Pre-Columbian

Our collection of Pre-Columbian pieces is second to none. Below you can see a portion of our finer pieces for sale, as well as several that have already sold to collectors and museums.

MOSAIC ENCRUSTED MASK OF TLALOC

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MOSAIC ENCRUSTED MASK OF TLALOC

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Mixtec, from southern Puebla
1200 – 1521 CE
Wood, stone, shell, pigment
Height: 11 ¼ inches (28.6 cm)
Width: 9 ¼ inches (23.5 cm)
Exhibited: Brooklyn Museum, Jay C. Leff Exhibit (1966 – 1967) {1958/1960?}
Published: Ancient Art of Latin America From the Collection of Jay C. Leff [The Brooklyn Museum] (Nov 22, 1966 – March 5, 1967) No. 429, p. 96, photograph on p. 97
Provenance: Jay C. Leff, Private Spanish collection, Edward H. Merrin Gallery

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JALISCO WRESTLER

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JALISCO WRESTLER

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Jalisco, West Mexico
Proto-Classic Period ca. 100 BCE – 100 CE
Terracotta
Height: 13 ¼ inches (33.65 cm)
Width: 9 ½ inches (24.13 cm)
Depth: 13 inches (33 cm)
Provenance: Silvia Mesa Collection, acquired by descent, mid 1960s from her grandfather; Merrin Gallery, Inc. 2015.

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COLIMA EMBRACING COUPLE

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COLIMA EMBRACING COUPLE

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Colima, Mexico
100 B.C. – AD 190
Burnished Earthenware
Length: 8.6 inches (22 cm)
Width: 4.9 inches (12.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex collection Raul Kampfer 1965; private collection Edward H. Merrin 1965-1985; private collection Sam Merrin 1985.
Published: REDISCOVERED MASTERPIECES OF MESOAMERICA (page 155, fig. 205) (1985)
Exhibited: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Texas 2005-2015. LAW BUILDING, 205M WIESS GALLERY, CASE 16B

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CHORRERA PLATE WITH MONKEY

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CHORRERA PLATE WITH MONKEY

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Colombia/Ecuador
9th – 4th century BCE
Height: 10.6 inches (26.9 cm)
Width: 11.8 inches (29.9 cm)
Depth: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Provenance: Daniel Rifkin, purchased in Europe 1970s

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HACHA WITH PROFILE HEAD AND SPEECH SCROLL

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HACHA WITH PROFILE HEAD AND SPEECH SCROLL

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Veracruz, Classic Period, 300 – 900 CE
Volcanic Stone
Height: 25 ½ inches (64.77 cm)
Width: 9 inches (22.86 cm)
Formerly in the Edward and Vivian Merrin Collection
Published: von Winning, Pre-Columbian Art of Mexico and Central America, [n.d.] no. 304

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MALE MASK

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MALE MASK

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Mexico, Central Highlands, Tlatilco, 1200-900 BC
Terracotta with red cinnabar
Provenance: Edward H. Merrin Gallery, New York, 1968; Private New York collection

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MODELED HEAD OF A DIGNITARY

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MODELED HEAD OF A DIGNITARY

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Mexico, Chiapas, possibly Palenque or Tortuguero
Maya, 400-650 AD
Lime stucco with polychrome over stone
Height: 6-1/8 inches (15.6 cm)
Width: 6-1/4 inches (16 cm)
Provenance: Edward H. Merrin, 1968; Perry Lewis, 1970’s; Lucille and Martin Kantor, 1984

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JAINA FIGURE OF A SEATED DIGNITARY

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JAINA FIGURE OF A SEATED DIGNITARY

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Mexico, Maya, 600-900 AD
Terracotta, traces of polychrome
Height: 6-5/8 inches (16.83 cm)
Width: 3-1/4 inches (8.25 cm)
Provenance: Ex Kahlua collection; Ex Stendahl collection; Ex Private Collection, California

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MOSAIC HEAD PENDANT

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MOSAIC HEAD PENDANT

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Maya, ca. 8th century AD
Jadeite, spondylus shell, mother-of-pearl, obsidian, wood, unidentified resinous material, & red pigment
Height: 4-3/8 inches (11 cm)
Provenance: Guennol Collection

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VESSEL OF TWO GOD N’s EMERGING FROM THE TURTLE SHELL

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VESSEL OF TWO GOD N’s EMERGING FROM THE TURTLE SHELL

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Maya, Peten region, 500-600 AD
Terracotta and polychrome
Height: 4-3/8 inches (11.2 cm)
Length: 11-1/2 inches (29.2 cm)
Depth: 8-1/4 inches (21 cm)
Provenance: Edward H. Merrin Gallery; Philip Pearlstein collection, New York, 1974

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