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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 Painted Wood Figures - Male & Female
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Rare Framed Lot of 3 Venezuelan Stone Figures
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Large North Coast Peruvian Textile with Avian Motif
Rare Carved Chavin Vertebrae
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Narino Polychrome Bowl - Monkeys
Lot of 2 Mezcala Stone Anthropomorphic Figure + Amulet
Published Colima Redware Swallow Jar
Huge / Vibrant Inca Textile Panel
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Wari / Huari Anthropomorphic Wood Figure
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Nazca Gold and Silver Ear Spools
Pre-Columbian Strap-Handled Pottery Jar
Rare Moche Pottery Keros - Blood Drinking
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Tairona Greenstone Bat-Wing Pendant, Ex- D. Bernstein
Pre-Columbian Tairona Footed Blackware Vessel
20th C. Peruvian Painted Wood Retablo, Ex-Historia
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)
Pre-Columbian Embroidered Textile Poncho w/ Gold Discs
Lot of 2 Pre-Columbian Pottery Figures
Rare Chavin Decorated Stone Bowl - Demon Figures
Rare Wari Wood and Shell Ear Spool - Warrior Figure
Nazca / Wari High Karat Gold Arm Band
Tall Chancay Bi-Chrome Olla - Bird / Egg Motif
Chimu Blackware Vessels - Bird Form + Lizard Motif (2)
Chancay Pottery Whistling Stirrup Jar, ex-Sotheby's PB
Chimi Gilded Copper Feather-Shaped Adornment
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Superb Moche Warrior Portrait Vessel
Recuay Pottery Jar - Royal Figure & Animals
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Large / Important Wari Polychrome Jar - Birds & Frogs
Chimu Blackware Spouted Vessel, Deer Form
Tairona Agate Necklace w/ 12K Gold Beads - Ex Sotheby's
Superb Moche Stirrup Vessel - Ai Apec and Pet
Narino Pottery Bowl with Warrior Decoration
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Early 12th C. Authentic Chancay Textile & Reed Doll
Important Ica / Chancay Polychrome Figural Vessel
Moche Figural Pottery Jar in Human Form
Lot of 2 Pre-Columbian Polychrome Bowls
Handsome Trio of Chimu Inca Wood & Textile Combs
Lambayeque High Karat Gold Plaque
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Ancient Colombian Quartz Crystal Beaded Necklace
Pair of Fine Pre-Columbian Wooden Loom Sticks
Lovely Inca Textile Coca Bag
Chavin Redware Stirrup Vessel with Twin Snakes
Ancient Colombian Quartz Crystal Necklace
Tairona Beaded Necklace w/ Shells - Bat Forms
Large Ancient Colombian Carnelian Necklace
Pre-Columbian Beaded Spondylus Shell Necklace
Tairona Crystal, Carnelian and Green Stone Necklace
Chimu Silver Necklace + 25 Bird Adornments
Fine Chorrera Valdivian Jaguar Stone Mortar, ex-Siegal
Moche Blackware Portrait Head Rattle
Heavy Bolivian Sterling Silver Heart Container
Tall & Handsome Chimu Inca Silver Kero
Pair of Valdivian Pottery Venus Figures
Moche Pottery Stirrup Vessel - Seated Old Man