Historic Selection of the Week: Lion Head Isfahan, Persia Lion Head c. 1870 Repoussé silver with patina 8.25 x 5.5 x 9 inches This extraordinary and unique object appears to have no direct parallels. It seems to be modeled upon previous ancient artifacts, including Achaemenid rhyta (Persian drinking vessels), Neo-Assyrian lion sculptures, and  architectural ornamental ...
Ixtlan del Rio        Ball Player 100 BCE – 250 CE Earthenware with pigments 11 x 8.5 x 4.5 inches Provenance Private collection, Pennsylvania The Aztecs called it ollamaliztli, to the Maya, it was pitz.  The Spanish conquerors called it juego de pelota. The Mesoamerican ballgame, in various forms, dates back to at ...
Northern Persia Tabriz Vase Carpet c. 1920 Wool and natural dyes 151 X 192 inches Provenance: Private collection, San Francisco, CA The original vase carpets have been attributed to different places by various scholars, but the most widely held view is that they came from Kerman in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is, however, speculated the ...
Mexico Virgen de la Merced c. 1750 Oil on copper 11 x 8.5 inches Provenance: Collection of H.J. Cunningham Maxwell Galleries, San Francisco, CA, 1958 This painting celebrates the foundation of the Royal, Celestial and Military Order of Our Lady of Mercy and the Redemption of the Captives (Latin: Ordo Beatae Mariae de Mercede Redemptionis ...
Persia Late 19th century Wool and natural dyes Cotton foundation Selvedge: black goat hair over one bundle of warp cords 96 x 150 inches Provenance: Private collection, San Francisco, CA It was not too long ago the Baktiari and their carpets were simply lumped into one big group of many different peoples and their weaving ...
Tarascan Culture Michoacan State, Mexico 900-1300 CE Brown basalt 31.5 x 20.25 x 12.5 inches Provenance: ex collection Richard Bell, 1960s; ex collection Rex Arrowsmith, Tucson, AZ, 1970; ex collection Taylor A. Dale, Santa Fe, NM; private collection, Santa Fe, NM Carved from a remarkable and unbroken single piece of stone, this playful-looking canine is ...
Mexico San Martín de Tours c. 1700 Carved, gilt, and polychromed wood 40.5 x 25 x 18 inches Provenance: Ex Collection of Eugene Iglesias, Hollywood, CA San Martín de Tours (Latin: Sanctus Martinus Turonensis; 316 or 336 – 8 November 397) was Bishop of Tours, whose shrine in France became a famous stopping-point for pilgrims ...
Mexico Saint Jerome c. 1700 Carved and gilt-gessoed wood 35 x 15 x 11 inches This fine Mexican sculpture depicts Saint Jerome (c. 347 – 30 September 420), widely revered as a priest, confessor, theologian and historian. He was the son of Eusebius, born near Emona on the border of Dalmatia and Pannonia, then part ...
Pedro Antonio Fresquís, a santero believed to be of Flemish decent, was born at Santa Cruz parish on October 29, 1749. He married Maria Dolores Vigil in the 1760s and they had five children. He is sometimes known as the Truchas Master, after the village north of Santa Fe where the artist’s major works were ...
Peru Rest on the Flight into Egypt El descanso en la huida a Egipto c. 1700 Oil on canvas 64.5 x 44.5 inches 70 x 50.5 inches framed Provenance: Private Collection, Albuquerque, NM The flight into Egypt is a biblical event described in the Gospel of Matthew (Matthew 2:13-23), in which Joseph fled to Egypt ...