Pre columbian artifact

May 08, 2020. 18:00 UTC
Pre Columbian Artifact
Camilla
United States of America

Category
Sculptures

Acquired from
Other

For sale
Maybe
Description

Approximately 12" high

Provenance

This belongs to my father. He purchased several pieces similar to this over the years and would like to know the value, if there is any.

Answered within 8 days
May 16, 12:33 UTC
By George

Fair Market Value

$250 - $400 USD

Insurance Value

$650 USD
What does this mean?

Dear Camilla,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry and my sincere apologies for the delay

The presented object appears to be a pre-Columbian ceramic vessel made out of painted clay with a height of 12 inches. The vessel has a geometrical decoration and two mountings on the shoulder and the cap depicts the face of a human. This piece is not easy to classify and the multi-colored decor and the stylistic of the face could speak for an origin in Northern Mexico, Paquime/Casas Grandes, ca. 1150 to 1450 CE.
This piece is in good condition and there is no serious damage visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation would be between 250 to 500 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.

With kind regards,
Georg

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