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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.

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Rare Mezcala Stone Idol - Type M22
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Chimu Silver Warrior Figurine
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Rare Huari Turquoise Figurine, ex-Sotheby's
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Extremely Rare Sican Pottery Erotic Whistling Vessel
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Moche Fellatio Stirrup vessel
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Colima Figure with Huge Phallus!
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A Pre-Columbian Colima Erotic Vessel
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Colima Vessel - Phytomorphic / Marine Motif
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Huge Rio Magdalena Pottery Urn - Ex-Stanley Marcus
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Salinar Pottery Stirrup Vessel of Bat
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Huge Pre-Columbian Colima Dog - Superb!
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A Rare and Most Bizarre Colima Pottery Flute
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Pre-Columbian Salinar Stirrup Vessel
Rare Carved Chavin Vertebrae
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Choice Nayarit Type B Chinesca Figure
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Moche Stirrup Vessel, Double Monkey
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Pre-Columbian Viru Jaguar Stirrup Vessel
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Moche I Stirrup Vessel of a Warrior
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Rare Colima Janus-Headed Olla
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Aztec Gold Coat-of-Arms, Arrow Form
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Colima Standing Shaman Holding Staff
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Large Costa Rican Nicoya Polychrome Jar
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Rare Olmec/Xochipala Jadeite Bowl
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Pre-Columbian Inca Deer Stirrup Vessel
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Colima Mahogany Obsidian Spear Point
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Veracruz Female Whistle Figure with Coatimundi
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Pre-Columbian Spindle Whorls - Unique Display
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Mayan Ulua Valley Tripod Bowl
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Pre-Columbian Narino Chalice
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Sican/Lambayeque Whistling Stirrup Vessel - Llama
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Paracas Polychrome Pottery Bowl Incised with Human Faces
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Nayarit Pottery Bi-Chrome Rattle
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Exceedingly Rare Colima Musical Procession
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Guerrero Stone Raspador - Musical Instrument
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Colima Pottery Blackware Flute with Warrior
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Rare Colima Pottery Whistle/Flute
A Mayan Carved Brownware Tripod Cylinder
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Chupicuaro Bi-Chrome Tripod Bowl
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Large Chorrera Spouted Vessel
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Fine Pre-Columbian Textile Tump Line
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Framed Pre-Columbian Chancay Textile Bag
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Rare Inca Blackware Aryballos, Fruit-Shaped
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Large Costa Rican Jade Avian Celt Pendant
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Mayan Jade Adornment with Lord Visage
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Mayan Apple-Green Jade Pendant - Lord Surrounded by Two Visages
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Veracruz Erotic Threesome on a Swing
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Rare Paracas Textile Fragment
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Colima Dog with Gnashing Teeth
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Pre-Columbian Huari / Tiahuanaco Gold Band
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Sinu High Karat Gold Nose Ring / Pendant
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Small Costa Rican Stone Metate
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Pre-Columbian Olmec Stone Head (Baby Face)
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Viru Copper Oarsman
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Large Chavin Purple Sodalite Pectoral
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Colima Pottery Flat of Standing Male
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Costa Rican Bird Celt/Axe
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Framed Trio of Pre-Columbian Stone Figures
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Incan Tunic Textile Fragment
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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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Rare Sican Silver Lord with Dangling Sandals
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Fine Mayan Carved Cylinder
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Pre-Columbian Toltec Stone Figurine
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Pair of Chancay/Huacho Wooden Painted Figures
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Large North Coast Peruvian Textile with Avian Motif
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Peruvian Paracas Gold Filigree Tweezers-Pendant, 17.5G
Pre-Columbian Mayan Deity Bichrome Vessel
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Moche Jaguar Stirrup Vessel with Conch Shell
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Published Significant Colima Pottery Swallow Jar
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Panamanian Polychrome Vessel - Long Neck
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Attractive Valdivian Terracotta Figure
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Chupicuaro Tripod Bowl - Openwork Feet
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Mayan Blackware Cylinder - Twin Glyph Bands
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Huari Sash with Mask Motif
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Inca Fine Striped Coca Bag
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Colorful Inca Textile - Figural Alter Ego Motif - Ex-Museum
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Proto-Nazca Mantle with Munecas
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Ica Coca Bag with Intricate Embroidery
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Published Polychrome Cocle Pedestal Dish - Transforming Shaman
Cocle Polychrome Pedestal Dish/Incensario - Shaman in Transformation
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Stone Model of Inca Fortress in style of Machu Picchu
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Cocle Polychrome Pedestal Dish - Lizard Zoomorph
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Lot of 2 Pre-Columbian Miniatures - Inca Silver Carrier and Moche Gold-Gilded Warrior
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Important Huari Gold Plume with Jaguar Features - Ex-Sotheby's
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Pre-Columbian Gold-Gilded Anthropomorphic Transitional Figure
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Aztec Gold Eagle Pendant
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Fine Mayan Jade Seated Figure
Moche I Erotic / Homoerotic Vessel
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Inca Stirrup Vessel, Seated Man in Trance
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Colima Comala Sleeping Beauty, ex-Hollywood
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Mayan Toltec Corn Goddess Figure
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Costa Rican Guanacaste Venus Figure
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Costa Rican Polychrome Venus Figure
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Pre-Columbian Nayarit Seated Musician
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Lg. Jamacoaque Polychrome Whistle - Female Musician
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Narino Pedestal Bowl - Nice Geometric Designs
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Mezcala Green Andesite Figure - M10 Variant
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Remarkably Large Mezcala M-8 Anthropomorphic Stone Figure
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Rare Tarascan Pottery Pipe - Rattlesnake
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Veracruz Stone Hacha - Tlaloc
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Mayan Polychrome Vessel, Scribe Motif
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Veracruz Remojadas Sonriente Whistle
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Jalisco Figure Strapped to Pallet
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Mezcala Stone Anthropomorphic Figure
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Miniature Green Serpentine Mezcala Amulet
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Mezcala Green Stone Figure - M-10 Type
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Mezcala Stone Amulet - Rare Miniature Skin Bag Form
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Vera Cruz Incensario Lid - Shaman
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Vicus Double Lobbed Whistle Jar - Bird Head
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Pre-Columbian Narino Bowl - Monkeys
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Colima Seated Pottery Drummer
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Moche Warrior Stirrup Vessel
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Jalisco Bichrome Terracotta Seated Figure
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Nayarit Crouching Seated Male
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Lot of 2 Ixtlan del Rio Musicians
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Pre-Columbian Colima Flute Tubular Form
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Pre-Columbian Large Chupicuaro Pottery Tripod
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Pre-Columbian Jalisco Polychrome Figure
Rare Pre-Columbian Lid w/ Bird, ex-Arte Primitivo
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Colima Incensario in Form of Tlaloc
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Vera Cruz Coast Watcher
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Pre-Columbian Nayarit Chinesco Figure
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Pre-Columbian Jalisco Standing Female
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Lg Mayan Peten Polychrome Plate
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Large Veracruz Standing Warrior Figure
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Set of 12 Chimu Gilded Copper Embossed Disks
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Colorful Tarascan Stuccoed Pottery Bowl
Pre-Columbian Chancay Standing Male Figure
Lot of 2 Pre-Columbian Chupicuaro Bowls
Pre-Columbian Veracruz Terracotta Head
Lot of 2 Pre-Columbian Birds - Figurinal and Whistle
Pre-Columbian Figural Pair - Bahian Venus and Jamacoaque Whistle Figure
Lot of 3 Vera Cruz Coast Watchers
Lot of 2 Mezcala Stone Anthropomorphic Figure + Amulet
Pre-Columbian Guerrero Mezcala Axe God
Large Casas Grandes Ramos Polychrome Olla
Chimu Shell Necklace with Bronze Bell
Pr. Tall Matched Panamanian Cocle Vases
Panamanian Pottery Tripod Jar w/ Fish Legs
Panamanian Polychrome Jar - Animal Form
Panamanian Olla with Superb Cream & Black Panels
Nayarit Terracotta Bichrome Female Figure
Colima Reclinatorio - Avian, Turtle, Human Features
Nicoya Venus Figure, ex-Hollywood
Veracruz Pottery Priestess Whistle
Colima Pottery Dog Effigy
Colima Pottery Dog Vessel, Pleasantly Plump!
Nayarit Pottery Decorated Shallow Bowl
Colima Pottery Redware Olla
Chinesco Pottery Seated Polychrome Figure
Chinesco Pottery Flat Standing Figure
Jalisco Pottery Hollow-Molded Figure
Nayarit Pottery Polychrome Bowl
Nayarit Pottery Platform Group
Michoacan Pottery Bead Strand
Nayarit Pottery Ear Flare
Chupicuaro Pottery Brownware 'Shoe' Olla
Chupicuaro Pottery Jar
Mayan Blackware Jar from Quiche
Nayarit Pottery Polychrome Bowl - Wood Grain Motif
Mezcala Green Stone Figure
Pair of Tairona Pottery Miniatures - Ocarina and Flute
Toltec Pottery Tripod with Fabulous Decoration
Rare Jalisco "Sheep Face" Dog
Colima Pottery Brownware Bowl - Incised Decoration
Chupicuaro Pottery Brownware Bowl
Large Guerrero Mezcala Stone Necklace
Wonderfully Decorated Jalisco Pottery Bowl
Nayarit Pottery Decorated Platter - Huge
Jalisco Pottery Polychrome Flat
Nayarit Pottery Warrior
Jalisco Pottery Seated Figure
Mayan Pottery Jar - Large
Mayan Terracotta Polychrome Vessel
Pr. Moche Gilded Copper Tupus
Teuchitlan Stucco Polychrome Pedestal Bowl
Group of 5 Pre-Columbian Objects - Tiny Whistle!
Two Colima Shell Pectorals
Remarkable Guerrero Copper Axe / Hoe
Group of 5 Pre-Columbian Pottery Pieces
Tarascan Pottery Pipe - Incredibly Long
Moche Pottery Stirrup Vessel
Group of Chancay Items
Large Mayan Bi-Chrome Pottery Bowl
Nayarit Terracotta Dog Vessel
Nicoya Pottery Figure
Large Mayan Ulua Valley Polychrome Bowl
Pre-Columbian Pottery Bowl from Costa Rica