Liven up your wall with something different and vibrant! Here is a fascinating clay mask, adding 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 turquoise and black.
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. Some had been living there for a long time, before, even.
They settled in the area around Casas Grande, now, 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.
As seen in this striking mask, the result is a beautiful hybrid between traditional Pueblo pottery techniques and motifs, and the influence of their “new” homeland.
The black is stone-polished, and the energetic triangular designs are recognizable as storm cloud symbols, seen on pottery and jewelry up north of the Rio Grande, too.
Add a little salsa to your wall, and recall a notable historic time, with this handsome, dramatic mask.