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Pre-Columbian Sonriente Figural Whistle Vera Cruz Ex Sothebys

$2,995.00 or Best Offer 13d, $50.00 Shipping, 30-Day Returns

Seller: rodrogrs (759) 100%, Location: New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 122240557344 Here is a large anthropomorphic whistle in the form of a broadly smiling figure with upraised arms wearing a broad, curved headdress embellished with geometric designs and a narrow, functional whistle mouthpiece located at the headdress rim. This charming, red-slipped ceramic figure is adorned with circular ear ornaments, a massive beaded necklace with a round pendant and a long skirt embellished with a geometric design that echoes the headdress pattern. The figure is mounted into a 16.75” x 13.25” custom-made walnut and linen-lined box frame; the figure itself is 10.25” (26 cm) H. x 6.5” (16.5 cm) W. x 2.25” (5.8 cm) D. There is minor restoration of the right toes and a small left shoulder repair; in excellent overall condition. VERA CRUZ, MEXICO Nopiloa II Period 600 C.E - 900 C.E. Provenance: Acquired by the seller in 1981 at Sotheby's New York City galleries. $50 shipping, Delivery Confirmation tracking and full insurance coverage within continental U.S.A. NY residents add 8.63% sales tax. Please use PayPal for immediate shipment or contact seller for alternate arrangements. Payment is expected within two days of auction’s end. Overseas buyer, please add $100 shipping. Customs and/or other importation costs -- if any-- are the sole responsibility of the buyer. IMPORTANT NOTE: Bidders with fewer than ten (or private) "feedback" listings must contact seller before bidding to verify ID or bid may be declined. GUARANTEE OF AUTHENTICITYThe authenticity of this artifact is fully guaranteed by the seller, a retired educator and Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers (retired), certified Pre-Columbian Art Specialist. Your figure will be carefully packed, insured and promptly shipped with a signed and registeredCertificate of Authenticity that includes a description, photo, dimension, cultural provenance and chronology. If not to U.S. buyer’s satisfaction, this artwork may be returned as shipped within thirty days of purchase for a purchase price refund minus 10% re-stocking fee for return of item in original condition and shipping materials; buyer pays return shipping and insurance. This seller has been a conscientious collector and dedicated scholar of New World antiquities for over a half-century. He has complied with UNESCO, federal/local legislation and never consciously acquired, traded in or sold illicitly recovered antiquities. CAVEAT EMPTOR: The prospective buyer is advised to acquire New World antiquities ONLY from recognized Pre-Columbian Art specialists and pay a legitimate price for authentic antiquities with legal provenance and bona-fide guarantees of authenticity; a “Certificate of Authenticity” is only as valid as the issuer’s credentials and expertise. Unrealistically low prices for forgeries, reproductions, illegal or mis-attributed artifacts offered by uninformed or venal vendors are ultimately neither true "bargains" nor prudent investments. All rights reserved for all countries. No part of the contents of this page may be reproduced without prior written permission of the seller. Copyright © Rod Rogers, 2016. Material: Terracotta

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