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A SUPERBLY CARVED NORTHWEST COAST BONE SHAMAN'S AMULET DEPICTING AN EAGLE'S HEAD.

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: Strikingly carved on both sides in the form and image of an eagle's (or raven's) head, with double U-forms representing feathers behind deeply carved eye socket form lines, this amulet exhibits the glossy patina of native usage. It is pierced at back end for attachment or suspension. Shamans used this type of amulet for curative or healing actions, and they were usually suspended from a shaman's apron or attached to the regalia of the user.

Condition Report: Mint.

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Price: $5,500

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A JALISCO POLYCHROME SEATED MALE FIGURE, SAN JUANITO TYPE

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This seated male figure, with highly stylized features, wears the long tasseled ear ornaments typical of this type, folds his arms across his knees in a meditative posture. He exhibits a tan slip with red and black slip decoration, particularly along the back of the neck with a design across the back and around the waist and legs.

Condition Report: Excellent, without restoration.

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Price: $695

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A LAGUNA/ ACOMA PUEBLO POLYCHROME JAR WITH UNIQUE DESIGNS

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This creamy-white slipped pot, with concave base, rounded shoulder, and tapering neck, is painted black and dark-red with four stylized bird forms encircling two complex geometric capsules with hatched multi-diamond and triangle designs, and two arching multiple triangular devices connecting to central diamond with hatching.

Condition Report: Excellent condition with old water markings and evidence of native use around the base.

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Price: $695

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A VERY FINE POMO BASKET

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This ornate basket, with feathers, beads, and shell decorations is extremely finely woven, and an early example of Native American Pomo work from Northern California.

Condition Report: Excellent, with no restorations.

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Price: $4,950

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A FINE CHEMEHUEVI BASKETRY OLLA

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This finely woven basket has one black band around the shoulder, and one around the base. Between the two bands there are three stepped and checkered diagonal designs, four black elements wide, forming three "lightning" patterns from the shoulder to the base.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $4,500

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AN IMPORTANT NORTHWEST COAST BEAR DANCE MASK, WALAS NAAN (GREAT BEAR).

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: The bear is an early and important clan crest emblem within the Native American Northwest Coast Kwakwaka'wakw Tribe, as well as a symbol of high status and respect of its power, reflected in dance, song, and story. The black, red, and green pigment indicates an earlier date of creation of this mask. Later carvers used a white background. The lower jaw can be manipulated by movement of the wearer's chin. All pigments are original to the mask, with the exception of the lower jaw.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $75,000

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A TLINGIT PAINTED MODEL CANOE, YAKUTAT TYPE

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: Carved of cedar with a black and red painted raven at both sides of the bow and an eagle on both sides of the stern. The yoke and two thwarts are attached to the gunwales with small wooden pegs. One hand-carved paddle included.

Condition Report: Very good, with minor repairs

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Price: $6,500

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AN OUTSTANDING CHUMASH STEATITE OLLA (BOWL)

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This stone bowl is spherical in form. It was carved out of a large solid chunk of steatite, and was possibly quarried on Catalina Island, then taken by canoe to the mainland. It was worked on the exterior until smooth and symmetrically globular. Next, an opening was carved into the top, and an interior was hollowed out to accommodate ample space for use as a cooking vessel with relatively thin walls. The round opening consists of a lip carved around the edge, which is raised slightly above the smooth shoulder, The lip is incised with cross-hatching upon the entire circumference of the opening. The blackness on the lower half of the olla is evidence of native use involving fire. The entire object exhibits a lovely patina of great age.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $19,500

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AN ELEGANTLY CARVED ESKIMO WOOD LADLE DEPICTING A SEAL

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This stunning, yet minimalist ladle exhibits flawless details of the features of a seal, as well as an ultra-smooth and thinly carved curvature of the lip surrounding the scoop. The luster of the patina exemplifies many generations of native usage.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $12,500

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A MIMBRES FIGURAL BOWL WITH EAGLE EFFIGY, BLACK ON  WHITE TYPE.

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This bowl is in mint condition, as it escaped receiving a "kill" hole. It depicts a raptor in a triumphant arising with intricately stylized decorations.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $12,500

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AN IMPORTANT XOCHIPALA FIGURE OF A BABY

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This superbly executed figure of a standing baby with a piercing gaze, and the right hand held to the mouth, the left hand held to the left ear, is adorned with a closely fitted cap which has incised decoration in two areas, in the form of a five-pointed floral design on the right side, and concentric arching semi-circles engraved high on the left side. The facial features are stunningly realistic. The Preclassic Xochipala culture is contemporaneous with the Olmec culture, the first major civilization in Pre-Columbian Mexico. The baby seemed to be one of the focuses of the mainstream in Xochipala culture, as there are other lesser depictions extant. This baby is probably from a regal or chiefly family, as he seems to be quite venerably decorated.

Condition Report: Good, with professional repairs.

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Price: $69,500

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A MEZCALA STONE FIGURE OF A MONKEY

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This solid dark stone figure of a monkey was carved to form a head and torso. Incising then created the facial features and the abstract configuration of the arms and legs. A hole was drilled through the back, in ancient times, for the probable purpose of suspension as a type of sculptural pendant.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $650

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AN UNUSUAL COLIMA RECUMBENT CURLED DOG

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This hollow ceramic figure of a recumbent curled pup, burnished with red to reddish-brown slip overall, is a whimsical example of the Comala sub-style of the Colima sculptural tradition. This dog has incised eyes, snout, and flanging ears, displaying a restful, content expression. The tail is pigmented with a creamy white and curls outward below the chin which rests near the tail. A rectangular spout is attached to the curve of the pup’s left side, his four legs are delineated on the underside, and this pup's surface is endowed with a fine patina.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $1,500

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AN EXCEPTIONAL COLIMA HUNCHBACK FIGURE

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: According to Townsend, (p.24), (See Notes) the double-pendants on the necklace are emblems of high rank and status found throughout Mesoamerica. The figure sits hunched over accentuating his double-lobed deformity, with his right hand holding his raised knee, his left resting upon his left knee, both knees deformed with pointed "saber" shins, wearing a double-pendant necklace, cicatrice scarification upon the upper arms and the fitted cap of a shaman; painted overall in reddish brown, burnished, with manganese oxide deposits throughout and within the surface. Colima ceramics are distinguished by the wide variety of subjects represented, and most notably by the naturalism with which they are portrayed, and he heavy reliance on modeling for detail. The present work, although somewhat small in size, is a monumental achievement by the artist who captured the naturalistic accuracy of the figure, together with the juxtaposition of shapes, angles, and lines caused by the deformities.

Condition Report: Good, with professional repairs.

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Price: $11,950

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A LARGE NAYARIT SEATED MALE FIGURE, IXTLAN DEL RIO TYPE

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This finely modeled monumental seated figure, with red slip and creamy white slip decoration, wears the twisted turban headdress, the multiple nose rings and the intricately detailed earrings common to the Ixtlan del Rio types. He also wears a covering probably representing thick leather hanging from the waist, which may indicate that he is a ballplayer, as that type is often shown with a similar protective flap.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $6,995

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A JALISCO SEATED FEMALE FIGURE, AMECA TYPE

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This seated female figure, with finely detailed features highlighted by rare and well-preserved white facial pigment, holds both hands against her probably pregnant belly.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $795

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AN ARCHAIC COLIMA WHISTLE IN THE FORM OF A WARRIOR-DANCER

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This securely adorned figure, holding a ritual baton or weapon, has multiple appliqued layers of clay as headdress and facial protection with pellets on the upper arms and dancer's "wings" on the backside of the shoulders, wears the trappings of both a dancer and a warrior from the early Colima sculptural tradition. This archaic form has sometimes been referred to, in reference books, as the "goggle eyes" type.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $850

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AN EXQUISITE MAYA JADE PENDANT DEPICTING A HUMAN HEAD

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: The carving is full-face with a conical headdress. Modern gold setting with loop was added in the 1960s-'70 by the Merrin Gallery for suspension as modern wearable art. Remains of the old gallery sticker is attached to the backside.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $2,495

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A FINE MAYA STONE HACHA IN THE FORM OF A JAGUAR HEAD

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This jaguar head is of three dimensional form, with open mouth and teeth bared. The deep-set eye sockets may have had inlays at one time, and three drill holes suggest former attachments. Beautiful patina is evident on most of the head.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $8,995

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A MAJESTIC VERACRUZ FIGURE OF A PRIEST WITH JAGUAR HEADDRESS

Ships From: Laguna Beach, CA US

Description: This striking figure of a priest with arms held outward from the body in a presentational gesture, his right hand holding a ritual object, perhaps a rattle, dons a complexly faceted jaguar headdress surmounted by multiple loops, his facial features accentuated by black applied bitumen (chapapote) pigment, the earrings with a tooth-like appendage below a jaguars toothy open mouth. His mid-section is adorned with straps and protective decorations similar to the sleeves above a knotted bow. The necklace appears to have fragmented its medallion. The trappings hang down to the shoulders, and the robe hangs down to the base of the feet.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $9,950

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