Some of these civilizations had long faded by the time of the first permanent European colonies and the arrival of enslaved Africans (c.
late 16th–early 17th centuries), and are known only through archaeological investigations and oral history.
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Provenance and accurate, detailed condition information is included with each listing. Discount may apply on the purchase of multiple items. International sales (outside of the United States) require payment via Pay Pal. An elaborately sculpted depiction of the Teotihuacan 'Storm God' deity or Water God, also known as Tlaloc by numerous other cultures. A larger one flanked by 2 medium sized ones are displayed on a custom metal stand. A lovely example from a seldom seen Bolivian culture. Hollow construction from buff terracotta with areas of red pigment remaining at the waist, ear spools and headdress. The background areas are covered with raised dots, representing rainfall. Intact with no cracks, breaks, repairs or restoration. A fine and very early example of erotic art from that region. The jaguar motif continues on the interior of the bowl where a row of four stylized felines circle the inner rim. A classic depiction of the Chinesco 'Type-D' style. This life-size example portrays an individual with chubby cheeks; possibly a depiction of a 'coca chewer'. Heavily potted from a coarse gritty clay indicative of Costa Rican wares, but shows strong Panamanian (Cocle) stylistic influence. Rounded bowl with nearly straight neck and rolled rim. The hands are nicely sculpted and show painted fingernails. The head is intact with only two spout chips restored. Approx 13" tall x 8.5" across $825 — Costa Rica 400 AD - 700 AD An unusual tripod rattle vessel from Costa Rica's Atlantic Watershed Zone. Redware construction with opposing loop handles and flared spout. A male figure emerges from the upper shoulder of the vessel. Nicely painted with a band of glyphs or pseudo-glyphs in vibrant shades of red and black against a tan background. The headdress features an interlocking, woven mat design in high relief. The lower edge is decorated with long rectangular strips (fringe). Minor paint enhancements and light deposits present. The plate (shallow bowl) is flat on the bottom and shows the central image of Tlaloc. The upper bowl is identical in form to the plate, flat bottom and widely flared rim. Scattered deposits and some very light surface wear. Above that is a domed platform topped by a large seated figure with hands resting on his legs. A cylindrical bowl sits on three hollow, rounded legs. $675 — Panama 600 AD - 800 AD An attractive Cocle polychrome pedestal bowl from ancient Panama. The stomach protrudes slightly, possibly indicating pregnancy. Faint traces of other colors remaining in some areas. The bowl sits atop three hollow mammiform legs, each containing a rattle ball. The legs support a semi-hemispherical bowl with curving shoulder that is decorated with appliques and incised bands, topped by tall chimney-type neck and flared spout. A large section of the neck has been replaced along with other repairs and surface touch ups.
Contact me via email at: [email protected] call 828-322-2942. All international shipping costs, insurance and import fees are the responsibility of the buyer. Vessels like this are seen in painted murals being used in 'pouring rituals' relating to water worship. $850 — Peru 250 AD - 450 AD A fine Moche bi-chrome stirrup vessel dating to Phase III. — Peru 1250 AD - 1450 AD Two Inca (Inka) copper axes from the Central Peruvian Highlands. Also included is a stack of (10 or so) smaller pieces that have been fused together by oxidation. Light surface wear, deposits overall and some fire clouding present. In the bottom are three more felines around a central jaguar head. This type is characterized by puffy, slit-like eyes and broad rectangular head with incised hair. The practice of chewing coca leaves began in ancient Peru. The armadillo sits on a low ring-type base with a tall tapered spout above. Nicely painted in dark brown-black against a cream-yellow background. The body has been assembled from approximately eighteen (18) original pieces with break lines restored, a few very small losses replaced and paint enhancements. Sometimes these are called 'chocolate pots' or 'spider-leg' vessels. At the neck are impressed dots and carved linear geometric decoration. Realistically sculpted head, arms, legs and genitals. The figure is most likely a depiction of a shaman transforming into animal form; a jaguar or possibly a monkey. Rows of red stripes on the interior rim and below the glyph band. Minor scrapes, dings and paint loss, but intact with no repairs or restoration. He wears round ear ornaments, a beaded necklace and waist wrap (skirt). Very finely woven in a variety of colors; red, pink, tan, gold, orange and black. Areas of wear and fraying along with some losses and tattered edges, but is a nice example that shows exceptional craftsmanship. The cloth panel is under glass against an acid-free black mat. The wide rim flares gracefully and is decorated with curving and linear geometric designs. As with the plate, the central image is that of the Tlaloc - Rain God deity. $200 — Costa Rica 1100 AD - 1500 AD A nice Nicoya pottery dish with a rare depiction of the "Dancing Monkey Deity". The top of the figures head is open and serves as a pouring spout. — Various Cultures 500 BC - 1500 AD NOTE: Six additional miniatures have been added to this listing. A wide central band of incised geometric designs decorate the exterior. This type of vessel, typically called a 'frutera', has a flared pedestal base topped by a deep bowl painted with complex geometric and zoomorphic designs. $650 — Ecuador 500 BC - 200 AD Small Jamacoaque rattle figure from ancient Ecuador. She wears an asymmetrical headdress with nodes across the forehead, nose ornament, lip plug (labret) and necklace with a large pendant. Condition is very good, near chioce with only very minor repairs and replacements. The most extraordinary feature of this vessel is a fully articulated head that is rotatable within the neck of a human body which protrudes from the side of the bowl. Faint remains of white pigment on the legs and traces of black on body of the vessel. Overall an impressive piece that displays dramatically. See page 62 of the "Art of Costa Rica from the Arthur M.
When someone finally did, the shrill, windy screech made the spine tingle. Roberto Velazquez believes the Aztecs played this mournful wail from the so-called Whistles of Death before they were sacrificed to the gods.
The 66-year-old mechanical engineer has devoted his career to recreating the sounds of his pre-Columbian ancestors, producing hundreds of replicas of whistles, flutes and wind instruments unearthed in Mexico’s ruins.
For this reason the alternative terms of Precontact Americas, Pre-Colonial Americas or Prehistoric Americas are also in use.
In areas of Latin America the term usually used is Pre-Hispanic.
Archaeologists working in the Bolivian Andes discovered three skulls of people who had been beaten, beheaded, and defleshed.
The violent deaths add up to political torture dating back to the first millennium AD.
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