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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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Delightful Moche Pottery Stirrup Vessel - Owl
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Veracruz Sonriente Pottery head
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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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Huge Pre-Columbian Nayarit Warrior
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Rare Salinar Pottery Stirrup Vessel of Bat
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Moche Blackware Stirrup Vessel of Ai Apec
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Chupicuaro Bichrome Handled Olla
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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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Spectacular Nazca Ear Spools and Pectoral
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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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Inca Bronze Female Capacocha Figurine
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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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Recuay Negative Resist Bowl with Penis Surprise Center
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Mayan Ulua Valley Tripod Bowl
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Lot of 2 Mayan Eccentric Flints
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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 Rare Valdivian Stone Palette, ex-Sotheby's
A Rare Valdivian Stone Palette, ex-Sotheby's
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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Long Colorful Pre-Columbian Textile Fringe
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Fine Pre-Columbian Textile Tump Line
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Framed Pre-Columbian Chancay Textile Bag
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Inca Aryballos, Fruit-Shaped
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Inca Blackware Aryballos, Checkerboard
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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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Pre-Columbian Olmec Stone Head (Baby Face)
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Pr. Tiwanaku Carved Llama Bone Pendants
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Viru Copper Oarsman
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Large Chavin Purple Sodalite Pectoral
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Amazing Large Section of Casas Grande Vessel - Owl
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Mezcala Guerrero String-Cut Stone Figure
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Colima Pottery Flat of Standing Male
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Costa Rican Bird Celt/Axe
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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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World-Class Moche Janus Headed Warrior
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Adorable Colima Pottery Dog Whistle
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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
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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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Chancay Wood Mummy Chest Plate