S. AMERICAN TRIBAL FIGURE w/HOOKED WITCH LIKE NOSE REAL OR TOURIST PIECE?

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  1. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    I found this at my local thrift store - I bought it as soon as I saw that nose! It reminded me of the bad witch in the wizard of oz!

    Where is this from? What does it represent? Is it real or a piece made for tourists? Finally, is there a way to get that dam sharpie off the bottom?!

    PS - It is 11.5" tall and has a hole like a pipe in the top

    Thank you

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  2. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Here is pic of top. Also I just realized that it's not it's nose but it's tongue! I have something kinda like this - it's a couple having intercourse with the pipe/top - it's from Peru

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  3. scoutshouse

    scoutshouse Well-Known Member

    That sharpie includes what looks like what may be a mark (a fish?), so I'd try to figure that out before obliterating.

    @Taupou

    Acetone works well on sharpie used on glass and other non-porous things, but can get ugly in ceramics like this.
     
  4. rink28

    rink28 Well-Known Member

    It's probably more along decorative in my opinion. Why would somebody write on the bottom of it with a sharpie if it was old?? I see the fish drawing but it seems like someone got bored and doodled? Who knows.
     
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  5. journeymagazine

    journeymagazine Well-Known Member

    Thrift store price I tried to change so you couldn't tell it was a price - it was $3.99 + a letter for whatever color it was of the day (each day a color is 1/2 price). When I couldn't get rid of the $.99 I made the $3 - $43; which I can always discount at my yard sale!
     
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  6. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    Not old. An interpretation meant to be a Mayan figure, I believe. The mouthpiece may be based on some depictions of priests holding mask elements in their mouth.
     
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  7. Dawnno

    Dawnno Well-Known Member

    Maybe it's a Gene Simmons vase?
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  8. Taupou

    Taupou Well-Known Member

    I've found that felt pen/sharpie ink tends to soak into low-fired clay like this, and is just about impossible to deal with. The only thing I've found that sometimes helps, is the original Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. And that doesn't always work.

    Same thing with sticky tape or labels on pueblo pottery. Even if you use goo-gone, or a hair dryer, and the label comes off without taking part of the surface of the pot, some residue is left, which will attract dust, and show up as a discoloration later.

    I've come to the conclusion that it's best to never again buy a pot that someone has put a sticky price tag on, or priced with a felt pen. (My "rant" for the day!)
     
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  9. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    I like DeSolv-It for tags. Have you tried it @Taupou? I got it at a Smart and Final.
     
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  10. Taupou

    Taupou Well-Known Member

    I haven't heard of either of those (the brand or the store), so I just looked them up. It's 524 miles to the nearest Smart and Final, but I'll keep an eye out for the DeSolv-It closer to home. Thanks for the tip!
     
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  11. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    I agree with @Taupou that felt pen is nearly impossible. But I use "odorless" mineral spirits (white spirits for you Brits) to remove sticky tags from books as well as other surfaces. A couple drops on the tag, let it sit for a minute or so, and then lift the tag off with a small spatula or dull scalpel. The remaining residue I swab off with a Q-tip moistened with more mineral spirits, then dry with another swab. It will temporarily penetrate and darken porous surfaces, but usually evaporates without leaving any stain. It is cheaper than the other adhesive removers (I go through a lot), but it must be the odorless kind. The regular kind will leave a smell for quite awhile.
     
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  12. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes Well-Known Member

    I'm sure you can find it at other stores too, like hardware stores. I used to use WD-40 and similar but those leave a residue or a smell.
     
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