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Auctioneer Artemis Gallery 7208907700
Auction Date Apr 17 Auction
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Lot: 1 - Egyptian Late Dynastic Carved Stone Cippus

Ancient Egypt, Late Dynastic period, ca. 712 to 332 BCE. A carved stone panel cippus, a votive plaque which once would have depicted the god Horus standing atop the two crocodiles, one of whom is nicely preserved here. Below the crocodiles are three

Lot: 2 - Egyptian Faience Bead Necklace - Braided Strands

Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate to Late Dynastic Period, ca. 1070 to 332 BCE. A beautiful necklace composed of braided faience bead strands - hundreds of faience seed beads of wine red, jet black, and creamy beige hues ranging from dark to light

Lot: 3 - Egyptian Faience 8 Strand Layered Necklace w/ 2

Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate to Late Dynastic Period, ca. 1070 to 332 BCE. A striking necklace comprised of eight layered strands of faience beads - alternating tubular and seed beads - in shades of turquoise blue, seafoam green, teal, and

Lot: 4 - Miniature Egyptian Faience Ushabti

Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1070 to 712 BCE. Among the smallest we have ever seen, a miniature aqua blue faience mummiform ushabti with black-painted details. The wealthier nobility in Egyptian society were able to have ushabtis made of

Lot: 5 - Egyptian Faience Overseer Ushabti w/ Whip

Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1077 to 943 BCE. An ushabti (shabti), made of faience that is a beautiful sky blue color, painted with black details - hairline, eyes, brows, and hoe. The wealthier nobility in Egyptian society were

Lot: 6 - Egyptian Terracotta Harpokrates Riding Horse,

Egypt, ca. 1st century BCE to 1st century CE. A mold-made earthenware statuette depicting Harpokrates (also Harpocrates), son of Osiris and Isis as well as the Egyptian god of silence, holding his right forefinger to his lips and riding a stallion.

Lot: 7 - Egyptian Coptic Wood Female Figure, Incised

Egypt, Coptic, ca. 395 to 641 CE. A stylized depiction of a female figure carved from a single piece of wood with incised details (almond-shaped eyes with pierced pupils, arched brows, a straight nose, slit mouth, nipples, navel, and pubic triangle)

Lot: 8 - Greek Cypriot Black-on-White Milk Bowl

Ancient Greece, Cyprus, late Cypriot II, ca. 1450 to 1400 BCE. A rounded terracotta bowl with a wishbone-shaped handle and black-on-white painted geometric motifs on the exterior and on the handle. Bowls like these were formed by shaping them over a

Lot: 9 - Archaic Greek Terracotta Votive Figure of Goddess

Greece, Archaic Period, ca. 6th century BCE. A mold-made votive figure of a woman. She stands, wearing a polos hat over a towering wiglike hairstyle, and a long chiton, with her hair falling over the shoulders of her mantle. Her hands are pressed

Lot: 10 - Messapian Terracotta Trozella in Squat Form

Classical World, Southern Italy, Apulia, Messapian tribe, ca. 5th to 3rd century BCE. A beautiful example of the most famous form of Messapian pottery, the trozella (also spelled trozzella). The vessel has high strap handles, each adorned with a pair

Lot: 11 - Greek Attic Black-Figure Footed Dish - Dionysos

Ancient Greece, Athens, ca. early 5th century BCE. An elegant pedestaled dish depicting Dionysos (also Dionysus and to the Romans, Bacchus) - the Olympian god of wine, pleasure, ritual madness, ecstasy, and theatre - sitting in profile on a

Lot: 12 - Kings of Macedon Philip II Silver Tetradrachm EF

Greek/Macedon, Kings of Macedon, Philip II. 359 to 336 BCE. AR Tetradrachm (13.4 grams). Laureate head of Zeus right / FILIP-POU, youth on horseback right, crowning horse with palm; raised leg. CP. Le Rider pl. 44, 20. Size: 1" W (2.5 cm)

Lot: 13 - Greek Campanian Blackware Guttos

Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Campania, ca. 340 to 325 BCE. A black-glazed pottery guttos (oil-pouring vessel) of a characteristically squat and rounded form with a single conical spout, a ring-form handle attached at the shoulder, and a rimmed fill

Lot: 14 - Lovely Greek Gnathian Near-Miniature Baby Feeder

Classical World, Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Gnathian, ca. 340 to 320 BCE. A finely made ceramic bottle feeder for an infant, with a looped handle joining upper neck to shoulder, a pronounced round foot, and a nipple-like protrusion from the side

Lot: 15 - Beautiful Greek Gnathian Pottery Epichysis

Magna Graecia, southern Italy, near Ignazia, Apulia, ca. 325 BCE. A very fine pottery pouring vessel known as an epichysis, possessing a characteristically spool-shaped base with a curved low body leading to a tubular neck and a slender spout joined

Lot: 16 - Trio of Hellenistic Greek Terracotta Heads

Greece, probably Tanagra, Boeotia, Hellenstic period, ca. late 4th to 3rd century BCE. A trio of heads from the naturalistic tradition of pottery that is best known from Tanagra, where figurines like the ones that had these for heads have been found

Lot: 17 - Greek Kings of Thrace Lysimachos 18K 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: 18 - Hellenistic Greek Core-Formed Glass Alabastron

Ancient Greece, Hellenistic, ca. 3rd to 1st century BCE. A striking core-formed glass alabastron, so named because many vessels that assumed this form were made of alabaster. This piece is comprised of a very deep blue glass with white and yellow

Lot: 19 - Roman Bronze Lamp w/ Horse Head Handle

Rome, Imperial period, ca. 50 to 79 CE. In a word, elegant! A cast bronze oil lamp with an elongated body, an extended, splayed, and fluked nozzle spout, and a handle with a horse head finial emerging from a leafy wreath presenting a fine green

Lot: 20 - Lot of 5 Roman Bronze / Iron Utensils

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A group of five utensils, four bronze, one iron. All but one are small and simple; the largest is a spoon with a delightful fish low on its handle. The end of the spoon has two curved bars that

Lot: 21 - Complete Roman Bronze Strainer w/ Swan Handle

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. An intricate cast bronze wine strainer, composed of a deep cavity with punched holes in the center of a shallow, wide bowl. A wide, slightly-incurved rim surrounds the full bowl. Projecting from the

Lot: 22 - Roman Bronze Attachment - Confronting Lions

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A pair of lions, cast in bronze, confronting one another, their bodies low in a crouch, their heads close together as they fight. Each has a massive head and a slender, athletic body with a long,

Lot: 23 - Beautiful Roman Glass Globular Jar - Rainbow Hues!

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A lovely free-blown glass vessel, its form comprised of a near spherical body with a flared mouth and a folded rim - all upon a concave bottom with a broken pontil made during its creation. The glass

Lot: 24 - Roman Imperial Bronze Horse & Rider

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A very unusual, solid bronze equestrian statuette, skillfully cast by the lost wax (cire perdue) technique, depicting an oversized rider - probably intended to represent an emperor, donning flowing

Lot: 25 - Roman Bronze Key Ring - Stunning Patina!

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A beautiful bronze key with a hooped ring. Both the shoulder and small protrusion are decorated with incised linear details, perhaps meant as a personalized touch. A large rectangular key face

Lot: 26 - Rare Roman Bronze Votive - Phallus Form

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A petite yet sturdy cast-bronze votive object in the form of a flat-bottomed phallus. The overall form is comprised of a wide body, a flared tip embellished with several spiralized grooves, and a

Lot: 27 - Roman Marble Bust of Serapis

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A skillfully carved marble bust depicting the god Serapis with deeply set eyes, a bushy beard, a mustachioed closed mouth, wavy locks of cascading curly hair framing his visage, and a draped chiton

Lot: 28 - Roman Imperial Lead Toy - Fighting Gladiators

Rome, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A wonderful toy, a lead work depicting two gladiators engaged in combat. The shorter Thracian wears a plumed, broad-rimmed helmet that encloses his entire head, a square-shaped shield, and two

Lot: 29 - Roman Glass Double-Chambered Unguentarium

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 2nd to 4th century CE. A spectacular Roman blue-green glass double unguentarium, sometimes called a balsamarium, with two sinuous trail handles on each side. The conjoined tubes have a continuous band of pale green trail

Lot: 30 - 5th C. Gothic Gilded Silver Fibula w/ Garnets

Central Europe, Goths, ca. 5th century CE. A gorgeous and very classic example of a Gothic silver fibula, made for a high status man or woman. It is formed of a half-circle headplate with spoked grooves and five projecting knobs. Below that is an

Lot: 31 - Early Viking White Bronze Cuff Bracelet w/ Animals

Eastern Europe / Central Asia, Russia, early Viking / Finno-Ugric / Perm Animal Style (Permian Animal Style), ca. 8th to 9th centuries CE. A wide, cast white bronze bracelet with a motif of a deer or possibly bear head on either end and small,

Lot: 32 - Pair of White Bronze Viking Lunate Brooches

Northern/Eastern Europe, Baltic Vikings/Viking Rus, ca. 12th century CE. A fabulous pair of cast white bronze pennanular brooches (fibulae) of the style known as Mordvinian, with granulated surfaces. This style incorporates the penannanular style and

Lot: 33 - Persian Achaemenid Bronze / Iron Brazier + Tripod

Ancient Near East, Persia, Achaemenid Period, ca. 539 to 330 BCE. A very fine cast bronze brazier of a round, shallow form with four separately cast bird -possibly eagle- ornaments or handle finials, attached to the rim, one pair opposite the other,

Lot: 34 - Early Byzantine 24K Gold Hair Pendants - 15 gr

Byzantium, ca. 5th to 6th century CE. A stunning pair of high karat (measure at 24 kt) gold ear pendants presenting matching intricate designs comprised of twisted gold wires with a central front panel featuring grape leaves and tendrilled vines

Lot: 35 - Aramaic Pottery Devil Trap Bowl

Ancient Near East, ca. 6th to 8th century CE. A Judeo-Aramaic terracotta bowl with traces of fine black inscription spiraling around the interior. Bowls like this example were traditionally buried face down under houses to catch demons and thus

Lot: 36 - 10th C. Seljuk Bronze Rectangular Tray - Felines

Medieval Middle East, Turkey / Persia, Seljuk Empire (sometimes Seljuq), ca. 10th to 12th centuries CE. A repousse bronze rectangular tray depicting four felines, with nashki (also nashk or nesih) inscriptions around the rim. The panthers are around

Lot: 37 - 19th C Persian Steel Scimitar Bone Handle, Brass

Western Asia, Persia (present day Iran), ca. 19th century CE. A lovely steel scimitar with a slightly curved blade. The handle is made from carved bone, likely mammalian (yak or ox), with a crescent-shaped hammered brass pommel and ovoid guard. The

Lot: 38 - Bactrian Schist Jar w/ IIncised Palm Fronds

Central Asia, Bactrian, ca. 2500 to 2250 BCE. A cylindrical vessel carved from grey-green schist and incised with three contiguous abstract renderings of stylized palm fronds. Polished stone cups and bowls are common grave goods from this time

Lot: 39 - Ancient Dagestan Bronze Standing Idol

Western Asia, Dagestan Region, located on the northwestern shores of the Caspian Sea, ca. 1500 to 500 BCE. A miniature bronze standing idol with large hands raised to the sides of the head, palms facing outward, and fingers stretched wide. The body

Lot: 40 - Gandharan Stone Gray Schist Head of Bodhisattva

Central Asia, Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan, Gandharan Empire, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A beautiful example of Graeco-Buddhist art demonstrating a strong syncretism between eastern and western traditions, hand-carved from gray schist stone in

Lot: 41 - 5th C. Indian Gupta Terracotta Head of a Lady

Central Asia, India, Gupta Dynasty, ca. 4th to 6th century CE. A lovely hollow-cast terracotta head of an aristocratic woman displaying ornate jewelry and a sensitive visage. Her gentle countenance is comprised of full cheeks and lips, a petite nose,

Lot: 42 - Medieval Indian Sandstone Sculpture - Warrior

Central Asia, India, Rajasthan, ca. 11th century CE. A pale red sandstone panel, perhaps made to be set into the wall of a temple, depicting a sensuous, fleshy, high-relief male torso draped with elaborate jewelry - a tight beaded necklace and a huge

Lot: 43 - Early 20th C. Nepalese Wooden Festival Mask

Central Asia, Nepal, Himalayan, ca. early 20th century CE. A striking wooden festival mask, hand-carved with bulging eyes, a snub nose, stylized ears, and an open mouth displaying large, pointed canine teeth. Each ear has a pair of perforations for

Lot: 44 - 12th C. Cambodian Khmer Stone Head of Buddha

Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Khmer Empire, ca. late 12th to early 13th century CE. Skillfully carved from a stone of rich taupe hues, the head of a Buddha - perhaps a royal presented as Buddha - carved with a characteristic Bayon style tiered ushnisha.

Lot: 45 - 12th C. Majapahit Glass Bead / Silver Necklace

Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Java, Majapahit, ca. 12th to 14th century CE. An attractive strand of 35 beautiful Indonesian glass beads, the majority of near-round forms and matte emerald green hues, two featuring abstract faces in white against a deep

Lot: 46 - 18th C. Dayak Wood Guardian Statue - Radiocarbon

Indonesia, Borneo, Central Kalimantan, Dayak peoples, ca. 18th to 19th century CE. A tall, hand-carved wooden guardian figure from a culture with an esteemed tradition of wood carving. The figure has a long, skull-like face, with huge, round, sunken

Lot: 47 - 19th C. Indonesian Terracotta Temple Fragment

Southeast Asia, Indonesia, ca. 19th century CE. An ornate mold-made terracotta decorative fragment from a temple, depicting a fiery-headdressed goddess with four arms. The goddess holds two hands palm outward in blessing; the other are raised above

Lot: 48 - Chinese Qing Dynasty Lidded Ceramic Jar

East Asia, China, Qing Dynasty, ca. 1644 to 1912 CE. A pretty ceramic jar with a round, hollow, disc-like lid. The body is glazed and has blue-on-white motifs of human figures, waves, and bamboo plants. Applied dragons circle the shoulder. Size:

Lot: 49 - 20th C. Chinese Cinnabar Lacquer Vases (pr)

East Asia, China, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A beautiful matched pair of wood and lacquer vases of the style known as cinnabar as their red coloring resembles that of cinnabar. To carve these pieces, artisans start with a wooden frame that is

Lot: 50 - Huge Arizona Petrified Tree Slice - Over 40" W!

United States, Arizona, Triassic period, ca. 250 to 200 million years before present (BP). Huge and gorgeous thick slice of Araucarioxylon arizonicum. Araucarioxylon arizonicum is estimated to have grown more than 150 feet high and dominated the

Lot: 51 - Prehistoric Peruvian Stone Spearhead Sharpener

South America, Peru, prehistoric period, ca. 5000 to 2000 years ago. A sinuously-shaped spearhead sharpener from ancient Peru, made from a pretty stone with reddish and beige hues. The sides of the sharpener have abstract anthropomorphic forms. The

Lot: 53 - Olmec Jade Celt Deep Blue-Green, ex-Arte Primitivo

Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Olmec culture, ca. 1150 to 550 BCE. An incredible piece of ancient craftsmanship, hand-carved jade celt with a deep blue-green coloration and a graceful presentation. The celt is a tapered hand tool of a

Lot: 54 - Classic Olmec Pottery Head

Pre-Columbian, Southern Mexico to Guatemala, Olmec culture, ca. 1150 to 550 BCE. A well-defined anthropomorphic pottery head displaying drilled eyes, a petite nose, full lips, and puffy cheeks, all capped with a simple coiffure. Inside the mouth are

Lot: 55 - Chavin Carved Stone Drug Mortar - Armadillo

Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chavin, ca. 1200 to 500 BCE. A charming and rare example of a lemon-carro stone mortar in the form of an armadillo, one half of a mortar and pestle used for grinding materials needed to ingest hallucinogenic

Lot: 56 - Chavin Ceremonial Stone Dish w/ Cinnabar

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chavin, ca. 900 to 200 BCE. A beautiful fragment of a ceremonial dish, its surface incised and drilled with a highly abstract motif of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures - what looks like a bird with its wings spread is on

Lot: 57 - Ancient Chavin Camelid Bone Spatula - Abstract

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chavin, ca. 900 to 200 BCE. Wow! A fantastic piece, a large camelid bone spatula used for extracting lime from a container as part of the elaborate shamanic ritual of ingesting hallucinogenic drugs. The long bone has a gentle

Lot: 58 - Pre-Columbian Paracas Camelid Bone Shaman Scepter

Pre-Columbian, Peru (South Coast), Paracas culture, ca. 800 to 100 BCE. Camelid bone carved into the shape of a scepter or finial, capped by a dramatic human figure. The figure holds out a stick of some kind, perhaps representing a musical instrument

Lot: 59 - Rare Chavin Lemon Carro Incised Stone Cup / Mortar

Pre-Columbian, north coast Peru, Chavin, ca. 1200 to 500 BCE. Very fine stone cup or mortar, probably used for hallucinogenic drugs, from one of the earliest and most artistically advanced cultures of South America. Comprised of a very dark grey

Lot: 60 - Pre-Columbian Chavin Stone Pectoral - Sodalite

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Chavin, ca. 900 to 200 BCE. A grand necklace with beads carved from sodalite, one of the primary elements of lapis lazuli mined from the Andes and cherished since antiquity. The piece is comprised of fourteen, large shell-shaped

Lot: 61 - Guerrero Mezcala Greenstone Maskette

Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Guerrero region, Mezcala, ca. 1000 to 400 BCE. A beautiful maskette, hand-carved from a mottled pale greenstone with dark inclusions, depicting an abstract anthropomorphic face with highly-stylized features. The visage

Lot: 62 - Chinesco Nayarit Seated Hunchback Figures (pr)

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Nayarit, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. A pair of seated figures, each a hunchback with a round head, incised hair above a heart-shaped face, and nose rings. Each is seated, with one hand on his or her knee, and the other hand

Lot: 65 - Trio of Fine Pre-Columbian Pottery Bowls

Pre-Columbian, Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Sumpango, Preclassic Maya Period, Maya, ca. 200 BCE to 200 CE. A wonderful collection of three hand-built and highly-burnished pottery vessels. First is a small olla with a flat base, globular body, and a pair

Lot: 66 - Stunning Necklace - Ancient Ecuadoran Spindle

Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Manabi culture, ca. 500 BCE to 500 CE. A gorgeous macrame necklace comprised of forty-three miniature pottery spindle whorls, arranged in two strands, with a petite knot in-between each bead. Each spindle whorl is decorated

Lot: 67 - Jalisco Redware Seated Figure of a Nude Woman

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An impressively large and finely modeled, Jalisco female figure, nude except for her cap-like headdress, kneeling with legs folded beneath her body, arms slightly raised at sides. Her

Lot: 68 - Jalisco Ameca Etzatlan Style Conjoined Couple

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, Ameca Gray type, Etzatlan style, ca. 100 BCE to 200 CE. A skillfully, hand-built and hand-modeled bichrome sculpture depicting a seated, conjoined couple, facing forward, arm-in-arm. Their white-slipped visages

Lot: 69 - Impressive Calima 21K+ Gold Nose Ornament - 8.4

Pre-Columbian, Southwestern Colombia, Calima, Malagana style, ca. 100 BCE to 100 CE. Nose ornaments were some of the earliest personal adornments created throughout the Andes during the Precolumbian era. Although crafted from a variety of materials,

Lot: 70 - Large Jalisco Sheepface Standing Female Figure

Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. An enormous example of a shaft tomb figure, this is a standing sheepface female made from thick, red-slipped ceramic. She stands upon flat, naturalistic feet with stylized toes and easily

Lot: 71 - Moche 10K Gold Disc - Stylized Jaguar Face

Pre-Columbian, Peru (North Coast), Moche Culture, ca. 100 to 700 CE. A fierce hammered 10K gold-copper alloy disc depicting a stylized jaguar face, heart-shaped, with round eyes and a mouth full of fierce, openwork teeth. Four piercings, two each

Lot: 72 - Nazca Silver / 14 K Gold Ear Spools - 23 gr (pr)

Pre-Columbian, Peru (South Coast), Nazca culture, ca. 100 BCE to 800 CE. A matching pair of gorgeous ear spools, made from gold and silver. The central disc is thin 14K gold sheet, cut into openwork motifs of two birds in mid-flight inside a wide

Lot: 73 - Impressive Moche 16K Gold Nose Ornament - 10.6 gr

Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche, ca. 100 to 300 CE. A very large, crescent shaped, 16K gold nose ornament made from hammered gold river nuggets, with a circular opening and a small slit above for wearing. Size: 5.125" W x 2" H (13 cm x 5.1

Lot: 74 - Lovely Sihuas Polychrome Textile Sash

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Sihuas Valley culture, ca. 100 to 700 CE. A lovely textile sash comprised of tightly-woven camelid (alpaca or llama) fibers in a polychrome palette of hues including sapphire, navy, maroon, ruby, citrine, cream, and

Lot: 75 - Nazca Polychrome Kero w/ Trophy Head Panel

Pre-Columbian, Nazca culture, Peru South Coast, ca. 100 to 400 CE. A striking polychrome hand built kero (or quero) vessel decorated with an upper register occupied by severed trophy heads wearing elaborate headdresses and representing the heads of

Lot: 76 - Nazca 12K Gold & Sterling Silver Ear Spools - 36.1

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca, ca. 200 to 400 CE. An attractive pair of 12K gold and sterling silver earspools with silver plugs and gold roundels, each adorned with an endearing silver monkey eating a fruit. In the Pre-Columbian world,

Lot: 77 - Pair Nazca Silver / Gold Ear Spools - XRF Tested

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca, ca. 300 to 500 CE. A beautiful pair of ear spools with 14K+ gold spiral faces on sterling silver plugs. The spiral motif may in fact be an abstract interpretation of conch or another marine shell form. Shells

Lot: 78 - Rare Moche Pottery Bichrome Florero - Impressed

Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche III, ca. 400 to 500 CE. A huge, hand-built pottery flared bowl - called a florero (Spanish for "flower pot") - used in Moche ceremonies. Painted in a bichrome palette of russet and cream hues, this

Lot: 80 - Nice Native American Stone 3/4 Groove Hand Axe

Native American, North America, Eastern Woodland, ca. 200 to 1000 CE. A fine, hand-carved stone hand axe with a bulbous handle, a flat base, and a wide head with a tapered edge. A recessed groove runs along the top and lateral sides of the tool,

Lot: 81 - Cocle Polychrome Painted Vase, ex-Robert Sonin

Pre-Columbian, Panama, Gran Cocle, Tonosi period, ca. 300 to 550 CE. A beautiful, hand-built pottery vessel hailing from the Gran Cocle kingdom of Central America or present-day Cocle province. Cocle ceramics include some of the most intriguing

Lot: 82 - Panamanian Volcanic Stone Metate - Jaguar Form

Pre-Columbian, Panama, Chiriqui people, ca. 500 to 1200 CE. A gorgeous example of a ceremonial metate, carved from a coarse, grey volcanic stone, and taking the form of a jaguar. The jaguar has a long, curved tail that folds over between its legs to

Lot: 83 - Panamanian Jade Blade / Pendant - Avian Form

Pre-Columbian, Panama, Chiriqui culture, ca. 500 to 1200 CE. An incredible piece of blue-green jade fashioned from an axe/celt shape into a more abstract, avian form pendant. Drilled holes near one end, combined with a beak-like shape that has been

Lot: 84 - Pair Sican Copper-Silver Textile Appliques -

Pre-Columbian, north coast of Peru, Sican / Lambayeque culture, ca. 750 to 1370 CE. A pair of appliques made from an alloy of 85% copper and 15% silver, each hammered and cut into the form of a crouched jaguar with a long face and curved tail. Each

Lot: 85 - Very Fine Huari Bone Atl Atl Finial

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Wari (Huari), ca. 700 to 1000 CE. A beautiful atl atl finial of a figural form, hand-carved from a single ungulate bone. The finial depicts a lord squatting atop a circular platform with both hands wrapped around his

Lot: 86 - Ancient Venezuelan Trujillo Stone Winged Bat

Pre-Columbian, Venezuela, Trujillo, ca. 300 to 1100 CE. A very large bat pendant, carefully carved from a mottled dark grey stone - perhaps serpentine or steatite - with large outspread, rounded wings and a trapezoidal head with perforated eyes. In

Lot: 87 - Large Veracruz Seated Female Figure

Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Vera Cruz, ca. 600 to 900 CE. A grand female terracotta figure sitting with crossed legs and hands placed upon her knees. She dons an impressively ornate headdress or coiffure comprised of countless coils, a double pectoral,

Lot: 88 - Large Vera Cruz Napiloa Articulated Doll,

Pre-Columbian, Veracruz Mexico, Napiloa, ca. 550 to 950 CE. A fabulous articulated doll depicting a young prince donning an elaborate tunic and bedecked with jewels - comprised of mold-made buff terracotta sections with added white pigment, joined

Lot: 89 - Fine Nicoya Blue-Green Jade Pendant - Jaguar / Man

Pre-Columbian, Costa Rican, Guanacaste / Nicoya region, ca. 500 to 1200 CE. An exceedingly fine celt pendant figure, skillfully hand-carved and string-cut from a translucent jade of blue-green hues and white inclusions, depicting a standing figure

Lot: 90 - Panamanian Cocle Polychrome Pedestal Dish - Bird

Pre-Columbian, Central America, Panama, Gran Cocle culture, ca. 800 to 1000 CE. A handsome bowl, painted in its interior with black (now faded to dark brown) - outlined red and blue/lilac decoration of a sea bird, its large, curved beak turned to one

Lot: 91 - Marajoara Incised Pottery Lid - Shaman Face

Pre-Columbian, Brazil, Marajoara culture, ca. 800 to 1400 CE. A fabulous pottery lid from a little-known culture. The lid has a round, flat surface, with a corseted lower body that widens out to be nearly the same width at its base as it is at the

Lot: 92 - Rare Costa Rican Polychrome Tripod, Mayan

Pre-Columbian, northwestern Costa Rica, Middle / Late Polychrome periods in Guanacaste / Nicoya, ca. 800 to 1550 CE. A striking, rare style of tripod vessel, composed of an ornately-decorated, tall-sided bowl standing on three legs shaped like human

Lot: 93 - Beauitful Sican 14K Gold Ring - Finger Shaped

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Sican, ca. 800 to 1000 CE. A beautiful gold ring made from a fine sheet of 14K gold that has been gently bent to mirror the shape of a finger - and tooled to create the impression of a nailbed and knuckles, making for a rather

Lot: 94 - Marajoara Bichrome Pottery Tanga / Genital Cover

Pre-Columbian, Brazil, Marajo Island at the mouth of the Amazon, Marajoara, ca. 800 to 1400 CE. Marajoara pottery is some of the most finely-decorated pottery from this part of the ancient world. The artist who created this pubic cover presents three

Lot: 95 - Panamanian Chiriqui Jade Armadillo Amulet

Pre-Columbian, Panama, Chiriqui, ca. 800 to 1500 CE. An endearing miniature armadillo amulet, finely carved from a deep green jade stone with bright white inclusions, and bilaterally perforated under the neck, making for a wearable pendant. The word

Lot: 96 - Casas Grandes Polychrome Figural Vessel

Pre-Columbian, Northern Mexico, Paquime / Casas Grandes, ca. 1150 to 1450 CE. A fascinating ceramic vessel with a rounded lower body and a curved head rising from the body; hands, feet, female breasts, and male genitalia project from the front of the

Lot: 97 - Near-Choice Inca Polychrome Coca Cloth Textile

Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Incan Empire, ca. 1200 to 1520 CE. A beautiful textile coca cloth comprised of tightly-woven camelid (alpaca or llama) fibers in hues of crimson, maroon, umber, teal, and cream. The main body consists of two

Lot: 98 - Large Taino Stone Spherolith / Ball

Pre-Columbian, Dominican Republic, Taino or Ciboney people, ca. 1200 to 1500 CE. A smooth, round, beige mottled stone ball with russet- and dark-green inclusions forming a wavy appearance across much of the body. Stone balls like this one are found

Lot: 99 - Large Chancay Textile w/ Painted Designs -

Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Chancay, ca. 1200 to 1450 CE. A grand and gorgeous textile panel comprised of tightly-woven natural fibers in hues of beige and brown, with a series of painted designs in teal, copper, dark-brown, and cream colors.

Lot: 100 - Mixtec Carved Stone Anthropomorphic Idol Figurine

Pre-Columbian, Valley of Mexico, Mixtec, ca. 1300 to 1521 CE. An anthropomorphic idol figurine, hand-carved from a mottled cream-hued stone with dark inclusions, depicting a standing or kneeling figure with bent legs and arms held tightly against its

Lot: 101 - Large Pre-Columbian Pachacamac Textile Panel

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Lurin Valley, Pachacamac, ca. 11th to 16th century CE. A finely woven textile comprised of camelid (alpaca or llama) fibers of red, yellow, umber, and white hues on a beige fabric ground (four joined panels). The

Lot: 102 - Inca Black Stone Axe Head - Rare Form

Pre-Columbian, Peru, Incan Empire, ca. 1470 to 1532 CE. A squat axe head with a large handle and broad blade face, hand-carved from a jet-black basalt and polished to a reflective sheen. The ovoid handle has a recessed groove delineating it from the

Lot: 103 - Native American Mississippian Butterfly Banner

North American, probably southeastern United States, Mississippian, Archaic Period, ca. 5000 to 1000 BCE. A pale brown sandstone "butterfly" bannerstone, a weight for an atlatl. The piece was carved and sanded to have symmetrical half-circles around

Lot: 104 - Ancient Okvik Eskimo Bone Harpoon Point

Native American, North America, Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Okvik Eskimos, ca. 500 BCE to 100 CE. A petite yet functional harpoon point, hand-carved from mammal bone, perhaps walrus or an ungulate, in the beginning stages of fossilization. The point

Lot: 105 - Native American E. Woodlands Stone Axe Head

Native American, North America, Eastern Woodland, ca. 200 to 1000 CE. A three-quarter groove stone axe made from a mottled very dark green hardstone. The Woodland Period was a prosperous time for ancient Americans. Woodland people developed

Lot: 106 - Anasazi Red-on-White Pottery Bowl

Southwestern USA, east central Arizona/west southern New Mexico, Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi), ca. 1150 to 1250 CE. A pretty example of a deep-sided red-on-white bowl. The interior is smooth and undecorated in tondo, with a ring of cross-hatched and

Lot: 107 - Mimbres Pottery Pictorial Bowl - Scorpion

Southwestern US, Mimbres Valley, New Mexico, ca. 1000 to 1150 CE. A classic seed bowl from an imaginative and unique ceramic culture. The bowl has steep walls, rimmed with a thick border of a checked pattern, and with a finely painted scorpion in the

Lot: 108 - Prehistoric Anasazi Black-on-White Ladle, ex-Land

Native American, Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi), Southern Colorado Plateau, ca. 1075 to 1250 CE. A beautiful, large example of a ladle in the McElmo black-on-white pottery tradition. It is well polished, slipped, and has a pearly white surface with a

Lot: 109 - Late Prehistoric Mississippian Stone Discoidal

North America, Midwest / Eastern United States, Late Prehistoric Mississippian culture, ca. 1350 to 1700 CE. A river cobble fashioned and sanded into a smooth, round-edged disc, a discoidal - a game piece - of the style known as the "Tennessee double

Lot: 109A - 20th C. Maria & Santana Martinez Black Ceramic

Native American, San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico, made by Maria Montoya Poveka Martinez (1887-1980) and her daughter-in-law Santana between 1943 and 1954 CE. A gorgeous black-on-black pottery plate with a motif of eight cloud forms radiating from a

Lot: 110 - Early 20th C. Yoruba Wood Ose Shango Staff

West Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A dark wood carving of a standing woman with an enormous rectangular crest on top of her head. A staff like this is called an Ose Shango staff, carried and danced with by members

Lot: 111 - Early 20th C. Yoruban Bronze Water Buffalo w/

West Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba people, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A playful and charming cast bronze water buffalo with four birds seated upon his broad horns. The buffalo has a stylized face with long, almond-shaped eyes and an open mouth with

Lot: 112 - Wonderful Early 20th C. South African Wooden Club

Southern Africa, possibly Zulu people, ca. early 20th century CE. A fine hand-carved example of a knobkierie, a club with a large knob at one end, made to be thrown at animals while hunting. With a long, thin handle, and terminating in a rounded knob

Lot: 113 - 20th C. West African Spear with Two Heads

West Africa, probably Nigeria, ca. mid 20th century CE. An iron spear with a leaf-shaped head and a flattened spatulate butt, both attached to a thin wooden handle with two carved heads jutting outward from it near the base of the head. Strips of

Lot: 115 - Yoruban Ose Sango Wooden Staff

West Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba, ca. early 20th century CE. A beautiful, hand-carved Yoruba Ose Sango (Shango Staff or dance wand) of a traditional form, with a janus-headed finial, both visages presenting skillfully incised facial features and arch

Lot: 116 - African Yoruba Gelede Wooden Helmet Mask

Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba, ca. early 20th century CE. A fantastic example of a hand-carved wooden Gelede helmet mask. The face is delightfully delineated with bold features including almond-shaped with incised lashes, a straight nose, slightly parted

Lot: 117 - 20th C. Tanzania Zigua Cloth-Wrapped Wood Fetish

Southeast Africa, Tanzania, Zigua people (Wazigua), ca. 20th century CE. A bundled fetish figure, hand-carved from wood and then thinly wrapped with a textile and tied with string so that only the face of the wooden figure is exposed. Red pigment - a

Lot: 118 - Tall 20th C. African Ibibio Painted Wood Female

Africa, Nigeria, Ibibio (Anang), ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A hand-carved, painted wooden female standing figure with long articulated arms. Though mostly nude with breasts and genitalia revealed, she does wear a triple belt painted red with

Lot: 119 - 20th C. African Luba Wooden Mask - Face & Bird

Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Luba, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. One of my favorite masks, skillfully carved from a single piece of wood with meticulously delineated linear incisions covering the face, a protruding nose set between

Lot: 120 - 20th C. African Yoruba Wood Maternity Shrine

Western Africa, Nigeria, Yoruba peoples, ca. mid 20th century CE. An enormous, hand-carved wooden statue of a mother feeding her resting infant. She is seated upon a petite stool atop an integral, barrel-shaped platform, with delineated limbs and

Lot: 121 - Early to Mid 20th C. African Wood Alusi Figure

Africa, Nigeria, Igbo, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. Hand-carved in the round, a wooden Alusi (deity) in the form of a standing anthropomorphic figure with a prominent outie navel, broad square shoulders, long arms with hands placed on his waist,

Lot: 122 - Superb 19th C. Tongan Akau War Club - Stunning

Oceania, Polynesia, probably Tonga, ca. 19th to early 20th century CE. A long, heavy, dark wood club, also known as an akau, with a long, gently broadening handle and a striking end with a deeply ridged surface that resembles a folded-up umbrella.

Lot: 123 - 20th C. Papua New Guinea Woven Yam Mask

Oceania, Papua New Guinea, Sepik River region, ca. 20th century CE. A beautiful and well-preserved example of an avian-form yam mask, made from woven materials and decorated with feathers on its underside. The mask is hand painted with red and grey

Lot: 124 - Early 20th C. PNG Yangoru Boiken Shell & Reed

Papua New Guinea, Yangoru village, Boiken peoples, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A beautiful talipun (literally "bride price payment") comprised of a woven circular medallion attached to the terminus of a giant green snail shell. The openwork

Lot: 126 - 20th C. PNK Sepik River Palm Wood Ancestral Figure

Papua New Guinea, Sepik River region, ca. mid 20th century CE. A fascinating carving made from dense palm wood, formed into an ancestral figure with a human face and crab-like body. Cowrie shell eyes are the only bright spot in an otherwise dark

Lot: 127 - 19th C. Mexican Wood Santo - St. Anthony of Padua

New World, Spanish Colonial, Mexico, ca. early 19th century CE. A tall and well-loved wooden santo depicting St. Anthony of Padua. In one hand, he holds a book with the Christ Child seated atop it; his other hand probably once held a lily stalk,

Lot: 128 - 19th C. Mexican Wood Santo - St. Elizabeth

New World, Mexico, Spanish Colonial style, ca. 19th century CE. A striking wooden depiction of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, a rare topic for a santo. She stands atop a very small pedestal, wearing nun's robes of bright white with gold trim. In her

Lot: 129 - Early 19th C Mexican Painted Wood Cruz de las

Mexico, Spanish Colonial inspired, ca. early 19th century CE. A colorful, free-standing wood carving representing "La Cruz de las Animas" or "The Cross of Souls", this religious artwork is layered with symbolic and allegorical imagery. At the center

Lot: 130 - 20th C. Guatemalan Painted Wood Festival Mask -

New World, Guatemala, ca. mid 20th century CE. A fantastical, striking festival mask in the form of a bat, with the head of the animal forming the lower part of the mask; the ears project upward and a big, brightly painted crest is between the two

Lot: 132 - 19th C. European Bronze / Steel Sword, Mother of

Europe, probably England or France, ca. early 19th century CE. A gorgeous ceremonial sword with a narrow, straight steel blade and a polished bronze handle inlaid with richly-colored mother-of-pearl. The pommel has been cast to have the face of a

Lot: 133 - 19th C. French Engraving - Garneray's "La

Ambroise-Louis Garneray (French, 1783-1857), "Vue de port de La Rochelle" (View of the port of La Rochelle), ca. 1830 to 1850 CE. A wonderful and very large maritime engraving depicting a view of the port of La Rochelle - a marvelous example of

Lot: 134 - 19th C British Engraving - Indian Mutiny Battle

England, "Repelling a Sortie before Delhi", ca. 1860 CE. A hand-colored steel engraving created as an illustration for Charles Ball's "The History of the Indian Mutiny", volume III, The London Printing & Publishing Company. Beneath this combat

Lot: 135 - 19th C. British Engraving - Battle Scene - Major

England, "Major Eyre Driving the Oude Rebels from Allahahaead", ca. 1860 CE. A hand-colored steel engraving, an illustration from "The History of the Indian Mutiny" by Charles Ball, Volume I, The London Printing & Publishing Company. The text in

Lot: 136 - 19th C. British Engraving Battle Scene of Indian

England, "Capture of the Guns by the Highlanders before Cawnpore", ca. 1860 CE. A hand-colored steel engraving created as an illustration for Charles' Ball's "The History of the Indian Mutiny", Volume I, The London Printing & Publishing Company.

Lot: 137 - Fine 19th C. Russian Icon - St. Nicholas

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 19th century CE. Finely delineated in egg tempera and gold leaf atop gesso on wood, an icon depicting the miracle-working St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, the most widely-revered saint in Eastern Orthodox Christianity,

Lot: 138 - 19th C. Gilded Russian Icon - Mother & Child w/

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 19th century CE. A striking icon depicting the Mother of God (Theotokos) as the Virgin Hodegetria. According to legend, this icon restored the eyesight of two blind men – hence, the name Hodegetria meaning, “She

Lot: 139 - 20th C. Russian Enameled Silver Spoons (5)

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 20th century CE. A collection of five spoons made of gilded silver, with filigree cloisonne enamel on their backs and handles. All have different motifs, each a variation on different flowers and vines. All of them are

Lot: 140 - D. Shapiro, Untitled Print, Birnham Wood Series,

David Shapiro (American, 1944-2014), untitled, silkscreen/etching from Birnham Wood series, ca. 1979 CE. A striking work on handmade paper from David Shapiro's Birnham Wood series. The vibrant non-objective work is meant to be hung as a

Lot: 141 - Richard Carboni Mixed Media / Collage, 1980

Richard Carboni (American, b. 1952), untitled (A Small Marriage), mixed media and collage on paper, 1980. Signed and dated by the artist in pencil on the lower right. A mesmerizing mixed media, collage composition featuring a pinwheel design

Lot: 142 - D. Shapiro Etching - "Birnham Wood VI" - 1981

David Shapiro (American, 1944-2014), colored etching from Birnham Wood series, number 29 in edition of 30, 1981 CE. Dated, numbered, and signed by the artist in pencil on the lower edge. A striking work on handmade paper from Shapiro's Birnham Wood

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