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International sales outside of the United States require payment via PayPal. All international shipping costs, insurance and import fees are the responsibility of the buyer. Carved into human form with areas of black paint remaining representing facial tattooing and wearing a textile headwrap of gauze fabric. The woven border across the forehead shows a bird motif.
The figure is somewhat simplistic, almost abstract in its execution. The ancient artisan used only minimal cuts to express the essential elements of human form and expression, lending a timeless and appealing sense of style to this piece. Interestingly, the ancient maker worked around a small knot in the wood, just where the navel would appear, demonstrating skillful forethought in planning the design and execution of the form. Wooden artifacts from this period are rare, but those that have survived are from the arid coastal regions and typically well preserved.
In near excellent condition. Light weathering and wear with minor loss and abrasions. There are stable splits on the back that do not extend through the figure to the front. The ancient textile head wrap has some damage and fraying and may not be original to the piece, but are typically seen on figures of this type. Mounted on a wooden display block, made from an attractive, complementary exotic wood with several old collection labels on the back. These rare white-slipped wares clearly display Central Mexican influence and iconography.
The rounded bowl is beautifully decorated with finely incised horizontal bands along with vivid paint colors. There are three panels with depictions of the feathered serpent 'Quetzalcoatl', shown here with open mouth and radiating feathers. This highly important deity is seen throughout Mesoamerica and was typically associated with creation and rebirth. Assembled from 8 original pieces with breaks restored and light paint enhancements. Custom metal display stand is included.
Koehler collection of PA. Chisel-type tools such as these were used to carve stone for buildings, architectural elements and retaining walls for terraced planting areas. Both are heavily cast with the chisel end being slightly flared and narrows to a tapered edge. Each shows signs of extensive use. In fair to good condition. As found and uncleaned; the surface is now covered with a thick oxidized patina.
Some damage present with breaks and losses on the ends, but are generally intact and complete. They display nicely on a custom metal display stand which is included as shown.
Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA. Dailey of Charlotte, NC. Smaller chisel top is approx.
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The larger chisel bottom is approx. Overall display is approx. The globular vessel sits on pointy tripod legs and is topped by a widely flared spout with rolled rim. Above each leg at the shoulder are three raised nodes. The exterior surface is decorated around the middle and surrounding the nodes with angular geometric designs. Nicely polychrome painted in shades of white and brown against a deep orange-red ground.
Assembled from six original pieces with break lines restored and minor paint touch-ups. Some fire clouding on the bottom along with ample surface deposits. The vessel does not sit level and tilts slightly, but is an attractive example that displays well. Koehler collection of Pennsylvania via inheritance. The bowl-form basket is very tightly-woven from natural plant fibers. The rim is decorated with a simple black spiral design. A small tear at the rim along with other minor rim losses and edge wear.
Slightly misshapen, but overall it is a lovely and rarely seen example of Nazca basketry. Figures of this type, from the valleys north of Lima, are quite distinctive in form and decoration. They are called Cuchimilco or Stargazers and are sometimes referred to as Cantadors singers. Hollow-bodied and boldly painted in the characteristic Chancay fashion with dark brown-black details against a yellow-cream slip.
As is common, it shows a band of angular geometric designs across the forehead, representing a textile headwrap. The torso, arms and legs have linear patterens of tattooing or ritual body decoration. The function of such sculptures is still unknown, but some scholars believe that they were placed in tombs as companions or guardians of the deceased. One arm has been restored, the head reattached and the break line restored along with some light paint enhancements; otherwise intact and original.
Ample deposits present overall. A fine example, more finely painted than most and substantial in size. Sarmiento collection of Miami, FL.
The bowl has corseted sides and sits on three nubbin feet. Brown-ware construction with incised decorations filled with white pigment. A wide central band of triangle patterns topped by circular designs, representing pyramids with the sun directly overhead.
Several breaks in the side wall have been restored along with some pitting filled and restored. Jack Simmons estate collection of Washington, DC.
A lovely figure depicting a female of the Tpye E, Lagunills style - Bolanos variety. She sits in a kneeling position with hands held to the waist. The eyes and mouth are defined by shallow slits as is common for this type.
Beautifully polychrome painted with orange-red and dark brown linear designs over a cream-white slip. The surface is nicely burnished to a glossy finish. She wears a head-wrap and a belt around her waist with a loin cloth in the front as well as arm bands and ear decorations. Angular strips on the face and body indicate tattooing or ceremonial body paint. In very good condition.
Several ancient superficial stress cracks on the head have been restored along with minor paint enhancements. Never broken, it is structurally intact with a surface and patina in an excellent state of preservation, virtually mint. An old collection inventory number is written on the bottom.
A fine example that is substantial in size. Prior to that, Ex. Knox of Scottsdale, AZ. Just over 7" tall x 4" across.
Beautifully bi-chrome painted in shades of deep orange sienna against a soft cream ground. The squat, spherical body is decorated with a wide central band of angular geometric designs. These step patterns are thought to be references to stepped pyramids or temple steps; a motif often depicted in their art.
The vessel sits on a flat bottom and is topped by an arching stirrup handle, tapered neck with the spout slightly angled, indicative of Phase I. In near choice condition. Some minor paint fading, but it is completely intact and original with no repairs or restoration. The highly burnished surface shows very minor scrapes scratches mainly on the bottom along with light deposits and faint staining.
Dendrites present on the handle and spout. An elegant form and early example of Moche pottery. Not often seen in such fine condition. The figure is incorporated into and emerges from a tall cylindrical vessel that flares outward at the top and bottom. The figure depicts a seated warrior with one arm resting across the knees, the other arm held up to the towering headdress that forms the top of the vessel. Dressed in full battle regalia; he wears a helmet with chin strap, necklace, large ear spools, loin cloth and strap sandals.
On the helmet, necklace, upper arms and loin cloth are knotted rope-like 'bows' which served as armor padding. Additional padding is shown at the wrists and ankles. Profusely painted with black bitumen tar pigment covering the skin and the vessel along with areas of bare buff terracotta. In fair condition with repairs and restoration as is typical and would be expected.
The raised arm and the necklace are partially restored. Losses to the vessel, one ear spool and the tip of the nose are also restored along with other breaks and cracks, but it is generally complete; approximately 90 to 95 percent original and appears intact. Scattered root marks present along with moderate mineral and earthen deposits overall.
The size, at 37 cm 15 inches in height, qualifies as 'monumental' and displays dramatically. A nice example and a rare type. Seldom seen with this much bitumen decoration.
Has great visual impact. Ferreri collection of Connecticut. Just under 15" tall x 7" across. A tall and beautifully painted vessel done in the Macaracas style; painted with geometric and abstract zoomorphic designs. Four long panels around the neck and four lower body panels that are a continuation of the themes on the neck. Nicely painted overall with mythological motifs in black and orange-red against a cream background.
Two sides depict zoomorphic mythical beings representing stylized saurian heads alligatorsa common theme of this period. The other two sections are abstract mythological designs of highly stylized spiders or crabs. This design is also sometimes referred to as the 'mystic eye' motif.
The vessel is rounded on the bottom transitioning to a tall neck topped by a flared spout. Condition is very good, near excellent. A small spout chip has been restored, otherwise completely intact and original. Moderate to heavy root marks present overall along with other deposits and small areas of light fire clouding. A lovely example and seldom seen in such pristine condition. Displays well on the custom metal tripod ring stand which is included.
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See Labbe's "Guardians of the Life Stream" for additional information on this and other types of Cocle pottery. Just over 12" tall on the stand. He sits with legs slightly bent and there is a third tripod support leg at the back. He wields a spiked club with both hands and wears a two-horned helmet. The torso shows protective barrel-type body armor. Nicely adorned with a large triangular nose ornament and double-lobed ear ornaments.
Bichrome painted with intricate patterns in shades of cream against a deep orange-red ground. The cheeks and lower jaw are covered in wide bands indicating facial tattoos. At the neck is a multi-strand beaded necklace. The body and lower legs are decorated with linear and wavy striped patterns representing woven armor. An impressive example showing an elongated face, pronounced nose, almond shaped eyes, partially open mouth and attenuated arms; all classic traits of the Nayarit style.
Assembled from several large original pieces with restored breaks across the face, neck and arms with paint touch ups. The burnished surface has light deposits along with minor scrapes and paint loss as would be expected. Overall an exceptionally large and extensively adorned figure that displays dramatically. Gill collection of Florida. Whisnant Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana. All are of typical form with rounded tops and flared handles.
Well cast in copper with encrusted surfaces and some fabric impressions. The two larger examples are Chimu possibly Moche. The smaller has a handle that is less flared and dates to a later Inca-transitional period.
Tumi 1 left is approx. Tumi 2 center is approx. Tumi 3 right is approx. All are in fine, intact condition and display nicely on custom metal stands that are included.
South Carolina private collection. Tumi 3 is Ex. An elegant form; round bottomed with a short neck, flared spout and two wide strap handles. Each handle is decorated with raised designs in geometric patterns. Applique embellishments are typical of pottery of this region and period. There is a five inch long stable crack on one side, otherwise completely intact and original with no repairs or restoration.
A sizable example that displays dramatically on the metal tripod ring stand which is included. Murray collection of Georgia. The surface is highly burnished and polychrome painted in natural tones of cream, red, purple, orange, brown and black. An anthropomorphic form showing a mix of human and animal features. The head appears somewhat human along with feline elements; short rounded ears, wide eyes, angular nose and protruding tongue.
The ovoid body is more bird-like with painted designs appearing as feathers. It stands on four cylindrical feet and has a long banded tail that curves upward.
At the top is a wide strap handle and tapered spout. Some paint enhancement to the forehead area and around the ears. Minor pitting, surface wear, scrapes and dings and light paint loss present along with surface deposits. Overall a fine example and a very rare type. Arte Primitivo, New York City. Sotheby's auction tag is included.
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An elegant form; the vessel is round-bottomed and has an elliptical body with sharp shoulder and flared spout. The top of the vessel is nicely decorated a rare feature with carved vertical lines and triangular patterns filled with pierced dots. Assembled from four large pieces and a dozen or more smaller shards with breaks restored inside and out.
Most of the restored damage is on the bottom. Despite considerable restoration, it appears intact and displays beautifully on a custom metal ring stand that is included.
The exterior is carved with bold angular and circular designs in vivid red and orange. There are highly stylized stepped pyramids and concentric circles; possibly representing a solar eclipse. The simplistic style is typical of late period Maya pottery. Assembled from eight original pieces with a large section of the bottom and two shards on one side replaced. The break lines have been restored and are slightly visible.
A rare example from a time just prior to the collapse of the Maya civilization. Originally collected in the early s. These hand-held stone tools were used by fishermen in the weaving and mending of fishnets.
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Similar tools have also been found at ancient sites on the Island of La Plata off the coast of Ecuador. An angular form with a blunted tip, there is a face carved into the upper portion showing minimalist features of the eyes and mouth. Carved from a dark gray slate-like stone.
Some wear and a couple of tiny chips missing, but it is completely intact and original. A nice and seldom seen example that displays well on the custom metal stand that is included. Dailey collection of Charlotte, NC. Just over 4" tall x 1.
An impressive and powerful depiction of the underworld Bat God. The Bat God is shown standing in a defiant pose wielding a club and ready for battle. The face shows bared teeth and protruding tongue with the eyes and nose enhanced with black bitumen paint. He wears elaborate regalia - ear ornaments, a broad collar, knee pads, loin cloth and sandals on the feet. Across the upper torso is a feathered cloak along with feathered headdress and back assemblage.
At the back is a third tripod support leg and above that is the mouthpiece for an internal whistle. The whistle works perfectly and has a loud, deep, resonating tone.
In fair to good condition, several restored breaks and some losses replaced as is typical for figures of this size. Both arms and legs reattached with restored break lines. The loin cloth and some feather tips are partially restored along with other minor losses.
An expressive and sizable example that displays dramatically. Lewis collection of Florida. Santa Monica, CA private collection. Beautifully decorated with a wide band of incised angular designs around most of the outer rim.
The geometric patterns are resin painted in shades of red, green, black and white. A six inch long area of the rim has rows of horizontal dots done in the negative wax-resist technique. The circular designs represent the spots of a jaguar and are a rare feature on Paracas vessels. Assembled from original pieces; twelve 12 large shards and several smaller pieces with restored break lines.
Museum deaccession with inventory code written in gold ink on the bottom. Traugott of Sarasota, FL. Just under 8" across x 3" tall.
Hollow construction covered overall with a tan-orange slip with black, white and red painted details. The arms are shown to the sides and the legs are tucked underneath in a kneeling position. At the lower back is a painted face surrounded by grid patterns, likely representing netting. The surface is nicely burnished and there are light deposits present, mainly in the crevices. Intact with some minor paint enhancements, otherwise complete and original.
An excellent example and rare type. Just under 3" tall. This chocolate-ware 'Guinea incised' example has a bowl sitting on pierced tripod legs. The head of the peccary is realistically sculpted and there's a short tail at the rear. The rim of the bowl is incised with geometric patterns and the surface is a lightly burnished rich brown slip. Minor slip loss and surface imperfections present along with light deposits.
Lewis collection of NC. For a similar example and info see pagephoto 56 of "Between Continents-Between Seas: Precolumbian Art of Costa Rica".
A cylindrical barrel or canteen form vessel, likely representing a drum. Polychrome painted in cream and black against an orange-red background.
The main body shows linear, angular and stepped pyramid designs. One end is decorated with concentric half-circles; the other end has a row of triangles. The spout is tall and flares slightly with handles that attach to the upper shoulder. One wide loop handle, the other a twisted rope. The surface is nicely burnished and has deposits along with minor scrapes and dings.
Some pitting and erosion present, mainly on the bottom. Assembled from around two dozen original pieces with restored break lines. Although restored, it appears near choice and displays well on the custom metal display stand included.
A very unusual type and large in size. Leon collection of Florida. An elegant form with rounded bottom, curving upward to a stepped shoulder and topped by a wide, flared spout. Intricately painted with undulating linear designs on the upper half and a star design below the spout. The bottom shows 'free-form' brushed designs in groups of three. Assembled from six large shards and a dozen or so smaller pieces.
Minor losses replaced and break lines restored, but appears intact. Some fire clouding on the bottom. An impressive size that displays dramatically on the custom metal stand that is included.
Bat claw effigy vessels are characteristic of later Period IV Zapotec artistic style. Typical grayware terracotta construction; it shows four front claws and a fifth rear claw on the side, all connected to a vessel with a flared rim. In good condition with one claw partially restored and another reattached.
A few small rim chips also restored, otherwise intact and original. Moderate deposits and root marks present. A nice example and seldom seen type. Lawrence collection of Illinois. Louis Art Museum Collections" for a very similar example and additional info. A barrel-form vessel with cylindrical body topped by loop handles and flared spout. Buff terracotta construction, nicely painted with geometric designs and stylized sea birds. Vessels of this type were used to store and transport liquids such as water and corn beer Chicha.
Ica is one of the lesser known ancient Peruvian cultures that lived mainly in coastal areas and were eventually conquered by the Inca. Two small spout chips have been restored along with very minor paint touch-ups.
Some light surface pitting present. See Christopher Donnan's "Ceramics of Ancient Peru" page for a very similar example and additional information. Each side of the vessel shows two nicely detailed, mythological figures in battle; all carved in high relief.
Ai Apaec is shown here wearing a jaguar headdress and serpent waist wrap belt. He is grasping his opponent and wields a tumi knife. He is fully engaged in battle with the Decapitator God who also armed with a tumi knife and is holding a severed head. The vessel sits on a low base and is topped by an arching stirrup handle with slightly flared spout, indicative of Phase III.
Covered overall in a yellow-tan slip with the figural scene and base enhanced by a contrasting red-brown color. A small hole and crack just below the handle on one side have been restored. Also, the top of the spout has been replaced, otherwise intact and original. The burnished surface shows ample mineral deposits along with minor surface pitting and light paint wear as is common. A rare example that illustrates significant mythological and cultural symbolism.
Chavez collection of Niagara Falls, NY. An elegant form with a wide flat base, the body has slightly rounded sides that slope gently to a tall tapering neck and spout with a flared rim. Burnished blackware exterior with decoration consisting of three curving S-shaped designs that are filled with a stippled textured surface. This is a rare and early variant called 'Cupisnique' which often shows the main chamber with low relief or textured decoration that continues onto the spout itself.
The upper part of the spout, approximately 4 inches, was missing and has been completely restored replaced. The lower body has several restored cracks with visible hairline cracks remaining on the bottom.
Some light to moderate surface pitting overall. A visually appealing example that is considerably larger than most of this type. New Hampshire private collection. Originally acquired prior to See pages 29 through 32 of Christopher Donnan's "Ceramics of Ancient Peru" for similar photographs of this type and additional scholarly information.
Just over 10" tall x 5. Stamps like these were created and used by many Pre-Columbian cultures to apply body paint and to decorate textiles. Both are relief carved and have cone-shaped 'handles' on the backs. Each of these stamps depict mythological deities with human bodies and saurian alligator heads, which likely represent Shamans in a state of human to animal transformation. In excellent condition with no breaks, cracks or repairs.
Light mineral deposits and pigment remaining in the deep crevices along with minor fire clouding on each. Both are rare and fine examples. Seldom seen in this size and condition. Custom metal display stands are included. Click the photo at the left to see additional photos of the stamps on their stands. A rectangular form with two figures shown in profile with saurian heads.
A square form with the figure facing forward showing a fierce expression and wearing an elaborate headdress and waist wrap belt extensions. Hillard collection of Ohio. Acquired via inheritance from her mother who was an artist, collector and world travler. Originally collected in the s. Although referred to as 'axes', these were not made for use as weapons, but were chisels tools used to shape and carve stone.
Both are very heavily cast; thick and heavy with large 'T' flanges. The blades flare at the end to crescent shape and a sharp edge.
Both show signs of extensive use and have darkened patinas. Very rare examples that display nicely on custom stands that are included. In fair to good condition with one flange partially restored. Mason collection of NY. In excellent intact condition.
Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC. Museum inventory code across the top. This chocolate-ware 'Belen incised' example has an ovoid form and sits on a footed base. The exterior shows applique facial features and complex incised geometric patterns.
Around the top and back are wide bands of interlocking angular designs, likely representing a textile head wrap. The cheeks have additional incising that indicate facial tattooing or ritual scarification in the woven mat motif suggesting this individual was of the elite ruling class.
Wikipedia Introduction to Basseterre: Basseterre is the capital of the Federation of St. The islands of St. Basseterre is located in the southern part of the island of St. It is in the St. George Basseterre Parish, which extends south to the Narrows, a two mile wide channel between St.
Basseterre is the main entry point for tourism to St. Kitts and Nevis by cruise ship. The island is separated into parishes districts.
Tourists who arrive by air land in the international airport in the neighboring parish, St. Basseterre is home to lots of fascinating historic sites to visit, has a few prominent medical schools, and a acre golf course, botanical gardens, and the National Museum, among countless other cultural treasures and more.
This page is your starting guide to this unique travel destination. Basseterre's rainy season is from May to November. The climate is tropical, with little change in temperature throughout the year. Kitts is a volcanic island, with a mountainous, undeveloped interior. The highest peak on the island is Mount Liamuiga, rising to 3, feet.
Kitts call themselves Kittitians. The population of St. Kitts and Nevis is approximately 51, The population of the city of Basseterre is estimated to be about 12, When the Carib people arrived, they forced the Arawak off the island. The Carib named the island Liamuiga, which means "fertile island. The best known are near the entrance to Wingfield Estate, which lies northwest of Basseterre.
InChristopher Columbus sailed by the island of St. Although he named it Sant Jago St. Jameslater Spanish explorers confused this island with another that Columbus named St. As a result, the island became known as St. Kitts was adapted from St. He returned to England and then sailed back to the island with additional British settlers the following year.
Christopher's island as the first successful British colony in the West Indies. A French explorer named Pierre Belain d'Esnambuc arrived on the island in after a battle with a Spanish fleet. Warner allowed the French to establish a colony on part of the island. After a plan by native Caribs to re-take the island was discovered, the British and French massacred the natives at a site subsequently named Bloody Point in The British and French colonists then partitioned the island.
The French established the northern city of Capisterre and the southern city of Basseterre. The British held the central areas of the island. Inthe island was purchased by the Order of St. Inthe island was purchased by the French West India Company. Wars in the second half of the 17th century led to the French gaining control of the entire island but British settlements being restored by treaty.
However, inafter the French once again gained control of the Island, the Treaty of Utrecht was signed, which relinquished the island to Great Britain. Britain then established the capital in Basseterre in Kitts was governed as a member of groups of Caribbean islands, including the Leeward Islands and the West Indies Federation during the 19th and 20th centuries. Nevis and Anguilla were other members of the federation and were united with St. Inthe three islands became an independent state of Great Britain.
Anguilla seceded from the state in ; and inSt. Kitts and Nevis gained independence from Britain. Kitts a wealthy colony for hundreds of years. Initially, European contractors worked the sugar plantations, but they were supplanted by African slaves, until slavery was abolished in The industry declined after this. Sugar plantations were bought by the government in the midth century.
Inthe government shut down the industry due to large financial losses and the threat of further losses due to declining sugar prices and competition from other islands.
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