Indian metal trade spear point. Recovered on the coast of New England many years ago. The spear point was found in the woods sticking in a tree that had rotted and fallen down. You can see how deep it was imbedded in the wood as the tip is lighter in color than the rest of the metal. This item was recovered in the traditional hunting grounds of the Abenaki Indians and this prized possession was lost either during a hunting expedition or possibly during a skirmish with an enemy...
Antique Brazilian plantation wine canteen, hand made pottery circa 1840. This canteen has a rich dark brown mottled glaze with lots of character. The back is unglazed and has a small peripheral chip. The side handles have a hole to insert a cord so that it can be worn on the shoulder (or hung on a wall). Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Size: 8.5 inches across, 1.5 inches deep, 2.75 inches from the back to the top of the neck.
Weight: approximately 1 kilo, 168 grams...
Antique wooden cross circa 1750. Bought from the estate of a family that lived for centuries in Brazil and owned a slave plantation there. This cross was acquired in a small village in the Brazilian jungle by the head of the family in the 1930’s. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Length 9¾ inches, width 5 inches, depth just under a ½ inch, weight 1 ounce.
Native cedar carving representing a clam mask done by well known artist R. J. Hanuse (October 15, 1943-November 8, 2007) . Tribal affiliation: Kwakwaka' wakw clan (formerly Kwakiutl) British Columbia. Signed and dated 1980. Excellent condition with a few very slight light scratches possibly done during carving. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
weight: approximately 4 ounces (107 grams)
A very fine Shamanic medicine container made by a Cree Medicine Man in the mid 1800's, complete with its original contents. The parfleche (deerskin rawhide) material was shaped with exquisite craftsmanship into a small circular box with a tightly fitting lid. The contents of the pouch are the original materials used for healing incantations and include twigs, bark, sap and what appears to be seeds...
This Indian skinning knife is a rare Cree artifact. It has a wooden handle and a hand forged blade that was probably made out of an old discarded file. An embroidered ribbon was attached to the knife to keep the tool handy as it was carried around. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Dimensions: blade 2 1/2 inches long, 2 3/4 inches wide, handle 3/4 inch wide, 3/4 inch deep. Overall length 5 1/4 inches. Weight 1 1/4 ounces.
Hand carved Inuit stone cooking bowl made in the early 1800’s. This bowl is post contact and is carved in the European style; it is an exceptionally nice example of highly skilled stone carving.
Stone pots (uqusiglu) were used to steam or heat meat or fish over a soapstone stove or open fire.
Eskimos or Esquimaux are indigenous peoples who have traditionally inhabited the circumpolar region from eastern Siberia (Russia), across Alaska (United States), Canada, and Greenland...
Native Indian metal trade knife marked " A B & C" on the tang. Bought from a collector in British Columbia, possibly Cree or Blackfoot
Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Length 11 ½ inches long, width 2 3/8 inches wide, weight 6 ounces.
Inuit hand carved, articulated wooden doll from West Greenland (Kalaallit Nunaat in Inuit language). The dolls arms and legs are hinged with wooden pins and the clothing is made of hand made, with embroidered cotton, leather and sealskin. Dates from about 1890 to 1910. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Length 16 inches, width 4½ inches, depth 2½ inches, weight 9 ounces.
Please note that this item cannot be shipped to the USA.
This large olla is a rare collector piece by Claudia Sanchez featuring delicate, intricate lace designs with cuadritos (small squares) painted in cream color on red clay. The artist's signature is incised on the bottom of the pot. Yarn wrapped pottery ring included. Museum quality, highly collectible art pottery. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.
Dimensions: Height 8 1/4 inches, Width 11 inches...
This large, prime quality graphite black-ware olla by Esperanza Tina features a traditional black on black design with intricate geometric motifs and cuadritos (small squares) of Paquime/Mimbres inspiration. Her line-work is highly precise with all angles terminating at precise points. The olla's highly desirable thin walls were built by delicately hand coiling the clay. The high gloss is a result of painstaking hand polishing. The artist's signature is incised on the bottom of the pot...
This large olla by Isela Cota features abstract diagonal geometric designs with bold interlocked swirls alternated with fine hand drawn straight parallel lines painted with black and umber paint on mezclado (marbled clay that is produced by mixing red and yellow/white clay). An ovoid shaped opening is on the side of the olla in addition to its regular round opening at the top. The artists signature is incised on the bottom of the pot. Yarn wrapped pottery ring included...
Oscar Quezada is a Master Potter who is the son of Consolacion Quezada, the elder sister of Grandmaster Juan Quezada that made Mata Ortiz famous by reviving an ancient local pottery making process. The artist's signature is incised at the bottom of the pot. This one-of-a-kind collectible work of art is a beautiful museum quality traditional polychrome pot, hand coiled and built from indigenous natural clays, then stone polished to a sensual satiny finish...
Metis hand-beaded hair ornament with leather backing made about 1968 in Selkirk Manitoba.
Provenance: from the H. S. Darvell estate.
Length 5¾ inches long, height 3 inches, weight 1½ ounces.
Native polychrome cedar carving of Thunderbird and Eagle signed and dated 1997 by artist Eli Billy. Tribal affiliation: Ehattesaht Nation, British Columbia. Excellent condition. This is a hard to find carving by this artist. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Weight: 12 ounces (327 grams)
This charming Native hand made clay Raven whistle was recovered in a dump near the Salish Indian Reserve in Sechelt B.C. The whistle appears to have been much used and probably dates from 1880 to 1910. Comes with a signed letter of provenance that accompanied the whistle when I acquired it in 1996.The Pender Harbour area was once the winter capital of the Coast Salish nation, specifically the Shishalh tribe...
Ana Trillo de Corona typically works in red clay and this is a fine example of her art that is expressed with a combination of intricate Paquime and Mimbres designs, interwoven with contemporary elements pained in black and accented with white paint. This striking red olla also has the classic southwest style diagonal terraced cut neck and she incised her signature on the bottom of the pot...
This red and black olla by Antonio Ledezma features a lively, modern interpretation of a Mimbres lizard motif set against a crackled pattern. Tony belongs to the very talented Ledezma Family of Mata Ortiz whose work is featured in several books. The artist incised his signature on the bottom of the pot. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.
Dimensions: Height 6 inches , Width 5 inches, Opening 3/4 inch.
The history of Mata Ortiz, both the village and the pottery, can be tr...