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A Huge Zacatecas Offering Bowl with Elaborate Painted Designs

Zacatecas Culture, Mexico, c. 300 A.D.


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W230 A Massive and Choice Zacatecas shallow bowl measuring an impressive 10 1/2 inches in diameter and 2 1/2 inches tall.

The fine vessel is painted on the interior in a solid brown while outside, including the underneath is decorated in 9 large panels bordered by a 'train track' design. Overall with strong patina and great paint sheen.

The huge bowl has one ancient and stable pressure crack with a few light hairlines stemming, else only minor surface erosion. A rare find retaining surface mineral deposits and root fading. Marked with old museum number and 'Zacatecas, Mex'.

A Thin Walled Maya Bowl with Temple Designs

Mayan, c. 600-900 A.D.


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A636 A large thin pottery bowl with a burnished brown interior and orange exterior with red painted temple designs surrounding the rim. A nice quality vessel retaining strong patina and light mineral deposits.

This offering bowl sits on a slightly rounded base with a 9 1/4 inch diameter and approximately 3 1/2 inches tall.

Reglued from two large pieces and missing a small shard. Marked on underside 'Mexico, Chilapa Site, 700-900 A.D.' The site of Chilapa lies in the modern state of Tabasco and near the important Maya site of Palenque.

Rare Aztec Copy of an Olmec Jaguar Transformation Figure

Aztec, Mexico, circa 1000-1500 A.D.


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M313 Particularly rare image of an Olmec transformation figure that was crafted in the Post-classic time, probably by an Aztec artisan.

This highly odd figure is carved from a hard tuft of lavastone, not normal for Olmec use, however, frequently used by the Post-Classic cultures and the Teothihuacan and Aztec were prolific with reproducing heirloom objects.

The well worn, strongly patinated, figure depicts a dwarf with it's head pointing up, staring toward the sky, a head that is nearly the size of the body, with an open mouth and extended tongue. On the torso, the arms curl and exhibit curling feline paws, an extended fat stomach, and sitting on its haunches.The front hands curl in opposite directions which would indicate the transformation of human to jaguar. He is nearing the complete transformation, but, it is painful or celestial.

This odd sculpture is crafted showing a prowling feline, but with a human head, which is typical of olmec transformation figures and depictions, however, the material was not typical to the Olmec and, most likely, would have been a re-creation of an heirloom piece or excavated image from far away.

The figure stands on its haunches and is stable and it also sits lateraly on all four limbs and is perfectly stable in this position.

4 inches tall/ long; 3 inches deep, and 2 1/4 inches wide.

Small Chupicuaro Bowl with Grating Interior Surface

Chupicuaro, Mexico, c. 400 B.C.


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CL115 A small Chupicuaro bowl with red paint on polished buff surface, a band at rim and interior, the inside bottom with interesting grated surface.

Vessel is in solid condition with one well matched repaired chip at the rim and sits at 2 inches tall with a 5 3/4 inch diameter.

West Mexican Gray Bowl, Possibly Zacatecas or Jalisco

West Mexico, probably Zacatecas, c. 300 A.D.


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M133 A nicely formed half sphere cup with a stone polished surface rendering a very smooth deep gray. A well modeled little cup retaining strong ancient mineral deposits and intact, solid condition, with just a few tiny nicks at the rim and some light scratches inside.

Approximately 2 inches tall and 3 1/2 inch diamater.

Large Nayarit Shaft Tomb Figure of a Singing Woman

Nayarit, Mexico, c. 100 B.C.-200 A.D.


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CL132 A large Nayarit shaft tomb figure in painted terra cotta depicting a seated woman in a 'singing pose'. She sits with short stubby legs at the front of her skirt, the face looking up, eyes seem to be closed, while the mouth is open with lips slightly forward as if speaking or singing.

Statue sits 15 3/4 inches tall, overall painted in red with faded black undulating designs covering the torso, and black stripes on the skirt.

Statue is missing both arms and the right foot to the middle of skirt at her waist is modern. Covered with large areas of manganese blooms and ancient encrustations.

Lovely Thin Nayarit Painted Bowl with Gorgeous Ancient Patina

Nayarit, Mexico, c. 200 B.C.-100 A.D.


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CL104 A fine stone polished thin wall bowl with red painted bands and dots.

Heavily covered with mineral depositing, patina, and crafted with the utmost care the surface being slipped and smooth and remains in solid, excellent condition and 'rings like a bell'. Fine ancient bowl.

Scarce Type Chinesco Splay Legged Votive Figure

Chinesco Culture of West Mexico, c. 200 B.C.


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M270 A fine and rare Early Chinesco splay legged figurine in terra cotta showing a seated figure with a large head, the arms held against the belly, and the feet flaring out. Figure is painted overall in a pale orange, the head with gray paint, eyes formed with slight bulging relief and with a line of gray, and other design elements in red and cream across the face and body.

A very atypical example and, most likely, early developmental phase for the culture.

Figure sits 7 3/4 inches tall and 4 3/4 inches wide and in excellent solid, intact condition save a scrape on the top of the head. Retains traces of calcified root markings and light encrustations. A very Rare Variant style and incredible condition.

Ex. Louie Frederick collection of Louisville, Kentucky, acquired circa 1940's-1960's during his personal excursions throughout Latin America.

West Mexican Bowl, Probably Michoacan, Intact with Strong Ancient Deposits

Probably Michoacan, c. 300 B.C.


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A834 An interesting, simplistic, well modeled West Mexican bowl with a cream ground having fire clouding and a wide band in red in the interior and the exterior.

Bowl sits 2 1/4 inches tall, 6 inch diameter, and is encrusted in ancient calcified root markings and other ancient deposits.

In solid and intact, excellent condition. Scarce to find these bowls uncleaned as this is.

Post-Classic Huastec Offering Plate with Star Design

Huastec, Valley of Mexico, c. 1200-1500 A.D.


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FS132 A fine Huastec Post-Classic plate in a thin cream ceramic painted with bands and a central triangular glyph. This high quality ceramic is reglued cleanly from seven pieces and still rings nicely when tapped due to the high fired fine ceramic quality.

Covered overall with heavy root markings and mineral encrustation. 9 1/4 inches wide and sits 1 3/4 inches tall. A fine example.

Nayarit Seated 'Smoker' Statue

Nayarit, Mexico, c. 200 B.C.-100 A.D.


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W220 A beautiful seated Nayarit 'smoker' shaft tomb statue. This smooth textured figure depicts a male with legs slightly up bent, seated on the large round buttocks, one hand resting on the knee and the other held closely against the mouth with a short point that would represent a traditional ancient short cigar. He is decorated with large round ear ornaments and the hair covered in a short turban with small incised clumps protruding.

Overall with a brilliant burnished surface. Quite a decorative example and more colorful than most.

Statue is 10 1/2 inches tall, 7 inches wide, and reconstructed from a few large pieces with some resurfacing over separations.

Chinesco Seated Polychrome with Adorable Face and Scarce Pose

Chinesco culture, circa 200 B.C.


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A891 A charming polychrome decorated Chinesco figure. The small figure sits in an out of the norm position with his right leg extended in standard 'splay legged' position, while the left leg is bent at the knee and both hands resting there.

The man features a round cartoonish face with tiny dot eyes, painted overall in cream and bordered with black hair. His torso is painted in deep red with diagonal stripes, dots, and bands in black and cream with the waist and legs in eroded cream paint. A wonderful and charismatic small figurine.

He sits 3 3/4 inches tall, nearly 3 inches wide, and has expert repair to original pieces of the left leg and arms; appears to be intact and excellent. Quite appealing.

Olmec or Tlatilco Fragment Head

Las Bocas, Mexico, ca. 1000 B.C.


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A876 A small Olmec or Tlapacoya head fragment from a figurine. The head is in a charcoal gray/ blackened pottery and seems to be more Olmec in character with an open mouth, chubby face, tuft on top of head, and earflares.

Snapped at the neck from an ancient break and measures 1 5/8 inches tall.

Small Jalisco Barrel Armored Warrior with Warclub

Jalisco, Mexico, c. 100 B.C.-250 A.D.


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A809 A fine Jalisco 'barrel' warrior. This quality little figure is crafted of very thin modeled terra cotta painted overall in red with white details.

He sits wearing a horned or feather covered headdress, earflares, with a 'sheep face' long nose, jutting chin, the two legs bent outward, and sitting on his buttocks. In his hands he holds a long staff, probably indicative of an obsidian pointed spear.

Such depictions of these 'barrel' covered warriors are frequently seen, though, no surviving examples have been found. Most likely, such armor was made of perishable organic materials such as thick sticks, twine, and palm leaves. Since tribal warfare was such a common lifestyle and weapons of choice were stone headed warclubs and thick obsidian spiked daggers, such body protection gave a great advantage to survival.

Sits 5 1/4 inches tall, the right leg reglued with some well matched fill over separation, else intact with minor paint erosion. A very nice small example.

Nayarit Squash Effigy Jar

Nayarit, c. 200 B.C.-100 A.D.


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A840 A well modeled and smooth orangeware gourd effigy jar with the body in a strong orange and having a large fire clouded base.

The interior and exterior retain strong ancient mineral deposits while the midsection has a series of ancient small scrapes. Such scrapes are normally attributed to rodents chewing off salt deposits leaching from these ancient vessels.

Jar sits just over 4 3/4 inches tall, 5 1/2 inch diameter, in solid overall condition, with a small chip and several nicks at the rim.

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