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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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Delightful Moche Pottery Stirrup Vessel - Owl
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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Chancay Chuchimilico Stargazer - Wonderfully Painted!
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Lambayeque/Sican Sea Lion Whistling Vessel
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Lambayeque / Sican Sea Lion Stirrup Vessel
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Moche Stirrup Vessel Bird Drummer, ex-Museum
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Superb Moche Seated Lord Figural Vessel
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Superb Costa Rican Jade Necklace
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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
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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Tlatilco Olmecoid Stone Visage
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Chupicuaro Bi-Chrome Tripod Bowl
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Pre-Columbian Mace Head - Jaguar Form
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Large Chorrera Spouted Vessel
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Miniature Seljuk Bronze Figurine
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Delightful Costa Rican Pottery Figural Jar
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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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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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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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Inca Wood Flute - Sun, Moon, 4 Corner Motifs
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Large Chavin Purple Sodalite Pectoral
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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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Chavin Stone Cup and Saucer
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Rare Sican Silver Lord with Dangling Sandals
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Pair of Chancay Painted Textiles
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Unusual Mayan Carved Pottery Cylinder
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Fine Inca Decorated Wooden Kero
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Pre-Columbian Toltec Stone Figurine
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World-Class Moche Janus Headed Warrior
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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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Mixed Culture Necklace with Pottery Round Bead
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Pre-Columbian Mayan Deity Bichrome Vessel
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Fine Chavin Black Stone Mace Head
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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
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Solid High Karat Salinar Gold Nose Ring