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Auctioneer Artemis Gallery 7208907700
Auction Date Nov 21 Auction
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Louisville, CO
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Lot: 1 - Egyptian Middle Kingdom Alabaster Flask - Rare

Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2040 to 1802 BCE. A teardrop-shaped alabaster flask with a long body, a narrow neck that flares outward, and a smooth, flat rim. The interior has been drilled out and slightly expanded inside the body, a sign of the

Lot: 2 - Rare Egyptian Bronze Short Sword / Dagger

Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1070 to 712 BCE. A rare and gorgeously preserved cast bronze dagger with deep space for inlays on its long handle. Still visible within these inlays are fragments of bone and / or ivory that would have

Lot: 3 - Egyptian Wooden Mummy Mask, ex-M. Komor

Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305 to 30 BCE. A carved wooden mummy mask with interesting features that reflect the influence of Greek and Roman artwork on Egyptian funerary items. The figure has a huge headdress or coiffure - probably meant to be a

Lot: 4 - Rare Egyptian Erotic Terracotta of Bes,

Egypt, Romano-Egyptian period, ca. 2nd century CE. A solid, mold-made terracotta votive figure representing the god Bes squatting with his large erect member pointing off to one side and a smaller, partially nude female figure standing beside him.

Lot: 5 - Vivid Egyptian Coptic Textile Section

Egypt, Coptic, ca. 4th to 6th century CE. A double weave textile comprised of cotton fibers presenting a striking design that features two registers with abstract geometric motifs in black, green, beige and white on a red ground - surrounded by three

Lot: 6 - Large Greek Mycenaean Earthenware Plate w/ Handles

Greece, Mycenaean Period, Late Bronze Age II, ca. 1450 to 1200 BCE. A huge plate with thick, flaring sides and two horizontal loop handles just below the unpronounced rim. Wide bands of darker brown color are below the rim on both interior and

Lot: 7 - Cypro-Geometric Stemmed Kylix - Bullseye Design

Greece, Cypriot, ca. 850 to 750 BCE. A Cypro-Geometric III bichrome footed vessel with twin upturned handles, the exterior ornamented with both broad and thin bands of black linear designs on the body, the interior detailed with narrow concentric

Lot: 8 - Cypriot Pottery Bichrome Bail Amphora

Ancient Greece, Cyprus, early Iron Age, ca. 900 to 600 BCE. A lovely wheel-thrown bichrome terracotta bail amphora with a flat base, bulbous body with a single protruding spout, wide neck, and flared rim with a single strap stirrup handle across the

Lot: 9 - Cypriot Pottery Polychrome Single-Handled Jug

Ancient Greece, Cyprus, early Iron Age, ca. 900 to 600 BCE. A near-miniature polychrome cream-hued terracotta vessel with black-and-red-hued linear and geometric designs. It has a slight concave base, a spherical body which gradually tapers to a very

Lot: 10 - Cypriot Bichrome Pottery Amphora

Greece, Cyprus, Archaic Period, ca. 7th century BCE. A pottery jug with twin horizontal handles at its widest point, a narrowed neck, and a flared, wide rim. The jar is painted with a series of rings in brown around the buff-colored body. These ring

Lot: 11 - Greek Geometric Bronze Spectacle Fibula

Northern Greece, Thrace, ca. 7th century BCE. This is a beautiful, intact example of one of my favorite artifacts - the spectacle, or double spiral, fibula (brooch). It is created from a single thin strap of bronze twisted around itself. Another,

Lot: 12 - Greek Aegina Island Silver Stater - Tortoise

Greece, Aegina, Saronic Islands, ca. 457 to 350 BCE. AR stater (11.7 g). Obverse: Land tortoise with segmented shell, seen from above. Reverse: Five-part incuse with skew pattern. HGC 6, 437. Milbank pl. II, 12. SNG Copenhagen 517. Size: 0.8" W (2

Lot: 13 - Messapian Pottery Bichrome Thymiaterion

Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Apulia, Messapian tribe, ca. 5th to 3rd century BCE. An attractive wheel-thrown terracotta thymiaterion (or incense burner) which boasts an elegant chalice-form body and lovely orange-on-cream banded details. It has a

Lot: 14 - Greek Apulian Pottery Lekanis w/ Ladies of Fashion

Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Apulian, ca. 4th century BCE. A lovely two-part vessel used to store soaps and scented perfumes for the bath, decorated with twin Lady of Fashion portraits separated by palmettes and tendrils, the knobbed lid decorated

Lot: 15 - Greek Terracotta Statuette of a Goddess

Greece, Hellenistic period, ca. late 4th to 3rd centuries BCE. A hollow, mold-made votive figure of a goddess with flowing clothing and headdress/diadem, standing in contrapposto as the drapery folds of her garments flow over the contours of her

Lot: 16 - Greek Kings of Thrace Lysimachos Gold Stater

Greece, Kings of Thrace, Lysimachos, 305 to 281 BCE. AV Stater (8.5 grams) Lifetime issue. Diademed head of the deified Alexander the Great right, wearing horn of Ammon / Athena Nikephoros seated left, resting left elbow on shield, transverse spear

Lot: 17 - Etruscan Pottery Bucchero Ware Kantharos

Classical World, Italy, Etruscan culture, ca. 768 to 264 BCE. A black ceramic kantharos, a deep vessel with distinctive high handles. This example has a flanged border between the body and the leg, which joins with the base of the handle and on the

Lot: 18 - Pair of Roman 18K Gold Earrings - 4.5 grams

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. Two carefully crafted 18K gold earrings, each made from a gold wire looped down to join two slightly flaring pieces of sheet gold that are shaped like a waxing moon turned on its side. Each has a

Lot: 19 - Roman Bronze Lion Head Fitting

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A cast bronze, concave applique of a lion's head, shown proud and fierce with a huge, flowing mane and an open mouth that you can imagine roaring. Its long tongue hangs down and out of its mouth.

Lot: 20 - Delicate Roman Woman's 22K Gold Ring w/ Leaf - 2.7

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. An elegant, beautiful 22K gold ring made for a small hand, perhaps a woman or adolescent. The band is simple and rounded, flowing seamlessly into a widened face with an incised pattern that looks

Lot: 21 - Rare Holy Land Lead Votive - Atargatis

Roman Holyland, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A lead ex-voto figure depicting Atargatis Heliopolitanus from the cult of the Heliopolitan Triad. The goddess figure in the center is flanked by bulls. Items like these were carried on ceremonial occasions

Lot: 22 - Roman Glass Bracelet & Sprinkler Flask

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A nice pair of ancient glass objects. One a sprinkler flask, blown into a mold, with a narrow neck and a wide, rolled rim, made to hold precious liquids that needed to be protected from evaporation.

Lot: 23 - Roman Marble Lower Torso of Venus / Aphrodite

Rome, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A carved marble section of a female nude sculpture - possibly Venus (Aphrodite), the goddess of love and beauty - depicted from waist to thigh. The figure is shown leaning to one side, her curvy

Lot: 24 - Villanovan Pottery Kyathos w/ Openwork Handle

Northern Italy, Villanovan culture, ca. 800 to 700 BCE. A black kyathos, a single-handled dipper for wine, with small projections emerging from its sides and an incised pattern around its lower body and on its handle, perhaps designed to mirror a

Lot: 25 - Rare Celtic La Tene Bronze / Iron Sword

Central Europe, La Tene (Celtic) culture, ca. 500 to 0 BCE. A rare, well-preserved, forged iron sword with a decorative bronze handle cast onto it. The guard has two downcurved iron wires, each terminating in a projecting, disc-shaped boss. The

Lot: 26 - Beautiful Viking Glass & White Bronze Beaded

Northern Europe, Viking / Norse peoples, ca. 8th to 11th centuries CE. A pretty double-stranded necklace composed of Viking glass and stone beads around a central white bronze bead. The white bronze bead is bulbous, with cylindrical terminals that

Lot: 27 - Large European Medieval Stone Cannonball

Europe, late Medieval period, ca. 13th to 15th century CE. A large, round, stone cannonball with a fascinating surface covered in pocked encrustation, the result of deposition in a bog or even wetter environment. This type of round shot was made from

Lot: 28 - Rare Levant Chalcolithic Basalt Stone Mortar

Ancient Near East / the Levant, later Chalcolithic Period to Early Bronze Age, ca. 4000 to 3000 BCE. A hand-drilled and polished grey basalt mortar, decorated with a slightly raised band around its neck, with a slightly flaring rim. What was this

Lot: 29 - Assyrian Black Stone Cylinder Seal - 3500 Years

Near East / the Levant, Assyria, ca. 1500 BCE. A round, black stone cylinder seal whose body depicts a procession of men and women, all wearing skirts and elaborate, differentiated headdresses. The body is drilled through vertically for suspension.

Lot: 30 - Rare Luristan Bronze Adze Head - Feline Socket

Near East, modern-day Iran, Luristan, ca. 1000 to 600 BCE. A rare example of a lost-wax cast bronze adze head with its cylindrical socket in the form of a snarling lion. The blade itself is flat and undecorated. Ancient Luristan was a series of

Lot: 31 - Babylonian White Marble Duck Weight or Pendant

Mesopotamian, Babylon, ca. 1st millennium BCE. A mesmerizing weight or pendant carved from white marble and depicting an abstract rendering of a sleeping duck, bilaterally drilled behind the neck with the duck's long pointy beak below. The

Lot: 32 - Luristan Bronze Spike Butted Axe Head

Ancient Near East, Luristan, ca. 1200 to 800 BCE. A bronze socketed axe-head, one of the most iconic weapon forms from ancient Luristan. Comes with custom stand. Size: 7.9" W x 3.2" H (20.1 cm x 8.1 cm); height on stand: 5.3" (13.5 cm). The axe

Lot: 33 - Ancient Holyland Marble Amulet - Hebrew Inscribed

Near East / Holy Land, ca. 1st millennium BCE. A rare teardrop-shaped black and white marble amulet incised with two Hebrew characters, "He" and "Resh," the fifth and twentieth letter of the Semitic abjads respectively. These may represent someone's

Lot: 34 - Byzantine 18K Gold Ring - 4.1 grams

Near East / Holy Land, Byzantine Empire, ca. 9th to early 13th century CE. An elegant, simple ring, still wearable today! Composed of an 18K gold wire band with a single disc of 18K gold as its face. Size: .875" L x .75" W (2.2 cm x 1.9 cm); US Size

Lot: 35 - Pair of Byzantine 20K Gold Earrings - 3.6 grams

Near East / Holy Land, Byzantine Empire, ca. 9th to early 13th century CE. A pair of 20K gold earrings that display timeless beauty. Each consists of a gold wire curved into a double-S shape with a hollow ball hanging beneath it from a loop made of

Lot: 36 - Lovely 12th C. Green Glass Islamic Perfume jar

Near East, Islamic world, ca. 12th century CE. A petite glass perfume jar with a concave base and smooth pontil, slightly flared body with thick walls, a tall cylindrical neck, a narrow mouth, and a wide, flared rim. The entire vessel has a stunning

Lot: 37 - 19th C. Persian Scimitar w/ Horn Handle, Brass

Western Asia, Persia (present day Iran), ca. 19th century CE. An elegant steel scimitar with a traditional curved blade. The handle is crafted from animal horn, likely mammalian in origin (yak or ox), with a wide pommel end and a slender midsection;

Lot: 38 - Rare Scythian / Cimmerian Bronze Horse Harness (6)

Central Asia, Scythian and / or Cimmerian, ca. mid 1st millennium BCE. An absolutely stunning collection of six bronze pieces that once formed the decorative components of a horse harness. Four are cross-shaped bosses with incised sunbursts and

Lot: 39 - Rare / Long Scytho-Siberian Iron Sword, ex-Hermann

Central Asia, Scytho-Siberian, ca. 5th century BCE. A large, well-preserved, forged iron sword with a flat, broad blade with a series of six narrow, low ridges that run down the center of the blade. The sword was forged with an integrated handle that

Lot: 40 - Lot of 14 Indus Valley Stone Stamp Seal Beads

Central Asia, Indus Valley, Harappan / Mohenjo-Daro civilization, ca. 2700 to 2000 BCE. Fourteen white beads that also serve as stamp seals, approximately half made of grey steatite, the other half of white limestone. All have incised motifs, mainly

Lot: 41 - 5th C. Indian Gupta Sandstone Bust - Female

India, Gupta Dynasty, ca. 4th to 6th century CE. A high-relief carving of a reddish sandstone bust of a female wearing an ornate floral crown. The face displays a serene expression, with side almond-shaped eyes, a broad nose, and puffy lips which

Lot: 42 - Tall Chinese Han Dynasty Terracotta Soldier

**First Time At Auction** East Asia, China, Han Dynasty, ca. 206 BCE to 220 CE. A large, ceramic standing human figure with no arms and a well sculpted head with naturalistic face and hair, painted an almost uniform tan color. This figure would

Lot: 43 - Chinese Stone Head of a Lord - Tang to Song

East Asia, China, Tang Dynasty to Song Dynasty, ca. 8th to 10th century CE. An expressive, lifelike, almost full-sized head of a lord, carved from pale sandstone. His face is wonderfully depicted and realistic, conveying a warm expression through the

Lot: 44 - Chinese Qing Ceramic Roof Tiles - Fenghuang (Bird)

East Asia, China, Qing Dynasty, ca. 1644 to 1912 CE. A pair of colorful, detailed, mold-made ceramic roof tiles, depicting standing mythical birds known as fenghuang atop a curved tile base. The birds have detailed plumage and long, serpent-like

Lot: 45 - Chinese Qing Dynasty Molded Plaster Relief -

East Asia, China, Qing Dynasty, ca. 1644 to 1912 CE. A handsome molded plaster plaque depicting a seated Buddha surrounded by seven attendants and seated upon a tall, tiered throne. Buddha sits with his legs crossed, hands in the Bhumisparsha mudra,

Lot: 46 - 19th C. Indonesian Kris - Sutasoma / Kalmasapada

Bali, Indonesia, ca. 19th century CE. Fabulous and colorful Hindu inspired sword - or kris / keres - carried by guardians of a temple. The handle is a Hindu mythological scene representing Sutasoma being born by the man-eater Kalmasapada. Long iron

Lot: 47 - 14th C. Tibetan Carved Wood Book Cover - 5 Buddhas

Central Asia, Tibet, ca. 14th to 15th century CE. An extensively carved wooden book cover depicting five Buddhas displaying various mudras, seated upon lotus thrones and surrounded by mandorlas, in the central register. This central panel is

Lot: 48 - 17th C. Tibetan Bone Trumpet (Kangling)

Central Asia, Tibet, ca. 17th to 18th centuries CE. A nice example of a "kangling" (literally, a leg flute), a trumpet or horn made of a human femur and used in Tibetan Buddhism in rituals designed to remind us of our transient physical existence.

Lot: 49 - 19th C. Tibetan Wood / Silver Lidded Vessel w/

Tibet, China, ca. 19th century CE. Fine and desirable ceremonial vessel comprised of wooden bowl heavily covered in chased silver. Lid with raised knob and incised with numerous Buddhist symbols, base with band of human skulls where silver cup

Lot: 50 - 19th C. Tibetan Gilded Bronze Recumbent Ram

Tibet, ca. 19th century CE. A hollow-cast gilded bronze ram laying in a prone position and looking peacefully ahead, with various details delineated in repousse an incised eyes, hoofs, and smile. In Tibetan Buddhism, rams represent the power to

Lot: 51 - 12th C. Majapahit Java Glass Bead Necklace

Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Java, Majapahit, ca. 12th to 14th century CE. An attractive strand of 31 beads including 27 beautiful Indonesian glass beads of near-round forms, 24 of matte Kelly green and citron yellow-green hues, 3 of mesmerizing

Lot: 52 - Early 20th Indonesian Painted / Gilded Wood Couple

Indonesia, Sulawesi, ca. 1920 CE. A carved wooden male and female couple, both depicted as standing figures with their arms rigidly positioned at their sides, both wearing red jackets over black vestments, with gold leaf adorned hands and traces of

Lot: 53 - Rare Sikhote-Alin Iron Meteorite "Shrapnel"

Asia, southeastern Russia, Sikhote-Alin Mountains, fell in 1947. A 107.6 gram fragment of an iron meteorite whose fiery plummet to earth marked the largest meteor fall witnessed in recorded history. Roughly 70 metric tons of material made it through

Lot: 54 - Lot of 5 Fossilized Cave Bear & Mosasaur Teeth

Ancient Eastern Europe, Pleistocene epoch, ca. 1.2 million to 24,000 years ago; Ancient North Africa, Morocco, late-Cretaceous period, ca. 70 to 66 million years ago. A lovely group of five prehistoric teeth that have undergone fossilization. First,

Lot: 55 - Fossil Pleistocene Equus (Horse) Toe from Florida,

New World, Florida, USA, Pleistocene period, the Ice Age, ca. 2.5 million to 11,700 years ago. The fossilized four lower bones of the toe of a horse (Equus caballus): coffin bone (distal phalanx), short pastern bone (middle phalanx), long pastern

Lot: 56 - 5 Fossilized Megalodon Teeth on a Custom Stand

Ancient seas, ca. 2 million years ago. Five gorgeous fossilized examples of a Megalodon tooth with varied colors of fossilized stone, displayed together as a group on a custom stand. Megalodon (Carcharodon megalodon, literally "big tooth"), thought

Lot: 57 - Custom Knife - Prehistoric Gibeon Meteorite / Dino

Africa, Namibia, Gibeon, fall dates to prehistoric times, meteorite discovered by Captain J.E. Alexander in 1838 CE. A wonderful knife comprised of a Gibeon meteorite slab cut in modern times to resemble a long-snouted dinosaur with a drilled 'eye',

Lot: 58 - Rare Chorrera Pottery Double-Lobed Whistling

Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Chorrera culture, ca. 9th to 4th century BCE. An early and creative double-lobed whistling vessel. Each lobe is the body of a monkey. One sits facing forward, one hand to its mouth and the other hovering above its genitals, a

Lot: 59 - Michoacan Tzin Tzun Tzan Redware Teapot Vessel

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Michoacan, pre-Classic period, ca. 800 BCE to 100 BCE. This rare and very old, circular, squat vessel has a long, flared spout and a high bridge handle. This one is nicely painted with a cream geometric motif of what looks

Lot: 60 - Rare Bahia Manabi Pottery Mask w/ Horns

Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Manabi Province, Bahia culture, ca. 5th to 1st century BCE. A rare, interesting mask - round-faced, with long rectangular slits for eyes and a huge, aquiline nose depicted with a nose ring, the figure also has a small, open

Lot: 61 - Colombian San Augustin Blackware Lidded Vessel

Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Tairona, ca. 1000 to 1550 BCE. A burnished, monochromatic, dark brown to black lidded pottery vessel, the lower section of a carinated drum form, the lid created to fit neatly over the lip of the container, both lid and

Lot: 62 - Nayarit Chinesco Pottery Standing Female

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A striking ceramic figure of a woman with an exaggerated head and thighs. She stands on tiny feet, her hands on her hips, painted a creamy white on her upper body and part of her face and

Lot: 63 - Pair of Jalisco Pottery Bowls - Figural

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Two pottery bowls, made to hold grave offerings as part of the west Mexican shaft tomb culture tradition. One has an inward-curving body, its exterior surface painted dark red with a creamy

Lot: 64 - Rare Paracas Pottery Vessel - Football Shape

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Paracas, ca. 300 BCE. A brownware pottery vessel, its body assuming the form of a football-shaped gourd or fruit with a tubular neck resolving in a slightly flared spout. Each face is incised with a rectangular panel

Lot: 65 - Ecuadoran Manabi Pottery Figural Vessel

Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Manabi Province, Bahia culture, ca. 250 BCE to 600 CE. A blackware vessel with a double bowl form and a large face projecting from its upper bowl. The face is somewhat grotesque, dominated by a massive nose, with two drilled

Lot: 66 - Rare Paracas Pottery Plate w/ Zoomorphic Creature

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Paracas, ca. 700 to 500 BCE. A shallow pottery dish or plaque adorned with a centrally incised composite zoomorph in profile, painted with red and white highlights on a black-brown ground with red rim and a double

Lot: 67 - Fine Mezcala Stone Axe God - Stout Form

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Guerrero, Mezcala culture, ca. 400 to 100 BCE. A finely-crafted anthropomorphic figure, carved and string-cut from a mottled stone of deep green hues with gray and beige inclusions. The figure is characteristically abstract and

Lot: 68 - Jalisco Pottery Figure of Seated Woman

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A bichrome female shaft tomb figure striking a classic seated pose with her left leg folded beneath her right, holding a bowl in her right hand and placing her left hand over her abdominal

Lot: 69 - Superb Jalisco Pottery Sheepface Drummer

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A seated drummer of the so-called sheepface form, his visage comprised of an extremely pointed and protruding nose, recessed and painted white ovoid eyes, an incised happy smile, horn-like

Lot: 70 - Superb Jalisco Sheepface Pottery Figure

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A seated bichrome figure of the so-called sheepface variety holding an object (perhaps an instrument, fruit, or weapon) in his or her left hand - and bringing his /her right hand to his /

Lot: 71 - Jalisco Pottery Sheepface Figure - Rare Color!

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An ornate hand-built standing female figure, styled from an unusual beige-hued terracotta, with characteristically attenuated limbs, a wide torso, prominent breasts, and rounded shoulders.

Lot: 72 - Costa Rican Jade Celt Pendant

Pre-Columbian, Central America, Costa Rica, ca. 1 to 800 CE. A huge, blue-green celt pendant, smoothed and rounded on one side and unfinished, with a groove on the other. A large perforation has been drilled laterally through its narrow end. Celts,

Lot: 73 - Large Nazca Globular Jar - Serpentine Creature

Pre-Columbian, Peru, South Coast, Nazca, ca. 250 BCE to 125 CE. A polychrome globular bottle with double spouts connected by a flat bridge handle, presenting a mesmerizing iconographic program around the circumference featuring the so-called

Lot: 74 - Chavin Blue Sodalite and 24kt Gold Bead Necklace

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chavin, ca. 900 to 200 BCE for sodalite; Pre-Columbian, north coast of Peru, Moche, ca. 400 to 600 CE for gold. A Chavin sodalite and Moche 24 kt gold bead necklace strung in modern times. This beauty features large, cylindrical

Lot: 75 - Important Colima Pottery Roasted Escuincle Dog

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 100 BCE to 250 CE. A life-size Escuincle puppy, unfortunately roasted and belly-up, with paws drawn in, tightly closed eyes, and a clenched jaw with open mouth revealing teeth and fangs. The cooked canine lies

Lot: 76 - Nayarit Sitting Pottery Figure of a Female

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca 300 BCE to 300 CE. A hand-built terracotta figure depicting a seated female with a characteristically wide body in a lovely pose with both legs folded beneath her skirt and holding her hands to her knees. The

Lot: 77 - Published Jalisco Standing Figures - Male, Female

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 200 BCE to 200 CE. Rare to find matched pairs, and even more rare and very desirable when you find ones that are published! Fine white-slipped male and female figures. Female with large, albeit slightly

Lot: 78 - Exhibited Four Fine West Mexican & Mayan Pottery

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit and Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE; Mexico, Veracruz, ca. 700 to 900 CE; Mayan Territories, Maya, ca. 600 to 900 CE. An adorable group of four terracotta canine figures from various Pre-Columbian cultures. First is

Lot: 79 - Large / Fine Colima Pottery Gadrooned Jar

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An attractive pottery vessel in the form of a wide, voluminous squash with a body that is stylistically segmented with smooth, fine vertical ribbing and a bold flaring spout. The surface was

Lot: 80 - Rare Colima Pottery Warrior, ex-Arte Primitivo

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A tall, hollow-cast redware terracotta warrior figure with a nicely burnished surface. The male warrior is hunched over, standing on two broad and flat feet, and looking to his left side

Lot: 81 - Large Earthenware Colima Flat Standing Female

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A hand-built terracotta flat figure depicting a standing female with clearly delineated womb and genitalia, attenuated arms, rounded shoulders, shoulder pellets, and a beaded pectoral. Her

Lot: 82 - Costa Rican Nicoya Seated Venus Pottery Figure

Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Guanacaste, Nicoya Region, ca. 200 to 600 CE. A female polychrome ceramic Venus figure possessing the elegant stylings of the Guanacaste-Nicoya artisans. The striking painted decorative program in red and black on a

Lot: 83 - Moche Terracotta Figure & Textile Bird

Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche, ca. 300 to 500 CE. A pair of artifacts from the Moche culture of Northern Peru. First is a terracotta redware standing figure with a slightly slanted but stable base, short legs, delineated genitalia, bent arms

Lot: 84 - Veracruz Palma Stone in Form of Jaguar,

Pre-Columbian, Gulf Coast of Mexico, Veracruz culture, ca. 500 to 700 CE. A volcanic palma stone, carved by hand, in the shape of a jaguar head. The true palma was a heavy piece of leather worn by athletes during the Mesoamerican ballgame; stones

Lot: 85 - Mayan Pottery Figural Vessel - Shaman

Pre-Columbian, southern Mexico and northern Central America, Mayan Territories, Late Classic period, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A fascinating figural vessel, with a round, bulbous body with a projecting head, arms, and legs dominating one side. The head

Lot: 86 - Exceptional Tiahuanaco Pottery Canteen, Mythical

Pre-Columbian, Bolivia, South Andean Highlands, Tihuanaco (Tiwanaku), ca. 400 to 700 CE. A polychrome globular bottle, a popular form of the Tihuanaco artisans, with a generous rounded body, a perforated lug on one shoulder for carrying or

Lot: 87 - Mayan Ulua Valley Polychrome Tripod Cylinder

Pre-Columbian, Honduras, Ulua Valley, Mayan, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A striking polychrome cylinder vessel standing on three legs painted with incredibly rich iconography. The exterior walls feature an extensive composition comprised of three seated

Lot: 88 - Large Mayan Jade Amulet of a God

Pre-Columbian, Mayan Territories, ca. 500 to 950 CE. A breathtaking pendant carved from a beautiful jade stone of pale blue-green hues with mottled white inclusions - depicting a deity with an abstract visage donning an elaborate headdress and large

Lot: 89 - Mayan Peten Short Cylinder - Seated Figures

Pre-Columbian, Guatemala, Peten region, ca. 550 to 900 CE. An attractive hand-built terracotta cylinder on a concave foot, the exterior walls decorated with a pair of figures, each one seated, looking upward, and dramatically leaning forward with

Lot: 90 - Fine Mayan Jade Maskette of Maize God

Pre-Columbian, Mayan Territories, ca. 500 to 800 CE. This finely carved, light-green jade pendant features relief carved to depict the Maize God's stylized visage, richly ornamented with an elaborate headdress and ear discs. As was the custom, the

Lot: 91 - Costa Rican Lidded Pottery Incensario - Jaguar,

Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, San-Luis-Potosi, ca. 600 to 1100 CE. An iconographically rich lidded pottery incensario. Beyond the bowl and lid which are covered with multiple sharp nodes, is the jaguar pedestal, this mighty wild feline standing on all

Lot: 92 - Rare Narino / Puruha Pottery Jar - Human Figure

Pre-Columbian, Ecuador border, Narino or Puruha culture, ca. 850 to 1500 CE. An egg-shaped vessel with an anthropomorphic form on one side. Much of the body is covered with a delightful black-on-red painted pattern in two registers, created using the

Lot: 93 - Huge Colombian Pottery Cylinder - Incised

Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Middle Cauca, culture undetermined, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. An enormous redware cylinder, its exterior walls incised with two registers of repeated nested rectangles, some with segmented central forms, one end with four pairs of

Lot: 94 - Lambayeque Single Spout Vessel w/ Dignitary

Pre-Columbian, north coast of Peru, Lambayeque culture, ca. 750 to 1370 CE. A two-tiered rectangular vessel with a stirrup and spout, all over black with a burnished quality that gives it an almost-iridescent smooth quality. Perched on the second

Lot: 95 - Impressive Huastec Stone Nude Male Figure

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Huastec, ca. 900 to 1450 CE. A large, grey, volcanic stone standing figure of a male. He is shown with a prominent phallus, hands on his stomach, and a face with inset eyes and mouth and a wide, flaring nose. His hair is

Lot: 96 - Rare Narino Bichrome Aryballoid Vessel

Pre-Columbian, South America, Colombia, Narino, ca. 1400 to 1500 CE. A large, hand built, polychrome pottery aryballos, the walls beautifully finished with elaborate negative-resist geometric decoration in hues of red and black presenting a complex

Lot: 97 - Pre-Columbian Tumbaga Gold Pendants - 7.8 g

Pre-Columbian, Central America, Panama or Costa Rica, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. A pair of zoomorphic tumbaga (alloy mostly of gold and copper) pendants, the larger representing a frog, the species of the smaller more difficult to decipher but positioned

Lot: 98 - Costa Rican Stone Squatting Figure of a Male

Pre-Columbian, Central America, Costa Rica, Central Highlands, Atlantic Watershed, ca. 1000 to 1400 CE. Carved from a porous grey volcanic stone, a figure crouching in a seated position with folded arms upon upraised knees, legs parted so as to

Lot: 99 - Rare Taino Stone Spherolith

Pre-Columbian, Dominican Republic, Taino or Ciboney people, ca. 1200 to 1500 CE. A smooth, round, grey serpentine ball with a milky white natural inclusion forming a curved, natural rift across much of the body. Stone balls like this one are found in

Lot: 100 - Large Colombian Cauca Valley Figural Urn

Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Cauca Valley, Caldas Complex, ca. 1200 to 1400 CE. A round-bodied, figural urn capped by a neck and spout, shaped like a highly sylized head. The face is a wonderfully classic example of this culture's sculptural style, with

Lot: 101 - Large Colombian Quimbaya Pottery Effigy Jar

Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Quimbaya, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. A wonderful handbuilt earthenware effigy vessel presenting an anthropomorphic form with an intriguing globular silhouette atop a concave pedestal foot with a rolled rim - the upper section

Lot: 102 - Large / Fine Taino Stone Zemi - Old Museum Label

Pre-Columbian, Hispaniola, Greater Antilles Islands, Taino/ Arawak Indians, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. Among the only items specifically referenced by Spanish chroniclers of the 15th century, a quintessential example of a three pointer stone with a large

Lot: 103 - Colombia Magdalena Earthenware Lidded Jar - Couple

Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Middle Magdalena River, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. An enormous, hand-built terracotta burial urn, the lid surmounted with a human couple, the male and female figures sitting back to back, both nude with delineated genitalia,

Lot: 104 - Tall Colombian Tuza Decorated Terracotta Urn

Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Highland Narino region, Tuza cultural complex, ca. 1250 to 1500 CE. A tall, fine, ceramic urn, with black-on-cream decoration on the buff surface. The body is conical and sits on a flat base, widening near the middle to a

Lot: 105 - Narino Pottery Shell Form Whistle - Monkeys

Pre-Columbian, South America, Colombia, Narino, ca. 1250 CE. Beautiful and musical too, this finely made Narino pottery ocarina was modeled in the elegant shape of a seashell and meticulously decorated with an incised register of three adorable

Lot: 106 - Aztec Stone Eagle Warrior - Papered by Andre

Pre-Columbian, Mexico City region, Aztec, ca. 1300 to 1500 CE. One of my favorites! An incredible volcanic stone statuette of an Eagle Warrior. The figure wears a headdress emulating an eagle head, with a smoothed, dramatic beak that juts out over

Lot: 107 - Pre-Columbian 18K Gold Pendant - Shaman - 13 gr

Pre-Columbian, Central America, Panama or Costa Rica, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. An 18 karat gold pendant cast via the lost wax process with an open back, depicting a proud shaman figure highly decorated with a horned or feathered headdress and large

Lot: 108 - Inca 18K+ Gold Llama Head in Silver Pendant

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Inca culture, ca. 1400 CE. High karat gold (unfortunately the design of this piece makes it difficult to test for exact karats) llama head (once from a full-bodied figure and then found attached to an early 20th century stick

Lot: 109 - Inca Blackware Aryballos

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Inca, ca. 1400 to 1533 CE. This impressive pottery vessel features a highly burnished blackware finish on an aryballos form, with corseted lower section on a flat bottom and side loop handles. Beyond this attractive form, the

Lot: 110 - Paeloindian Alabama Chert Clovis Point - Found

New World, Native American, found at Sinking Creek, Lauderdale County, Alabama, Paleoindian period, ca. 13,500 to 10,000 BP (11500 BCE). Wow! A dark grey chert Clovis projectile point, probably the most famous known point in human prehistory, from

Lot: 111 - 18th C. Eastern Woodland Indian War Club - Intact!

North America, Eastern Woodlands region, Great Lakes region to east of Mississippi River, ca. late 17th to early 18th century CE. A "striking" war club with a long wooden handle, ovoid stone head, and leather wrappings all over. A rich brown patina

Lot: 112 - 19th C. Pair of Inuit Marine Mammal Bone Tools

Arctic, Native American, Inuit, ca. 19th century CE. A pair of hand-carved and smoothed tools made from the bones of marine mammals. The first is comb-like, with a drilled hole at the top and five long, round tines. The second has an interesting

Lot: 113 - African Bura Terracotta Head

Africa, Niger River Valley, Bura Asinda-Sikka culture, ca. 11th century CE. A terracotta head with a diamond shaped visage comprised of coffee bean shaped eyes, a pronounced long nose, angular ears, puckered lips, and an elaborately 'plaited'

Lot: 114 - Yoruba Gelede Wooden Helmet Mask w/ Monkey

Africa, Nigeria, early 20th century CE. A hand-carved and painted wooden helmet mask featuring a ravenous monkey voraciously eating an ear of corn on top, surrounded by various protuberances around the cap form. Nice remains of red and white pigment

Lot: 115 - 20th C. Kwese Mbala Wood Helmet Mask,

Central Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kwese Mbala, ca. 20th century CE. A large, rounded, wooden helmet mask, known as a mbala, centered around a small, heart-shaped face. The narrow eye slits are set inside bulging eyelids; the nose is

Lot: 116 - 19th C. PNG Admiralty Islands Wood Sago Pounder

South Pacific, Papua New Guinea, Admiralty Islands, ca. late 19th century CE. Wooden pounder used in the extraction from the spongy center, or pith, of various tropical palm stems, in this case the sago plant. Looking akin to an axe or adze carved

Lot: 117 - Spanish Silver Doubloon in14K Gold Pendant Setting

Spanish empire, Bolivia or Peru mint, ca. 1590 to 1650 CE. Spanish silver 4 cob coinage from one of the New World mines and mints of South America. Coins like this were most often minted from the silver mines in Potosi, Bolivia, and then shipped to

Lot: 118 - 19th C. Spanish Colonial Silver Resplendor Crown

South America, Bolivia, ca. 19th century, CE. One of the finest silver crowns from this region we have had the pleasure of owning or even seeing! Large solid silver resplendor crown - designed to be worn upon the head of a wooden Santo or other

Lot: 119 - 18th C. Spanish Colonial Painted Wood Angels

Latin America, Spanish Colonial period, ca. 1750 CE. Two hand carved wood and polychromed cherubic figures depicting rosy-cheeked, wide-eyed angels that very much reflect the stylings of the Baroque to Rococo periods with their sensuous fleshy forms

Lot: 120 - 19th C. Mexican El Nino de Atocha Ceramic & Wood

New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial style, ca. 19th century CE. A beautiful piece of religious folk art, in two parts that seem to be contemporary: one a ceramic sculpture of the El Nino de Atocha, well-painted, with glass eyes, seated on a throne;

Lot: 121 - 19th C. Mexican Tin Retablo - El Nino de Atocha

Latin America, Mexico, ca. 19th century CE. A finely painted retablo on heavy gauge tin depicting the Christ Child as El Nino de Atocha. The tradition of the child may be traced back to Atocha, a suburb of Madrid, following the Moors' invasion, where

Lot: 122 - 19th C. Mexican Head of Christ Mounted in Wooden

Latin America, Mexico, ca. 19th century CE. An incredibly striking carved wood rendering of the head of Christ on a veil. His head is shown disembodied, with careful detailing of the hair and glass inlaid eyes; blood drips from myriad cuts,

Lot: 123 - 19th C. Mexican Christ Crowned w/ Thorns Painting

Latin America, Mexico, dated 1893 CE (on verso). A dramatic oil on canvas painting representing Christ's visage on 'Veronica's Veil' also known as La Santa Faz Veronica (The Veil of Veronica) or El Divino Rostro (the Divine Face or the Holy Face).

Lot: 124 - 19th C. Mexican Tin Ex Voto to the Holy Child

Latin America, Mexico, ca. 1876 CE. Hand painted on heavy gauge tin, an ex voto depicting a woman dressed in black kneeling in prayer to the Holy Child (Santo Nino referring to the Baby Jesus) who is depicted in the upper left corner making a

Lot: 125 - 19th C. Russian Royal Door Panels,

Russia, ca. 1890 CE. A pair of arched wood Royal Door wing panels for an iconostasis or icon screen within an Orthodox church, finely finished in egg tempera and gold leaf, displaying an Annunciation scene in the upper register with depictions of the

Lot: 126 - 19th C. German Hand-Tinted Photo on Porcelain

Europe, Germany, Franz Till, ca. mid 19th century CE. An oval porcelain plaque finely painted over a faint photographic image with a portrait of a distinguished gentleman in a 3/4 pose, wearing a black jacket, bow tie, and white dress shirt, his

Lot: 127 - Pair 19th c. French Hand-Colored Lithographs

Europe, Pierre Toussaint Frederic Mialhe (French, 1810-1868) after Carlos (Carl) Nebel (German, 1805-1855), "La Piramide de Papantla", ca. 1836-1839 CE and "Templo Antiguo de los Totonacos in Tusapan", ca. 1836-1839 CE. A pair of beautiful

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