representative cultures of Pre-Columbian art. Highlights include a Pre-Columbian Loma Negra gold nose ornament (81B), finely crafted to depict a string of crabs catching fish; a truly exceptional Colima Comala transforming shaman (Lot 86), and an Ulua Mayan cylinder with winged “angel” figures (101A). Also of note is a Mayan stone palma (Lot 101F) from the private collection of a Hollywood producer/director and the late Santa Fe, N.M., dealer Ron Messick; and a massive/complete Mayan incensario (Lot 101G). The important Quimbaya Poporo gold vessel (Lot 103B) is as charming as it is impressive at 150 grams of gold. A colorful Costa Rican Nicoya polychrome jaguar vessel (Lot 107) captures the magic of a shaman assuming animal form.
The prehistoric Native American Mimbres bowl (Lot 120A), also from a private Hollywood, Calif., collection, invites contemplation of what prehistoric Arizona might have looked like. A magnificent antique rattlesnake basket from the Yokuts tribe of Tulare County, Calif., showcases Native-American craftsmanship at its finest (Lot 123), and a series of stunning antique Mexican retablos and ex-votos blend folk art with religious iconography in a perfect marriage of Old and New World splendor (Lots 127A-129J).
Finally, the auction turns to Africa, with such important pieces as the Lobi wood female figure (131B) and the Bamana wood granary door, (Lot 142), both deaccessioned from the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University in Atlanta.
Artemis Gallery’s Antiquities, Pre-Columbian & Ethnographic Art Auction will start at 11 a.m. EST on Friday, March 14, 2014. Bids may be placed through a variety of methods: absentee (including absentee online), by phone (by prior arrangement) or live on auction day on LiveAuctioneers. The auction catalog is now online and ready for viewing.
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