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Rare and Important Aztec Diety Image of Xochipilli-Macuilxochitl, Late Postclassic, ca. A.D. 1450-1521. Light-green aragonite (Mexican onyx marble-tecali), height 12in (30.5cm); width 5 3/4in (19cm); depth 5 1/2in (14cm). Estimate US$ 80,000 – 120,000 (€63,000 – 95,000). Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.

NEW YORK, NY.- Bonhams will offer an important collection of Pre-Columbian art in the auction of African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian art to be held in New York on November 12.

An important featured lot is a rare Aztec Deity of Xochipilli-Macuilxochitl from the Late Postclassic period, circa. A.D. 1450-1521 (est. $80,000 – 120,000). Xochipilli was celebrated by the Nahua Aztecs during at least two important feasts, the small feast day of the lords, which nobility attended; and the feast of flowers that invited painters and seamstresses. The figure is made from a light-green aragonite that depicts Xochipilli wearing the headdress of the crested coxcoxtli, a bird whose open bill frames his face and feathers wrap around Xochipilli’s form like a garment.

From Papua New Guinea is an exceptional Sawos Ancestral Guardian Male Figure, estimated to fetch between $40,000 and 60,000. The wooden figure towers at 83 inches and has a large oblong head from which bulbous tubular eyes protrude. It was once in the prestigious collection of Marcia and John Friede.


Large Sawos Ancestral Guardian Male Figure, Middle Sepik River, Papua New Guinea, mian’gandu. Wood, height 83in (211cm). Estimate US$ 40,000 – 60,000 (€32,000 – 47,000). Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.

A selection of pieces fresh to the market include a fine and extremely rare Bird Pendant from Easter Island (est. $8,000-12,000) that boasts an exceptional reddish-brown patina, a finely carved ovoid form that portrays a bird halfway hatched from an egg; a rare stone God Image from Ra’ivavae in the Society Islands (est. $8,000 – 12,000), whose stylized facial features gaze upward with an open mouth; and a fine and rare Parrying Shield from the Tonga Islands (est. $12,000-18,000), which used to serve as a weapon as well that was carried by priests and chiefs.


Fine and Extremely Rare Bird Pendant, Easter Island, tahonga. Wood, bone (Mammalia sp.), shell, obsidian, pigment, length 5 1/8in (13cm). Estimate US$ 8,000 – 12,000 (€6,300 – 9,500). Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.


Rare God Image, Ra’ivavae, Society Islands. Gray stone (probably basalt), height on stand 20in (51cm). Estimate US$ 8,000 – 12,000 (€6,300 – 9,500). Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.


Fine and Rare Parrying Shield, Tonga Islands, Culacula. Wood, length 44 1/2in (113cm). Estimate US$ 12,000 – 18,000 (€9,500 – 14,000). Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.

A small and tasteful selection of Tribal Art from the Collection of Ben-Zion, a New York City based artist and writer who was a member of the expressionist group « The Ten, » which included Mark Rothko and Adolph Gottlieb, will also be on offer.

A prominent section in this auction features the highly acclaimed, single-owner collection of roughly 130 Pre-Columbian works of art from Mesoamerica from the Collection of Scott Gentling and Stuart Gentling.