Featured Native American Bird Pottery ID Help

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by Jennifer430, Jun 28, 2020 at 4:56 AM.

  1. Jennifer430

    Jennifer430 Member

    I recently purchased this piece of pottery at an Antique Market. It appears Native American, but not sure which tribe it could be attributed to? Also, any idea what it was used for? At first I thought perhaps it is an animal effigy but the hollowed out bottom has me wondering. It’s about 3” x 3”. I appreciate everyone’s help! 3AE6644D-1E0A-46A1-9B58-E11FEB06D44F.jpeg D2C7D72D-1C59-4FBF-8F71-682638C8E644.jpeg 921E6AB5-E9AF-4758-90C8-59207DD3F93C.jpeg 51129F7C-D640-4E42-88EA-BEEBB1D92562.jpeg 5816CC8F-CECB-4B03-9022-B7E264B09D42.jpeg I recently purchased this piece of pottery at an antique market, but not sure what it is exactly. It has a hollowed out bottom. Also, does anyone one what circa and tribe it could be attributed to? I don’t see any markings on the bottom. I appreciate the help!
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  2. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Think it might be Mexican, not NA.
    @Tapou will know for sure.
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  3. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Hmm did I spell taupou's name wrong?
    Trying again

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  4. Taupou

    Taupou Well-Known Member

    The combination of the clay itself (which appears to be burnished, but shows rough reddish color on the bottom) plus the decorating technique (poking the little holes to create a pattern), are not characteristic of any Native American tribe's pottery.

    I would agree that it does appear to be Mexican, in form, and especially in the way the eyes and beak are made. So that's what I would suspect, that it's either Mexican or from some other Central or South American country.

    Just looking at it, I first thought it was a whistle, but it only appears to have the hollowed out body, without a hole to blow into, so that's not the case. Unless it was intended to be, and the potter forgot to finish it to make it into a whistle. I've actually run across several of those over the years, since pottery whistles is one of the things I collect.
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  5. Jennifer430

    Jennifer430 Member

    Thank you very much for your help on this. That is great information. Thanks again!
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