Constructed of the fine (light-colored) tan-white clay which is indicative of figures from the ancient cultures of this region. They are curious and mischievous animals that were kept as household pets by the Maya and are sometimes depicted in their art. 0 — Ecuador 1000 AD - 1500 AD A rare stone netting (weaving) tool from the coastal Manabi region of ancient Ecuador. An impressive and powerful depiction of the underworld Bat God. A few small rim chips also restored, otherwise intact and original. Covered overall in a yellow-tan slip with the figural scene and base enhanced by a contrasting red-brown color. A small hole and crack just below the handle on one side have been restored. Left - An adorable zoomorphic (animal form) whistle pendant. In fair condition with restored losses to the headdress, one leg and mantle. The lower body has several restored cracks with visible hairline cracks remaining on the bottom. A visually appealing example that is considerably larger than most of this type. Both are relief carved and have cone-shaped 'handles' on the backs. The whistle works perfectly and has a nice, clear tone. A few scrapes and dings along with surface deposits, but generally a fine example that displays well on the custom metal stand which is included. Minor surface wear and paint loss along with deposits from burial. The monkeys are realistically sculpted and nicely detailed. Shown with hands on the knees and pierced button eyes. Divided into four panels, each decorated with a stylized bird motif along with other geometric designs. Moderate surface erosion, mostly on the bottom and along the interior rim. The Jamacoaque culture centered around the Manaba Province along the Pacific coast of ancient Ecuador. Vessel #1, Left - Tapered and stepped body with a large head and pierced nose. Repaired breaks around the neck and head, with minor losses replaced on the head. The handle is a tapered cone that is thought to represent a horn. Assembled from numerous original pieces with restored break lines and paint touch ups. An attractive example with light to moderate mineral deposits overall. Some light surface wear, minor scrapes and dings, all consistent with age. Light paint loss, surface wear and deposits present. Each has a rounded bowl, loop handles and tripod legs decorated with incised appliques. The smaller tripod is intact with light erosion and paint loss. The interior shows medium to heavy deposits and some light pitting (spalling) mostly near the bottom. He is identified as having a human face with slanted eyes and tattoos. Almost certainly he is of a person of great importance; a shaman or of the ruling elite. As is typical for this type, it depicts a standing youth with a gleeful expression. Rectangular shape with rounded corners and still retains a nice reflective surface. A piece of one corner appears to have been reattached, but it is all original with some scrapes, minor edge chipping and light wear from age and usage as would be expected. Despite having considerable repairs and restoration, it displays well on the custom metal stand which is included as shown. Achira is a tuber-type plant that is high in starch. Bowl #1 (Top), Large, shallow bowl with small nubbin tripod feet, widely flared sides and decorated with incised scalloped (cloud) designs. Buff terracotta construction with some white stucco remaining in the deep crevices and light earthen deposits overall. Similar examples can be seen in the book "Hidden Faces of the Maya" by Linda Schele. Known as the "Disjunctive Style" in which the complex designs of the earlier periods were vastly condensed and abbreviated to simple lines, circles, waves and chevrons. Shallow bowl with a fish motif; head at one end and tail at the other with long 'fins' down both sides. The figure likely represents a deceased ancestor for whom the incense offerings were made to honor. Completely intact with no cracks, breaks or repairs. Elegant form with integrated loop handles and in perfect condition - 0 2) Simple olla (left) - Approx. This type is referred to as a grating dish or "molcajete". Two rim shards have been reattached and the breaks restored. Also of interest, the feet have been amputated, a practice sometimes performed on individuals (prisoners and captives) as a form of punishment.The dual whistles, hidden in the back, work perfectly and emit pleasant tones. Both arms (hands), the toes of one foot and the nose ornament are all partially restored, otherwise intact and original. This coatimundi is realistically sculpted and is wearing a pointy hat. These hand-held stone tools were used by fishermen in the weaving and mending of fishnets. The Bat God is shown standing in a defiant pose wielding a club and ready for battle. A realistically sculpted and adorable bird-form whistle. Also, the top of the spout has been replaced, otherwise intact and original. It features large ears, button eyes and paws extended. A rare example with considerable original paint, mineral deposits and root marks remaining. Each of these stamps depict mythological deities with human bodies and saurian (alligator) heads, which likely represent Shamans in a state of human to animal transformation. Click the photo at the left to see additional photos of the stamps on their stands. A rectangular form with two figures shown in profile with saurian heads. Leg breaks could be restored for an additional charge. The surface is highly burnished blackware and has a straight spout, typical of the period. 5 — Costa Rica 800 AD - 1200 AD A collection of nine (9) stone tools from Costa Rica's Nicoya Zone. The larger two are blackware, the smaller is orangeware with some fire clouding. A well executed and classic example of Wari artistry. This massive vessel was likely used for food or water storage or in the fermentation of corn beer known as "chicha de jora". 60" in circumference NOTE: This item is for pick-up only. I would much prefer it be picked up, although I would consider delivery within a reasonable distance. — Ecuador 100 AD - 500 AD Three Bahia vessels from the Coastal Manabi Province, Ecuador. Displays nicely on a custom metal display stand which is included. Displays beautifully on the custom metal display stand that is included as shown. Incised lines and dots under his eyes are tears; symbolic of rain as he is the provider of (precious) water for his peoples and their crops. 7" tall x 5" across 0 — Ecuador 1000 AD - 1400 AD A Manteno grayware pottery vessel from ancient Ecuador. 5 — Costa Rica - Panama 1000 AD - 1500 AD A trio of large Tarrago olla-form vessels from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama (Diquis Zone) dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. Standing proudly with arms to his sides wearing a long tunic (poncho) that flares outward at the knees. 0 for both — Panama 600 AD - 800 AD A Cocle terracotta pedestal bowl from ancient Panama. Both arms are raised, one hand holding a small rattle, the other hand is open with what appears to be a 'waving' gesture. — Mexico 400 AD - 650 AD Two orangeware pottery bowls from Teotihuacan, Mexico. Please refer the the restoration services, 'Breaks' page of this website to view before and after photos of this item. It is thought these tubers were fermented to produce an alcoholic beverage; similar to Chicha (beer) that was fermented from corn. 8.5" across x 3" tall - 0 Bowl #2 (Center), Large bowl with flared rim and carved, fluted (ribs) pattern all around the exterior. This example shows scalloped lines and dots on the upper portion and a wide band of black below. Much of the paint is obscured by heavy manganese deposits, but still displays well. The tips of both feet and a chip on one shoulder have been restored, otherwise intact. 5.5" tall x 3.25" across — Costa Rica 1200 AD - 1500 AD A nice tripod vessel from the Diquis Region of Costa Rica dating to the Chiriqui Phase. An excellent example that displays well on a custom metal display stand which is included as shown. Two small areas of fire-clouding, one on the head and another on the dome. The interior is blackened with soot build up from use in ancient times. 0 — Costa Rica - Panama 1000 AD - 1500 AD Three fine Tarrago vessels from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama (Diquis Zone) dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. Deeply incised lines in the bottom surrounded by a wide band of red-orange paint. This is an exceedingly unusual depiction and a rare form. The stirrup handle has been repaired from several original pieces, otherwise perfect.
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There are ample surface deposits and a few areas of light staining are present on the exterior. See Klein and Cevallos "Ecuador - The Secret Art of Pre Columbian Ecuador" for additional scholarly information on ancient Tumaco - La Tolita art and culture. The face shows pierced eyes and nose and perked ears. Similar tools have also been found at ancient sites on the Island of La Plata off the coast of Ecuador. Some wear and a couple of tiny chips missing, but it is completely intact and original. The face shows bared teeth and protruding tongue with the eyes and nose enhanced with black bitumen paint. The burnished surface shows ample mineral deposits along with minor surface pitting and light paint wear as is common. A suspension loop at the back makes it wearable as a pendant. In excellent condition with no breaks, cracks or repairs. Ample mineral and earthen deposits are present overall. The upper part of the spout has been restored, otherwise it is intact and original. All carved from hard-stone of various types and colors. Several show moderate to heavy edge chipping and losses. Each has light to moderate deposits consistent with age. All are in very good condition; intact with some minor surface wear and light deposits. It is substantial in size and displays dramatically. The vessel is rounded in form and has two large, realistically sculpted, saurian-type creatures decorating either side of the top opening. $1600 — Mexico 450 AD - 750 AD A rare and exceptional Maya plate from Chipas, Mexico. Typical of the type, all have bulbous bodies, low footed bases and sculpted relief faces. He is seen here flanked by two prone figures representing his descendants; known as the "children of Naymlap". The rounded olla has a flared spout and a head emerging from the side that appears to be a stingray or possibly a stylized human face. Well made and thin walled examples of buff (unpainted) terracotta "bisque ware" pottery, typical of that region. All have minor restoration, mostly rim chips and small cracks restored, but are generally intact and original. Each is on a custom metal tripod stand and display beautifully as a group. His clothing is decorated with incised designs and raised concentric circles. $750 — El Salvador 900 AD - 1200 AD Two Post Classic Lenca vessels from El Salvador. A flared pedestal base carved with open-work designs supports the upper bowl. Heavily weathered surface overall with moderate deposits and only traces of painted decoration visible. The figure is beautifully sculpted and has an expressive face; smiling widely with exposed teeth and almond shaped eyes. Both with similar designs of curved linear incising embedded with white stucco. Each assembled from 5-6 original pieces with breaks restored and small losses replaced. See Labbe's "Guardians of the Life Stream" for additional information on Cocle pottery. The vessel sits on a wide footed base and has a rounded body with stepped ridges, tall flared spout and a wide strap handle on the back. 8" across x 3" tall - $300 Bowl #3 (Bottom), Small bowl that sits on a footed pedestal base and with gently flared sides. Most interestingly it has (rarely seen) ancient restoration where by the cracked bowl was drilled and tied to extend its usefulness in ancient times. Several restored breaks, but the ancient drills holes remain along with the associating crack. For additional info on this motif see "A Sourcebook of Nazca Ceramic Iconography" by Donald Proulx, Page 190 - 191 Approx. $425 — Peru 1150 AD - 1400 AD Chimu blackware vessel in the form of a lobster. $275 — West Mexico 200 BC - 300 AD Small Nayarit hollow-bodied figure from Western Mexico. The figure is adorned with arm bands, head wrap, ear spools and nose ornament. This type, sometimes referred to as "chocolate pots," have tall tripod support legs. A minor repair to the rim of the spout, otherwise intact. A remarkable example and rarely seen, especially in this condition. All are well made, thin walled examples of "bisque ware" pottery, typical of that region. Approx 9" tall x 9" long — Peru 1100 AD - 1450 AD A fine collection of Chancay textiles and weaving tools. 8" x 10") woven textile panel with an interlocking bird motif and fringe along the bottom.
At the back are finger holes and a suspension loop to allow for wearing as a pendant. An angular form with a blunted tip, there is a face carved into the upper portion showing minimalist features of the eyes and mouth. A nice and seldom seen example that displays well on the custom metal stand that is included. He wears elaborate regalia - ear ornaments, a broad collar, knee pads, loin cloth and sandals on the feet. A rare example that illustrates significant mythological and cultural symbolism. The whistle works perfectly and has a very loud and clear tone. Light mineral deposits and pigment remaining in the deep crevices along with minor fire clouding on each. Some light surface erosion, mainly on the ears and along the bottom. The group contains celt forms, chisels, axes and scrapers. A nice selection of ancient utilitarian stone tools. The elongated snout indicates these are most certainly representations of caimans or possibly alligators. The outer boarder shows stylized glyphs and centipedes. Tripod 1 (left) - Orange terracotta with areas of fire clouding. Tripod 2 (right) - Tan (buff) terracotta with some fire clouding. The vessel sits atop a footed base and has a wide strap handle. Condition is quite good, a hole in the back (under the handle) and rediating cracks have been restored otherwise intact. A wide band of incised geometric forms decorate the midsection and up the back. All are round, spherical shapes and are decorated with two small zoomorphic adornos. The headdress is incised across the forehead and flows gracefully over the head and down the shoulders. These rare figural ollas are attributed to the late period, Southern Maya. Several chips along the base, but is otherwise intact with no repairs or restoration. Adorned with circular ear spools and a necklace of graduated disk beads. The main chamber is a sculpted Achira bulb (Canna Edulis). I would like to acknowledge Todd Braun for his expertise and help in identifying this rare and interesting phytomorphic vessel. The crustation sits with claws around a domed base. The vessel has a lightly burnished surface and light deposits. A single stress crack that ran across the bottom and partially up both sides has been stabilized and restored. This example has twisted rope-like handles and legs in the form of stylized fish, thought to represent orca whales or sharks. Two other smaller textile fragments with geometric and bird designs.
— Ecuador 300 BC - 300 AD An attractive terracotta female whistle figure from the Tumaco - La Tolita cultures of ancient Ecuador. $300 — Guatemala 600 AD - 900 AD An unusual Maya ocarina from the Pacific Slope region of Guatemala. Some pitting and erosion present, mainly on the bottom. Assembled from around two dozen original pieces with restored break lines. Some minor surface erosion along with deposits and small areas of light fire clouding. Typical grayware terracotta construction; it shows four front claws and a fifth rear claw on the side, all connected to a vessel with a flared rim. Ica is one of the lesser known ancient Peruvian cultures that lived mainly in coastal areas and were eventually conquered by the Inca. Two small spout chips have been restored along with very minor paint touch-ups. Base, rim and other small losses replaced, but mostly original and complete. See "Teotihuacan, Art from the City of the Gods" pages 240-242 for a similar example and addtional information. He is fully engaged in battle with the Decapitator God who also armed with a tumi knife and is holding a severed head. The whistle is in the head and the legs contain four finger holes that will produce a wide range of notes. Burnished blackware exterior with decoration consisting of three curving S-shaped designs that are filled with a stippled (textured) surface. See pages 29 through 32 of Christopher Donnan's "Ceramics of Ancient Peru" for similar photographs of this type and additional scholarly information. $600 — Ecuador 400 BC - 200 AD Two large and exceptional Guangala pottery stamps from ancient Ecuador. Very rare examples that display nicely on custom stands that are included. In fair to good condition with one flange partially restored. Covered overall in a creamy yellow slip with deposits and some light staining present. The spout tip has been reattached with the break restored. It depicts a standing male figure with one hand on the hip, the other at his stomach. The tripod legs may have once contained rattle balls, now missing. Assembled from ten (10) large pieces with a few small losses replaced. For additional information on the Tlaloc motif see the following publications: "The Art of Costa Rica" Pre-Columbian Painted and Sculpted Ceramics from the Arthur M. These hand-held pestles (crushing/grinding tools) were used in the preparation of foods, medicines and pigments. Pestle #1 (left) and #2 (center) have been — Peru 600 AD - 900 AD A large Wari (Huari) flared bowl from ancient Peru. Vessel #2, Center (top) - Incised linear and scroll designs around the upper shoulder. Minor stress cracks on the lower body otherwise intact. The nicely burnished surface is a deep red, typical of Colima pottery from this period. The painted design depicts a spiraling row of fifteen running foxes. The trumpet is decorated with a finely detailed standing figure, sculpted in high relief. The exterior surface is a nicely burnished with a deep orange-red slip. On top is a nicely detailed head showing a long curving beak, likely depicting a native horn-bill variety. The hollow body is unusual with a wide opening between the legs and open at the top and at the base. Also, one eye and the nose were chipped and have been restored. Nicely painted all around with a step-fret motif in shades of gold, orange and purple; outlined in white against a black background. Overall a great example, quite large and a rare type. These are often referred to as Chocolate Pots or Cocoa Cups. Nearly all Pre-Columbian cultures were known to create miniatures, but a collection as extensive as this is rarely seen. Some have minor chips, dings and paint loss, but all are generally intact. This form is know as a kero and were used as drinking vessels, typically for 'chicha', a type of fermented corn beer. 4.5" tall x 5.5" across $375 — Peru 700 AD - 1350 AD A fine blackware Naymlap libation vessel from the North Coast of Peru. The figure wears complex regalia and jewelry assemblages and is elevated on a large rectangular platform. It is similar to those found at the Shillacoto site in Huanuco. Assembled from numerous pieces with areas of replacement and significant amounts of paint enhancement. The underside is only partially restored with visible break lines. Colors vary from a rich chocolate brown to shades of dark oranges and blacks. Each has been assembled from several original pieces with breaks restored and small losses replaced. A hollow-molded standing female figure with raised hands. The bottom is concave; widening to a sharp shoulder and topped by a flared spout. Nicely burnished redware surface with one area of fire clouding near the base. Just over 5" across x 4" tall $225 — Peru 650 AD - 800 AD Late Period Nazca polychrome bowl. Assembled from 10 original pieces with one triangular shard and part of the tail have been replaced and break-lines restored. She emerges from the arched dome which might represent a skirt-like garment that is raised by three rounded supports. These objects were used as covers over piles of burning incense. $225 — Costa Rica - Panama 1000 AD - 1500 AD Three nice Tarrago tripod vessels from the border area of Costa Rica and Panama (Diquis Zone) dating to the Chirique Phase, Period VI. The lips and nose have been consumed by the flesh-eating bacteria "leishmenaisis," a disease that still prevails in some remote areas of Peru.
This female standing figure is depicted wearing a knee-length skirt, beaded necklaces with pendants, crescent shaped nose ornament and a headwrap that drapes down the back. Coatimundi were called "chic" by the ancient Maya and are similar to the North American raccoon. $175 — Mexico A large and exceptional whistle figure from the Vera Cruz region of ancient Mexico. Although restored, it appears near choice and displays well on the custom metal display stand (included). A fine example and a rare type that is substantial in size. In good condition with one claw partially restored and another reattached. The vessel sits on a low base and is topped by an arching stirrup handle with slightly flared spout, indicative of Phase III. $725 — Mexico 400 AD - 800 AD A Maya flute and whistle from the Chiapas region of eastern Mexico, both dating to the Classic Period. The flute is playable and each note produces clear tones. This is a rare and early variant called 'Cupisnique' which often shows the main chamber with low relief or textured decoration that continues onto the spout itself. The upper part of the spout, approximately 4 inches, was missing and has been completely restored (replaced). Stamps like these were created and used by many Pre-Columbian cultures to apply body paint and to decorate textiles. A square form with the figure facing forward showing a fierce expression and wearing an elaborate headdress and waist wrap (belt) extensions. The figure's head has been reattached and one arm has been replaced, otherwise intact. The face is nicely detailed with typical coffee-bean style eyes and slit mouth. Both legs have been reattached along breaks at the upper thighs, otherwise intact and complete. The break lines have been restored and the paint lightly touched up. Sackler Collection, "Between Continents - Between Seas" Pre-Columbian Art of Costa Rica from the Detroit Institute of Arts and Rebecca Stone-Miller's "Seeing With New Eyes" Art of the Ancient Americas from the Michael C. — Peru 1250 AD - 1450 AD A late Chimu, early Inca (Inka) blackware erotic vessel depicting a pair of copulating monkeys. Each depicts a squatting figure sitting atop a pedestal base. Beautifully painted in a variety of vibrant colors. Two shards reattached at the rim with restored break lines and some light paint touch ups. $950 — Ecuador 300 AD - 600 AD A gigantic Jama Coaque pottery olla dating to their Late Cutural Horizon. Shows ample manganese and mineral deposits overall, heavy in some areas. The outer edge of the spout rim has been restored in several places, otherwise completely intact and original. The foxes appear to be playfully chasing one another toward the center. The figure wears a turban type headwrap and is shown playing a four-note antara (panflute). A single restored break just below the mouthpiece, otherwise intact and original. In exceptional condition for a vessel of this size. There is one smaller hairline crack and several rim chips, otherwise completely and remarkably intact. An amazing example and rarely seen in this monumental size. Polychrome painted in white and black against red and orange. The beak is partially restorted and two small rim chips restored with minor paint touch ups, but generally intact and original. The openwork construction could indicate it was used as an incensario topper (chimney). Some minor paint touch ups but appears intact and displays well. Repeating step motifs were used in the decoration of Andean ceramics as far back as the Cupisnique period and are interpreted as stylized representations of mountains, temples, or thrones. Assembled from approximately ten original pieces with break lines restored, but appears intact and displays well. Both are of similar construction; buff terracotta partially covered with red burnished slip. The larger has some rim repairs and two legs reattached with restored breaks. Both sides are boldly painted with stylized birds in flight; executed in dark purple, black and cream against an orange background. Some surface pitting has been filled and moderate paint touch ups on the exterior. "Lord Naymlap" is the mythological founder of the pre-Chimu dynasty of the Sican-Lambayeque culture of Northern Peru. The raised platform and elaborate adornments indicates this individual is of high ranking social status. $175 — Mexico 600 AD - 900 AD A large hollow-molded Sonriente figure from the Gulf Coast, Vera Cruz (Remojadas) region of Mexico. Made from highly polished black anthracite stone as is typical of this type of mirror. Displays well on the custom metal display stand which is included as shown. 3' (Chapter III) by Seiichi Izumi from Tokyo University for additional info and similar examples from the Shillacoto site in Huanuco, Peru. The interior of the base is unrestored (glued only). $525 — Peru 1100 AD - 1450 AD An unusual Chimu - Inca blackware Achira vessel from ancient Peru. Minor surface wear, dings and scratches along with light deposits, all consistent with age. She is adorned with elaborate regalia; wearing a headdress, ear spools, necklace with large pendant and tunic (poncho) wrapped by a wide belt. One foot partially restored and a few missing fingers (ancient losses) otherwise completley intact and original. This type, with geometrically painted patterns date to Phase 8 to Phase 9. Approx 7" tall x 6" across $375 — Guatemala 300 AD - 600 AD Large Maya creamware vessel from the Southern Lowlands of Guatemala, dating to the Early Classic Peord. The dome retained the heat within and allowed the incense offering to smolder and emit smoke from beneath the bottom edge. Spout reattached with restored break - $85 3) Tripod vessel (right) - Approx. Lovely bowl with solid (rare, human-form) legs and in perfect condition - $250 Priced individually or $500 for all three — Mexico 1000 AD - 1500 AD Post Classic period Mixtec tripod bowl. All are well made, thin walled examples of "bisque ware" pottery, typical of that region. The vessel is nicely painted and shows detailed body tattooing on the face, hands and legs.
The whistle works perfectly and has a loud, deep, resonating tone. The geometric patterns are resin painted in shades of red, green, black and white. Drexel University Museum of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, PA. $625 — Ecuador Three Ecuadorian musical instruments. The surface shows considerable root marks and moderate to heavy deposits. An entity that represents the underworld sun or 'The Sun of the Region of the Dead'. $2500 — Costa Rica Two Costa Rican tripod vessels from the Diquis region, circa 300 AD - 700 AD. The legs are decorated with stylized zoomorphic figures. Buff terracotta construction with orange and tan paint. Acquired from an estate collection, an old inventory number (3465) is written in ink on the back of one foot. The head and both arms have been reattached with breaklines restored and the open hand has been replaced, otherwise intact and original. There is stippling overall with a smooth vertical band deeply incised with abstract geometric patterns. In near excellent condition with only a few small spout chips restored; otherwise intact. Light deposits and strong root marks on the exterior. Also included is a six-inch long, bone weaver's wand topped by an incised human face. One is over ten inches long and still retains its original thread. Both spindles have nicely decorated terracotta whorls.