York in 2013. Artemis will auction its example with a $12,000-$15,000 estimate.
The broad category of Pre-Columbian art is amply represented by such highlights as Lot 86B, a choice 300 BCE to 300 CE Colima (Western Mexico) redware sculpture of a seated shaman, $6,000-$8,000; and a circa 1000-1550 CE Colombian Tairona region blackware vessel of anthropomorphic/zoomorphic form, $4,000-$6,000. A large and important circa 1500-300 BCE Chorrera culture (Ecuador) carved-stone object in the form of a jaguar may have been used to grind the ingredients of hallucinogenic drugs used by shamans. Estimate: $6,000-$8,000
There are many intriguing pieces from Africa and Papua New Guinea in the tribal art section, but an object from the Batak people of Sumatra (Indonesia) crosses over into the scientific realm. Lot 65, dating to the late 19th/early 20th century, consists of a pair or oracle/divination devices, one carved from a water buffalo rib; the other from the scapula of an ox. Both are inscribed with symbolic figural and geometric patterns, as well as Batak characters and Sanskrit text, and serve as a calendar and almanac set.
“Batak priests inscribed sacred texts on sheets of bark, bamboo cylinders, and the bones of oxen and water buffalo,” explained Artemis Gallery Executive Director Teresa Dodge. “These writings – essentially magic formulas, recipes for medicines, and instructions for rituals and cures – were passed from generation to generation within a priestly class.” Similar to notations made on a calendar, inscriptions on rib bones like the one that is part of the set to be auctioned often contain information that priests used to “divine” auspicious days for particular activities. Estimate: $900-$1,500
All items entered in Artemis Gallery auctions are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic, as described in the catalog, and legal to acquire according to federal guidelines. A certificate of authenticity will accompany each purchase, and all goods will be packed in house by the gallery’s own staff to ensure an enjoyable and stress-free experience for all buyers.
Bidders may participate in Artemis Gallery’s Feb. 9, 2017 ancient antiquities, Asian art and ethnographic auction live online, by phone (please reserve phone line in advance) or by leaving an absentee bid that will be lodged confidentially and competitively on their behalf. The sale begins at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Bid absentee or live via the Internet through LiveAuctioneers. For additional information on any item, call Teresa Dodge at 720-890-7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Artemis Gallery online at http://www.artemisgallery.com/.
CAPTION: Rare Pre-Columbian Chorrera (Ecuador, circa 1000 BCE) redware box with glyph-like motif and prone figure on upper section, est. $3,000-$5,000. Image courtesy of Artemis Gallery