How amazing is this vintage Tonala ceramic turtle! Signed on the bottom and original made in Mexico. Tonala art generally features more whimsical/floral hand painted detailing and visually appealing lines. Perfect to adorn any shelf or space in the house. It is in perfect vintage condition (no chips etc.)
"A wide variety of traditional low temperature and higher temperature firing techniques are used in the Guadalajara area. The two main pottery producing municipalities are Tonalá and Tlaquepaque. These two municipalities produce several different types of pottery and ceramics, principally "bruñido", "bandera", "canelo", "petate", "betus" and high-fire/stoneware. The best known of these styles is bruñido, which translates to burnished. It probably descends from polychrome produced in this area in the 19th century. The name comes from the fact that these pieces are not glazed, but rather they are given a slip and then polished with a stone or pyrite. Many of these pieces are often decorated with animals, such as rabbits, with distorted characteristics, giving them a surreal look. The pieces are usually painted with delicate tones of rose, gray-blue and white on a background of a light coffee color, light gray and sometimes green or blue. Each piece is individually created. The attraction of this pottery is its appearance, as it is too porous to hold any liquid or food.
Tonalá has long been recognized as a center for ceramics in Mexico. One thing that distinguishes Tonalá made ware is the decorative details. Two elements, the nahual and the "flor de Tonalá" are common. A nahual is a pre-Hispanic shape shifter or shaman, often drawn as a smiling cat. The flor de Tonalá (Tonalá flower) first appeared in pottery design in the early 20th century. Its distinctive shape is an oval center with rounded petals that form a scalloped design." - Wikipedia
Measures - 4.5" L x 3.5" W x 2.5" H
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