MESO-AMERICAN AND ETHNOGRAPHIC ART

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B3640. A FINE COCHLE SHAMAN'S OFFERING STAND. Central Panama, ca. 800-1000 AD. The polychrome 'fruitera' with pedestal base, the tondo decorated with a large crab-like many legged creature in red, black and purple on cream background. 4.3 x 9 inches. Rare. Professional repair. Excellent example.



B3641. A RARE MORALES PRE-CLASSIC FIGURE. Mexico, ca. 1500 BC. The female figure nude except for hair and ear ornaments, remains of red paint. 2.8 x 5.5 inches. Quite rare early piece from contemporaries of the Olmec culture and in excellent condition. On custom stand.



B3642. A LARGE MEZCALA 'JADE' FIGURE. Mexico, ca. 300 BC. The figure laboriously carved from green stone with incised details and openwork arms. 3.5 x 8.5 inches. Professional repair to head and a couple of small patches mostly to rv. Nevertheless an exceptional large example. On custom stand.



B3643. A CHOICE COLIMA DOG, ca. 200 AD. The large dog sitting back on its haunches with spout on top of head and fine rich red burnished surface. 6 x 11 x 12 inches. An excellent example, completely intact. Comes with 1966 certificate of authenticity from Marjorie Neikrug, member of the American Society of Appraisers.



B3644. A FINE COLIMA DOG. Mexico, ca. 200 AD. The charming plump dog with an animated expression, the tail functioning as a large spout, the whole with a burnished reddish black surface. 7 x 7 x 11 inches. An excellent example, completely intact save for a small flake on the spout.



B3645. A FINE COLIMA DOG. Mexico, ca. 200 AD. The charming plump puppy lying on its belly with a large spout rising from one side of the body, the whole with a burnished reddish surface. 5.25 x 7 x 8 inches. An excellent example, completely intact with incised eyes and teeth.



B3646. A CHOICE COLIMA SHAMAN FIGURE, ca. 200 AD. The large shaman sitting with arms raised, spout on top of head and fine rich red burnished surface with incised detail. 14 inches. Some unobtrusive repair. An excellent example. Very rare. Comes with 1974 invoice from Sotheby Parke Bernet. Provenance: Ex. Jules Berman Collection. Berman was the owner of Kaluah Liquor and assembled a fine collection of Pre-Columbian pieces, many of which, including this one I believe, appeared beside a bottle of Kaluah in advertisements in national publications such as Playboy.



B3647. A LARGE COLIMA SHAMAN VESSEL. West Mexico, ca. 200 AD. The large vessel in the form of a seated shaman with head turned to the right wearing a combed hat and large pendant, either blowing a whistle or ingesting a psychedelic potion, the top of the head opening into a spout. 8 x 9 x 12 inches. Rare and fine representaion. Choice intact condition.



B3648. A LARGE COLIMA ANTHROPOMORPHIC VESSEL. West Mexico, ca. 200 AD. The large vessel in the form of a seated nude female with prominent genitals, her right arm supporting her chin, the top of the head opening into a spout. 9.5 x 9.5 x 12 inches. Carefully repaired from numerous shards but all original.



B3649. A FINE COLIMA WARRIOR DRUMMER. West Mexico, ca. 200 AD. The warrior seated crosslegged drumming on a cylindrical drum, wearing helmet and warrior's armour. 3.25 x 4 x 4.75 inches. Some repair. A rare and choice museum quality piece.



B3794. A COLIMA ANTHROPOMORPHIC VESSEL. West Mexico, ca. The vessel in the form of a seated female figure with hands on belly. 8.3 inches. Neat repair to spout.



B3795. A LARGE JALISCO FEMALE FIGURE. West Mexico, ca. 600 AD. The female figure seated with prominent breasts, her right hand raised with bowl. 10.75 inches. Some professional repair to legs.



B3650. A LARGE CHINESCO/NAYARIT FIGURE. Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The large nude female figure seated on a stool, the two legs of which support the figure in the rear, wearing earrings and balancing a bowl which doubles as a spout on her head, her hands on her hips in a pose that evokes her high status. The surface with burnished cream and black paint, incised detail to the hair. 8 x 14.5 inches. Professional repair. A nice large piece.



B3651. A CHOICE LARGE NAYARIT FIGURE. Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The large male figure seated on a stool, the two legs of which support the figure in the rear, wearing multiple earrings and cap, his hands on his hips in a pose that wonderfully evokes his high status. The surface a burnished red and black pattern. 7.5 x 8.5 x 15 inches. Choice intact condition. A very imposing and impressive piece.



B3652. A CHOICE JALISCO WARRIOR. West Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The large warrior figure seated wearing a double pointed hat, large nose rings and ear ornaments and holding a mace, the whole with fine painted details. 13 inches. Intact with excellent paint. Very rare this nice.



B3653. A CHOICE JALISCO WARRIOR. West Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The large warrior figure seated wearing a double pointed hat, large nose rings and ear ornaments and holding a mace, the whole with fine painted details. 12 inches. Intact with excellent paint. Very rare this nice.



B3654. A LARGE AND FINE JALISCO FEMALE. West Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The figure seated on her knees wearing a loincloth, ear spools and a high diademed cap which falls over her neck, her arms outstretched at her sides, burnished black, cream and red glaze. 11.5 x 14.5 inches. A few insignificant flakes but still a very large and choice intact example.



B3655. A LARGE AND FINE JALISCO FEMALE. West Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The hunchbacked figure seated on her knees wearing a loincloth and a cap which falls over her neck, right arm outstretched and the left to the side of her head, burnished cream and red glaze. 12 inches. A choice intact example and a very interesting piece which apparently represents a medical condition in the back and possibly the shoulders.



B3656. A LARGE AND FINE JALISCO FEMALE. West Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The figure seated on her knees wearing a loincloth and a cap which falls over her neck, right arm outstretched and the left to the side of her head, burnished black, cream and red glaze. 12.5 inches. A choice intact example.



B3657. A LARGE AND FINE JALISCO FEMALE. West Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The figure seated on her knees wearing a loincloth and a high cap, left arm outstretched and the right to the side of her head, black, cream and red glaze. 12.5 inches. A nice intact example.



B3658. A JALISCO FEMALE. West Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The standing figure nude except for high cap and large ear ornaments, her hands clasped to her swollen belly probably indicating she is pregnant. 6.25 inches. Considerable red paint. Repair and scrape to legs. Nice style. On custom stand.



B3659. A JALISCO BICHROME FEMALE. West Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The female figure standing nude wearing a wide hat which falls over her neck, added details in white accentuating the breasts and body. 4.3 x 7 inches. Generally nice condition.



B3660. A LARGER JALISCO FEMALE. West Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The sizable figure standing nude wearing a wide hat which falls over her neck. 5.7 x 9 inches. Chips to toes and nose, otherwise intact with nice detail.



B3661. A LARGER JALISCO FEMALE. West Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The sizable figure standing nude wearing a wide hat which falls over her neck. 6 x 10 inches. Chips to toe and ear, otherwise intact.



B3662. A LARGER JALISCO FEMALE. West Mexico, ca. 300 AD. The sizable figure standing nude wearing a wide hat which falls over her neck. 6 x 10 inches. Chip to nose, otherwise intact.



B3663. A CHOICE ZAPOTEC FIGURAL URN. Mexico, ca. 450-650 AD. The vessel with the Old Man Fire God molded on the front with arms akimbo, the lid with plumed tassel, considerable remains of blue, black, orange and cream paint. 5 x 7 inches. A wonderful finely rendered example with even the small protrusions and arms unbroken. Lid professionally repaired from several shards, an insignificant internal rim chip. Rare this nice.



B3664. AN IMPORTANT MAYAN INCISED POISON BOTTLE, ca. 600-800 AD. The diskoidal bottle with complex molded scenes both sides with two confronting gods, God L and God K in conversation, a line of glyphs between them most likely providing details of the encounter, additional rows of molded glyphs down the sides providing additional information. 1.2 x 3.5 inches. Small rim flakes. These important bottles are among the rarest and most sought after of Mayan antiquities. An exceptional example with wonderful complex detail. A museum quality piece deserving of further study.



B3665. A MAYAN SKULL CUP, ca. 600-800 AD. The molded cup in the form of a grinning death's head. 4.5 x 4.75 inches. A choice intact example of wonderful style.



B3666. A MAYAN POLYCHROME CYLINDER, ca. 600-800 AD. The cylinder with a band with four jaguars with extended tongues, bands of cloud symbols above and below. 5.75 x 7 inches. Small stable line in rim else intact with nice paint.



B3667. A FINE MAYAN PROCESSIONAL CYLINDER, ca. 600-800 AD. The cylinder with a band with five standing nobles or priests, a band of glyphs above. 4 x 5.75 inches. Choice intact example.



B3668. AN EXCEPTIONAL MAYAN PROCESSIONAL CYLINDER, ca. 600-800 AD. The cylinder with a band with seven standing nobles or priests holding various ceremonial implements followed by a baby jaguar, a band of glyphs above. 5.3 x 7.7 inches. Stabilized age crack from rim. A beautiful example of exceptional style. Extremely rare this nice.



B3669. A FINE MAYAN FOOTED BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The polychrome bowl of heavy fabric with two large nobles heads, a band of trophy heads above, three stairsteps cut into the base ring before firing. 5.5 x 6 inches. An unusual example in choice intact condition.



B3670. A CHOICE MAYAN ZOOMORPHIC VESSEL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with flattened globular body with heads and limbs of toad emerging from both sides, a band of fine glyphs around the rim, four small legs on the bottom, four priest figures painted around the sides, two of which recline under the toad heads. 4.5 x 7.75 inches. Choice intact example and extremely rare.



B3671. A FINE MAYAN ZOOMORPHIC VESSEL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with globular body with the head and limbs of a toad emerging from the sides, a band of glyphs around the rim, four small legs on the bottom. 5 x 5.5 inches. One small leg reattached, otherwise a choice intact example and extremely rare.



B3672. A RARE MAYAN ANTHROPOMORPHIC VESSEL, ca. 600-800 AD. The tall bowl with flattened sides with possum-like animals with two molded human faces. 5.5 x 6 inches. Excellent intact example and a very rare type.



B3673. A MAYAN CODEX STYLE CYLINDER, ca. 600-800 AD. The cylinder with two panels, each with a fine detailed codex style figure, one a humanoid figure with a large toothed beak, the other a crouching shaman, the panels separated by narrow panels with jaguar spots, a band of glyphs around the rim. 4.2 x 7 inches. Rim chip and some paint abrasion but both figures and details fairly clear. A rare example of the finest codex style.



B3674. A FINE MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with four seated priests around the outside, three large turkeys around a kan cross on the interior. 3.25 x 7.1 inches. Choice intact condition with excellent paint.



B3675. A FINE MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with four nicely painted alligators around the outside, eleven stylized birds around the interior, pinwheel patterned molded lines on the bottom. 2.6 x 6.8 inches. Choice intact condition with excellent paint.



B3676. A FINE MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with seven nicely painted seated priests around the outside, five turkeys around a kan cross on the interior. 2.75 x 7.4 inches. Some interior paint fading otherwise choice intact condition with excellent paint.



B3677. A LARGER MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with five seated priests around the outside, three large uncertain animals around the interior. 3.5 x 8.6 inches. A little paint fading on the interior, otherwise choice intact condition.



B3678. A CHOICE MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with two large representations of the water bird god, a cormorant-like bird who represents the watery surface of the underworld, a band of glyphs above. 3.5 x 4.75 inches. Choice intact condition with excellent paint. A very rare depiction of excellent style.



B3679. A LARGE MAYAN INCISED CYLINDER, ca. 600-800 AD. The cylinder with a band of ribs around the body, a band of incised glyphs stained with cinnabar above. 6 x 9.5 inches. Rim shard reattached. Rare.



B3680. A FINE MAYAN CYLINDER, ca. 600-800 AD. The cylinder with panels containing three figures, perhaps rabbit warriors, around the body, a band of six glyphs above. 5.5 inches. Generally nice paint. A couple of stable lines at the rim. Very nice figures.



B3681. A MAYAN POLYCHROME CYLINDER. Honduras, ca. 600-800 AD. The cylinder with three small tripod legs, the encircling side panel with three finely drawn priests or kings wearing large plumed headdresses and holding large plumed scepters. 5.2 x 5.5 inches. A very nice example with excellent paint. Apparently by the hand of the same artist as the following piece. Rare.



B3682. A MAYAN POLYCHROME BOWL. Honduras, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with a finely drawn net background framing four circles with kan crosses and curlicules. 3.3 x 5.6 inches. Tiny rim flake, otherwise intact with excellent paint. Apparently by the hand of the same artist as the preceding piece. A superior example.



B3683. A MAYAN POLYCHROME BOWL. Guatamala, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with an intricate and finely drawn pattern of three registers around the side, 11 painted glyphs around the bottom. 2.75 x 6.5 inches. Museum quality repair. A wonderful example.



B3684. A FINE MAYA CYLINDER VESSEL. Classic Period, ca. 600 AD. The cylinder with molded glyphic panels both sides. 4.5 x 6 inches. Separated and reattached at mold joint. The panels with excellent detail and style. Rare.



B3685. A MAYA BOWL WITH GLYPHS. Classic Period, ca. 600 AD. The bowl with a band of glyphs encircling the sides, the interior and bottom in red and orange. 2.5 x 8.25 inches. Intact, the glyphs in excellent condition. Rare type.



B3686. A MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with a band of chief's heads encircling the sides, the interior with a large solar symbol, all done in red and orange. 3 x 7.3 inches. Intact, the paint in excellent condition.



B3687. A MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with a band of chief's heads encircling the sides, the interior with a large solar symbol, feather design above, all done in red and orange. 3 x 7.5 inches. Intact, the exterior paint in excellent condition.



B3688. A MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with a band of stylized chief's heads encircling the sides, floral motifs below, all done in red and orange. 3.25 x 8 inches. Intact with a few flakes, the paint in excellent condition.



B3689. A MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The flat bottomed bowl with a band of glyphs encircling the sides, alternating red and orange tongue design below, the interior with vertical lines and circles. 3.75 x 8.75 inches. Intact, the exterior paint in nice condition.



B3690. A MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with a band of glyphs encircling the sides, the bottom with three spider monkeys and red suns in red, black and orange. 4 x 8.5 inches. Intact, the paint in nice condition.



B3691. A MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with a band of glyphs encircling the sides, the bottom with three spider monkeys and red suns in red, black and orange. 3.5 x 7.25 inches. Stable age cracks on rim, the paint in nice condition.



B3692. A LARGER MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with a band of seated chiefs encircling the sides, suns and posts below, all done in red, black and orange. 4 x 8.75 inches. Intact, the paint in nice condition.



B3693. A MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with a band of seated animals separated by 'X's encircling the sides, wave pattern below, all done in red, black and orange. 3.75 x 7.25 inches. Intact, the paint in nice condition.



B3694. A MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with carinated rim, a band of glyphs encircling the sides and interior, all done in red, black and orange. 3.25 x 7.5 inches. Tiny rim chip, otherwise intact, the paint in nice condition.



B3695. A MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with carinated rim, a band of glyphs encircling the sides and interior, three large spider monkeys separated by suns on the bottom, all done in red, black and orange. 2.9 x 7.5 inches. Intact, the paint in nice condition.



B3696. A BETTER MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with a band of heads with hands at the mouths encircling the sides, three large spider monkeys below, all done in red, black and orange. 4.2 x 6.7 inches. Intact, the paint in excellent condition. Better than usual style and design.



B3697. A MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with carinated rim, a band of parrots encircling the sides and interior, a knot pattern inside center, all done in red, black and orange. 2.75 x 6.5 inches. A little rim abrasion, otherwise intact, the paint in nice condition. A better type with detailed parrots.



B3698. A MAYAN BOWL, ca. 600-800 AD. The bowl with carinated rim, a band of chief's heads encircling the sides, all done in red and orange. 2.75 x 6.25 inches. Intact, the paint in nice condition.



B3699. A VERA CRUZ WHISTLING SORIENTE. Mexico, Remojadas, Late Classic, ca. 550-950 AD. Standing in a joyful posture with smiling face with arms outstretched. 12 inches. Fingers of one hand and foot reattached. Whistle produces a fine low tone. On custom stand.



B3700. A VERA CRUZ WHISTLING SORIENTE. Mexico, Remojadas, Late Classic, ca. 550-950 AD. Standing in a joyful posture with smiling face and arms raised from the elbows, wearing an especially elaborate costume. 7.1 inches. A nice intact example with functional whistle and rattle.



B3701. A FINE VERA CRUZ WHISTLING SHAMAN. Mexico, Remojadas, Late Classic, ca. 550-950 AD. Standing in a joyful posture with smiling face and arms raised outstretched, wearing a kilt and large pendant necklace, a large bird on his head, the hair of the shaman doubling as the wings of the bird, considerable polychrome remaining. 6.5 inches. A wonderful and rare example with functional whistle and rattle.



B3702. A VERA CRUZ WHISTLING FIGURE. Mexico, Remojadas, Late Classic, ca. 550-950 AD. The figure of a high status individual perhaps a chief or priest standing wearing an elaborate costume with large headdress. 4 x 4.5 inches. A few chips but otherwise intact with functional whistle and rattle. Free standing.



B3703. A LARGE COSTA RICAN TRIPOD VESSEL, ca. 500-1000 AD. The legs with molded openwork rattling faces, polychrome faces around the rim. 14 inches. Repair and with soot deposits.



B3704. AN AMAZONIAN INDIAN BOW AND 4 ARROWS. Brazil, ca. mid 20th century. The bow ornamented with patterns of colored yarns and feathers at one end, four different types of arrows each designed for a different purpose. The bow 23.5 inches.



B3705. AN IMPORTANT CONGO MAGICAL EFFIGY FIGURE, ca. early-mid 20th century, possibly earlier. The figure inlaid glass eyes and polychromed features and holding a glass inlaid box with uncertain contents of magical function, the body covered with embedded iron nails and cloth balls into which are sewn magical charms. 12.5 inches. A choice, rare and important example with excellent provenance. Provenance: Ex. Robert Lang collection. Robert Lang of Rye, NY (1909-1997) was born one hundred years after Abraham Lincoln. He made a fortune on Wall Street. He spent it on his mansion in Rye, New York and on his vast collection of hundreds of thousands of items which he purchased over a 40 year period ranging from African art to Asian art, and candlesticks to vintage cars. Recently his eclectic estate was dispersed. A valuable collection of antique vehicles was given to the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine, an institution of which he had been a founding member. The rest of his collection was sold in a series of two and three day auctions in New England. Some highlights include a copy of the declaration of Independence which he had owned sold for $415,000, African bronze brought over $225,000, and an African Congo fetish brought over $200,000! Dave Kenny, Maine Antiques Digest.



B3706. A LARGE CONGO WOOD FERTILITY FIGURE, ca. early-mid 20th century. The large female figure with loincloth and prominent breasts. 29 inches. Ex. Robert Lang collection (this collection had many fine pieces some of which sold for over $200,000 at auction). Age cracks to wood.



B3707. A LARGE CHOKWE WOOD FERTILITY FIGURE. Angola, ca. early-mid 20th century. The large male figure with prominent penis. 27 inches. Nice example. Rare.



B3708. A LARGE CHOKWE WOOD FERTILITY FIGURE. Angola, ca. early-mid 20th century. The large female figure with prominent breasts with metal earring and inlaid metal eyes, the lips and ears with red pigment, two blue beads on string around the ankle. 26 inches. Nice example. Rare.



B3709. AN ASHANTI CARVED WOOD FISH. Ghana, ca. early mid 20th century. Nicely carved in the round with flat base and similar detail both sides. 12.7 inches. Small chip to tail.



B3710. AN ASHANTI FERTILITY FIGURE. Ghana, ca. early mid 20th century. A classic female geometric carved wood figure with disc head and conical arms with nubbin breasts. 14.8 inches. An excellent example of wonderful artistic style.



B3711. AN ASHANTI CAST BRONZE FIGURE. Ghana, ca. early- mid 20th century. Expressive thin figure wearing textured leggings and carrying a large tray with animal carcass on his head. 9 inches. On original wood base. Rare.



B3796. AN EARLY MALI VASE, ca. 10th-14th century. The red glazed vessel with spherical body and tall neck with incised bands. 7.75 x 12 inches. Intact with some wear to the glaze from use on the bottom. Cf. 'Vassellame Del Mali', Ballarini, 1986, Fig. 7. Rare.



B3797. A LARGE EARLY MALI VASE, ca. 10th-14th century. The red glazed vessel with spherical body and wide neck with everted rim, the body with finely incised curving patterns. 13.5 x 15.5 inches across handles. Intact save for tips of handles and flakes to rim, stable line in bottom. Rare. Stand not included.




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