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All Inca and South American Pottery - Ancient South American Art - Artemis Gallery

In the Andean area of South America (modern-day Peru), the Chavín civilization flourished from around 1000 to 300 B.C. The Chavín produced small-scale pottery, often human in shape, but with animal features. Representations of jaguars are a common theme in Chavín art. The Andean Moche ca. 100-800 A.D., were among the best artisans of the New World, producing portrait vases (Moche ware). They were also goldsmiths and weavers of outstanding talent. The Inca culture of Peru and Bolivia (ca. 1200-1580 A.D.) sculpted animal and human figures, but best known for its architecture at Andean sites such as Cuzco and Machu Picchu.

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Most of the great works of art made in Central and South America before the voyage of Columbus have been found in tombs. Enormous amounts of time, energy, and materials were spent to properly equip the societies' leaders and the elite for their journey from this earth.

Important/Exhibited Chavin Polychrome Rimmed Olla
Exceptional Chavin Maranon Polychrome Jar, ex-Museum
Chancay / Huacho Painted Wood Figures - Male & Female
Framed Trio of Pre-Columbian Stone Figures
Large North Coast Peruvian Textile with Avian Motif
Pre-Columbian Spindle Whorls - Unique Display
Rare Carved Chavin Vertebrae
Narino Polychrome Bowl - Monkeys
Rare Pre-Columbian Lid w/ Bird, ex-Arte Primitivo
Lot of 2 Mezcala Stone Anthropomorphic Figure + Amulet
Published Colima Redware Swallow Jar
Huge / Vibrant Inca Textile Panel
Wari / Huari Anthropomorphic Wood Figure
Nazca Gold and Silver Ear Spools
Pre-Columbian Strap-Handled Pottery Jar
Rare Moche Pottery Keros - Blood Drinking
Tairona Greenstone Bat-Wing Pendant, Ex- D. Bernstein
Pre-Columbian Tairona Footed Blackware Vessel
20th C. Peruvian Painted Wood Retablo, Ex-Historia
Choice Chorrera Pottery Olla
Moche II Stirrup Vessel in Foot Form, ex-Arte Primitivo
Brilliant 19th C. Bolivian Aymara Textile Panel
Chimu / Inca Copper & Gold Chalice and Cuff (pr)
Rare Chancay Pottery Jar - Falcon Catching Frog
Pre-Columbian Embroidered Textile Poncho w/ Gold Discs
Pair Pre-Columbian Pottery Figures
Miniature Matched Pair of Chavin Bone Snuff Containers
Desirable Large Tiahuanaco Hardwood Snuff Palette
Late Chavin Stone Fish Snuff Palette - Very Rare!
Rare Chavin Decorated Stone Bowl - Demon Figures
Rare Huge Ica Polychrome Pottery Cuchimilco
Valdivian Shell Skull Snuff Vessel
Nazca Shell Amputee Figure with Gold Hat
Rare Wari Wood and Shell Ear Spool - Warrior Figure
Nazca / Wari High Karat Gold Arm Band
Lot of 2 Pre-Columbian Chimu Ceremonial Tumis
Large Bichrome Chancay Pottery Olla - Bird / Egg Motif
Pair Chimu Blackware Vessels - Bird Form + Lizard Motif
Lot of 4 Pre-Columbian Bone and Stone Pendants
Chancay Pottery Whistling Stirrup Jar, ex-Sotheby's PB
Rare Moche Fine-Line Stirrup Jar, ex-Sotheby's PB
Chimi Gilded Copper Feather-Shaped Adornment
Fine Nazca Polychrome Figural Jar
Trio of Pre-Columbian Pottery Bird-Form Pieces
Sican Lambayeque Twin-Spouted Jar w/ Nylamp
Very Fine Inca Polychrome Stirrup Jar - Seated Bird
Superb Moche Warrior Portrait Vessel
Recuay Pottery Jar - Royal Figure & Animals
Large / Important Wari Polychrome Jar - Birds & Frogs
Chimu Blackware Deer Form Spouted Vessel
Tairona Agate Necklace w/ 12K Gold Beads - Ex Sotheby's
Rare Matched Pair of Sican Copper Headdress Ornaments
Superb Moche Stirrup Vessel - Ai Apec and Pet
Narino Pottery Bowl with Warrior Decoration
Superb Moche Pottery Portrait Head Kero
Near Choice Nazca Pottery Fisherman Vessel
Wonderful Nazca Polychrome Vessel of Standing Warrior
Superb & Rare Inca Painted Wooden Dish
Early 12th C. Authentic Chancay Textile & Reed Doll
Important Wari Polychrome Pottery Human Figural Kero
Important Ica / Chancay Polychrome Figural Vessel
Moche Figural Pottery Jar in Human Form
Rare Paracas Sihuas Textile Panel
Lot of 2 Pre-Columbian Polychrome Bowls
Fine Inca Pottery Stirrup Vessel in Form of Llama