Vintage Mexican Pottery Owl - Tonala Clay Handpainted Folk Art Bird
MY SUBJECTS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN MY SENSATIONS... FRIDA KAHLO
Frida Kahlo was one of the most famous Mexican artists in history, but alongside her immense creative talents lies a country full of artisans complimenting the culture with their own imaginative interpretations. This Mexican clay bird is one such art piece. Hailing from Tonala, a city in Mexico long known for its clay folk art, this handpainted owl is a one-of-a-kind work that represents the talent of an entire community.
Unlike Frida, whose name and art are synonymous, the work of many Mexican folk artists in this area unfortunately most often go unattributed. Predominantly seen in the travel souvenir shops and markets where painted clay constitutes all sorts of handicrafts that are both functional and decorative, these clay figurines can be found in a variety of bird shapes from doves to chickens to owls and much more.
Just like cooks in the kitchen, no two Tonola clay birds are ever exactly alike thanks to their handpainted style. That makes them really fun to collect and unique art pieces to display. This owl has the cutest expression. With her tilted head, big eyes and beautiful flower painted on her back, she's a work of art from all directions.
Every kitchen could use a little sage. This one looks marvelous perched on a shelf where she can cast all sorts of wisdom over the daily goings-on.
- Colors include beige, terracotta, light grey, peach, mustard, white, slate and black
- Mexico mark on bottom
In lovely vintage condition. This bird contains no chips or cracks with the exception of a very tiny surface chip on her beak (about the size of a pencil point). The glaze is soft and shiny and she sits firmly and securely on a flat surface with no wobbling.
Measures 5.25" inches (height) x 4" inches (length) x 3.25"inches (width)