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Auctioneer ArtemisGallery LIVE 7208907700
Auction Date Dec 01 Auction
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Louisville, CO
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Lot: 1 - Rare Valdivian Stone Maskette - Ex Arnovick

Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Valdivian, Earliest Horizon (Early Piguigua-Late Piquigua Phase, Early Formative Period) ca. 2300 to 2000 BCE. A very rare and very old abstract maskette, finely carved from light green limestone, of a curved rectangular form

Lot: 2 - Lot of 3 Xochipala Terracotta Standing Figures

Pre-Columbian, Mesoamerican Formative Period, Guerrero State, Mexico, Xochipala culture, ca. 13th to 10th century BCE. A trio of small pottery human figures made by hand and with added applied details. These figures originally had polychrome

Lot: 3 - Rare Olmec/Xochipala Jadeite Bowl

Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Ca. 1000 to 900 BCE. The Olmec were among the first Mesoamerican peoples to use stone in sculpture even though it had to be quarried in distant mountains. The stonework of this piece shows influences of

Lot: 5 - Marvelous Guererro Chontal Stone Sky Watcher

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Chontal, ca. 800 to 400 BCE. An impressive anthropomorphic figural sky watcher, hand-carved and string-cut from an inherently beautiful greenstone of rich verdant hues with marvelous natural striations resulting from the dark

Lot: 6 - Chontal Gray Stone Standing Figure, ex-Arnovick

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Chontal, 600 to 400 BCE. A nicely shaped, pale greenstone figure, shown with arms down at his sides, head tilted upwards, with squared off ears and a triangular-shaped nose. This region is known for its greenstone

Lot: 7 - Custom Designed Necklace / Ancient Chavin Stone

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chavin, 900 to 200 BCE. An interestingly-shaped sterling silver necklace with cascading curved silver beads beautifully accented with six ancient Chavin beads at center - three round, and greenstone, and three cylindrical and

Lot: 8 - Huge Guerrero Mezcala Stone Mask, ex-Arnovick

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala culture (Balsas culture), ca. 700 to 200 BCE. Millennia before modern artists reduced human form to its geometric basics, the Mezcala of Guerrero, coastal southwestern Mexico, were doing the same in heavy

Lot: 9 - Chavin Incised Blackware Jar - 600 BCE!

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chavin, 600 to 200 BCE. A blackware stirrup vessel, thin-walled, very light to hold and with incised decorations around its shoulder and body. The spout is cylindrical, with no obvious rim. The incised designs are geometric, with

Lot: 10 - Mezcala Guerrero Greenstone Axe God - Rare Form

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala, ca. 500 to 200 BCE. A mottled greenstone Mezcala standing anthropomorphic figure, displaying an elegant minimalist aesthetic and presenting an unusual form that fits somewhere between and M-6 type --with its

Lot: 11 - Mezcala Guerrero Stone Axe God w/ Painted Features

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala, ca. 500 to 200 BCE. Never before have we handled a Mezcala anthropomorphic axe god figure with painted features including round eyes and arms delineated with a russet red natural pigment. This standing

Lot: 12 - Large/Fine Guerrero Mezcala Greenstone Head, ex

Pre-Columbian, Guerrero, Mexico, ca. 400 to 200 BCE. Large and fabulous greenstone head pendant. Identified as a pendant due to the small suspension loop on the back of the head, but would be a very heave piece to wear. Mottled stone carved using

Lot: 13 - Big Michoacan Pottery Slab Figure Male & Female

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Michoacan, ca. 100 BCE. A large, flat slab of pottery with applied details - coffee bean eyes and mouth, round earrings, thick necklace and bracelets, and a huge, elaborate headdress. The projection from the front of the

Lot: 14 - Rare Paracas Pottery Olla with Thick Pigments

Pre-Columbian, Southern Peru, ca. 300 to 100 BCE. Wonderful pottery olla with bulbous base and thin short spout. Vessel created in deep (almost black) olive-green slip with added decorative elements in red and yellow/green - these in heavy thick

Lot: 15 - Tall Michoacan Pottery Slab Female Figure

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Michoacan, ca. 100 BCE. A tall female figure made from a flat slab of pottery. With coffee bean eyes and mouth and several applied and incised details giving hair, clothing, and jewelry, as well as small breasts, the

Lot: 16 - Colima Pottery Redware Gadrooned Gourd Vessel

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A very large redware pottery vessel depicting a gourd placed in a bowl, the gourd's gadrooned body magnificently modeled with vertical ribs, the bowl with concave walls and a small round concave

Lot: 17 - Colima Redware Seated Figure - Child Shaman

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A burnished redware pottery seated figure, probably depicting a shaman given its horned helmet, yet presenting a child-like countenance and pose - appearing to suck his left thumb and

Lot: 18 - Cute West Mexican Colima Pottery Duck

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A finely built terracotta vessel in the form of an adorable duck, with an expressive form, of a substantive size, its surface of orange hues with black and grey smoke clouds and fabulous root

Lot: 19 - Fine Vicus Polychrome Stirrup Jar in Zoomorph Form

Pre-Columbian, Northern Peru, Vicus culture, 200 BCE to 600 CE. A fun stirrup jar in the form of an animal with a snake-like body and with a mammalian, rodent-like head. Bands and dots of red, cream, and black pigment give the body an interesting

Lot: 20 - Intriguing Colima Rotund Perhaps Pregnant Figure

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A very unusual bichrome pottery human effigy figure presenting an androgenous gender identity, with a pronounced belly, adorned with vertical red and orange striped tattoo marks or body

Lot: 21 - Large & Very Fine Colima Pottery Dog

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A very fat example of the famous Colima dog, standing with his legs spread wide, ears perked, and tail pointed upwards, forming a spout. Scholars know of at least two types of Colima dogs,

Lot: 22 - Lovely Nazca Polychrome Bowl - Abstract

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca, phase 3, ca. 250 BCE to 125 CE. Pre-Columbian, Southern Peru, ca. 125 to 250 CE. An attractive polychrome bowl with exterior walls presenting a wide register of repeated stylized geometric motifs that resemble

Lot: 23 - Nayarit Pottery Seated Singing Lady w/ Food

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, Ixtlan del Rio, ca 300 BCE to 300 CE. A hand-built polychrome terracotta figure, depicting a seated female with an expressive visage and an open mouth suggesting that she is either singing, speaking, or chanting.

Lot: 24 - Nayarit Pottery Standing Female

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, Ixtlan del Rio, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A hand-built polychrome terracotta figure with a bold presence, depicting a standing female with a characteristically wide body elaborately adorned with a headband, round

Lot: 25 - Nayarit Pottery Warrior in Barrel Armor

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A large-scale, Nayarit seated warrior figure, holding an intimidating club with both hands (and nicely painted fingers) across his chest, wearing a traditional pointed helmet and barrel

Lot: 26 - Nazca Polychrome Figural Spouted Vessel - Seated

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca, ca. 250 BCE to 125 CE. Full of personality, this human effigy vessel of a seated man with a quasi-cylindrical body and an ovoid head with a bridge spout handle joining the head to the back (the spout emerging

Lot: 27 - Rare Colima Redstone Ceremonial Mace Head,

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An unusual mace head carved from a gorgeous red stone of beautiful wine-colored hues, in the form of a crouching human or perhaps simian figure, its extended head delineated with depressed

Lot: 28 - Tall Hunchback Colima Redware Figural Vessel

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A figural vessel of a thin hunchbacked male figure with a long torso and hands resting on tall knees. The figure wears a necklace and some kind of headdress; the head terminates in an open

Lot: 29 - Very Fine Colima Redware Ball Player, ex-A. Davis

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. One of the finest Colima ball player figures we have ever come across, a well-executed redware seated ceremonial ball player wearing an elegant cross-banded headdress, incised round earspools pierced

Lot: 30 - Very Fine Nayarit Chinesco Pottery Female

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A very fine example of a seated West Mexican figure in the Chinesco style (so-called because collectors believed they looked like Chinese-style art). She is sturdy and sits well on her own,

Lot: 31 - Superb Paracas Polychrome Single-Handled Jar

Pre-Columbian, South Coast of Peru, Paracas, ca. 400 to 100 BCE. A polychrome on black single-handled pottery vessel depicting an abstract avian form and displaying the quintessential stylings and technique of the early Paracas culture. Note how the

Lot: 32 - Very Fine Nayarit Pottery Warrior in Barrel Armor

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A really gorgeous example of a West Mexican shaft tomb figure, one of the finest we've seen. This is a standing male figure wearing barrel-shaped armor and holding a club. He also wears a

Lot: 33 - Jalisco Aneca-Azatham Polychrome Armored Warrior

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, Aneca-Azatham style, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. A polychrome pottery seated warrior figure, created in the Anceca-Azatham style, weilding a large spiked club (perhaps fitted with spikey maceheads) and donning a

Lot: 34 - Lovely Nazca Polychrome Bottle - Fish & Birds

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nasca, phases 3-4, ca. 250 BCE to 125 CE. A double spouted globular pottery bottle with spouts connected via a flat bridge handle, all painted in a rich polychrome finish, with a wide register featuring four stylized

Lot: 35 - Very Fine Nazca Polychrome Bottle - Frogs

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nasca, phases 3-4, ca. 250 BCE to 125 CE. A double spouted globular pottery bottle with spouts connected via a flat bridge handle, all painted in a rich polychrome finish, with a wide register featuring eight

Lot: 36 - Tall Colima Autlan Pottery Standing Figure

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima/Comala, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A very high quality Colima figurine, standing in a rigid pantomime-like pose, the figure's body elaborately decorated with burnished red slip and black resist details representing

Lot: 37 - Finely Detailed Colima Standing Pottery Figure

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A flat figure with details fully around its body who wears an interesting costume. This includes a belt with twin dangling bobbles, several armbands, ad headdress, necklace, earrings, maybe a

Lot: 38 - Manabi Blackware Standing Male Figure, ex-Arnovick

Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Manabi Province, Bahia culture, ca. 250 BCE to 600 CE. A small blackware figure of a male with prominent genitalia, with large nose amd ears and thin slits for eyes and mouth. His hair is spectacularly styled, giving the

Lot: 39 - Cute Nazca Polychrome Jar with Peppers

Pre-Columbian, southern Peru, Nazca culture, ca. 100 BCE to 800 CE. A jar with a flattened base and an apple-shaped body, with a conical spout and a flattened handle that rises from the broad shoulder to the middle of the spout. In classic Nazca

Lot: 40 - Nazca Polychrome Double Human Form Stirrup Jar

Pre-Columbian, Southern Peru, ca. 125 to 250 CE. A round-bottomed pottery stirrup jar depicting two human figures, with a mesmerizing decorative/iconographic program in a polychrome color scheme with shades of red, brown, tan, black, and white. The

Lot: 41 - Nazca Polychrome Jar with Stepped Temple Pattern

Pre-Columbian, southern Peru, Nazca culture, ca. 100 BCE to 400 CE. A pretty, small jar with a stepped pattern around its rim and colorful rings around its body. An earthy red marks its base, which is rounded, designed to be placed into sand; above

Lot: 42 - Nazca Polychrome Pottery Stirrup Vessel - Ex

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca, ca. 100 to 400 CE. An endearing mold-made polychrome vessel depicting a seated rotund figure, nude (with protruding nipples) except for his loincloth, waist sash, and the striped helmet (a very unusual design

Lot: 43 - Moche II Pottery Stirrup Jar in form of Warrior

Pre-Columbian, Northern Peru, Moche II, ca. 300 to 400 CE. A bichrome pottery stirrup vessel in the form of a kneeling warrior wearing a conical helmet with chin-strap, large ornate earspools, a tunic with shoulder pads, padded loin cloth, holding a

Lot: 44 - Large Moche Polychrome Jar - Fierce Jaguar

Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche, ca. 300 to 400 CE. A very expressive polychrome terracotta jaguar effigy vessel, painted in hues of red and cream with black fine-line detailing. Take note of those bulging leering eyes (generously lashed and

Lot: 45 - Attractive Teotihuacan Stone Maskette - Ex

Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Teotihuacan, ca. 3rd to 7th century CE. A finely carved greenstone maskette depicting a characteristically abstract human visage demonstrating the Teotihuacan artisans' embrace of geometry with a horizontal brow, a

Lot: 46 - Large Teotihuacan Greenstone Mask

Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, ca. 200 to 600 CE. An impressive stone mask of a characteristic angular form with boldly delineated facial features, carved from a greenstone of stunning pale green hues with blush pink undertones from the sacred city

Lot: 47 - Mayan Pottery Lidded Cache Vessel - Monkey Finial

Pre-Columbian, Guatemala, Maya, Early Classic Period, ca. 250 to 550 CE. A meticulously incised lidded tripod cache earthenware vessel boasting an elegant cylindrical form on three raised, rounded feet with a lid, finely incised with stylized

Lot: 48 - Stunning Costa Rican Jade Axe God, ex-Arnovick

Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Nicoya region, ca. 200 to 600 CE. A superb jade axe god pendant carved in low relief from a stunning polished stone of white and grey hues, depicting an anthropomorphic figure with abstract, string cut features delineating

Lot: 49 - Custom Necklace + Earrings - Moche Spondylus /

Pre-Columbian, Northern Peru, Moche, ca. 100 to 800 CE. A stunning blend of ancient and modern influences, this matching necklace and earrings are of a contemporary .925 sterling silver design set with Mochica striated spondyllus shells of beautiful

Lot: 50 - Custom Necklace - Moche / Mother of Pearl Shells

Pre-Columbian, Peru (North Coast), Moche Culture, ca. 100 to 700 CE. A collection of three pearlescent shells, each mirroring the other's design shape; these are placed into square silver fittings and strung from a braided brown leather cord. These

Lot: 51 - Fine Veracruz Stone Jaguar Head Hacha - Ex

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Veracruz culture, ca. 6th to 8th century CE. This is a large piece of carved volcanic rock called a hacha, which was worn atop the protective yoke that ballplayers wore in ancient Mesoamerica. Hachas often depict heads,

Lot: 52 - Jamacoaque Polychrome Pottery Maskette,

Pre-Columbian, Northern Ecuador, Jama Coaque, ca. 300 to 500 CE. A mold-made terracotta maskette depicting a simian/monkey-like visage with an expressive countenance. The mask has open eyes set within concave circular surrounds, a protruding nose

Lot: 53 - Moche IV Pottery Fineline Jar - Ai Apec, Sea

Pre-Columbian, Moche, Phase IV, North Coast Peru, ca. 400 CE to 600 CE. Manifesting expert technique and artistry characteristic of the Moche, a bichrome stirrup vessel decorated with a hand-painted depiction of a fierce Ai Apec who has transitioned

Lot: 54 - Nazca Pottery Kero w/ Battle Scene - Severed Heads

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Nazca culture, ca. 100 BCE to 800 CE. This is a polychrome deep bowl (kero or quero) with a rounded body and a flaring rim. The exterior is ringed with a row of figures holding trophy heads, with maize designs scattered around on

Lot: 55 - Rare Manabi Stone Head - Ex Arnovick

Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Manabiculture, ca. 500 BCE to 500 CE. A carved stone head in the round, made of a grey volcanic stone, with a prominent nose surrounded by highly symmetrical features, including ears decorated with some kind of ear spools. The

Lot: 56 - Rare Veracruz Stone Palma in Skeleton Form

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Veracruz, ca. 100 BCE to 800 CE. This is a fine stone palma, made of volcanic grey stone, and carved in the form of a crouching skeleton, with a particularly clear skull. The palma was made to sit upon the yoke, part of the

Lot: 57 - Moche Pottery Stirrup Vessel - Figure w/

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Moche IV, ca. 550 to 650 CE. This is a striking mold-made portrait stirrup vessel with the shape of the body sculpted as part of the shape of the vessel (rather than painted on). In the classic Moche style, the vessel is slip

Lot: 58 - Custom Necklace w/ Ancient Mayan Eccentric Flint

Pre-Columbian, Mayan Territories, ca. 600 to 900 CE. With modern stringing on brown leather, and subtle gold wire and hook, this gorgeous pearly chert eccentric flint takes center stage on this necklace. Chert flints are made using percussion,

Lot: 59 - Fine Maya Jaina Island Pottery Figural Rattle

Pre-Columbian, Jaina / Campeche Mexico, Maya, Late Classic Period, ca. 600 to 850 CE. This is a molded pottery figural rattle depicting a standing priest with both hands raised to his shoulders. He wears a double strand beaded necklace, a layered

Lot: 60 - Mayan Stone Monkey Head Hacha, ex-Arnovick

Pre-Columbian, Mayan Territories, ca. 500 to 900 CE. A stone hacha, painted white, carved in the form of a monkey head. The hacha was worn atop the protective yoke used by ballplayers in Mesoamerica; they are commonly shaped like heads. This monkey

Lot: 61 - Costa Rican Volcanic Stone Kneeling Warrior

Pre-Columbian, Central America, Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed region, ca. 700 to 1000 CE. Carved from volcanic stone, a kneeling warrior figure presenting a dynamic pose. Surface show its age (in a graceful way) yet facial features and genitalia

Lot: 62 - Costa Rican Volcanic Stone Trophy Head

Pre-Columbian, Central America, Costa Rica, Atlantic watershed region, ca. 700 to 1000 CE. A human "trophy" head, hand-carved from volcanic stone, strongly rendered with a prominent straight nose contiguous with a horizontal hairline, coffee-bean

Lot: 63 - Wonderful Huari Wooden Drug Palette & Wooden Spoon

Pre-Columbian, Central Coast Peru, Huari / Wari, ca. 700 to 1000 CE. A hand-carved wooden spoon and palette, the palette featuring a rectangular depression used for the preparation of hallucinogenic substances, and a finely carved bird effigy

Lot: 64 - Rare & Expressive Toltec Pottery Head

Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Toltec, ca. 950 to 1200 CE. A very unusual Toltec pottery head depicting a lord or shaman with an intriguing visage comprised of almond-shaped eyes, a protruding pointy nose, and parted lips that reveal meticulously

Lot: 65 - Brightly Decorated Colombian Narino Polychrome

Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Narino culture, ca. 850 to 1500 CE. A pretty bowl with a bright and busy floral, rotating wheel, and dotted designs on its interior and a less whimsical, strong geometric design on its exterior. The bowl stands on a small,

Lot: 66 - Chancay Bi-Chrome Figural Jar - Depicting a Beggar

Pre-Columbian, Central Coast of Peru, Chancay, ca. 900 to 1200 CE. A wonderful bichrome pottery figural, round-bottomed vessel depicting a beggar. With applied and painted details in traditional chocolate brown hues against a white ground, the

Lot: 67 - Custom Necklace w/ Pre-Columbian Shell Earspools

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, ca. 500 to 1500 CE. Hanging on soft black leather cord, with two modern beads and small silver fittings, we have two carved white shell earrings. These would have been spools, carved into geometric grids. Size while clasped:

Lot: 68 - Custom Silver Necklace w/ Ancient Moche Shell

Pre-Columbian, North Coast of Peru, Moche, ca. 1000 CE. A beautiful blending of ancient shell carved into chunky, curved-edged rectangles and modern silver designed to mirror the shape of the shells. The shells are a creamy brown with some banded

Lot: 69 - Large Rio Magdalena Pottery Two-Piece Funerary Urn

Pre-Columbian, Northern Colombia, Rio Magdalena, ca. 800 to 1500 CE. A lidded, coiled and hand-built terracotta vessel used for the interment of the elite deceased. The bulbous base is decorated with three applied animorphic creatures, their backs

Lot: 70 - Lovely Costa Rican Pottery Tripod - Saurians

Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, ca. 500 to 1500 CE. A beautiful tripod jar with a saurian design to the legs. Three curved spikes rise from the back of each saurian; a stippled design gives their bodies texture underneath huge eyes. The body of the bowl

Lot: 71 - Rare & Fine Narino Pottery Negative Resist Bowl

Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Narino culture, ca. 850 to 1500 CE. A pretty small bowl that sits on a slightly flared, flat foot. The interior of the bowl is decorated in negative resist with bold waving and linear abstract geometric designs in a dense

Lot: 72 - Unusual Sican Pottery Jar w/ 4 Jaguar Heads

Pre-Columbian, north coast of Peru, Sican/Lambayeque culture, ca. 750 to 1370 CE. An interesting mold-made pottery bowl with four jaguar heads emerging from the sides, teeth bared and eyes wide. They sit beneath a flared rim. Size: 7.5" W x 5" H (19

Lot: 73 - Attractive Chimu Blackware Stirrup Jar in Fish

Pre-Columbian, north coast of Peru, Chimu, ca. 1100 to 1470 CE. A fine blackware molded vessel in the form of a fish with small details for fins along the sides and scales on the tail. The face is also nicely detailed. The fish sits on a round,

Lot: 74 - Costa Rican Stone Head Hunter w/Head, ex-Arnovick

Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Atlantic Watershed region, ca. 1000 to 1400 CE. A fabulous carved volcanic stone figure of a warrior holding a weapon in his left hand and a trophy head in his right. He stands nude with a very stern expression and boldly

Lot: 75 - Large Chancay Bichrome Pottery Olla - Birds &

Pre-Columbian, Central Coast Peru, Chancay, ca. 1000 to 1470 CE. An oversized ovoid bottle with a flaring neck, a pair of arched strap handles, one with an endearing appliqued monkey leaning against it. The vessel is skillfully painted in chocolate

Lot: 76 - Huge Chancay Textile & Silver Mummy Bundle -

Pre-Columbian, modern day Peru, Chancay culture, ca. 1000 to 1470 CE. A large mummy false head, made of coarse, woven textile, painted with a yellow face and given a silver nose, eyes, mouth, and headband. Red cloth with tasseled ends give the figure

Lot: 77 - Pair Cajamarca Polychrome Bowls, ex-Museum

Pre-Columbian, Northern Highlands, Cajamarca, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. Two nesting round-bottomed Cajamarca bowls from northern Peru made from an orange tinted kaolin, the exterior walls decorated with a register of bold, diamond-shaped patterns painted

Lot: 78 - Rare Framed Trio of Venezuelan Stone Figures

Pre-Columbian, Western Venezuelan Andes, Tierra de los Indios culture, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. A framed arrangment of three carved figural pendant charms, carved from green steatite stone. The central figure, who most likely represents a chief or lord,

Lot: 79 - Choice Chimu Pottery Stirrup Jar - Jaguar

Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chimu, ca. 1100 to 1450 CE. A mold-made blackware stirrup vessel with a fierce jaguar perched upon a rectangular prism base - the stirrup joined to the back of the wild feline. The jaguar presents an expressive visage

Lot: 80 - Inca Bi-Chrome Jar in Form of Parrot

Pre-Columbian, Central Peru, Inca, ca. 1200 to 1500 CE. A bichrome terracotta parrot effigy vessel with a single flared spout emerging from the bird's back flanked by twin applied suspension loops. During the reign of the Incas, Peru had been the

Lot: 81 - Michoacan Blackware Pipe - Incredibly Long!

Pre-Columbian, southwest Mexico, Michoacan, Tarascan, ca. 1100 to 1500 CE. Amazing pottery pipe with tall conical bowl, twin supporting feet and very long tapered stem. Entire pipe covered in tan slip with many wonderful firing clouds. Size: 17"L

Lot: 82 - Chimu Inca Pottery Standing Jaguar Stirrup Jar

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chimu/Inca, ca. 1200 to 1500 CE. A spirited blackware pottery effigy stirrup vessel in the form of a jaguar standing squarely on all four paws with a curled tail. The wild cat's expressive visage is comprised of incised

Lot: 83 - Inca Blackware Pacha - Pacay Fruit & Parrot

Pre-Columbian, Central Coast Peru, Inca, ca. 1200 to 1500 CE. A very unusual Inca blackware pacha vessel depicting a parrot perched upon a pacay - a fruit that looks like a bean pod; however, once opened the 'beans' resemble scoops of ice cream.

Lot: 84 - Rare Chimu Circular Pottery Olla of Curled Animal

Pre-Columbian, modern day Peru, Chimu culture, ca. 1300 to 1470 CE. This is a round greyware olla in the form of a curled animal with an exceptionally long nose and a spout jutting out from one side of the neck. Perky rounded ears and wide eyes give

Lot: 85 - Rare Taino Blackstone Axe Head

Pre-Columbian, Carribbean /Florida, Arawak People, Taino, ca. 15th century CE. A large, carved, blackstone abtract axe head, smoothed, with an almost human form to it. Size: 5.75" W x 11.45" H (14.6 cm x 29.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick

Lot: 86 - Pre-Columbia Inca Silver Face Kero

Pre-Columbian, Highlands of Peru, Inca, ca. 1400 to 1500 CE. A silver kero or drinking vessel hammered into a beaker shape with a flat base, a flaring spout, and a handsome visage created in repousse upon the body. Though probably a royal drinking

Lot: 87 - Chimu Inca Blackware Aryballos with Jaguar Face

Pre-Columbian, North Central Peru, Chimu/Inca, ca. 1470 to 1523 CE. A lively blackware pottery vessel with a near-spherical body and a flared spout, the body in the form of a jaguar head featuring an expressive visage with incised almond-shaped eyes,

Lot: 88 - Custom Necklace & Earrings w/Pre-Columbian Tapir

Pre-Columbian, Central America, ca. 1500 CE. A modern stringing of six tapir canines on a chain made of three straps of brown leather and with gold accents, alongside two gold earrings with two tapir canines each. These tapir teeth were collected by

Lot: 89 - Custom Necklace w/ Aztec Obsidian Pendant

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Aztec Empire, ca. 1400 to 1521 CE. This is a necklace with a wide black leather cord and a silver wire wrapped around a large round obsidian pendant, shaped by percussion and smoothed by something abrasive (sandstone?).

Lot: 90 - Rare Taino Bone Drug Spoon

Pre-Columbian, Caribbean / Florida, Arawak People, Taino, ca. 15th century CE. A carved spoon made from some large piece of bone, with a monkey shaped handle and a relatively large bowl with incised carving that makes it look like a leaf. This spoon

Lot: 91 - Inca Pottery Aryballos w/ Man & Llama - Rare Form

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Inca Empire, ca. 1400 to 1532 CE. The aryballos - also known as the Cuzco bottle - is one of the most distinctive forms of Inca pottery. With a large globular chamber, a pointed base, and a flared rim, this is a classic example

Lot: 92 - Peruvian Inca Post Conquest Wooden Kero

Pre-Columbian, Peru, ca. 17th century CE. A wooden kero (quero) inspired by Inca examples but created in the post-conquest era. The handsome vessel was turned on a lathe to create its elegant form. Its colorful decorative program consists of a

Lot: 93 - 20th C. Northwest Coast Haida Argellite Totem Pole

North America, Pacific Northwest, probably Haida people, ca. 20th century CE. A black argillite totem carved with Bear atop Beaver atop what may be Frog and on a flat base. Argillite is a fine grained sedimentary rock that is essentially a rock made

Lot: 94 - Early 20th C. Mexican Folk Maskette of an Old Man

Latin America, Mexico, probably Tarascan, early 20th century CE. This is a small folk art maskette of a man with a large forehead and a long thin nose; he has brass rings around each eye (although one is missing, giving him a delightfuly squinting

Lot: 95 - 20th C. Acoma Pottery Basket + Mini Santo Domingo

Native American, Southwest, Acoma and Santo Domingo, ca. mid 20th century CE. A lovely polychrome pottery bird effigy basket created by the Acoma with a braided red terracotta handle`and a white body adorned with a pair of white-spotted black birds

Lot: 96 - 20th C. Mexican Folk Dance Mask with White Face

Latin America, Mexico, mid 20th century CE. This is a white-painted face mask with delicate features and slits above wide eyes for the wearer to see through. There are drilled holes through the top for suspension or attaching perishable decorative

Lot: 97 - 1960s Hopi Indian Painted Wood Kachina Clown

Native American, Southwest, Hopi, ca. 1960s CE. A Hopi Kachina hand-painted and carved cottonwood root rendering of the clown deity painted with his characteristic black and white horizontal striped face, body, and costume as well as black eyes and

Lot: 98 - 20th C. African Baule Painted Wood Figure,

West Africa, Ivory Coast, Baule, ca. 1950 CE. A finely carved and painted standing wooden female figure created by a Baule artisan of West Africa. Such a figure is known as a "Blolo Bian" - an ancestral sculpture that would be placed in the home,

Lot: 99 - 20th C. Hopi Squirrel Katsina Doll

Southwestern USA, Hopi tribe, mid to late 20th century CE. A bright and colorful katsina doll, carved of wood and outfitted with bright painted surfaces, feathers, felt, leather, and other materials. The katsina represents the Katsinam, ancestral

Lot: 100 - Signed 1960's Hopi Pottery Jar - Ethel Youvella

Native American, Southwest, Hopi, Ethel Youvella, ca. 1960s CE. A beautiful pottery vase signed on the bottom by the artist Ethel Youvella, who was from the village of Hano at First Mesa. The piece is of an elegant cylindrical form and boasts a pair

Lot: 101 - Large Ancient African Katsina Terracotta Janus

New lower price! Africa, Northeast Nigeria, Katsina, ca. 3rd to 9th century CE. A very rare ancient Katsina terracotta janus (double-headed) figure that once belonged to a statue that would have measured approximately 15 to 30 inches tall. One side

Lot: 102 - Ancient Nigerian Sokoto Clay Shrine Figure,

Africa, Sokoto, modern day Nigeria, ca. 500 BCE to 200 CE. This is a hollow terracotta shrine figure showing almost a full body with a necklace and suggestion of elaborate hairstyle; the hands, with fingers clearly shown, are placed on the hips,

Lot: 103 - Ancient Nigeria Katsina Clay Standing Shrine

Katsina, modern day Nigeria, ca. 200 BCE to 100 CE. This large clay standing figure -- which was once probably a funerary marker -- has a proportionally large head and a long, cylindrical body; the remaining half arm is decorated with cross-hatching

Lot: 104 - Ancient African Sokoto Terracotta Shrine Figure

Sokoto, modern day Nigeria, ca. 500 BCE to 200 CE. This is a hollow terracotta shrine figure showing almost a full body, with the head larger proportionally than the rest; it is a male figure wearing a necklace and with elaboratedly braided hair.

Lot: 105 - Ancient African Sokoto Terracotta Head,

Africa, Nigeria, Sokoto, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A terracotta head fragment from a larger figure with a solemn expression and traits characteristic of the Sokoto culture including heavy brows, downturned thick lidded eyes, a jutting pointy chin,

Lot: 106 - Ancient African Katsina Shrine Janus Figure Bust

Africa, Northeast Nigeria, Katsina, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A very rare ancient Katsina terracotta janus (double-headed) shrine figural bust. One side of this piece depicts a bearded male; the other depicts a smooth-skinned female. Very few

Lot: 107 - African Katsina Terracotta Head with Cocked Cap

Africa, Northeast Nigeria, Katsina, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. An impressive Katsina terracotta head fragment from a larger figure that would have measured approximately 15 to 30 inches tall, nicely modeled with heavy lidded eyes, pursed lips, and a

Lot: 108 - Ancient African Katsina Clay Seated Male,

Africa, Northeast Nigeria, Katsina, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A finely modeled head from the Katsina culture of ancient Nigeria that displays all the stylistic dictates embraced by the Katsina culture such as the oval shaped face, the half-closed

Lot: 109 - Ancient African Katsina Terracotta Head,

Africa, Northeast Nigeria, Katsina, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A finely modeled head from the Katsina culture of ancient Nigeria that displays all the stylistic dictates embraced by the Katsina culture such as the oval shaped face, the half-closed

Lot: 110 - Ancient African Bura Pottery Urn Lid, ex-Arnovick

Africa, Mali/Niger, Bura-Asinda-Sikka culture, ca. 3rd to 11th centuries CE. Large and very well made lid to a pottery urn. Bell-shaped base with abstract human head on top, small appendages on the side of the vessel. Rare to find this nice! Size:

Lot: 111 - African Bura Terracotta Memorial Head

Africa, Niger, Bura Asinda-Sikka culture, ca. 3rd to 11th century CE. A memorial head made of baked terracotta, modelled in a characteristically oval form with a pronounced vertical nose, applied ears, pursed full lips, a soft jaw line, incised eyes

Lot: 112 - Rare Ancient African Bura Terracotta Funerary Urn

Bura Asinda-Sikka, southwest Niger, ca. 3rd to 13th centuries CE. This is a large, handsome, hollow rough earthenware pottery figure showing a human face with its hair done in thick cornrow strips and almond-shaped eyes. The head is attached to a

Lot: 113 - 19th C. African Mossi Iron Male Figure,

Africa, modern-day Burkina Faso, probably Mossi people, 19th century CE. This is a tall human figure with arms on its hips and thin, splayed feet. There are incised details forming an abstract brow line and nose. The Mossi kingdoms maintained their

Lot: 114 - 19th C. West African Iron Sculpture of Standing

Africa, Mali, Bamana or Dogon peoples, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. An iron sculpture of a standing man with shorter, bent legs, a triangular, very long torso, and a long and narrow head with a beard and tall headdress. One narrow arm is

Lot: 115 - 19th C. African Wooden Carving of Antelope,

West Africa, ca. 19th century CE. An old wood carved figurine on an integral stand, depicting a graceful antelope with long legs, a short tail tucked under his bum, and an overall lovely form. Wonderful patina! Size: 4.75" L x 6.25" H (12.1 cm x

Lot: 116 - 19th C. African Bamileke Wooden Helmet Mask

Africa, Cameroon, Bamileke Culture, ca. 4th quarter 19th/1st quarter 20th century. Very large and showy wooden mask from the grasslands of Cameroon. Bamileke helmet mask in exaggerated human form with long pointed chin, wide-open eyes and mouth and

Lot: 117 - 19th C. Early & Important African Yoruba Helmet

West Africa, Yoruba peoples, ca. 19th to early 20th century CE. A fine example with nice aged patina of one of the most distinctive forms of West African masks. This is a helmet Gelede mask, made to be worn by men and to portray a range of male and

Lot: 118 - 19th C. Yoruba Painted Wood Staff - Male / Female

West Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba, Ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A beautiful, carved Yoruba Ose Sango (Shango Staff) with a janus finial depicting a male and a female head, both with intricately carved coiffures embellished with vivid blue

Lot: 119 - 20th C. African Dan Gagon Wood / Textile Mask

Africa, Ivory Coast, northern Dan territory, Gagon, ca. early 20th century CE. A well-executed Gagon mask presenting a finely carved wooden concave visage with a classic high domed forehead with a crown of cowrie shells and extending braids of

Lot: 120 - 20th C. African Igbo Owu Cult Headdress w/ Figure

Africa, Nigeria, Igbo Peoples, ca. 1st quarter of the 20th century CE. Wonderfully expressive carved wooden Owu cult figure. Standing on green, red and black painted tiered base legs slightly bent arms at sides with hands closed once grasping

Lot: 121 - Early 20th C. African Wood Ibeji Male & Female

West Africa, Yoruba culture, Ibeji, ca. early 20th century CE. These old and well-cared for examples of deceased male and female twin figures, known as Ibeji, most likely come from Osogbo or the Igbomina region of Yoruba land. Take note of the

Lot: 122 - Early 20th C. Nigerian Ogoni Wooden Dance Maskette

Nigeria, Ogoni people, ca. early 20th century CE. This is a small handcarved wood mask with a very prominent chin and and wide eyes. The ears seem to have some kind of jewellery carved around them. One of the things I find most interesting about this

Lot: 123 - 19th C. African Igbo Initiation Mask, Calabash &

Africa, Nigeria, Igbo, Afikpo, ca. mid 19th to early 20th century CE. An unusual initiation mask of the Afikpo, quite rare because the vast majority of Afikpo masks were destroyed during colonial conflicts at the end of the 19th century and the

Lot: 124 - 20th C. African Ibeji Wood Female Figure,

West Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. A female Ere Ibeji figure, hand carved to represent the female member of a pair deceased twins, adorned with incised markings representing scarification and other bodily details.

Lot: 125 - 20th C. African Ibibio Painted Wood Gela Mask

Africa, Nigeria, Ibibio, ca. early 20th century CE. A hand carved and hand painted mask depicting a female character created for use in a dance performance. The impressive visage presents a yellow ochre complexion with hand painted details in black,

Lot: 126 - 20th C. African Igbo Painted Wood Face Mask

Africa, Nigeria, Ibibio or Igbo, ca. early 20th century CE. A hand carved wooden face mask of an ovoid form most likley used for entertainment. The mask depicts a rather somber visage with a deep red complexion and some areas of applied silver

Lot: 127 - 20th C. African Igbo Wood Mask - Abstract Human

Africa, Nigeria, Igbo, Izzi or Ezza area, ca. early 20th century CE. A finely carved wood mask depicting an abstract human face for the Okperegede masquerade held at a festival that commemorates the reunion of a living communitiy with its ancestors.

Lot: 128 - 20th C. African Ogoni Antelope Dance Mask -

Africa, Nigeria, Ogoni, ca. early 20th century CE. A small but very strong antelope face mask or "karikpo" - traditionally used early in the agricultural season as a primary figure in ceremonies that honer the local founding ancestor. The Ogoni

Lot: 129 - 20th C. African Punu Carved Wood Ancestral Mask

Africa, Gabon, Punu, likely Njabi people of Upper Lola River, ca. early 20th century CE. A magnificent white faced Punu mask believed to represent the visage of an ancestor. These are traditionally worn by a Moukouji initiate who stands tall upon

Lot: 130 - 20th C. African Wooden Dan / Bassa Passport Mask

West Africa, Ivory Coast/Liberia, Dan/Bassa, ca. early 20th century CE. A personal passport maskette carved from a lightweight wood, created by the Dan peoples to serve as a talisman, replete with features characteristic of Dan masks including a

Lot: 131 - 20th C. Large Bamun Kwifo Society Carved Wood Mask

Africa, Cameroon, Bamun Kingdom, ca. 1st half of the 20th century CE. An enormous and boldly expressive important helmet mask in the form of an over-sized human head created for the Kwifo, a secret male society the Bamun people. Finely carved with

Lot: 132 - 20th C. Yoruba Female Ere Ibeji Carved Wood Figure

West Africa, Yoruba, ca. early 20th century CE. A female "ere ibeji" figure standing with both arms at her sides upon an integral base adorned with black beads around her neck. She presents with large, projecting breasts and delineated genitalia,

Lot: 133 - African Bini Mask - Figural Headdress for Ekpo

Africa, Nigeria, Bini (Edo), ca. early 20th century CE. A mesmerizing carved wood mask depicting a human face with domed eyes, a slightly curved nose, large eye slits fo the wearer, and petite puckered lips. This visage is topped by a figural

Lot: 134 - Rare / Fine 1940s African Kuba Wood Slit Drum

Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, ca. 1940. A finely carved wooden slit drum with a handle decorated with four faces and an abstract circular design comprised of geometric shapes on both sides of the body. Drums have traditionally been among

Lot: 135 - Yoruba Anthropomorphic Janiform Helmet Mask - Epa

Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba, Epa Cult, ca. early 20th century CE. A large scale, hand carved janus headed anthropomorphic helmet mask created by the Epa cult, most likely worn to honor Yoruba ancestors and bring about fertility or a healthy harvest. An

Lot: 136 - 19th C. African Konso Wood Carved Figure - Wife

Africa, Ethiopia, Konso, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A carved figure likely representing one of the wives of a deceased dignitary. Her pose is quite expressive; she stands with her shoulders a bit hunched and both hands placed upon her

Lot: 137 - 20th C. African Yoruba Wood Shango Cult Figure

Africa, Yoruba, southwest Nigeria, ca. 1st half of 20th century CE. Wooden Shango cult figure depicting the deity Orisha whose power is imaged by thunder and lightning. Squatting female holding her pendulous breasts, smaller figure atop with

Lot: 138 - 20th C. Nigeria Ogoni Wood Dance Mask with Face

Africa, Nigeria, Ogoni peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. This Ogoni mask is very different from the others in our collection. Made of hand carved wood (probably cane wood), it may once have had painted details. It depicts a stern face with

Lot: 139 - 20th C. Nigerian Igbo Mask - Human / Animal

Africa, Nigeria, Igbo peoples (Ezza or Izzi subgroup), early 20th century CE. This is a striking mask with human and animal features. It is a dance crest, made to be worn horizontally atop the head. It has a human face with open mouth and bared

Lot: 140 - 20th C. Nigerian Ogoni Wood Mask w/ Bird on Head

Nigeria, Ogoni, ca. early 20th century CE. This is a handcarved wooden mask with a bird perched atop its head, leaning over the face. The features are exaggerated, with a large mouth, long nose, and thin slits for eyes; the bird sits in thick hair.

Lot: 141 - 20th C. Nigerian Urhobo Bride Mask with Elaborate

Africa, Nigeria, probably Urhobo peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. This is a wooden mask with a dark-painted surface and darker painted details outlining the eyes, lips, and eyebrows. There is what looks like a representation of a tattoo or

Lot: 142 - 20th C. Yoruba Wood Ifa Divination Bowl of

Africa, Yoruba, Nigeria and Benin, 1st half 20th century CE. This is a wooden Agere Ifa, a container for storing sacred palm nuts used in divination. The bowl is supported by an antelope in a bowing posture with large eyes and ears. Agere Ifa are

Lot: 143 - African Senufo Female Ancestral Carved Wood Figure

West Africa, Burkina Faso or Ivory Coast, Senufo, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A lovely and petite carved wooden female figure that most likely belonged to a male-female pair symbolizing the primordial couple from the Senufo peoples. With a

Lot: 144 - Early 20th C. Nigeria Idoma Wood Animal Mask

Nigeria, Idoma peoples, early 20th century CE. This is a really fun mask, one of my favorite pieces in the auction. It is a handcarved, painted wood roughly cylindrical head with an animal perched atop it -- my best guesses for animal type are

Lot: 145 - Early 20th C. Nigeria Ijo Wood Water Spirit

Africa, Nigeria, Ijo peoples, early 20th century CE. This is a wonderfully expressive dark wooden plank headdress depicting a water spirit. The Ijo peoples live in the coastal Niger Delta, where ingenuity is celebrated in the depiction of water

Lot: 146 - Early 20th C. Yoruba Painted Wood Headdress

Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, early 20th century CE. This is an eye-catching and colorful wood carved headdress topped by a figure from the waist up. With the classic Yoruban artistic depiction of the face, including small features and wide eyes,

Lot: 147 - Exceptional African Wooden Ibeji Female Twin

West Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, ca. early 20th century CE. A female Ere Ibeji twin figure standing upon an integral round base, hand carved to represent a deceased twin, standing with her hands placed upon her hips, nude with prominent breasts,

Lot: 148 - 20th C. Elegant African Carved Wood Guro Female

Africa, Ivory Coast, Guro, ca. early 20th century CE. A Guro mask depicting a beautiful female spirit representing Gu, the wife/daughter or zamble, of a classic elongated form with a concave profile, a most impressive, multi-lobed and extensively

Lot: 149 - Late 19th C. PNG Abelam Yam Mask, ex-Arnovick

Papua New Guinea, Abelam peoples, ca. late 19th to early 20th centuries CE. This is a fine example of a small Abelam mask for a yam, woven, with a feather border and painted eyes. Yams are the focus of the Abelam community - grown both as food annd

Lot: 150 - 20th C. PNG Wood / Bamboo Atl Atl, ex-Kennedy

Papua New Guinea, Middle Sepik River, early-mid 20th century CE. This is an atl atl, a weapon with a tremendous history and that is still used today in Papua New Guinea and other places throughout the world. The shaft is made of bamboo; the thumb

Lot: 151 - Large / Early 20th C. Australian Wood Boomerang

Australia, early 20th century CE. This is a large wooden "returning" boomerang, with its characteristic airfoil shape. In 1688, the English explorer William Dampier became the first European to observe the use of boomerangs in Australia; his

Lot: 152 - Early 20th C. PNG Carved Bone Daggers, ex-Sothebys

Papua New Guinea, East Sepik River Region, Highlands, or Asmat area of Papua (Irian Jaya), Abelam culture, ca. 1930s to 1940s CE. Two classic bone daggers created by the Abelam people, finely carved Cassowary (ostrich-like bird) bones, with clan

Lot: 153 - 1940s PNG Sepik River Painted Wood Ancestor

Papua New Guinea, Sepik River, ca. 1940 CE. A masterful figural group carved from wood and adorned with earth pigments, depicting a smiling male figure, sitting on a stool, with his elbows resting upon the front of the stool which is comprised of

Lot: 154 - 1950s PNG Iatmul Carved Wooden Ancestor Head

Middle Sepik, Papua New Guinea, ca. 1950 CE. Elongated solid carved head with long forehead, inset eyes once with shell inlay, prominent nose with flared nostrils. A very striking figure! Size: 12.25" H (31.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery,

Lot: 155 - 20th C PNG Sepik RiverCarved Wooden Animorphic

Papua New Guinea, Sepik River, ca. third quarter of the 20th century CE. A finely carved wooden headrest depicting an animorphic critter, most likely a native slow-moving cuscus, with a very long body, a curly tail, eyes comprised of shells, and a

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