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Pre-Columbian Art for Sale - Antiquities, Pottery & More - Artemis Gallery

Artemis Gallery’s Pre-Columbian antiquities collection features stone, metal, glass and textile pieces, including rare Pre-Columbian pottery and vessels. We are always adding new Pre-Columbian art pieces to our inventory, so be sure to check back to see our new additions.

Pre-Columbian Civilization

To distinguish the major characteristics of pre-Columbian civilizations, three general chronological divisions have been widely used: the “Pre-Classic,” or Formative, period (ca. 1500 b.c. to 300 A.D.); the “Classic,” or Florescent, period (ca. 300 to 900 A.D.); and the “Post-Classic” period (ca. 900 to 1540 A.D.). Outstanding in Pre-Columbian artistic development were architecture, sculpture, painting, and decorative arts such as pottery, metalwork, and textiles. Despite the great range and variety of artwork, certain characteristics were repeated throughout the region, namely a preference for angular, linear patterns, and three-dimensional ceramics.

This section features all of our Pre-Columbian art for sale, including Central American Caribbean art, Mayan art from Meso America, Inca pottery and artifacts, as well as one-of-a-kind Pre-Columbian pottery pieces.

Pre-Columbian civilizations living across Peru, Mexico and Central America flourished prior to the arrival of Europeans, including Christopher Columbus, in the New World. Gods, humans and nature were woven into an intricate tapestry of beliefs and expressions by the societies of Peru and Mesoamerica (Pre-Columbian Mexico and Central America). Religion played a central organizing role in structuring people's lives. Great civilizations developed, such as the Maya in Mesoamerica and the Moche in Peru, where divine kings believed to be descended from gods ruled over vast cities and constructed monuments rivaling those of ancient Greece or Egypt. Pre-Columbian societies were connected through cosmologies in which creation and existence were explained through complex mythologies. Those mythologies told of the creation of humans and nature, and through their ideologies provided ways for humans to properly worship and sustain the universe.

Pre-Columbian Moche Birthing / Fertility Bowl
Rare Carved Chavin Vertebrae
Rare Chavin Jar Kissing Bug Form
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Choice Nayarit Type B Chinesca Figure
Pre-Columbian Chinesco Type-D Seated Figure
Pre-Columbian Chinesco Type-D Seated Figure
Pre-Columbian Jalisco Seated Female
Pre-Columbian Jalisco Seated Female
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Spectacular Nazca Ear Spools and Pectoral
Chorrera Long-Neck Redware Vessel
Huge Moche Portrait Vessel
Massive Pre-Columbian Inca Wooden Kero
A Rare Valdivian Stone Palette, ex-Sotheby's
A Rare Valdivian Stone Palette, ex-Sotheby's
A Mayan Carved Brownware Tripod Cylinder
A Pre-Columbian Olmec Greenstone Poison Pot
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Superb Huge Inca Textile Panel
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Tlatilco Olmecoid Stone Visage
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Chupicuaro Tripod Bowl Openwork Feet
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Chupicuaro Bi-Chrome Tripod Bowl
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Chupicuaro Spheroid-Shaped Bowl
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Set of 5 Moche Silver Tumis, Custom Mount
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Lot of 3 Tall Inca Copper Tumis
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Pre-Columbian Narino Bowl with Spiders/Ants
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Moche IV Fineline Stirrup, Fantastic Creatures
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Large and Choice Chancay "China"
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Important Costa Rican Stone Trophy Head
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Mayan Copador Cylinder, Popol Vuh & Hero Twins
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Nazca Polychrome Jar Trophy Head Motif
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Mayan Animal Effigy Pouring Vessel
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Moche Gold and Green Stone Necklace
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Costa Rican Tripod Bowl, Jaguar Rattle Legs
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Rare Costa Rican Trophy Head , Shaft Type
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Costa Rican Vessel Shaman Face on Neck
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A Colima Redware Saucer-Shaped Olla, Rare Size!
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Important Chavin Polychrome Rimmed Olla
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Nazca Gold and Silver Ear Spools
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Important & Exceptional Chavin Maranon Polychrome Jar
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Costa Rican Jadeite Bird Effigy Celt/Pendant
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Chavin Stone Cup and Saucer
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Necklace Featuring Ancient Pre-Columbian & Roman Beads
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Pre-Columbian Mayan Deity Redware Cylinder
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Pair of Chancay/Huacho Wooden Painted Figures
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Peruvian Paracas Gold Filigree Tweezers-Pendant, 17.5g
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Impressive Quimbaya/Tairona Nose-Ring
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Mixed Culture Necklace with Pottery Round Bead
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Pre-Columbian Mayan Deity Bichrome Vessel
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Published Significant Colima Pottery Swallow Jar
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Mayan Jade Pendant - Human Head
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Mezcala Guerrero Stone Figure
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Pair of Moche Gold Earrings - Ai Apec, 30.6g
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Olmec Jade Celt
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Pre-Columbian Mezcala Jade Monkey
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Striking Quimbaya/Tairona Nose Ring
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Pre-Columbian Large Jalisco Seated Drummer
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Pre-Columbian Colima Deer Votive Offering Vessel