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Large Tairona Stone Celt

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Colombia, Circa 500- 1000 A.D.

E306 A large sized brownish celt in excellent condition and would have served as a votive offering, rather than utilitarian use.

This wonderful example starts from a small squared butt end measuring about 1 1/2 inches wide and flares out to a bit front at just about 4 inches wide. Overall, measures just over 10 inches long and weighs over 2 1/2 pounds.

This example has strong surface polish, an unusual pinkish veining, and with the one side having a much more dense solid black inclusion in an arrow-like pointing that exists nearly centered in the middle of the one side, obviously, an intentional sculpting of the stone to utilize this odd existence.

Quite a wonderful example and large size in excellent condition with strong polish.

Comes with custom iron display stand.



A Miniature Tolita Maskette of a Man with Labrettes

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La Tolita, Ecuador, Circa 500- 1000 A.D.

E307 A miniature pottery mask, possibly made for a doll of perishable materials, depiciting a human face bordered with a hairline, and having a decorated labret at each corner of the mouth and is hand modeled, depicing a very realistic looking face.

This little mask, measuring only 1 1/2 inches wide and 1 1/2 inches tall is in excellent condition, only one of the labrets being chipped, otherwise, intact excellent with original white painted surface and mounted on a museum quality iron stand making a 3 inch tall display.


Large Tairona Blackware Effigy Storage Vessel of a Cacique

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Tairona Culture of Colombia, Circa 500- 1000 A.D.


A885 An impressive large blackware Tairona human effigy jar standing on a pedastal base at 14 1/4 inches tall.

The vessel has a corseted base with the upper body depicting a cacique with various ornamentation and appears to be chewing a wad of coca in his left cheek.

This human effigy features round bolbous shoulders with armbands, hands held against the stomach, an exposed erect penis, a necklace with an avian pendant, wears a large nosering disc ornament, labret in the chin, and dangling circular earrings. The rear is undecorated.

Vessel is in excellent condition having been only lightly cleaned, retaining strong ancient patina, surface erosion in areas, retains various soil deposits, and ancient manganese mineral growths. There is a stabilized stress crack surrounding the mid-body, cleanly reglued, and a probe hole on the body which has matching fill repair, else, quite complete. A highly decorative example.

14 1/4 inches tall, 9 1/2 inches wide, 9 inches deep.

Ornate Rare Moche Fineline Stirrup Bottle

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Moche IV, Peru, Circa 400- 700 A.D.


P413 This rare fineline bottle features a repeating scene of a menacing Ai-Aipek deity figure with an elaborate array of land, water, and sky combinations as he prepares for a ritual sacrifice.

The central figure shows a deity in human form with serpent fangs and an elaborate king's headress with various accoutrements on a crown. The headress incorporates a small feline head, a parrot suspended with a curving neck behind him though possibly a turkey, and a tail extended along his back terminating in a serpent tongued feline. He is further garbed with large earplugs, a beaded collar, and, strangely, the deity emerges from a huge spiked sea-snail shell, has crab claws extending from his face, and two exceptionally long crab legs bending around his backside. It would appear he is a transformation of a hermit crab.

In the deity's left hand, he holds a tumi knife while the right is holding a scared waterbird and preparing to sacrifice the avian. The image is repeated on both sides.

A dramatic and elaborate scene painted in an umber brownish/ red on a cream base with the stirrup spout painted in same color.

This example stands 9 3/4 inches tall with a diameter of approximately 5 3/4 inches. The vessel appears to be intact and excellent condition, rings quite nicely with a high fired tone, though much of one side is repainted over a pitted surface. Both sides have various in-painted refreshed details, though probably limited to only 20% overall, with the majority limited to one side.

Phenomenal Depiction of a Coca Chewer

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Lambayeque/ Sican, Peru, Circa 700- 900 A.D.


P411 An absolute charmer, this highly rare depiction of a leaf chewer is modeled, practically, as a modernistic abstract work of art.

This small vessel is supported on a flared round base mounted with a face of a man with a twisted jaw having a long jutting chin, a slanting mouth as he chews, high cheek bones, deeply sunken eye sockets with bulging ovoid slit eyeballs like a lizard's extended eyes, shaven head mounted with a crowned spout and loop handle, and a small flying king laying prone ontop. The vessel is overall burnished in a beautiful shiny black.

This depiction is exceptionally refined to depict, most likely, a very aged leaf chewer with gaunt features and crafted in a highly rare style, practically Picasso-like in it's rendering.

Vessel stands a petite 6 inches tall, 6 1/2 inches deep from chin to back of flying lord's headress, and approximately 4 inches wide. A small, but powerful, captivating example.

Matched Set of Rare Chimu Gold Earflare Ornaments with Carnelian Openwork Stone Inlays of a Cacique

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Chimu/ Lambayeque culture of Peru, circa 800-1200 A.D.


P410 The Outstanding Rare ornaments are crafted from thick sheet gold with hammered bands of small dots, cut out bands dividing the outer edging to quadrants, and the central areas having fantastic carnelian openwork and incised crafted buttons with a small man.

Such ornaments would have served as a decorative facade for wooden earplugs with long tapering shafts allowing these huge ornaments to extend past the face and be secured behind the ear. The accessories would create a dramatic visual affect of wealth.

Examples here consist of the sheet gold decorated discs, each approximately 3 1/4 inches diameter, attached to a circling band behind, approximately 3/4 inches wide, and the pieces bound together with thin gold straps. The bands on the backsides have several perforations for tacking the gold caps onto the wooden plug.

Five small carnelian stone 'buttons' are inset and tacked into place using black resin. Each of the small buttons is approximately 1 1/4cm in diameter, with an openwork carved man wearing a tall sun disc head ornament; round eyes; some have an incised nose, some do not; a small notched mouth; with outward raised arms; and outward bent legs. The stone colors range from a deep red, yellowed ivory, smokey gray, charcoal, and coffee brown. All stones are highly polished on the face.

The two ornaments have been gold tested to be approximately 16 Karat with a total weight, including stone inserts, of 76.6 grams.

One of the flares is intact, excellent, with only one carnelian insert having the man missing a piece of one leg. The second flare suffers some damage with losses to one side, a loose gold piece is re-attached, and one carnelian man missing an arm and leg. Both are very lightly cleaned, retaining original ancient burial patina, and heavy deposits.

Chimu/ Lambayeque culture of Peru, circa 800-1200 A.D.


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Valdivian Effigy Idol circa 2300-2000 B.C.

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Valdivia culture of Ecuador, circa 2300- 2000 B.C.


A880 Small Valdivian stone slab human effigy figure. Image is ground from a gray compacted clay or softer stone and shows a bell shaped image with a human face framed within a square recess, the eyes having high curving brows, a wide mouth, tapering jaw line, an undecorated torso save a drilled belly button. The belly button would indicate this would be a human or monkey, and then a flaring base.

Interesting example and a bit out of the norm. The image suffers a small chip to the right side of the head and it is expertly repaired from a break on the neck and appears intact, excellent.

7 7/8 inches tall and approximately 3 1/2 inches wide at largest measurement.

Comes on custom museum quality iron stand.

Very Decorative Intact Narino Painted Jar

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Narino, Colombia, c. 800-1200 A.D.


A807 A lovely intact and solid condition Narino painted jar. The rounded base is painted in black with a thick red circle, the midsection narrowing to the neck and painted with horizontal wide red and black bands, the rim painted in red. Jar is overall with a smooth stone polished beige surface holding a strong ancient patina and interior covered in ancient deposits.

Sits upright on its own at 5 1/2 inches tall and approximately 6 inches in diameter.

Fine and Excellent Condition Inca Bottle of a Coquero

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Inca culture of Peru, c. 1450 A.D.


MP271 A boldly painted orangeware Inca bottle of a 'coquero', or man chewing a cud of coca. The face is painted in bright cream paint with black details, wearing a typical Andes type conical cap with brown hair framing, and an out of the ordinary spout at the chin. On each side of the nose, he has unusual rectangles, probably indicative of a nose ornament or tattoos.

Vessel stands 7 1/2 inches tall, in solid, excellent condition overall, original paints, with only a small expertly matched restoration at the rim. Covered with ancient dendritic mineral growths.

A very colorful and decorative example.

Bold Moche Ai Apek Deity Vessel in Excellent Condition

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Moche culture of Peru, c. 400-600 A.D.


A857 A large jug depicting the deity Ai Aipek with undulating serpents crawling on his back and their abstract heads ontop of his. He holds his hands against his enlarged belly, and stares wide eyed with the mouth open baring menacing serpent like fangs.

This interesting jug stands nearly 10 1/2 inches tall, 7 1/2 inches wide, overall in a polished orange terra cotta with orange, cream, and faded black painted details.

The bottle is in solid, excellent condition save one small perfectly restored puncture on the backside and a few ancient nicks at the rim.

Important Definitive Book on South American Pre-Columbian Art

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P302 The Must Have book for any collector of South American Pre-Columbian art. This 'coffee table' book is the definitive book for all dealers and collectors needing to quickly research acquisitions from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, and Brazil.

This seven pound book contains 460 pages, the majority filled with B&W, color photographs, and full color plates of pre-columbian objects from private collections and museums. The example here is a practically unviewed copy with some light impressions on the dust jacket from the textured hard cover, otherwise excellent. Published in 1976 by Harry Abrams, Inc. of New York in 1976 and composed by Alan Lapiner.

Interesting Early Chavin Bottle with Bird Head

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Chavin culture of Peru, c. 800-400 B.C.


A784 An early Chavin grayware terra cotta bottle with a barrel shaped bottle, the top surmounted with a bird's head that has a short beak, a central plume set on top of the head, and a raised tuft that appears like ears.

Effigy is, most likely a harpy eagle.

Bottle sits 8 inches tall and has a lightly eroded surface showing how it rested in the ground, with great patina, and mineral calcification and deposits. There are some expertly filled pressure cracks on the body, the 'horns' and tuft all with restoration and expertly matched.

Matched Original Pair of Moche Marriage Cups of

Carved Wood, Conch, and Copper

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Moche Culture of Peru, Circa 200-400 A.D.


P415 What a Treasure! I have had a lot of Peruvian wood carvings over the years, but, nothing like these.

These wood carvings depict an ornately garbed male with kingship or, high ranking warrior, and a woman who holds a scepter or, braided hair in both hands, each surmounted with two heavily thick central cores of a massive conch shell bound with copper ties to create drinking cups. Each are youthful and stare straight ahead as if for ceremony and would have been the marriage vessels to share in the bond. Such rare vessels would have been very costly and seem to indicate a royal wedding.

The figural vessels are carved in a heavy wood, which is still good condition for the situation, he a warrior with a menacing head cracking mace and small defensive shield, and she, with long flowing hair, ornate dress and then, both having the thick shell pieces attached with ancient resin and copper tying. Both are heavily stained, he with areas of old modern fill material over splits, but, basically, they are both intact and wood is fairly stable and both have restoration to be attached to the shell with modern matching colors.

An exceptionally rare find and measuring nearly the same in height and diameter at approximately 7 3/4 inches in height and diameter of shell cups being approximately 3 inches.

On both, there are various small label stains upon the shell, but, the only one still existing is a label from 'Simpson's Fine Art Antiques & Objet's D'Ar't, then, various numbers 'Sept. 02', and 'Royal Cups', plus 'Mochica'.

These figures are top heavy, so, any buyer would need to have a secure display made.

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