MEXICAN FOLK ART VINTAGE CHIPAS POTTERY SMALL PITCHER

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Sep 20, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

MEXICAN FOLK ART VINTAGE CHIPAS POTTERY SMALL PITCHER
Today we offer you a Mexican Folk Art Chipas Pottery Small Pitcher! It is in Excellent condition and measures 4 1/4 inches high and 2 inches wide, across the top and 2 across the bottom! It is 3 1/4 inches across the center. From "Ceramica Mexican Pottery of the 20th Century" by Amanda Thompson: It was made in Mexico's Southern most state, Chiapas. Although, in terms of folk art, Chiapas is best known for it's textiles, t are two main pottery centers in the state: Amatenango del Valle and Naja. Since 1994, Chiapas has been in the international spotlight for the uprisings of an armed peasant group named the Zapatistas. The Zapatistas are fighting to redistribute the land and resources of Chiapas from the wealthy minorities to the impoverished peasant groups. Amatenango del Valleis a short distance outside of San Cristobal de las Casas, a beautiful colonial town which was the site of the Zapatistas, and once was the capital of the state. The women of Amatenango are the primary potters, mainly producing single fire utilitarian wares which are given a slip of rusty orange or ivory colored clay. The pieces are sometimes decorated in line or leaf designs with paints made from the local earths dissolved in water. The pottery is fired above ground, in makeshift pyre for about
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