Pre-Columbian Artifacts from the Americas for Sale

All of these Pre-Columbian artifacts were legally and ethically acquired, coming from old American and European collections and auctions. Every item is painstakingly screened for authenticity and legality. Provenance is not always listed in every item description due to restricted space, but is provided on the certificate of authenticity that accompanies each item. Enjoy!



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Jamacoaque, Ecuador, c. 500 - 1000 AD. Interesting ceramic whistle figure. Depicts an individual with large headdress, earspools, and large disc pendant around their neck. Very stylized form! Mold-made with nice style. Losses to legs and hands. Traces of black pigment, heavy mineral deposits. Old collection number inked on back. Measures 10 cm (3 7/8"). Ex Dr. J. Hilsabeck estate, acquired from the 1950's to early 1980's. #PR2098: $150

Ancient Mexico. Chinesco, c. 50 – 200 AD. Interesting ceramic figure of a seated female. H: 5" (126 mm ). Legs widely splayed, her arms curved, hands on her hips. Her nose and breasts are raised, with traces of red pigment around her neck, face, waist, and pubic area. She wears large earspools and a tall curved headdress. With mineral deposits and some repair. From the estate of Fred Eisernam - Houston, TX. #PR2072: $175

Colombia, Tairona culture, 1st-11th century AD. Large deep dish with finely-etched linear designs. 7 1/4" dia. x 4 1/4" tall. Old museum numbers inked in red on base. Nice substantial piece, could still be used to store or display dry goods! Deaccessioned from the Tampa Museum of Art – Tampa, FL; ex-Arte Xibalba, FL. #PRC272: $225

Narino, Colombia, c. 850 - 1000 AD. Excellent small ocarina in the form of a sea-shell. Intact with beautiful reddish-tan burnished surfaces, holed through for suspension. 50 mm (1 15/16"). Would still make a nice pendant!Ex Joel L. Malter collection, Encino, CA. #PR2205: $199

Narino, Colombia, c. 850 - 1000 AD. Nice small ocarina in the form of a sea-shell. Intact with attractive reddish-tan burnished surfaces, holed through for suspension. 40 mm (1 1/2"). Would still make a nice pendant! Ex Joel L. Malter collection, Encino, CA. #PR2204: $125

Olmec, Mexico, c. 1200-200 BC. Very large stone bead, carved of light green quartz(?) stone with iridescent crystaline spots. 28 mm (1 inch) diameter and quite thick. Very nice. From my own personal collection; ex-Arte Xibalba, FL. #PR2339: $125 SOLD

Jamacoaque, Ecuador, c. 500 - 1000 AD. Excellent and HUGE ceramic stamp seal. Fragmentary but impressive, with ornate geometric designs. Nice style, crisp detail. Small excavation number inked on back. W: 68 mm (2 5/8"). Ex Dr. J. Hilsabeck estate, Orange County, CA, acquired from the 1950's to early 1980's. An excellent display-piece! #PR2134: $199

Jamacoaque, Ecuador, c. 500 - 1000 AD. Fine ceramic stamp seal. Intact, with deeply-engraved linear and dotted designs of lines and pellets. Very enigmatic, certainly worthy of further study! W: 39 mm (1 1/2"). Ex Dr. J. Hilsabeck estate, Orange County, CA, acquired from the 1950's to early 1980's. #PR2131: $175

Jamacoaque, Ecuador, c. 500 - 1000 AD. HUGE ceramic roller seal. Fragmentary but retaining intricate, deep-cut geometric designs possibly representing stylized animals. H: 43 mm (1 3/4")! Ex Dr. J. Hilsabeck estate, Orange County, CA, acquired from the 1950's to early 1980's. #PR2130: $125

Jamacoaque, Ecuador, c. 500 - 1000 AD. Fine ceramic roller seal. Fragmentary but retaining several bands of deeply-cut concentric rings. Nice light orange color. H: 27 mm (1 1/16"). Ex Dr. J. Hilsabeck estate, Orange County, CA, acquired from the 1950's to early 1980's. #PR2132: $75

Jamacoaque, Ecuador, c. 500 - 1000 AD. Great ceramic roller seal. Fragmentary but retaining intricate, deep-cut geometric designs possibly representing stylized animals or humanoid forms. 34 mm (1 3/8"). Ex Dr. J. Hilsabeck estate, Orange County, CA, acquired from the 1950's to early 1980's. #PR2133: $75

Guangala culture, Ecuador, c. 100-800 AD. Large ceramic neck-rest. Nice incised designs on top, lovely red slip. Broken, but still stands on its own. Root marks on surfaces, old excavation number inked on base. 147 mm (5 3/4") wide, 80 mm (3") tall. ex-Dr. John Hilsabeck estate collection, Orange County, CA, collected between 1950-1985. #PR2079: $250

Guangala culture, Ecuador, c. 100-800 AD. Nice ceramic neck-rest. Intricate incised designs on top, lovely red slip. Broken, but still stands on its own. Root marks on surfaces, old excavation number inked on base. 110 mm (4 3/8") wide, 78 mm (3") tall. ex-Dr. John Hilsabeck estate collection, Orange County, CA, collected between 1950-1985. #PR2080: $250

Colombia, Tairona culture 1000 - 1500 AD.
Lovely group of 10 Tairona zoomorphic pendants, 3/8" - 3/4" long, made from nicely colored jasper and agate. Superbly detailed, includes monkeys and felines. Deaccessioned from the collection of a New England historical society.
#14302: $50 each, or $375 for all five.

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Manteno, Ecuador
1000-1500 AD

Manteno, Ecuador 1000-1500 AD

Wooden Santos figures from Mexico & Central America

Costa Rican Jade Pendants
c. 500 BC-1000 AD

Manteno, Ecuador
1000-1500 AD


Tairona culture, Colombia, c. 1000-1500 AD. Charming bone staff terminal in the form of a seated pelican with cross design on either side. Nice orange-brown coloration from age and mineral deposits. Small trace of red pigment below tail of pelican. A minor repair at feet and another at the bird’s neck, otherwise a nice piece! H: 3 3/4" (9.8 cm). #0310304: $375 SOLD

Jamacoaque culture, Ecuador, c. 900-1200 AD. Beautiful terracotta maskette. Nicely detailed with highly burnished surfaces. Intact with good age deposits and great style. Measures 3" (7.7 cm). Mounted on custom stand. See Labbe, "Columbia Before Columbus" for similar example. Ex East Coast collection. #1210358-2: $325 SOLD

Jamacoaque, Ecuador, c. 500 - 1000 AD. Nice ceramic whistle figure. Depicts a standing male with large, ornate headdress, wide necklace and loincloth. Mold-made with nice style and good detail. Losses to feet and hands, traces of red and yellow pigment, earthen deposits. Old collection number inked on back. Measures 122 mm (4 3/4"). Ex Dr. J. Hilsabeck estate, acquired from the 1950's to early 1980's. #PR2097: $299 SOLD

LaTolita, Ecuador, 400 BC - 400 AD. Great ceramic stamp seal. Depicts 3 individuals holding hands, probably a dance scene. 2-7/8" long. From the collection Bob Murray – Cleveland, GA, collected 1984 - 1987. Nice piece, blurry photo. #PR2156: $250 SOLD


Jamacoaque, Ecuador, c. 500 - 1000 AD. Great ceramic whistle figure. Depicts a standing deity, with snarling expression, wide collar, animal fur and loincloth. Mold-made with nice style and very nice detail. Losses to hands and feet, earthen deposits. Measures 115 mm (4 1/2"). Ex Dr. J. Hilsabeck estate, acquired from the 1950's to early 1980's. #PR2099: $275 SOLD