Want to liven up your wall with something different and vibrant? Here is a fascinating clay mask, a little three-dimensional spice, instead of another flat picture.
Handmade, of hand gathered, mixed, and formed clay, it boasts a classic Native palette of coral, turquoise, black and white. However, it was made by an indigenous artist from south of the border!
When the Spaniards regained control of what is now New Mexico, after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680, some Pueblo people fled to the south, to avoid punishment.
They settled in the area now around Casas Grande, Chihuahua State, Mexico, but continued the pottery making traditions they were used to. After three centuries, shards of their pottery were discovered by their descendants, and a flourishing pottery practice was re-born.
The result is a beautiful hybrid between traditional Pueblo pottery techniques and motifs, and the influence of their “new” homeland. As seen in this striking mask.
Aside from the four traditional colors, you will recognize triangular storm clouds, stepped rain symbols, and suggestions of abstract bird designs.
Add a little salsa to your wall, and recall a notable historic time, with this handsome mask.