; one panel shows triangular headed fish with jagged spiked fins and the other side has diamond headed fish or, could even be humans. Quite well planned in design and some crevices retain ancient red paint.

The piece here would make for a very long necklace bead, though possible, but, also, maybe have served as a balance for comparing weight by using the central suspension holes and drawing a string through the tube and, also, may have served as a handle for a larger tool, maybe even fishing.

Example measures 14 1/4 inches long, has been broken in ancient times in one spot and is reglued, missing some small fragments, and retains an old auction label from Harmer Rooke Galleries of New York City, Sale XLI, which is the present day Arte Primitivo Gallery of New York.

Matched Set of Rare Chimu Gold Earflare Ornaments with Carnelian Openwork Stone Inlays of a Cacique

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Flare B- Front 1 | 2 - Side 1 - Back 1 | 2

Chimu/ Lambayeque culture of Peru, circa 800-1200 A.D.

$3,650

P410 The Outstanding Rare ornaments are crafted from thick sheet gold with hammered bands of small dots, cut out bands dividing the outer edging to quadrants, and the central areas having fantastic carnelian openwork and incised crafted buttons with a small man.

Such ornaments would have served as a decorative facade for wooden earplugs with long tapering shafts allowing these huge ornaments to extend past the face and be secured behind the ear. The accessories would create a dramatic visual affect of wealth.

Examples here consist of the sheet gold decorated discs, each approximately 3 1/4 inches diameter, attached to a circling band behind, approximately 3/4 inches wide, and the pieces bound together with thin gold straps. The bands on the backsides have several perforations for tacking the gold caps onto the wooden plug.

Five small carnelian stone 'buttons' are inset and tacked into place using black resin. Each of the small buttons is approximately 1 1/4cm in diameter, with an openwork carved man wearing a tall sun disc head ornament; round eyes; some have an incised nose, some do not; a small notched mouth; with outward raised arms; and outward bent legs. The stone colors range from a deep red, yellowed ivory, smokey gray, charcoal, and coffee brown. All stones are highly polished on the face.

The two ornaments have been gold tested to be approximately 16 Karat with a total weight, including stone inserts, of 76.6 grams.

One of the flares is intact, excellent, with only one carnelian insert having the man missing a piece of one leg. The second flare suffers some damage with losses to one side, a loose gold piece is re-attached, and one carnelian man missing an arm and leg. Both are very lightly cleaned, retaining original ancient burial patina, and heavy deposits.

Chimu/ Lambayeque culture of Peru, circa 800-1200 A.D.

$3,650

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Valdivian Effigy Idol circa 2300-2000 B.C.

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Valdivia culture of Ecuador, circa 2300- 2000 B.C.

$1,350.00

A880 Small Valdivian stone slab human effigy figure. Image is ground from a gray compacted clay or softer stone and shows a bell shaped image with a human face framed within a square recess, the eyes having high curving brows, a wide mouth, tapering jaw line, an undecorated torso save a drilled belly button. The belly button would indicate this would be a human or monkey, and then a flaring base.

Interesting example and a bit out of the norm. The image suffers a small chip to the right side of the head and it is expertly repaired from a break on the neck and appears intact, excellent.

7 7/8 inches tall and approximately 3 1/2 inches wide at largest measurement.

Comes on custom museum quality iron stand.

Basketball Size Late Tonosi Nesting Avian Effigy Storage Vessel

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Late Tonosi, Central Panama, Circa 400- 500 A.D.

$1,200

PA186 This large and heavy vessel is approximately similar in size to a basketball, the ovoid body surmounted with a large seated bird appearing to be resting ontop of a nest.

The thick walled vessel is painted with a creamy base accented with a wide band in chocolate and red designs having vertical stripes, feather designs, and red panels. At the rim is a nesting avian with wings at sides, tail behind, and prominent large head and details painted in dark chocolate.

Measuring an impressive 9 1/2 inches tall and with a diameter of 10 inches, this makes a highly decorative example. The vessel, as is normal, is reconstructed from many pieces with repaint over the breaks, and appears intact.

Very Decorative Intact Narino Painted Jar

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Narino, Colombia, c. 800-1200 A.D.

$165

A807 A lovely intact and solid condition Narino painted jar. The rounded base is painted in black with a thick red circle, the midsection narrowing to the neck and painted with horizontal wide red and black bands, the rim painted in red. Jar is overall with a smooth stone polished beige surface holding a strong ancient patina and interior covered in ancient deposits.

Sits upright on its own at 5 1/2 inches tall and approximately 6 inches in diameter.

Fine and Excellent Condition Inca Bottle of a Coquero

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Inca culture of Peru, c. 1450 A.D.

$950.00

MP271 A boldly painted orangeware Inca bottle of a 'coquero', or man chewing a cud of coca. The face is painted in bright cream paint with black details, wearing a typical Andes type conical cap with brown hair framing, and an out of the ordinary spout at the chin. On each side of the nose, he has unusual rectangles, probably indicative of a nose ornament or tattoos.

Vessel stands 7 1/2 inches tall, in solid, excellent condition overall, original paints, with only a small expertly matched restoration at the rim. Covered with ancient dendritic mineral growths.

A very colorful and decorative example.

Bold Moche Ai Apek Deity Vessel in Excellent Condition

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Moche culture of Peru, c. 400-600 A.D.

$850.00

A857 A large jug depicting the deity Ai Aipek with undulating serpents crawling on his back and their abstract heads ontop of his. He holds his hands against his enlarged belly, and stares wide eyed with the mouth open baring menacing serpent like fangs.

This interesting jug stands nearly 10 1/2 inches tall, 7 1/2 inches wide, overall in a polished orange terra cotta with orange, cream, and faded black painted details.

The bottle is in solid, excellent condition save one small perfectly restored puncture on the backside and a few ancient nicks at the rim.

Important Definitive Book on South American Pre-Columbian Art

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$225

P302 The Must Have book for any collector of South American Pre-Columbian art. This 'coffee table' book is the definitive book for all dealers and collectors needing to quickly research acquisitions from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.

This seven pound book contains 460 pages, the majority filled with B&W, color photographs, and full color plates of pre-columbian objects from private collections and museums. The example here is a practically unviewed copy with some light impressions on the dust jacket from the textured hard cover, otherwise excellent. Published in 1976 by Harry Abrams, Inc. of New York in 1976 and composed by Alan Lapiner.

Interesting Early Chavin Bottle with Bird Head

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Chavin culture of Peru, c. 800-400 B.C.

$565

A784 An early Chavin grayware terra cotta bottle with a barrel shaped bottle, the top surmounted with a bird's head that has a short beak, a central plume set on top of the head, and a raised tuft that appears like ears.

Effigy is, most likely a harpy eagle.

Bottle sits 8 inches tall and has a lightly eroded surface showing how it rested in the ground, with great patina, and mineral calcification and deposits. There are some expertly filled pressure cracks on the body, the 'horns' and tuft all with restoration and expertly matched.

Wonderful Condition and Pleasant Recuay Human Effigy Jar

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Recuay culture of Peru, c. 1-300 A.D.

$680

P301 A very pleasing round bodied Recuay bottle with tall spout and human effigy. The figure has large oval eyes, prominent nose, slit mouth, wearing short head cover, short feet extending below, and hands holding a small cup extending from body. Vessel is overall stone polished to a high tan finish and decorated in black, red, and white paint.

Sits just over 6 1/2 inches tall, approximately 5 inches in diameter, with the spout expertly restored over a few cracks and a light stress line just behind the head.

A wonderful example of early pottery quality.

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