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6952. Vera Cruz Stone Palma/Hacha Mask, Ca. 550 to 800 AD. Carved from gray volcanic stone is a central rounded face, wearing a flayed skin mask over face and ear discs. 6-1/2”H. x 7-3/4”W. + mount. Ex. Collection of Allan L. Long, NYC. A rare and expressive example. $6500

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7042. Nayarit Seated Matched Couple, Mexico, Ixtlan Del Rio Style, Ca. 100 BC to 250 AD. A pair of figures molded in red clay and painted with yellow, umber and tan slip highlights. Both have bared teeth, earclips, necklaces, eyes outlines and chest decorations. She has a headdress and skirt with geometric designs and holds a bowl over shoulders. Ex Long Island Collection. Each 8 in H. Fine examples in excellent original condition. Compare, The Shaft Tomb Figures of West Mexico, by H. Von Winning for similar examples. Sweet effigies. $3450 
   

 
7039. Michoacan Pottery Pretty Lady, Middle Preclassic, ca. 1200-500 B.C.Ornate pottery female, she stands nude and wears necklace, headdress with coffee bean appliques, open ear spools and double pierced eyes. Careful deilineation of limbs and torso. 5-1/4in H. + mount. Ex New York Collection. $900 

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7028. Mezcala Stone Star Gazer, Ca. 300 BC. Elongated curved calcite form with simple angular cuts, his head held back with circular expressive mouth., his hands across draw up knees. 2-5/8 in H. x 2-7/8 in L. Pierced for suspension. Ex Carlo Gay Collection. Inscribed Mex 169. A highlight of Mezcala lapidaries. $2850 

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 7033. Colima Standing Effigy Figure, West Mexico, Ca. 300 BC/AD. Buff clay effigy figure standing nude with legs wide apart and arms out. 5-5/8 in H. Intact and with good deposits. A real whimsical type. $795

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7024. Colima Pottery Redware Dog, West Mexico, Ca. 300 BC/AD. A perky molded red ware pup effigy, standing with plump body, tail spout, tall pointed ears, strong nose and incised toothy grin. 11-5/8”L. Good deposits. $2500

 

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 7026. Colima Erotic Dwarf, Ca. 100 BC to 300 AD. A strong red-ware pottery burnished figure, he leans forward with hands on hips, head and shoulders forward, legs bracing him and his large phallus exposed. Ears pierced; good shoulders and fine facial features. 9-1/4 in H. Good deposits. $4250
 

 
 7001. Mezcala Green Diorite Stone Axe God Mexico, Ca. 500 to 200 B.C. Carved deep green hardstone, abstract humanoid, standing figure with hands held to waists and having bifurcated legs. Condition is intact, excellent. 6-3/8”H. + custom mount. Ex Collection of David Bramhall. $1100

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7002. Chontal Green Stone Face Panel, From Guerrero Mexico, Ca. 500 to 200 BC. Carved, speckled green hardstone, highly stylized, abstract human face with pronounced triangular nose and oval mouth. Original polished surface. Perforation at top for attachment. Age wear else intact and excellent condition. 4-3/4 in H. + custom mount. $2500

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6973. Large Nayarit Pottery Curled Dog, West mexico, Ca. 200 BC to 300 AD. A molded grey-ware pup effigy, seated with plump exaggerated cured body, body spout, pointed perky tails and alert head, strong nose and well incised toothy grin. 11”L x 5 in H. Good deposits. $1400 

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6249. Pre Columbian Olmec Jade Perforater, Ca. 1000 BC. Deep blue-gray jade implement, beautifully polished to a glossy finish and used to ritually pierce parts of the human body. Tip reattached, else excellent condition. Modern silver loop with scrolliate design on cap. Size: 5-1/4" overall length. Ex: Collection of Allan L. Long, NYC. $1250 

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 5303. Choice Guerrero Grey-Green Stone Standing Figure, Chontal Region, Mexico, Protoclassic, Ca. 100 AD. Beautiful rendered phallic effigy or fertillity symbol in grayish green stone figural form with nice face and hands held closely to body. 6-5/8"H. + Custom mounted. Ex Long Island NY Collection. Intact and lovely in person $1650

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  5680. Colima Pottery Dance Group, West Mexico, Ca. 200 BC to 300 AD. Circular grouping with a central male dancer holding a rattle, surrounded by four participants, each arm in arm. 4 in D. x 2-1/4 in H. Central figure missing arm and restoration to group appendages. Accompanying the piece is a letter (photocopy) from Frederick Dockstader, Director of The Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, 1965 commenting on the piece. Compare similar examples in Von Winning, Hasso, and Olga Hammer, Anecdotal Sculpture of Ancient West Mexico, Los Angeles, CA, 1972. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Ex Arthur Oppenheimer Collection, NY. $795

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6667. Colima Pottery Figural Flute, West Mexico, Ca. 200BC to 200AD. A cute red clay painted double cojoijned example molded with a little figure, himself playing the flute. 10 in (25.4cm) long. + custom mount. Broken at base but somehow special. $495

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 4174. Large Nayarit Seated Hunchback, San Sebastian Area, Ca. 100 BC to 300 AD. An orangeware sculpture of excellent form. He may be smoking as these are often depicted with his hand to his mouth and his cheeks drawn in. He is seated on a bench but leaning forward as the spine is visible in the exaggerated curved back. He is of important stature with fine facial features, ear clips and headdress. Good size and very fine facial features. 17-1/2 inches H. Fine intact example in excellent condition. Compare, The Shaft Tomb Figures of West Mexico, by H. Von Winning for similar examples. $3200

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 6821. Choice Mezcala Green Diorite Standing Axe God, Ca. 300 BC. A beautiful carved highly abstracted flecked green stone abstract figure rendered with the most minimal cut outs to suggest the figural form! Highly ritualistic work of art, no doubt used in a ceremony for the Gods. 7"H. + custom mounted. Ex Palm Beach Florida Collection. $1650

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6793. Mixtec Stone Carved Figure, Mexico, Ca. 800 AD. A speckled green, carved stone figure depicting a stylized kneeling figure with large triangular head, hands at waist in front. Size: 3-5/8"H + mount. Fine example $850

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3694. Zapotec Large Pottery Urn of the Fire God Huehueteotl, Monte Alban III, Oaxaca, Mexico, Ca. 300 to 600 AD. The cylindrical censor with an imposing head of the deity; wrinkled features, large circular ear spools, unusual extended bib headdress atop. Overall remains of white and red pigment. 21-3/4"L. Ex S. Gilbert Collection. Impressive. Exhibited, Cisneros, Madison Avenue, NY., 1967 show, no 5. $4250

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  3346. Large Chupicuaro Pottery Bi-chromeTripod, Ca. 500 to 300 BC. Good size red on tan slip painted plate with good tight geometric design in tondo and linear motif at base of each leg. 14-3/8"D. 9-1/2"H. Repaired. Compare similar example in The Natalie Wood Collection of Pre Columbian Ceramics from Chupicuaro, nos. 242 &252. Ex Peter Wray Coll. $1750

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 6623 Vera Cruz Pottery Standing Articulated Figure, Gulf coast of Mexico, 300 to 600 AD. A classic soriente form with high headdress, ear ornaments, necklace and anklets. The arms molded separately and joined with modern band to the pierced torso. Hollow with ocerina blow hole behind head. 6-7/8"H. + custom mount. Rare. Ex Upper West Side NY Collection. Excellent condition. $1400

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4084. Olmec/Tlapacoya Pottery Standing Figure Preclassic, Ca. 1150 to 550 BC.Preclassic, Ca. 1150 to 550 BC. A solid buff clay slip painted female with hands out at sides and legs slightly spread. Overall cream painted with good deposits and details. Delicate. 4-1/2”H. + mount. Rare and choice. Ex H. Tashel Coll. $425 

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6163. Colima Pottery Redware Cojoined Shaman Heads Vessel, West Mexico, Ca. 200 BC to 200 AD. A molded effigy vessel of two cojoined side by side shaman heads, each with incised eyes and headbands and molded horns atop each head. A spout protrudes from the rear behind. Deep burnished surface and good deposits. Expertly repaired from several pieces. Rare and choice. $3200

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6619. Olmec Pottery Ballplayer Figure, Pre Classic Period, Las Bocas, Ca. 1100 to 800 BC. An early clay effigy figure of highly stylized form standing wearing a yoke belt with palma tucked in, pointed fillet headdress, classic facial features with remains of tan and red pigment. Size: 5-3/8 in H. Ex NY Collection. Intact, paint worn. Rare. $850

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6231. Jalisco Ameca Seated Female, Protoclassic Period, Ca. 100 BC. to 250 AD. The female form with one outstretched arm, the other extending to her head, wearing bracelets and ear and nose rings, traces of orange-red details over kaolin white. 13 in. H. Restoration to dress. Very fine example. $1750

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 3704. Chinesca White Painted Type E Female, Protoclassic, Ca. 100 BC to 300 AD. Depicted kneeling with arms on stomach, one under her breast and her refined face has plaited hair and nose ring. Most notable is the red painted markings; a hand on inscribed on her breast and other symbols on her face and arm. 10-3/4 "H. Type E effigies are considered very sophisticated and desirable to collectors. Compare Out of Depths , no 14 for the type. $8250

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 6393. Sweet Zapotec Seated Figural Urn of the Goddess "13 Serpent", Monte Alban, Oaxaca, Mexico, Epochs II and IIIa, Ca. 100 to 200 AD. Lovely grayware figural depiction with arms crossed on chest. Nicely detailed face with incised features and large ear spools, spherical ball necklace highlighted in cinnabar, the goddess crown headdress braided and studded with ritual balls and large glyph-like badge on center. Atop head is the vessel chamber. 6-1/2 in. H. Chamber repaired else excellent condition. Ex Allan L. Long Collection. Refer to Boos, The Ceramic Sculpture of Ancient Oaxaca for Urns of this category. SOLD

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6701. Mayan Jaina Seated Elder, Campeche, Ca. 550 to 800 AD. Molded fine buff pottery figure seated wearing ear ornaments, large necklace, legs drawn up in crouch position and holding a rattle. Sweet. 4 in (10 cm)H. Ex Distinguished Israeli Collector. $450 

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5195. Vera Cruz Standing Sonriente, Ca. 600 AD. Gulf Coast Hollow molded, buff terracotta figure with arms raised at either side, clad in a relief textured, ankle length garment huilpil. Nice face with smiling face, ritually filed teeth, ear ornaments and headband over bangs. Size: 12"H. + custom mount. Provenance: Ex. Walter Feldman collection., R.I. $2500 
   

 
6579. Colima Standing Effigy Female Figure, West Mexico, Ca. 200 BC to 300 AD. Buff clay effigy figure standing nude with one hand to face. She has fine facial features and is adorned with headdress and ear spools. 3-1/4in H. + Custom mounted. Intact with good deposits. Ex Collection Hans Taschl. $265  
 

6763. Vera Cruz/ Huastec Phallic Figure, Ca. 400 to 600 AD. Stylized clay figure with applied appendages, headdress, arms to waist, exaggerated phallus. 4 in (10 cm)H. Ex Distinguished Israeli Collector. $395 

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 5987. Chinesca Seated Polychrome Female, Nayarit, West Mexico, Ca. 300 BC to 200 AD. Lovely polychrome painted clay figure molded with legs apart, wide hips and hands to hips. Decorated with red painted legs and necklace. Torso and head in a cream pigment with remains of banding design on chest. 6-1/2in H. A sweet piece. Ex Texas Coll. $1250

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6365. Colima Pottery Dog, West Mexico, Ca. 200 BC to 300 AD. A molded red ware pup effigy, standing with plump body, tail spout, tall pointed perky ears, strong nose and well incised toothy grin. 17”L x 10-1/4 in H. Good deposits and condition. $3600 

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6352. Chupicuaro Pottery Rattle Figure, Pre Classic Mexico, Ca. 500 to 300 BC. Sweet nude female figurine with applied nipples, slanted eyes, necklace, small ear spools and hair in a headband. Buff clay with remains of red and white pigment. Size: 3-3/4"H. Provenance: Ex Alan L. Long Collection. Rare to have a rattle from this culture. some loss to toes and a chip to the arm else a nice example. $425 

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 6394. Mixtec Jade Carved Figural Plaque, Mexico, Ca. 800 to 1000 AD. Carved veined jadeite depicting a classic Mixtec face with headdress, ear spools and limbs. Pierced at the back for suspension. 1-7/8 in. H. + custom mount. Ex Allan L. Long Collection. $1000

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5875. Pre Classic Tlatilco Pottery D1 Type Female, Middle Pre Classic Period, Ca. 800 to 300 BC. Mexico. Standing with truncated arms (Type-D1), wide hips and a belt around waist. H. 4-1/4" + custom mount. Unique example. Compare similar example in The Jaguar's Children: Pre-Classic Central Mexico. by Coe, Michael D. NY: Museum of Primitive Art, 1965. Ex Sam Dubiner, Tel Aviv, Israel Collection. $795

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6176. Mayan Carved Deep Green Emerald Royal Ear Flares, Ca. 600 AD. Each carved as an openwork floret with multiple preforations worked to imitate the ceiba flower, which served as the pattern for earflares worn by Classic Maya kings. Each approx. 7/8 in (2.2 cm) Diam. Extremely rare. $1475

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 6146. Colima Standing Effigy Figure, West Mexico, Ca. 200 BC to 200 AD. Buff clay effigy figure with fine facial features and adorned with headdress, necklace and incised sashes. 5-3/4 in H. + Custom mounted. Repair at waist and with good deposits. Ex Collection Hans Taschl. $450

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 5878. Tlapacoya Pottery Female, Pre Classic Period, Ca. 800 to 300 BC. A beautiful standing nude female with classic Olmec influences. She has a single plait of hair and fine facial features. Remains of original cream and red pigment. 5-5/8”H. Compare similar example in The Jaguar's Children: Pre-Classic, Central Mexico. by Michael Coe, Museum of Primitive Art, 1965. Neck and leg repairs. Ex Distinguished Old Collection. Choice & rare. $895

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5874. Fine Tlatilco Pottery Female, Middle Pre Classic Period, Ca. 800 to 300 BC. A beautiful stylized standing female with hands to sides and fine facial features. Remains of original ochre and red pigment. 4-3/8”H. Choice. Ex Distinguished Old Collection. $695  

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5733. Vera Cruz Pottery Standing Marionette Figure, Gulf coast of Mexico, Ca. 600 to 800 AD. An articulated puppet figure with the torso and head separate from the arms and legs, all pierced and join with modern twine. The hair style is in three sections and the body has some incised lines and a necklace. 9”H. Repair to coiffure and chest. Nice face and remains of white pigment. Rare. Ex Upper West Side NY Collection. Rare. $695 

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5730. Mayan Jade Acrobat Figural Pendant, Late Classic, Ca. 550 to 950 AD. A prone figure faces left with arms extended below chin and has his feet curved up behind his back touching his headdress. A remarkable feat of craftsmanship. Pierced longitudinal for suspension. Nice polish. 2-1/2 in W. x 2 in H. Tiny nose chip. $5600

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5300. Chupicuro Pottery Seated Pretty Lady, Ca. 500 to 300 BC. Sweet slant eyed female with centrally parted hair and remains of applied red and white pigment. repaired. 2-3/8"H. Sweet. $395  

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