Inca Bronze Jaguar Tumi

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Inca Jaguar Tumi

 

An excellent Inca bronze tumi with complete Jaguar.  This ceremonial knife has a short, thick handle and a rarer oval-shaped Half-moon gilded blade. The finial has a very detailed feline lying down on a rectangular platform. Mouth opened with teeth exposed. Eyes, ears, spots, and overall body are well formed—measures 3.25” in height., 3.75” on a custom-made stand.

Condition is Choice. Peru c. 1350-1500 AD.

Provenance: Ex Private New York collection, NY

A similar example is housed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number: 64.228.242; the “1874 German Bilder Atlas” and in “Cobre Del Antiguo Peru.” 

Price – $5,250

 


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Valdivian – Chorrera Stone Parrot Mortar

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Valdivian – Chorrera Stone Mortar

 

Valdivian-Chorrera stone mortars shaped like parrots are artifacts from the Valdivian culture, which thrived in coastal Ecuador between 3500 BCE and 1800 BCE. The Valdivian culture is known for its intricate stone craftsmanship, particularly in the form of ceremonial objects and tools.

Scholars believe the parrot-shaped stone mortars held significant ceremonial or ritualistic importance in Valdivian-Chorrera culture. Evidence suggests these mortars were most likely adopted for ceremonial use or in a ritual setting and not used for everyday use. However, their distinct shape suggests they may have also held symbolic or spiritual significance.

The craftsmanship of these artifacts is remarkable, showcasing the skill and artistry of the Valdivian-Chorrera people. This greenish serpentine stone mortar is carved from a single piece of stone, with detailed attention to the parrot’s features, including its head, beak and tail, also emphasizing some lite incised marking on the body and around the eyes.

These artifacts provide valuable insights into the cultural practices and beliefs of the Valdivian-Chorrera society, shedding light on their reverence for nature, animals, and the spiritual world.

 Measures 9″ in Length.

Condition: Beak and one foot have been reattached otherwise in excellent condition.

Provenance: Ex – G. Landazuri, New York, NY

Similar example is exhibited at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tx., Accession number 2004.1626

Price – POR

 


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Aztec Druzy Crystal Skull Maskette

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Aztec Crystal Skull Maskette

 

This sophisticated druzy quartz stone skull maskette exemplifies intricate Aztec artistry. This macabre-looking skull is adorned with a stylized coiffure or wraparound headdress; this piece boasts marvelous decorations, including ornate swirling double brows, intricately designed ear elements, and several perforation holes for suspension. Its vibrant finish, painted heavily in red ochre on both sides, adds to its allure. Red ochre held deep symbolism in Aztec culture, representing vitality, and was often used in religious ceremonies and rituals. Believed to offer protection and prosperity, it was a significant element in Aztec artifacts. This skull maskette is a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of the Aztec civilization, making it a prized collector’s item for enthusiasts of ancient art, history, and spirituality.

The skull, or calavera, symbolized death and rebirth in Aztec culture. It was often depicted in artwork and used as decoration during rituals, ceremonies, and religious practices. In Aztec mythology, the skull was associated with the goddess Cihuacoatl, who was revered as a protector of the dead and believed to have the power to transform into a serpent. The skull was also seen as a symbol of transformation and renewal, representing the cycle of life and death central to Aztec beliefs. Post-classic period c. 1300 – 1521 A.D.

Measures: 2.5″ Height; 3″ Length

Condition: Choice – Rare

Provenance: Ex – T. Tomaszek, Blackstone, MA

Price – Reserved

 


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Valdivian Semi-Abstract Stone Figure

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Valdivian Palmer Notched Stone

 

Carved stone figurine with face and legs indicated (notched). Stylized in a semi-abstract form. Stage 2 Palmer Notched Incised. This Formative culture represents the earliest known appearance of this artistic expression in the New World.  Similar examples in Ancient Ecuador – Culture, Clay, and Creativity 3000-300 B.C. It also appears at Casa del Alabado Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, Quito, Ecuador.

Measures 6.875″/17.46 cm in height—mineral and sediment deposits in microscopic crevices. Choice condition.

Loma Alta, Ecuador Ca 2500 BC – 2200 BC.

Provenance: Ex. Mann Collection, Va. Acquired in the 1970s

Palmers Stones represents the earliest known appearance of human figurines in the New World. They range from simple ground plaques (Phase 1) to elaborately carved representations in which the facial features are clearly indicated, and hands are depicted as a feather or rake-like design. The stone prisms are turned into human effigies by low relief carving emphasizing the eyes and hands. The progressive sequence of stone figurines is from simple rectangular plaques to plaques with a groove indicating the division between the legs to the more detailed depiction of the human face and limbs (Phase 2).

Price $5,850

 


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Ecuadorian Manteño Vessel Jar

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Manteño Jar

 

An anthropomorphic jar with gradual step increase to lower bulbous body. Well-detailed sculpted face – punched out from the interior. The facial expression shows a warrior with clenched teeth. Excellent yellow ochre pigment. A large elongated head wearing a traditional garment with light handling of linear and scroll motifs surrounds the entire helmet. The surface is highly polished dark brown, except for the facial area. Textured linear designs are also incised on the lower portion of the vessel. Manteño culture, Manta, Ecuador c. 500 – 1500 A.D. Integration period.

Fully intact without any restoration.

Measures: 8.75”/22.22cm

Condition: Choice

Ex. Carazola Collection, FL

Similar example published in Ancient Ecuador – Ancient Peoples and Places, plate 62.

Price $1,480

 


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Chancay Jaguar Vessel c. 900 -1400 A.D.

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Chancay Vessel

 

It is a lovely Chancay vessel with a rounded body, wide lip, and strap handles. A crouching Jaguar projects outwards with all four legs within the neck area. Strong black and white paint with designs over the body and neck. It is entirely intact with very little surface erosion. Measures 8″/20.32 cm in Height. Peru, Ca. 900 -1400 A.D.

Provenance: Ex-Florida collection acquired 1980s

Price $785

 


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Chancay Crocodilian Vessel

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Large Chancay Vessel

 

It is a gorgeous Chancay vessel of substantial size. Black-on-white paint patterns throughout the front, back, neck, and looped handles. Solid zigzag nested triangles, circled dots, and step waves arranged around stylish crocodilian motifs. Chancay, Peru 1200 – 1450 AD.

Measures 22″, 55.88cm. The top rim has been reassembled and restored; otherwise, it is intact and in excellent condition.

Price $3,885

 


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Caddo Belcher Engraved Bottle

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Caddo Belcher Long-Necked Bottle

 

This is a Caddo culture Long-necked Belcher engraved bottle. It is thin-walled with a globular body separated by an angular flat bottom. The long neck is flared outward at the top. Brown in color with a burnished surface. Decorated with wide engraved swirls with applied red ocher. 

It measures just over 7″ tall. Lafayette Co., AR., c. 1500 – 1700 A.D.

Condition: The neck has been restored; otherwise, it is in excellent condition. 

Price $1,425

 


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Chancay Female Cuchimilco

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Large Chancay Cuchimilco

 

This is a large Chancay Cuchimilco Female Figure.  Hollowed ceramic earthenware. The body and paint are nice and uniform. Dotted triangular shapes with step patterns painted with Iron Oxide. The holes on top of the head within the solid painted headband held feathered plums (penochos) to distinguish status within a social group. These figures represent individuals and were usually found in tombs of the nobility to ward off evil spirits.

Measures 23.25”/ 59 cm tall. Huaral province, Lima region, Peru. 1000 -1475 AD.

The hand and pinky have been reconstructed, and there is a very minor paint touch-up. Otherwise in Excellent condition.

Compare similar examples in: Ancestors of the Incas, The Lost Civilizations of Peru by Kauffmann-Doig.

Price $4,850

 


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Chancay Cradleboard Litter

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Chancay Cradleboard

 

A finely made Chancay Cradleboard litter – kupulwe. Laid upon a bed of reed slats, a solid clay figure is nicely wrapped using a cotton textile blanket, secured with string and carved spool-type finals on wood beams. Coarse human hair is braided and intertwined between cross-members to assemble the platform.  A substantial amount of personal care has been given in its construction.

A large original piece was reattached to the left side of the face and legs. Minor loss to tip of nose, otherwise overall excellent condition. Lima region, Peru 900-1400 AD. – Extremely Rare

Measures 12.5″/31,75cm in height un-mounted. 13.25”/33,65cm with custom metal stand.

Private California Estate Collection.

Price $3,885

 


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