PRE-COLUMBIAN GOLD


       Pre-Columbian art is known for its fine gold objects. Gold was plentiful in the new world and the cultures of the New World were once rich with gold objects. Unfortunately almost all were melted down by the conquistadors and shipped back in gold bars and coins to Europe. Consequently the remaining genuine pre-Columbian gold ornaments are rare and highly prized by collectors. Unfortunately most of the pieces on the market today are fakes.

       All our pre-Columbian art is in the US legally and every piece has good provenance. In addition every piece has been vetted as authentic by at least two experts in the field. All pieces were purchased from reputable established US dealers or auction houses in the 1990's or before. We oppose looting and will not list any piece suspected of being looted. You can be assured you will have no problems with any pieces you purchase from us.

IMPORTANT LARGE EXAMPLE OF FINE PRE-COLUMBIAN GOLD

6469. SINU GOLD CEREMONIAL FINIAL, Columbia, c. 500-1000 AD. The heavy cast gold finial with a large beaked bird with head held erect, and beak slightly open seated majestically on an attachment terminal in the form of an expanding shaft, the strong legs of the bird with long toes gripping the shaft, the smooth back with wings folded and ornamented tail plumage. The bird's rounded breast and underside distinguished by four rows of openwork spirals separated by herringbone bands, another openwork spiral beneath the tail. The base of the termina pierced for attachment to a wooden ceremonial staff. Uncleaned with remains of red cinnabar patina. 3 x 3 inches, 83 gm. of high karat gold (the Sinu are known for their use of high karat gold). An extremely rare large piece of unmelted pre-Columbian gold. Provenance: Acquired by the current owner at Harmer Rooke Galleries in the late 1980's.

The Sinu mastered the art of lost wax casting with the creation of such sculptural figures, used to crown ceremonial staffs. Cf. Wardwell, figs. 69 and 71, and Emmerich, fig. 91. for examples of avian finials, the later two in the collections of the Textile Museum, Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Also see a very similar piece in Sotheby's NY, 11/92, lot 48 estimated at $40,000-$60,000 when gold was less than $400/oz.

Price on request.



HIGHLY ARTISTIC GILT AVIAN FINIAL

6470. SINU GILT FINIAL, Columbia, c. 500-1000 AD. The ceremonial finial with an ornately crested long-beaked heron seated on its attachment staff. Gilt copper. Small stable crack to right side of neck. 4". .A masterpiece of Pre-Columbian metalworking art and an extremely rare museum quality artifact. Provenance: Acquired by the current owner at Harmer Rooke Galleries in the late 1980's.

The Sinu mastered the art of lost wax casting with the creation of such sculptural figures, used to crown ceremonial staffs. Cf. Wardwell, figs. 69 and 71, and Emmerich, fig. 91. for examples of avian finials, the later two in the collections of the Textile Museum, Washington, D.C., and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

$12,000.



12853. INTRICATE SINU GOLD FINIAL. 25 x 40mm. 9.32 gm. Very fine and intricate work. Provenance: The Emeritus Collection. Verso. Verso 2.

$4850.



6468. CHOICE VERAGUAS GOLD PENDANT. Columbia, Chiriqui or Diquis, ca. 500-1500. Beautiful cast high karat yellow gold zoomorphic figure with twin attachment loops on rv. 1.7x1.8", 15.84gm. Boxed.

SOLD.



8895. FINE TAIRONA GOLD JAGUAR PENDANT. Columbia, ca. 800 AD. The cast feline in a crouching position with tail erect, twin suspension holes on front legs. 24 mm. An excellent animated figure full of life. Rare. Would make a stunning pendant!

$2500.



9341. CHARMING TAIRONA GOLD FROG, ca. 800-1500 AD. The cast gold frog with the front legs ending in suspension holes. Would make the perfect centerpiece of a most elegant necklace. 14 x 23 mm. 6.2 gm. Choice and rare.

$1850.



9339. CHOICE CALIMA GOLD NECKLACE. Cauca valley, ca. 500 BC - 500 AD. Complete necklace of fine gold beads with nine figural gold beads which appear as either crocodiles or human effigies. 22 inches, 18.07 gm. Complete and very rare thus. Wearable with care.

$4500.



6463. FINE SINU GOLD BEAD NECKLACE, ca. 500 AD. The necklace composed of numerous graduated gold beads including a small bell, the 3 largest beads with fine intricate molded filigree. This necklace also holds a surprise - numerous additional tiny gold beads hidden inside the larger ones! Can be taken out to make an additional strand of some length. 24". 39.68 gm. Very Rare.

$2500.



6464. SINU GOLD BEAD NECKLACE, ca. 500 AD. The necklace composed of numerous graduated gold beads. 20". 14.87 gm. Rare.

$1200.



7549. HEAVY TAIRONA GOLD NOSE ORNAMENT, Circa 5th-8th century AD. Gold nose ornament with flattened terminals. Tairona culture, Columbia, 800-1500 AD. This gold pendant shows the excellent level of metalworking skills of the pre-Columbian goldsmiths and hints at the wealth that drove the Conquistadors. Finely wrought of heavy gold it is in an excellent state of preservation with minor wear. Dimensions: 26.5 x 19 mm. (1.04 x 0.75"). Weight: 10.76 gm. (0.336 Troy oz.) Would make a superb pendant! Another view.

$1850.



8893. LARGE MOCHE GOLD NOSE ORNAMENT. Peru, Moche, ca. 500 BC/AD. The hammered sheet gold ornament with three engraved rings around the nose loop and with exceptionally long terminals. 8.2 inches, 8.90 gm. Ex. Harmer Rooke Galleries. A very fine example worn by a ruler or high status individual.

$2500.



6465. FINE PAIR OF SINU GOLD EARRINGS, ca. 500 AD. Excellent condition & fine workmanship. 2.1", 9.48 gm., an especially heavy pair.

$2000.



6466. FINE PAIR OF SINU GOLD EARRINGS, ca. 500 AD. Excellent condition & exceedingly fine workmanship. 1.2", 3.39 gm., an especially fine pair.

$1000.



8894. PAIR OF FINE SINU GOLD EARRINGS. Columbia, ca. 800-1500 AD. Excellent condition and workmanship and finely cast of high carat gold. 1.3 inches, 4.04 gm. Hight carat gold. Wearable with care.

$1000.