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  • Pre-Columbian, northern Peru, Moche IV/V, ca. 600 to 800 CE. Molded pottery stirrup vessel - used similarly to a canteen for holding chicha (fermented corn beer) - in the form of a warrior holding a human trophy head. He lays across the top of the bottle with a knife in his right hand, the trophy head in his left. It was common after battle for the winners to ceremonially sever the heads of the loser. Buff slip with added brick-red on his face tunic, lower back and on areas of the spout. Macabre, but a very interesting example of Moche pottery! Size: 6.75" L x 9.25" H (17.1 cm x 23.5 cm)

    Condition: Surface abraded else intact and generally excellent with strong original pigments

    Provenance: Ex-private K. Tiernan collection, CO.

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    Moche V Pottery Stirrup Jar - Man w/ Trophy Head

  • Pre-Columbian, Mayan Territories, ca. 600 to 900 CE. A tall, thin-walled terracotta vessel with an incised series of pseudo-glyphs in a register below its rim. Both interior and exterior show a burnished dark red slip, with a black slip painted over the higher profile areas of the glyphs. Above the register is another incised pattern that resembles a woven rope. A very rare style for the Maya. Size: 4.3" W x 5.75" H (10.9 cm x 14.6 cm)

    Condition: Well done, almost invisible repair from approximately four pieces to one side. Extensive root marks on interior and exterior.

    Provenance: Ex-Private Florida collection acquired at NYC Gallery

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    Unusual Mayan Pottery Jar w/ Scraffito Decorations

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    Northwestern Greece, ca. late 6th to 5th centuries BCE. A war helmet made of hammered bronze sheet, with a rectilinear opening for the face, long, pointed cheek pieces, and twin parallel ridges on the crown frame the crest. The back and sides flare out slightly to guard the neck and have pseudo-rivets incised around them. Wearable, but made for a small head! Comes with custom stand. Size: 9.3" L x 7.25" W x 9.5" H (23.6 cm x 18.4 cm x 24.1 cm); height on stand: 14.4" (36.6 cm).

    These helmets were particularly popular in northern Greece, in the province of Illyria, in the modern day Balkans. They were made for hoplites, the citizen-soldiers of the Greek city states, who often furnished their own bronze armor. As a result, regional styles developed and there is a great deal of variation in shape and form.

    Armor was not just for battle, however. The pseudo-rivets on this example show that this was made for parades or to be worn in death - on a battle helmet, those rivets would have been real, to attach to a leather guard. Excavations at Sindos in Macedonia, a necropolis with the remains of Greek soldiers, have found that there was a standardized and probably ritualized method for burial. This included the placement of armor in carefully proscribed areas of the body. The helmet was placed over the head, along with a strip of gold over the mouth and possibly others over the eyes. See similar examples to this helmet from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1992.180.1, 2006.221, 2003.407.6) and the Louvre (CA 2221Or).



    Condition: Invisible repairs to top, side, and to one lower part of cheek piece. Excellent bronze patina overall.

    Provenance: Ex- Private S. Dakota collection acquired at German auction house in the early 2000's

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    Fine Greek Illyrian Bronze Helmet

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    Greece, Hellenistic Period, purportedly found in Centuripae, Sicily, ca. 3rd to 2nd century BCE. An amazing terracotta figure of a young man, Cadmus, naked, standing with legs crossed, in the act of strangling a serpent. The figure retains the remains of bright red gesso. Comes with custom stand. Size: 4.3" L x 5.4" W x 16.7" H (10.9 cm x 13.7 cm x 42.4 cm); height on stand: 18" (45.7 cm).

    The sculpted details of the piece are amazing, showing off the Greek command of naturalistic sculpture and the human form - Cadmus is depicted in an ideal form, with the details of his musculature well-rendered and clear. The serpent has fine, scaly details and its sinuous curves further emphasize the artist's merit.

    The figure tells the story of Cadmus, founder and first king of Thebes, who killed a serpent (a water dragon) protected by the war god Ares. On Athena's advice, Cadmus buried the teeth of the beast in the soil, releasing a legion of fierce men - the Spartoi, who helped Cadmus found the city of Thebes. Ares, angry at the killing of the serpent, demanded the Cadmus serve him for eight years.



    Condition: Repaired from approximately nine original pieces with restoration over most of the breaklines. Old collection number affixed above the buttocks, and an early brass and ribbon collection tag around right ankle, embossed “Douaie Paris”.

    Provenance: Ehe Breitbart Collection, acquired from the Estate of Dr. Jacob Hirsch, NYC. acquired from Joseph Ternbach, NYC, August 1964, with copy of letter from Ternbach. CIRAM TL test with this lot.

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    Important Greek Terracotta Statue of Man & Serpent

  • Northern Europe, Britain, Celtic period (Iron Age), ca. 500 to 1 BCE. A round, grey river cobble carved with a simple anthropomorphic face of classic Iron Age Celtic style. Long, deep grooves form lentoid eyes, a straight nose, high cheekbones, and an open mouth. The stylized face has an expression scholars of Celtic art describe as "blank" or "open". Comes with custom stand. Size: 3.35" W x 3.7" H (8.5 cm x 9.4 cm); height on stand: 4.8" (12.2 cm).

    Celtic art from this period is often composed of simple lines and curves rich in hidden meaning that we puzzle over today. The Celtic world covered a huge geographic area in western and northern Europe, but had a unified artistic style. Archaeologist Barry Cunliffe has written about how these disparate communities used travel by ship to cover vast distances and how sharing iconography like this face created a common cultural background. It is very interesting to realize that Celtic art of this style coexisted in Europe at the same time as Classical Greece's increasingly realistic sculpture and painting.

    Condition: Repaired from two pieces.

    Provenance: Ex-Jones collection, York, England

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    Rare British Celtic Stone Face

  • Pre-Columbian, Ecuador, Manteno, ca. 850 to 1600 CE. An iconographically intriguing pottery stamp decorated with a pair of standing shamans donning elaborate crocodilian and jaguar costumes and holding hands. When used repeatedly, the resulting image would consist of many such figures arranged in a procession or ritualistic dance. A fascinating pottery stamp from the Manteño culture, the final Pre-Columbian civilization of Ecuador. Size: 3.625" L x 4.875" W (9.2 cm x 12.4 cm)

    Condition: Stable surface crack near knob handle. Normal surface wear.

    Provenance: Ex-Private Ventura County, CA collection

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    Pre-Columbian Manteno Stamp - Anamorphic Shaman

  • Pre-Columbian, Caribbean, probably Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, or Jamaica, Taino, ca. 1000 to 1500 CE. A special ceremonial pestle, skillfully hand-carved from a rich green stone with twin skeletal Zemi figural heads, each one boldly delineated with circular ocular cavities, nasal bones, wide open oral cavities, and jutting chins. Extending between their ears are incised headbands. Taino art is comprised of many religious objects associated with the worship of "zemis" - a term referring to deities, ancestors, or earth spirits believed to be inhabited by powerful spirits. It is possible that this pestle was used to create Cohoba powder that is traditionally inhaled by a shaman to produce hallucinogenic effects and visions during a ritual that the Tainos interpret as apparitions of spirits who deliver important messages. Size: 5.25" W x 6.625" H (13.3 cm x 16.8 cm)

    Condition: Minor surface wear with a few small losses here and there as shown. Nice pecking marks.

    Provenance: Ex-Private Orange County, CA collection acquired before 1980

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    Important Taino Double Zemi-Headed Stone Pestle

  • Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Sinu/Zenu culture, ca. 800 to 1200 CE. A solid 14 karat gold thick nose ring of a u-shape created by the Sinu of Colombia, demonstrating sophisticated gold working technique and artistry. In the Pre-Columbian world gold jewelry represented not only elite social status but also had sacred connotations as the yellow hues were associated with the sun and the celestial realm. Nose rings or narigureas were among the most important pieces of jewelry. The Sinu peoples lived along the Caribbean Coast and in the river valleys of Colombia from around 200 to 1600 CE. They were gifted in many ways, known for their extensive irrigation and waterwork systems, the significant political roles of women in their society, and of course, their exquisite goldwork. In the 16th century, the Spaniards were impressed by the opulence of the Sinu's ceremonial burial gold. Some of this gold, including this example, was cast using the lost wax method; however, much was also hammered into reliefs and plates. Weight: 11.1 grams. Size: .875" W x .75" H (2.2 cm x 1.9 cm)

    Condition: Minor casting flaws as shown.

    Provenance: Ex-Private Ventura County, CA collection

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    Pre-Columbian Sinu 14K Gold Nose Ring, 11.1 gr

  • Pakistan, Gandhara, ca. 4th century CE. A carved grey schist Buddhist stupa model in 5 sections, the square base with four double columns at corners, each wall featuring an open lotus flower surrounded by leafy foliage, with a dentillated frieze above. This pedestal supports, from bottom to top, a drum with floral/geometric motifs and dentilated frieze, a smaller drum with foliage/geometric motifs and dentilated frieze, a hemispheric domed structure carved with overlapping leaf forms and a seated Buddha, capped with a spired pagoda finial. Size: 10.375" H (26.4 cm)

    According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline, "Stupas, the earliest Buddhist monuments preserved in India, began as solid hemispherical domes that marked the remains of a great leader or teacher. They were incorporated into early Buddhist art as symbols of the continuing presence of Shakyamuni Buddha after his parinirvana (final transcendence), and as reminders of the path he defined for his followers. Buddhism carried the stupa throughout Asia, where it was interpreted in many forms, including the domed chortens of Tibet and the spired pagodas of China, Korea, and Japan."

    Condition: Losses to corners of square pedestal, wear/abrasions to its underside. Larger round drum repaired from 5 pieces with losses as shown. This drum and other components with minor nicks to lower fitting rings. Approximately 6 chips to spired pagoda finial. Normal surface wear and areas of encrustation.

    Provenance: Ex-private east coast, USA collection

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    Gandharan Stone Stupa Model

  • Egypt, Third Intermediate Period to Late Dynastic Period, ca. 1070 to 332 BCE. A heavy and detailed cast bronze figure of the mummiform god of the Underworld, Osiris. This would have been a votive figure, perhaps made to be kept in a wealthy home and prayed to, deposited in a temple as an offering, or kept for ritual with other metallic objects by priests. Comes with custom stand. Size: 2.2" W x 8.5" H (5.6 cm x 21.6 cm); height on stand: 9.25" (23.5 cm)

    He wears a tight shroud and Atef crown, with two lateral plumes flanking a uraeus. In his hands, which he holds close together at his chest, he has a flagellum and a short-handled heka scepter (perhaps indicating that this piece is from Thebes) - Egyptian symbols of authority and kingship, showing Osiris's close connection with the pharaoh and his role as Ruler of the Dead. He has a round face, with almond-shaped eyes, large ears, and thick lips below a straight nose. He also has the classic Egyptian false beard, incised to look like it is braided. Incised decoration gives further detail to his tools, his crown, and a pectoral underneath his shroud.

    Condition: Smooth, dark green patina over entire surface, with very vivid details.

    Provenance: Ex-private east coast, USA collection

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    Tall Egyptian Bronze Osiris Figure