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Large and Rare Hohokam Effigy Mortar of a

Coyote or Bighorn Ewe

Exceptionally Rare Stone Sculpture

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This Hohokam effigy was originally collected in the late 19th century to very early 1900's and a part of the famous Edward Payne collection of Peoria, Illinois. Mr. Payne was an ammasser of cultural artifacts from around the world and particularly known to own the United State's largest collection of Native American Prehistoric relics in the 19th century.

The collection of Edward Payne was sold during the Great Depression and a local oil tycoon, Mr. Richard K. Meyer Sr., purchased approximately one third of the collection and continued expanding his ethnographic collection into the 1970's.

MP349 A Fabulous Hohokam gray volcanic stone effigy of a sturdy four legged mammal, most likely, depicting either a Coyote or a Desert Bighorn Sheep Ewe. Carving is formed from a heavy gray stone, probably basalt, and in a rectangular block form.

The body of the animal is a thick rectangle supported on four short thick legs with appropriate shaped bends to the legs and the top features a concave recess bordered by four corners. To the rear is a long tail, a portion damaged and missing. The front of the sculpture has a large, thick head, with a grooved mouth, pecked recesses for eyes, and tall ears. The creature appears to be in a relaxed pose, possibly grazing.

This rare figural stone carving is a wonderful larger size at approximately 6 1/2 inches long, 3 1/4 inches tall, and 2 1/2 inches wide. Intact condition, missing a portion of the tail, and with excavation tool surface chips to the underside of the mouth and two of the feet, otherwise, quite wonderful. The dense stone carving weighs just over two pounds, quite heavy for small carving such as this.

Hohokam Culture of Arizona, United States, circa 800-1200 A.D.

$3,250

Fine Hohokam Stone Figural Rattle Snake Mortar

Very RARE Arizona PreHistoric Carving

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This Hohokam effigy was originally collected in the late 19th century to very early 1900's and a part of the famous Edward Payne collection of Peoria, Illinois. Mr. Payne was an ammasser of cultural artifacts from around the world and particularly known to own the United State's largest collection of Native American Prehistoric relics in the 19th century.

The collection of Edward Payne was sold during the Great Depression and a local oil tycoon, Mr. Richard K. Meyer Sr., purchased approximately one third of the collection and continued expanding his ethnographic collection into the 1970's.

MP350 A beige stone Hohokam effigy mortar in a rounded form depicting either a coiled rattlesnake or a desert tortoise. The donut shaped stone is incised with a coiling effect with panel separations, more indicative of a snake layering upon itself, and with a protruding small head with large open mouth and drilled eyes, much like a turtle, and the rear features a relief image like a tail with three incised notches. Appearing to be more serpent bodied than tortoise, the image has a shallow mortar recess in the top and the underside with curving features showing, possibly, this had started as a mano grinding stone before being embellished and re-purposed into the existing effigy.

The stone holds strong patina and measures 2 3/4 inches tall with an approximate diameter of 4 inches. The stone exhibits various ancient chips and surface nicks, and is overall intact. Underside has a museum collection number from being on loan to a museum for decades.

Hohokam Culture of Arizona, United States, circa 800-1200 A.D.

$ 2,250

Rare Intact Hohokam Slate Palette with Incised Border

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Hohokam Culture of Arizona, circa 800- 1200 A.D.

MP360 A very fine Hohokam pigment palette crafted from the standard gray flat slate stone, this example being in excellent condition and barely cleaned. It is intact with two hairline surface lines through the top layer, but, these do not go through the stone. It is unbroken, which is exceptionally rare.

Measuring 6 1/2 inches and 3 1/2 inches wide, the example here has a lightly recessed center with the border very lightly incised with lightning bolt designs and what appear to be small depictions of snakes on one side.

This example was one of the best, and the only intact slate palette from a dozen from the famous Richard K. Meyer/ Edward Payne collection, originally collected in the late 1800's to very early 1900's.

The design is very light and very difficult to see in the photos here, so, if interested, I'll send some different images.

$750

Lot of four Prehistoric Salado Culture Vessels

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Large Bowl, nearly 4 1/2 inches tall with 9 1/2 inch diameter 2 | 3

Orange Jar Rear Right, 5 3/4" tall with 5 1/2" diameter 6

Red Jar Front Right, 5 inches tall by 4 1/2" diameter- 4 | 5

Small Bowl Front Left, 2 3/8" tall by 4 1/4 inch diam.- 7 | 8

CL515 A 'beginning collector' lot of four southwestern pottery vessels, all, probably, Salado culture of Arizona. The four pieces all have smooth surfaces with red and orange painted exterior walls with blackened interiors. The large bowl is reconstructed missing some sherds from the center. Rear right jar has an orangish polished surface with golden mica flakes, heavily reconstructed missing several pieces and covered with dendritic growths. The front right is red painted with the body heavily reconstructed, missing much of the center base. Last, on left front, this short bowl has some sherds reglued on one side, chips to rim, and a puncture hole. All pieces from Arizona, ca. 300- 1300 A.D.

$275

Historic Southern California Pottery Cooking Vessel

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CL516 A larger sized Historic California cooking vessel. This utilitarian pot is is formed from a smoothly polished brown pottery with golden mica flakes, shaped with a round body and slightly corseted neck having two small lug handles. Sits on a slightly flattened base at 8 1/4 inches tall with a 9 inch diameter. Jar is reconstructed nicely from many original pieces, approximately 95% complete, missing only small sherds, and exhibits nice old patina, the interior with strong pitting wear. A very nice sized and decorative example.

Southern California, Pre-1900, probably ca. 1750- 1870 A.D.

$285

A Red Hohokam and Gray Anasazi Jar

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CL517 A lot of two corrugated jars, one a Hohokam red painted, the other, a gray Anasazi.

The smaller, at 3 1/2 inches tall and approximately 4 1/4 inches diameter, is well handled with one side being reconstructed from a few original pieces, missing a shard at the rim, and with nice deposits. The other has more detailed design, the underside with some fracturing and two reattached shards, with rim chips, and sits nearly 4 1/2 inches tall and approximately 4 3/4 inches in diameter. Both could use proper conservation.

Arizona, circa 1000- 1400 A.D.

$275

Large 10 Inch Hohokam Paint Palette with Designs

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Hohokam of Arizona, Circa 800-1200 A.D.

MP361 A wonderful large Hohokam pigment palette measuring a rare nearly 10 inches long and just over 4 1/2 inches wide, this lovely example is crafted from the typical gray slate stone of the region.

Example has a light recessed center with a border lightly incised with undulating wave designs between cross hatched mountain peaks.

This example is reconstructed from all original pieces from three parts and all cracks stabilized. A fantastic palette and the second largest of a collection of a dozen from the famous Edward Payne/ Richard K. Meyer collection, accumulated in the late 1800's to early 1900's.

$1,100

Huge Hohokam Paint Palette

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Hohokam Culture of Arizona, circa 800- 1200 A.D.

MP362 This is the largest palette from the famous collection of Edward Meyer/ Richard K. Meyer of Peoria, Illinois, originally collected in the late 19th century to very early 20th century and has been off the market since then, changing hands only twice since around 1900.

The huge example is crafted of the standard gray Arizona slate and is complete, missing only a surface flake on back side. Measures 10 1/2 inches long and 5 1/2 inches wide, only lightly cleaned as it was upon original excavation. The border is approximately one inch wide and features lightly incised designs of lightning bolts with cross-hatched triangles upon the long sides, the shorter sides with undulating wave designs, and two opposing corners with a swirled coiled snake emblem. Very impressive example and the best of the collection.

Reglued from four large pieces and one smaller piece, it is complete and all glue is highly stable. Broken in ancient times, two fragments appear to have been more sun bleached than the other part, but, all original.

$1,650

California Historic Period Glass Trade Beads from near San Francisco

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CL510 A very nice strand of early Historic beads from southern California. The interesting necklace comprises a varied coloration of small glass trade and stone beads, most measuring about a half centimeter in diameter or length with colors from cream to pale green and plum. Overall, the strand measures nearly 24 inches long and all in excellent condition, uncleaned, with strong patina.

Two vintage tags are attached, one written with 'Lake Co. California' and the other with #1019 Beads' with '$2.50' overwritten in pencil with '$1.00'. Lake County exists just north of San Francisco.

Circa 17th-18th century.

$115

Rare Northern California Prehistoric Shark Vertebrae Necklace

 

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CA205 A wonderful California Pre-Historic shark vertebrae necklace. This rare necklace is a long strand of well preserved cartlilage vertebrae, most likely from a shark, and well graduated in sizes ranging from around 1.25 inches diameter to the smallest beads being 3/8 inch diameters.

The necklace measures approximately 38 inches in total length and strung on a copper wire. The beads are mostly all intact and excellent condition with strong soil patina and mineral deposits. Such material, due to it's fragile nature, is scarcely discovered so well preserved. Would make an excellent shadow box display.

Pre-Historic Central to Northern California, ca. 1000- 1400 A.D.

$700

This lot was housed for decades at the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences of Peoria, Illinois as a part of the Richard K. Meyer collection, on loan, and originally collected prior to 1930, as a part of the highly important Edward Payne collection which Meyer bought during the Great Depression.

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