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Taino Carved White Marble Amulet of a Deity head with Closed Eyes

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Description: This head resting on folded arms is what remains of a once larger figurine. Broken in ancient times just below the chin, the stone was re-carved and used as an amulet. The head is incised with exceptionally well-defined, angular features such as slit eyes surrounded by a wraparound mask-like composition, broad forehead, and protruding jawline, and takes on a peculiarly serene expression. The suspension holes were drilled horizontally just below the notched hands. The entire figure would have been a nice size amulet.

Condition Report: Very good and mounted on a custom made base

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Price: $575

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Taino Ceramic  Libation Bowl

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Description: A small bowl with a rim of that dips on two sides and was used during ceremonies.

Condition Report: Very good

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Price: $600

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Pre-Inca Coca Bag from Chile with Orange and Red Stripes on Brown Ground with Strap

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Description: Various types of chuspas exist for everyday and ceremonial use. When intended as ceremonial offerings, chuspas usually contain food such as wheat or corn kernels. Chupas are also the principal containers for holding coca leaf during ceremonies. This bag was woven from alpaca wool as one piece on a loom. It was folded to form bag and finished on the sides with a wrap stitch. The strap is sturdy, and has a warp faced design in 4 colors. Bags with straps were used by women while men's bags were without straps and were carried under their belts or sashes.

Condition Report: Very good colors

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Price: $1,200

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Lambayeque Whistling Vessel with a Bat on a Pacae Fruit

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Description: This is a crescent shaped Pacae fruit (related to mangoes and guavas) from the Amazon with a fruit bat standing on the upper edge. The fruit bat has an extremely good sense of smell and sight and sharp teeth to open the tough skin of fruits. The vessel was decorated with orange slip on buff ceramic with details in black octopus ink. The whistle is behind the bat by the handle. The bat is a rare image to find in ceramics, especially in Moche and Lambayeque societies. Bats were highly revered because they were nocturnal and lived in caves which were portals to the spiritual world. A similar Lambayeque vase is illustrated in "Ceramics of Ancient Peru" by Christopher Donnan (1992: 89). The only other bat ceramic I know of is from the Lambayeque culture is on exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.

Condition Report: Good with repairs to the upper spout and on one side of the fruit

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Price: $2,500

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Chucu, Pre-Inca

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Description: These "tiles" or ceramic plaques are known as Chucus and are offerings to the mountains. They are made from large storage vessels broken or collapsed and recycled with the inside wall painted with mineral pigments and hematite. They are found in caves stacked on top of each other and are generally considered as offerings to the gods for water and fertility. These plaques were string cut into squares or rectangles in sizes ranging from 5 inchesĀ to 18 inches squared. The tiles are decorated with a checkerboard of Cinnabar and Hematite. Similar examples are illustrated in ANCESTORS OF THE INCAS-The lost Civilizations of Peru by Kauffman- Doig, pg.141

Condition Report: Good with original traces of the red and pyrite pigments

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Price: $700

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Nasca Male Mummified Figurine

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Description: This ceramic male mummified figure stands with his arms at his side. The facial expression is carved in relief and painted with dark brown pigments. His eyes are pinned shut with cactus spines. The figurine may have once had a woven tunic.

Condition Report: Good with small chip to nose and a firing cloud on chest

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Price: $1,200

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Small Nasca Male Mummified Figure with Reddish Brown Slip

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Description: This male effigy figure is delicatly painted with a necklace, crown and eyes pinned shut with cactus needles. He may have once worn a woven tunic. His shoulders have suspension loops to be worn as a pendant.

Condition Report: Good color and intact

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Price: $800

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Recuay Effigy Lord  Flanked  by Jaguar with Raised Head

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Description: This vessel is painted orange on white ground with black negative resist decoration for the lord's tunic and the jaguar's dots. The jaguar's heads are turned outward instead of looking forward and have unusual decoration of orange dots on black. This particular vessel has an ancient repair to the flared spout where the spout was broken in antiquity. A similar example is in the the Berlin Ethnographic museum and illustrated in Altperuanische Kulturen Recuay IV fig. 101

Condition Report: Very good example of negative resist decoration and in good condition with an ancient repair and the lords crest has a chip.

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Price: $4,500

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Moche III Grayware Rattle Cup Modeled with the Decapitator

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Description: A well modeled portrait of Ai Apaec wearing his characteristic puma ring headdress with its tail incised on the back of the vessel. The perforated base of the cup contains allows the clay beads to rattle with movement. Ai Apaec was an old wrinkled god associated with war and sacrifice, hence his other titles as the Decapitator and Wrinkle Face.

Condition Report: Good condition with highly burnished surface.

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Price: $3,750

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Inca Black Stone Konopa in the Form of a llama

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Description: Konopas were used to burn animal fats in the fields to bring fertility to the crops and herds, and the practice continues today. Ancient konopas were carved, and their interiors contained a curved chamber for offerings.

Condition Report: Very good

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Price: $640

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Large Inca Coca Bag with Bands of Geometric Design in Red, Gold and Purple

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Description: Coca bags were used to hold the coca leafs from which they chewed the leafs to endure harsh working conditions at high altittudes.

Condition Report: Good color and complete with fringe.

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Price: $1,800

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Nazca Double-spout Bridge Handle Vessel with Colorful Corn Motif

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Description: A bridge spout globular vessel decorated with two bands of repeating large corn with the silk ends. The artist outlined the corn in black and set against a linen white ground. Below are a row of abstract arches separated by black lines. Corn was domesticated early in Peru around 1000 B.C. and was considered a ceremonial as well a staple food. Corn beer was a very important drink for the after life.

Condition Report: Good with minor spalling

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Price: $24,000

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Aztec Stamp of Opposing Monkeys

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Description: The seal is well made with precise lines depicting two monkeys separated by two Aztec flint daggers

Condition Report: Excellent color with original white tufts. Not mounted

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Price: $950

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Jaina Ceramic Efiigy Whistle of a Seated Woman

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Description: This mold made whistle depicts a lady with a tatooed face, holding her hand to her breast. Post-fire Maya blue pigment outlines the edge of her huipil, which was knotted on the upper right side of her chest. Mold made figurines are thought to be later than solid hand modeled examples. Jaina Island, off the coast of Yucatan, was a cemetery for high-ranking nobles from the mainland.

Condition Report: Good with traces of orginal Mayan Blue pigment

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Price: $1,950

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Wari Headband Decorated With Central Staff Bearing Figure Flanked by  Interlocking Serpents

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Description: The central figure can be viewed in both vertical and horizontal directions, In one position the figure is holding a staff in each hand with animal head finials. In the horizontal position the figure transforms into a mythical bird, the staffs become the wings and the legs turn into tail feathers.

Condition Report: Very good with all sides selvaged and Mounted on a streatcher

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Price: $1,550

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Moche IV Fine Line Ceramic Stirrup Spout Vessel of Serpents

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Description: A large stirrup spout vessel painted with four undulating serpents facing upwards, one in each quadrant in red/brown on a beige ground. The serpent represents rebirth, the shedding of its skin repeating as much as four times, perhaps for each season. Stirrup spout vessels were used to hold ceremonial corn beer and the spout allowed the air to enter one channel while the liquid was able to pour through the other channel.

Condition Report: Very good, intact and no in-painting

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Price: $2,700

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Mixtec Copper Necklace of Claws and Blossoms

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Description: The necklace is composed cast copper claw beads, sacred ceiba blossoms from the silk cotton tree and a small feline head. The casting was done with the lost-wax technique, as there is evidence of an interior copper core. This is a rare and lovely example of Mixtec copper work.

Condition Report: Good with original patina and mounted on a Plexi base

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Price: $1,200

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Chilean Flared Basket with Tapered Base and Foot and Decorated with Fret Design

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Description: The basket is woven with dark brown and red brown reed

Condition Report: Very good without any broken reeds

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Price: $960

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Paracas Embroidered Border with Five Occulate Beings in Alternating Colors and Orientation

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Description: This border is decorated with five occulet beings in pink/blue/yellow/green on a brown ground. Plain Weave cottton ground with stem stitch embroidery. The use of pink and green dyes are highly unusual. A similar image is illustrated in TO WEAVE FOR THE SUN #189 Similar weavings from the same collection are illustrated in Ancient Peruvian Textiles by F. Anton, fig. 52-53.

Condition Report: Very good color and professionally mounted on a stretcher.

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Price: $2,450

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Chimu/Inca Miniature  Tunic with 24 Silver Fish Appliques

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Description: The silver fish appliques are attached with the original thread through two holes in each fish. These may have been for a child's doll. The silver fish are repousse and each made individually. Similar examples found in Textile Museum's publication 'Lords of Chimor' The Textile Museum, Washington DC. on pg. 102. This tunic could be mounted flat, or folded over a stand. There is another loin cloth with silver fish applique in the Wasserman San Blas collection sewn the sam way.

Condition Report: Good with original patina on the fish. The tunic is backed with a cloth for hanging on a bar.

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Price: $1,200

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Small Inca Fez Style Hat with Stepped-Roll Design in Browns, Green, Tan and White

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Description: A fez style hat in excellent condition. The Inca were only in Chile for a period of 70 years and developed a unique style of head gear. It is possible that this hat is a a work in progress because of it's shorter size. Similar fez style hats are illustrated and discussed in the catalog Identiy and Prestige in the Andes.

Condition Report: Very good color and completely intact

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Price: $1,900

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Paracas Painted Mummy Mask Fragment Showing Portion of Figure Wearing Double Serpent Headdress

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Description: This mask fragment depicts the Oculet Being in a geometric form. It's head and body are rectilinear and the three serpents protruding from its head are also straight-edged. The serpents appear to have serrated bodies, represented by short straight lines radiating from the body. In the enter of the Oculet Being's body is a smaller figure which is often found in similar representations. The fringe at the top is different lengths of thread.

Condition Report: As found and mounted on mat.

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Price: $1,700

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Paracas Painted Mummy Mask Fragment with Orange and Brown Figure

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Description: Mummy masks are among the earliest textiles in the Paracas textile tradition. They are constructed of plain weave cotton panels with images painted on one side and long, unwoven, hair-like warp threads issuing from the top. They are referred to as "mummy masks" because they are found placed atop the elaborately cloth wrapped mummified remains of what once formed the elite society of Paracas. These masks which were fastened to the top of a mummy bundle like false heads were intended as protectors from the evil spirits that roamed in the afterlife. The image presented on this particular mask is richly painted in orange and brown and is a classic example of the "Oculate Being", a term appropriated by Menzel, Rowe & Dawson to describe characteristic features such as large concentric circular eyes, an upturned mouth often with a protruding tongue, and serpents issuing from various areas of the body. This mask fragment depicts a full-bodied being with serrated, double-headed serpents springing from the top of the head. Between them is a diadem formed from the head of a disembodied cat-like creature. The nose hangs from the forehead in pendant fashion, and the eyes are formed from concentric triangles. The mouth is upturned with bared teeth. A second set of double-headed serpents issue from behind the figure at waist height, and a feline type creature is enclosed within its belly. According to Dawson's "Seriation of Features of Cloth Mummy Masks", 1973 this particular mask can be designated to the Ocucaje10 Phase. A similar example is illustrated and discussed in Dawson, Lawrence, "Painted Cloth Mummy Masks of Ica, Peru", The Junius Bird Pre-Columbian Textile Conference, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, 1979, fig. 13.

Condition Report: As found and mounted on mat.

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Price: $1,200

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Viru Grayware Effigy Stfirrup Spout Vessel of a Baby Llama

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Description: This is an idealized form of a baby llama, with its short talil, developing snout with large developed ears. A n example opf a baby llama is illustrated in MOCHE ART OF PERU., fig 179

Condition Report: Good with losses to the burnished surface.

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Price: $2,800

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Wari fragments from a Tunic on Two Panels

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Description: Section to a tunic in interlocking tapestary weave depicting a Feline head in pink on brown ground with the Step Fret design. A condor head can be seen as well. Wari tunics are laid out in three alternating bands seperated by soldid bands. This tunic would be aproximately 3 feet square and would have taken weavers six months to a year to weave. Examples of similar weavings are on display at the American Museum of Natural History.

Condition Report: Good color and mounted on mat.

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Price: $800

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Wari Single Spout Owl Effigy Vessel in Tan with Black Feather Details

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Description: The chest of the owl is painted a lighter shade of tan with two feet protruding from the base. A very similar vessel is illustrated in Jose Antonio Lavalle "Nazca" (1986: 158). Ex-Collection Monheim (Achen, Germany).

Condition Report: Good with a repaired breaks to the rear

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Price: $3,250

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Moche  Stirrup Spout Effigy vessel  with a Modeled Head of Aya-apec

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Description: This vessel is cube shaped with a fine portrait of wrinkled face or Aya-Pec - one of the most important Moche deities. He is wearing a puma head ring and seprent head ear ornaments. The beige cube represents a throne . An effigy in the Linden Museum has the same face as this and is illustrated in Moche Art of Peru fig 218. T/L tested by Kotall Labs, Stuttgart.

Condition Report: Good with repaired cracks to the head and lower section

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Price: $2,700

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Late Chavin Single Spout Vessel of a Figure Carrying a Burden of Plates

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Description: The Cargador is a popular theme in Chavin Times, with minor variations. Some are carrying bags with foodstuffs, others are carrying nets and still others are carrying plates held together by a net. A similar Carador is illustrated in DE CUPISNIQUE A LOS INCAS, EL ARTE DEL VALLE DE JEQUETEPEQUE pg.99.

Condition Report: Very good with small chip on edge of spout.

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Price: $3,600

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Jamacoaque Platform with Priest and Woman Holding a Small Figure

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Description: This scene had a figure which was knocked off the platform and lost in antiquity. The female substitute included here represents the same type as the original. The Jamacoaque seem to have taken over centers occupied by the preceding Chorrera culture in the northern Guayas region of coastal Ecuador. The pottery of Jamacoaque potters focuses on the costumes and accessories of ritual and prestige worn by high-ranking men and women. There is precedent for this female figure in the Chorrera sequence, in which a woman appears to be holding a child, but on closer inspection, the baby is really a small man. Here, the small male wears a complete adult costume, including turban headdress, large necklace, bracelets and ligatures on his legs. He's a supernatural miniature rather than a human baby. There was a tradition in the nineteenth century among the inhabitants of Guayas of a female statue with a small figurine in her lap, kept in a temple on an island just off the coast (Valdez, "Ameridian Signs: 5.000 Years of Precolumbian Art in Ecuador," 1992: 68). Local natives visited the shrine bringing gold and silver body parts which they offered in order to cure the diseased or maimed. Such curing rites may be the scenario of the platform group presented here. The male is elaborately dressed as a chief or shaman with heavy jewelry, long earrings designed as fish, an array of birds on top of his headgear, and behind him, is his semicircular staff.

Condition Report: As found without any conservation.

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Price: $2,800

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Guangala Bird Transformation Figure with detachable wings

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Description: This figure represents a shaman in a trance and envisioning himself turned into a bird that could fly to the otherworld to communicate with ancestors and spirits. He is wearing a feather poncho, detachable wings, and has a bird's rounded body and tail. The base elevates the figure off the ground as if he were actually flying. On the front of the figure there are traces of post-fire blue and yellow pigments.

Condition Report: Very good with traces of the original blue and tan slip.The seated figure was seperated from the platform

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Price: $2,900

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Moche II Zooamorphic Toad with Feline Teeth

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Description: The toad is in a transformative state, becoming a feline with large incisors. These toads are known to produce psychotropic secreations behind the ears.

Condition Report: Good with crack restored

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Price: $2,800

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Paracas Dish  with Double-headed Serpent Painted Inside

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Description: The dish is well painted with the the double-headed serpent using post fired resin pigments inside and panels in orange and red outside. It is very rare to see this sepent painted in two dimensions as most are modeled in three dimensions. The double-headed serpent is a very early motif going back to Chavin times. The symbolism is subject to many different theories.

Condition Report: Good with crack restored and some loss to the resin in places.

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Price: $2,800

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Lambyeque Blackware Fish in the Form of a Bonito

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Description: This fish is identified by its pointed mouth and teeth. It is one of the most abundant fish on the north coast of Peru. Its in the same family as the tuna, but much smaller.

Condition Report: Good and intact with nicely burnished surface

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Paracas Decorated Bridge Spout Vessel with a Falcon Modeled Head

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Description: The top of the vessel has the incised body and wings of the falcon. Around the sloping side of the vessel are a series of 8 enclosed abstract designs that could be the falcon's eye with a red tear. Decorated in post fired colors of tan,brown, red and green. A similar vessel is illustrated ANCIENT PERUVIAN CERAMICS-THE NATHAN CUMMINGS COLLECTION pg. 116 & 117. A detailed discussion is in THE PRACAS POTTERA OF ICA-A STUDY IN STYLE AND TIME. PG333.

Condition Report: Good with rich post fired resin intact.

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Price: $2,800

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Moche 4 Stirrup Spout Vessel painted with a Strombus Monster on each Side

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Description: The vessel is well drawn in a red/brown slip on a cream ground and depicts on each side a Strombus galeatus monsters coming out of its shell. The monster has a long curving tail and an exposed a front leg. Christopher Donnan describes this monster in MOCHE ART OF PERU, pg 64. From the estate of Philip L. Herman prior to 1970.

Condition Report: Very good with minor loss to the cream surface on one side

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Price: $2,800

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Moche III/IV Redware Mold Made Jar Depicting a Dignitary

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Description: The person is wearing a head cloth underneath a Puma head ring with straps ending in tassels. and large paws with a polka dot tail down his back. He also wears large ear spools which denote his status. He holds his hands to his chest below a semi-circular breast ornament. These vessels are made in a two part mold, one part for the front and the other mold for the back.

Condition Report: Very good condition

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Price: $1,800

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Moche III blackware Stirrup-Spout vessel with a Retro Chavin Motif

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Description: A rare Moche vessel displaying a Chavin influenced step fret motif in relief with a pecked surface treatment. Only the Moche III copied the Chavin and few examples exist . A Chavin vessel with a very similar motif is illustrated in Cronologia Arqueologia del Norte Del Peru pg.66.

Condition Report: Very good and intact

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Price: $1,900

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Chancay Animal Pen with Seated Shepard

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Description: This architectual model represents an animal's pen. A seated shepard holds a small animal in his lap. The inside is divided into two alcoves. One alcove is enclosed on three sides, with a crosshatch pattern on the exterior, and the other is open to expose a seated man facing outward. He sits with an open vessel in front of him. The two outside walls are higher than the ones inside.

Condition Report: Good with breaks to the platform

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Price: $1,200

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Inca Gold Diamond Shaped Applique with Basket Weave Design

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Description: This gold applique is decorated with a basic flat weave design and terminates at the two end points with a pierced hole. The applique has a high gold content which allows it to be worked in low relief

Condition Report: Very good with original reddish patina

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Price: $575

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Chancay ceramic llama Head Vessel with Cup

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Description: This buff colored ceramic double-chambered vessel consists of a realistically modeled llama's head with notched ears attached to a cup.

Condition Report: Very good

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Price: $1,280

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Paracas Corner section of a Red tunic with Double-faced Woven Band and Vicuna Tufts

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Description: The double-faced band depicts pairs of double headed serpents, mooneaters and interlocking serpents. Each side shows the reverse arrangement of color typical of double faced weaving. A similar weaving is illustrated in PARACAS FABRICS AND NAZCA NEEDLEWORK 3rd century BBBB.C.- 3rd century A.dD by Junius Bird, Textile Museum 1954ref 91.466 pg 89.

Condition Report: Excellent color with original white tufts. Not mounted

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Price: $1,400

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Paracas Effigy Vessel of a  Falcon Looking Sideways

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Description: This vessel depicts a Falcon waiting with outstretched legs, wings open and tail plumage. The domed top is painted in red and green post fired slip. The wings are decorated with a chevron pattern. The projecting head is turned to the left with a pointed beak and double bands extending from the rounded eyes. The bridge spout is decorated with circles. A similar example is illustrated in Ancient Peruvian Ceramics: the Nathan Cummings Collection, (1966: fig. 191).

Condition Report: Very good with original post fired pigment in tact.

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Price: $2,400

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Paracas Miniature Knitted Fringe or Neck Opening with Double-headed Worms

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Description: A finely worked, colorful, knitted fringe segment depicting double-headed worms in alternating colors.

Condition Report: Good color and mounted on a stretcher

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Price: $1,250

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Mayan Orangeware Vessel with a Band of Two Seated Monkeys in Relief

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Description: The monkeys are seated with elaborate hand gestures holding what looks like a pod in one hand while the other monkey is using his opposite hand.

Condition Report: Very good and nicely burnished with stains on one side

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Price: $1,900

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Nazca Ceramic Bowl in the form of a Puma Head Wearing a Mouth Mask

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Description: This large and colorful bowl is decorated with a feline face wearing a mouth mask with flaring whiskers. The nose, ears and chin are subtly raised. The forehead is decorated with a succession of chevron stripes and the back of the vessel is decorated with two series of semi-circular motifs floating on a band of warm dark brown. The shape of the vessel is globular and the color scheme is maroon, sienna, cream, tan and black. Trophy heads are represented with the most frequency on these vessels. With the exception of foxes, animal portrait masks are seldom represented on this type of vessel. Ceramic vessels with similar masked iconography are featured in "Nasca Geheimnisvolle Zeichen im Alten Peru," Museum Reitberg Zurich, 1999 (exhibition catalog).

Condition Report: Good with multiple cracks restored and inpainted

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Price: $1,800

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