TUMACO-LA TOLITA ART


       The Tumaco-La Tolita cultures were centered around the present border of Ecuador and Columbia in the same era as the classical western civilizations of Greece and Rome. Tumaco-La Tolita pottery figures are naturalistic and expressive and often rise to high artistic standards in their sensitive portrayal of the human condition. The standard reference (in French) is 'Tumaco' by Yves Sabolo with hundreds of excellent photos and copious descriptive material.



ANTHROPOMORPHIC JAGUAR SHAMAN

9979. EXCEPTIONAL LA TOLITA JAGUAR SHAMAN HEAD, Ecuador, Tumaco-La Tolita, c. 300 BC. Ceramic torso of a human shaman wearing a collared garment and large headdress but with a large-fanged jaguar head with large curled serpent's nose and tongue. Height 5". Fine quality. On custom stand.

Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from an established US antiquities dealer in the 1990's. Independently documented 3rd party proof this piece has been in the US since at least October 8, 1999 is available. This is several years prior to the effective date of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that restricts subsequent imports into the US.

Human shamans who shape shifted into animals, especially jaguars, under the influence of psychotropic drugs are a specialized motif in Meso-American art. The current piece, with its classic glyphic-style jaguar head is an especially impressive example.

The Tumaco-La Tolita culture developed in the coastal region of Southern Colombia and Northern Ecuador between 600 BC and AD 200. Numerous archaeological sites have been discovered that show the highly artistic nature of this culture, many of which depict highly realistic human heads and figures rendered with great artistic skill. Artifacts are characterized by gold jewelry, beautiful anthropomorphic masks and figurines that reflect a hierarchical society with complex ceremonies and are especially prized by collectors. An excellent reference is 'Tumaco', by Yves Sabolo.

$8500.



9224. TUMACO-LA TOLITA SHAMAN FIGURE, c. 300 BC. The vessel in the form of a grotesque seated figure with frog-like face and wearing a flayed human skin, a small strap handle and spout at the back. 5 x 6 x 6 inches. Small chips to spout but otherwise intact. A very rare and interesting type.

Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from an established US antiquities dealer in the 1990's. Independently documented 3rd party proof this piece has been in the US since at least October 23, 2002 is available. This is several years prior to the effective date of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that restricts subsequent imports into the US.

$2500.



9223. HUGE TUMACO-LA TOLITA POTTERY PHALLUS, c. 300 BC. The erect male member with hollow body and swollen head. 9.5 length x 2.25 inches diameter. Very rare and the largest example I've seen. See 'Tumaco', by Yves Sabolo, p. 220-221 for some smaller examples.

Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from an established US antiquities dealer in the 1990's. Independently documented 3rd party proof this piece has been in the US since at least April 23, 2004 is available. This is several years prior to the effective date of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that restricts subsequent imports into the US.

$3500.



9916. EROTIC TUMACO-LA TOLITA POTTERY PHALLUS, c. 300 BC. The erect male member with hollow body and swollen head, molded ring around base of head extending to turgid ureter running the length below. 4.5 length. Very rare. See 'Tumaco', by Yves Sabolo, p. 220-221 for similar examples. On custom stand. Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from a major New York City antiquities dealer in the 1990's.

Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from an established US antiquities dealer in the 1990's. Independently documented 3rd party proof this piece has been in the US since at least March 5, 2002 is available. This is several years prior to the effective date of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that restricts subsequent imports into the US.

$1250.



9228. CLASSIC TUMACO-LA TOLITA POTTERY MASK, c. 300 BC. The mask of a male with nose ring and ear spools, ornaments and attachment holes on the head. 4.5 x 5.5 inches. Intact with nice detail. On custom stand.

Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from an established US antiquities dealer in the 1990's. Independently documented 3rd party proof this piece has been in the US since at least April 23, 2004 is available. This is several years prior to the effective date of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that restricts subsequent imports into the US.

$650.



7012. EXCEPTIONAL NATURALISTIC TUMACO-LA TOLITA HEAD OF A CHILD, c. 300 BC - 200 AD. An exceptional museum quality finely styled child's head with pierced ears and ear spools. 3.7 x 5".

Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from an established US antiquities dealer in the 1990's. Independently documented 3rd party proof this piece has been in the US since at least October 5, 1999 is available. This is several years prior to the effective date of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that restricts subsequent imports into the US.

$1250.



7013. ARTISTIC TUMACO-LA TOLITA HEAD OF A DIGNITARY, c. 300BC-200AD. Nicely styled large head. 3.5 x 4.2".

Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from an established US antiquities dealer in the 1990's. Independently documented 3rd party proof this piece has been in the US since at least October 6, 1999 is available. This is several years prior to the effective date of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that restricts subsequent imports into the US.

SOLD.



9227. ARTISTIC TUMACO-LA TOLITA POTTERY BLIND HEAD, c. 300 BC. The head with the empty sockets of a blind man. 2.3 x 2.5 inches. Nice detail. On custom stand. An excellent and rare example of this culture's concern with sensitively portraying the human condition.

Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from an established US antiquities dealer in the 1990's. Independently documented 3rd party proof this piece has been in the US since at least April 2, 2005 is available. This is several years prior to the effective date of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that restricts subsequent imports into the US.

$450.



7010. LARGER TUMACO-LA TOLITA HEAD, c. 300 BC - 200A D. Wearing an exceptionally large nose ring which covers the mouth and with typical ritually deformed head. 4". On a custom stand. Facial detail considerably better than image shows.

Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from an established US antiquities dealer in the 1990's. Independently documented 3rd party proof this piece has been in the US since at least November 4, 1999 is available. This is several years prior to the effective date of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that restricts subsequent imports into the US.

$450.



9186. FINE TUMACO-LA TOLITA POTTERY HEAD OF A COCQUERO (COCA LEAF CHEWER), c. 300 BC. The high status head with typical ritually deformed cranium ornamented with a diadem and wearing large ear spools, both cheeks stuffed with wads of coca leaves. 3.5 inches. Nice detail. Rare. On custom stand.

Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from an established US antiquities dealer in the 1990's. Independently documented 3rd party proof this piece has been in the US since at least June 21, 2002 is available. This is several years prior to the effective date of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that restricts subsequent imports into the US.

$450.



9225. A RARE TUMACO-LA TOLITA POTTERY MOLD FOR A MOTHER AND CHILD, c. 300 BC. The mold used for producing a full length female figure who suckles a child at one breast and offers the other with her hand. 3.8 x 5.25 inches. Intact and excellent condition with great detail. An exceptional very fine example with excellent style. (Note: this piece is lighted from below in the image to simulate the effect of a positive cast from the mold.)

Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from an established US antiquities dealer in the 1990's. Independently documented 3rd party proof this piece has been in the US since at least February 16, 2004 is available. This is several years prior to the effective date of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that restricts subsequent imports into the US.

SOLD.



7007. SCARCE TUMACO-LA TOLITA FLARED VASE, c. 300BC-200AD. The vessel decorated with incised geometric designs. 6.2". Rare. Stable hairline rim crack.

Provenance: Purchased by the present owner from an established US antiquities dealer in the 1990's. Independently documented 3rd party proof this piece has been in the US since at least October 5, 1999 is available. This is several years prior to the effective date of the MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) that restricts subsequent imports into the US.

$350.