Olmec masks reveal an ancient Central American culture

A large Olmec jade mask brought $12,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020 at AriMeca Gallery. Image courtesy of AriMeca Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.
A large Olmec jade mask brought $12,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020 at AriMeca Gallery. Image courtesy of AriMeca Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.
A large Olmec jade mask brought $12,000 plus the buyer’s premium in September 2020 at AriMeca Gallery. Image courtesy of AriMeca Gallery and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — The Olmec people are believed to be the earliest civilization in Central America, and they lived from about 1200 to 400 BCE in what is now Mexico. They were masters of stonework, and their mask sculptures rank among their most compelling artworks. Although some Olmec masks were worn over the face, most were jewelry pendants, while others were displayed and later entombed with the persons for whom they were made.

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Thomaston Place offers New England estate discoveries Aug. 27-29

Untitled abstract painting by French artist Auguste Herbin, est. $30,000-$50,000
Untitled abstract painting by French artist Auguste Herbin, est. $30,000-$50,000
Untitled abstract painting by French artist Auguste Herbin, est. $30,000-$50,000

THOMASTON, Maine – On August 27, 28, and 29, Thomaston Place Auction Galleries will present Splendor, Part II, continuing their summer presentation of outstanding discoveries from New England estates, with an emphasis on fine art – offering 629 lots of paintings, graphic artwork, art photography, and sculpture. The sale will commence at 11 am Eastern time each day. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Chinese treasures abound at Oakridge auction, Aug. 14-15

Chinese blue and white lotus zun, Yongzheng period, estimated at $22,000-$28,000.
Chinese blue and white lotus zun, Yongzheng period, estimated at $22,000-$28,000.
Chinese blue and white lotus zun, Yongzheng period, estimated at $22,000-$28,000.

ASHBURN, Va. – Oakridge Auction Gallery is excited to announce its next auction: an Asian Art & Antiques sale packed with an array of impressive lots of Chinese art from throughout history. Scheduled for August 14-15, this auction will feature more than 450 lots separated into two sessions, beginning at 10 am Eastern time both days. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Rivertown unveils estate-sourced Asian art for May 29 no-reserve auction

HOUSTON – Rivertown Antiques & Estate Services, one of the world’s most trusted sources of Asian fine and decorative art, will present a 230-lot auction on Saturday, May 29 featuring rarities that date from the Shang Dynasty (2nd millennium BC) through the 20th century. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

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