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Pair of Fine Jalisco Pottery Sheepface Figures

**Originally Listed At $300** Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Jalisco, ca. 300 BCE to 300 CE. Two fine hand-built terracotta figures with characteristic Jalisco "sheepface" characteristics. Each figure exhibits such facial features as conical noses, coffee-bean-shaped eyes, perky ears with large earspools, thin mouths, and tall foreheads with thin headbands, one with a upturned crest. A female figure stands upon arched feet with stylized toes and has attenuated limbs, rounded shoulders, and a slightly protruding abdomen. A seated male figure has one leg resting atop the other, long sinuous arms with one bent to its mouth, stylized genitalia, and a thick neck. Both figures display white-painted embellishments like beaded necklaces and dotted garments atop a lustrous red ground, and both are wonderful figural examples from this ancient shaft-tomb culture! Size of tallest (standing): 4.1" H (10.4 cm). Provenance: private Stagecoach, Nevada, USA collection; acquired from 1985 to present from galleries such as Arte Primitivo, Art For Eternity, Butterfields, and Riverbend Gallery All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #128727Leggi di più

  • USA
  • 1d 21h
Stima minima
480 EUR

19th C. South American Wood Santo, St. Anthony of Padua

**First Time At Auction** South America, ca. 19th century CE. A lovely santo depicting Saint Anthony of Padua, hand-carved from hard wood. He stands with bare feet atop an integral tiered plinth and wears cobalt-blue vestments decorated with a red belt, red trim, and white-painted foliate motifs. Saint Anthony holds the standing Christ child atop the Holy Gospel in his left hand, and his right bears a slot into which additional accessories are held; he would typically hold a lily stalk to represent his purity. His sensitive visage is formed by inlaid glass eyes with delineated pupils, a slender nose above pursed lips, gaunt cheeks, and cupped ears, all beneath a tonsure hair style. Size: 6.75" W x 16.8" H (17.1 cm x 42.7 cm). St. Anthony was a Portuguese Franciscan priest and friar who died in Padua, Italy. Despite being born into a wealthy family, he was known for his intense devotion to the poor and sick, and holds the distinction of being canonized most quickly of all the saints. He is also known as the patron saint of lost things - objects, people, and souls. In art, he is often depicted with a book and the infant Jesus, based on a commonly told story of him reading a book and seeing the Christ Child's image in it. Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-private John Jacobson collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #143571Leggi di più

  • USA
  • 1d 21h
Stima minima
440 EUR

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Greek Blackware Pottery Kylix
Greek, Hellenistic Period, ca. 4th to 3rd century BCE. A beautifully iridescent kylix, a drinking cup, with two raised handles extending from near the rim and a pronounced, round foot. The black glaze has a silvery iridescence that was likely meant to imitate bronze or silver vessels of the same form. Size: 10.05" L x 7.5" W x 2.05" H (25.5 cm x 19 cm x 5.2 cm) Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection acquired before 2000 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #121874 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Yoruba Wood Carved Male Ibeji Figure - ex Royal Athena
West Africa, Yoruba culture, Ibeji, ca. early 20th century. A well-painted, bright example of a deceased female twin figure, known as an Ibeji, most likely from Osogbo or the Igbomina region of Yorubaland (spanning Nigeria, Togo, and Benin). It is carved on an integral base with banded, strong facial features, a cap, and a colored loin cloth. Note the indications of ritual facial scarring. From Ota, Awori sub-tribe. Size: 2.75" L x 3.25" W x 9.7" H (7 cm x 8.3 cm x 24.6 cm)The Yoruba have one of the highest number of twin births in the world, four times higher than in Europe, for example. Ibeji are known to the Yoruba as two people who share one soul. If one of the human twins dies, whether as a child or an adult, the surviving human twin is considered to have little hope of living with only half a soul. When a twin dies, a figure dedicated to Ibeji, the deity of twins, is carved to be the earthly abode of the spirit of that twin. Wooden figures, like this one, are created to keep the souls of the twins together. Provenance: Acq. From Royal Athena Gallery All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #119354 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Bichrome Moche Frog Effigy Stirrup Vessel
Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche III-IV, ca. 500 CE. A fabulous frog effigy stirrup vessel of an endearingly expressive form with bulging eyes, slit mouth, and legs poised to leap. The surface is hand-painted in a stunning red and orange color scheme with polka dots adorning most of his skin and horizontal striations between the eyes and outlining the mouth. This general form appears often in Moche ceramics; however, the artist of this piece demonstrates superior command of technique and medium. In the Pre-Columbian world, the frog (rana) was associated with rain, the sustenance that it brings about, and fertility. This leads us to surmise that the polka dots adorning this froggie's skin may be a reference to raindrops or even eggs. Size: 7" L x 5.25" W x 8.25" H (17.8 cm x 13.3 cm x 21 cm) Provenance: Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115260 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Moche IV Fine-Line Figural Stirrup Jar - Parrot
Pre-Columbian, Northern Peru, Moche IV, ca. 400 to 500 CE. Manifesting the remarkable artistry and technique of the Moche, this bichrome pottery vessel depicts a parrot holding a corn cob, its head nicely modeled at one end of the stirrup with large bulging eyes, a gracefully curved beak, and finely painted wavy feather details, its wings and talons holding a corn cob beautifully painted upon the round body of the vessel. In the Pre-Columbian world, birds were regarded as metapors for the sun, models for hunters and warriors given their strong talons, acuity, and speed, and ideal communicators with the celestial gods. Parrots, in fact, were believed to be sacred incarnations of sky deities. Beyond this rich symbolism, the aesthetic quality of this piece is absolutely breathtaking. Size: 5.625" in diameter x 8.5" H (14.3 cm x 21.6 cm) Provenance: Ex-private Thousand Oaks, CA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118416 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Late Pleistocene Alaskan Mammoth Tusk End
North America, Alaska, Late Pleistocene epoch (Ice Age), ca. 35,000 to 10,000 years ago. Wow! What a gorgeous example of the fossilized tip of a mammoth tusk, creamy white and brown with hints of a bluish grey along its length. The very tip is a dark brown color. Imagine encountering this animal on an Ice Age steppe, towering up to 13 feet at the shoulder and weighing up to 12 tons, with this tusk and its partner rising in an upward curve from their jaw. Imagine the strength the animal's neck must have had just to hold up these massive teeth! Size: 24.25" L x 17.25" H (61.6 cm x 43.8 cm); 18" H (45.7 cm) on included custom stand. Also imagine walking in a modern Arctic or sub-Arctic landscape like Alaska, northern Canada, or Siberia and finding a tusk like this rising from the ground - the name mammoth comes from a Siberian word used to describe the tusks found there by native people, like the Khanty of the Irtysh River basin, and traded to Europe and China. Their occasional finds of massive tusks and even preserved mammoth bodies in the permafrost - often eroding out of the sides of river banks - led to their folkloric belief that mammoths were like huge rodents, dwelling underground, dying when they accidentally surfaced. With the invention of science as a discipline, massive tusks like this one continued to capture imaginations all over the world - for example, Thomas Jefferson, who was fascinated by paleontology, is credited with introducing the use of the word mammoth as an adjective to describe something very large. Provenance: private Hagar collection, St. Louis, Missouri, USA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #127523 Artemis Gallery LIVE

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