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Chavin Ceramic Bottle | # 15048

This vessel is from Peru's northern coast and dates to the Formative Period of Pre-Columbian, Peruvian history (1200 BC). This vesel was fashioned in the Cupisnique style, noted fro flaring lips on the spout and its low relief decoration. Most likely used for ritual consumption.

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Han Hilts | #15634, #15271

Related to the metalwork of the steppe-dwelling Orodos people, these sword hilts come from non-Chinese, pastoral and agricultural society that was a branch of the ancient Di-Qiang.  The technique of melding iron and bronze was an innovation of the military in the central Chinese lowlands. The bi-metal sword represented a transition from the bronze weapons of the local variety to the totally iron swords typical of China. The blue coloration on their hilts has come to be known as Han Blue for its appearance in the Han Dynasty metal and ceramic objects. The pigment is a synthetic barium copper silicate. 200-100 BC, DIAN CULTURE, YUNNAN, CHINA

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Stirrup Vessel | #12892

The theme of life and death is a frequent one in pre-Columbian art. Travelers to present-day Mexico are familiar with the many depictions of death seen in skulls made of sugar, Day of the Dead festivals and the omnipresent folk art skeletons. Ancient Peruvians lived in a challenging environment...

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Shield | #11838

African shields attracted a significant amount of attention from collectors in the 1990’s when they first appeared on the art market not as ethnographic curiosities but rather as pieces of abstract art.   These collectors...

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Ashante Royal Stool | #2996

Of all the many Ashante stools that we have had over the years this example is not only the oldest (surely 19th century) but perhaps also the most important.  I purchased it in 1993.  It is unusually large- a sign of prestige – and features...