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  • Ancient Ceramic Snail Shaped Vessel, West Mexico, Jalisco


    This Protoclassic (circa 200BCE – 200CE) ceramic painted figurine of an ovoid snail was fashioned as a vessel with a wide large spout on top. Many early Jalisco ceramics were utilitarian and used for cooking, carrying water or storing seeds. The size and shape of this piece suggest it was made to hold liquids. Pieces like this were often decorated with applied painted designs that faded because they were not fired after painting. In contrast to the rest of Mesoamerica which had complex urban centers, areas of habitation in West Mexico were small, especially in the Colima Jalisco-Nayarit area. Because these areas had been abandoned for centuries, utilitarian objects like this were rarely found whole and required their fragments to be assembled and restored. This piece is in very good condition with cracks and paint losses and may have expected repairs at its spout.

  • Ancient Inca Ax Head, Indigenous Meso/South America


    This strong, thick, substantial yet relatively light T-shaped Inca copper alloy bronze ax has considerable wear on one side. Scholars describe these pieces as a classic weapon of the Inca Empire centered in Cuzco, Peru. Bronze ax heads were a very valuable and versatile tool. Their wide T-like top made them tight and durable when secured to a thick wooden handle and their strength and thickness also made them a very useful chopping and digging tool. This one has a fine patina and is very worn on one side attesting to its age and use. It has no restorations or repairs.

  • Antique Bible/Document Cover with Brocaded Decoration, Bolivia


    Lovingly hand-made in a folder style, this antique religious document cover from Bolivia is decorated on each side with hand brocaded purple fabric with gold thread and symbolic Christian floral designs framed by geometric and curved decorative gold borders. It is in good condition showing considerable signs of wear and was used frequently as a religious article possibly as a holder of priests’ sermons or other important religious documents. Our images do not do it justice as they cannot capture light flickers from the gold threads interwoven in the borders and its vibrant gold floral patterns. The inside and ends are lined in red material.

  • Antique Christian Brocaded Document Cover, Bolivia


    his lovingly hand-made 2-sided antique religious document cover is decorated on each side with hand brocaded purple fabric with gold thread and embroidered floral designs within irregular curved decorative gold borders. As most people then were illiterate, flowers were often used to explain difficult thoughts, ideas and symbols to the masses (see below). In very good condition and showing expected signs of age, use, wear and minor losses, this is a beloved religious article that probably held priests’ sermons, very small bibles or other important religious documents. Our images do not do it justice as they cannot capture the light flickering off the gold thread of different thicknesses interwoven throughout piece.

  • Clovis Paleolithic Spear Point, Texas


    This triangular Clovis spear-like blade worked on both sides were found nein Texas with others and are revising theories about ancient American history. They are the oldest weapons found in North America and may date from 15,000-10,000 BCE. Most stone projectiles measure 3-4 inches, but this one is much larger at 7.5″, has impressive stone chip patterns and is likely a hunting tool for mammoths and other large game in what is now Central Texas.

  • Contemporary Bracelet with Jade, Malachite and Silver Settings, 8.25″


    Although contemporary, this finely crafted bracelet has a vintage feel.  Each of the ten hand carved natural jade pieces is surrounded by unique spiral sterling fittings set between 12 dark rich malachite spacers. Elegant, yet simple, this bracelet is a beautiful compliment to any casual or even business outfit.

  • Contemporary Necklace with Swarovski Black and Flat Green Crystals, US


    This exquisite choker necklace strung on silk string is composed of 13 Swarovski green flat-rounded crystal beads and 14 black round ones all separated by 25 German silver spacer beads. Aurora refers to the unique lustrous coating on the glass producing a beautiful and dazzling green shine. Hand crafted as a one-of-a-kind piece, its unique style makes a bold statement and is a stunning accessory to any outfit, from casual to business to more formal wear.

  • Necklace with Keishi Pearls, Citrine Pieces and Vintage Agate Dzi Beads


    The several gemstones and beads comprising this hand crafted necklace make it an elegant accessory with associated positive powers. This beautiful necklace has 72 Keishi Pearls, 3 Tibetan agate Dzi beads, 29 orange citrine gemstone pieces and orange glass beads, gold plated metal beads and brass-plated fittings. Two Dzi beads are vintage one with an eye on each side, and the third is a gorgeous modern round one with 8 eyes not counting two through which the hole was drilled. Unique and elegant, this one of a kind necklace is a wonderful accessory for casual and business attire.

  • Vintage Haida Ceremonial Spoon, Canadian Pacific Northwest


    Utilitarian kitchenware was an integral part of a communal feast called a potlatch, a traditional feast central to many cultures of indigenous peoples of the Canadian Pacific Northwest Coast including the Haida  who have existed for over 17,000 years.  This antique thin, large and elegant, and boldly decorated Haida spoon is well designed with motifs like the whale’s tail, the eye, and a feather that imparts great visual and symbolic strength.  The style and coloring of Northwest Coast Canadian art is so bold and unique, their pieces are readily recognized.

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