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  1. Not American Indian. It's Mexican, a distinctive style made in the Toluca Valley of central Mexico, and popular souvenir items for years. If you want to confirm, here is a link to the Universit...
  2. It does resemble pottery, but it isn't. This is actually a soapstone bowl, from Africa. Usually marketed as "Kisii soapstone," a wide variety of items are made in the Kisii district of Kenya. H...
  3. It's probably from the Ukraine. Wood carving is a traditional folkart/handcraft there, and the eagle is the most popular image. Web sites selling the carvings just say they are made from "various ...
  4. All I can tell you is that it definitely isn't Native American Indian, since it was thrown and decorated on a potter's wheel, and has that metal band around the neck. Black clay pottery is made in ...
  5. The Chinese have been flooding the U.S. market with pottery that looks like studio pottery. I've heard they have actually gone to U.S. craft fairs and purchased items from the potters, to take back t...
  6. No, not Native American. The pot is Tarahumara, from Mexico. Someone probably added the fetishes and feathers, hoping to pass this off as Native American Indian, but no American Indian tribe makes a...
  7. This type of scratched in signature is almost always an indication of hobby or student work, regardless of how interesting the pot is or the type of glaze used. The right glaze can make up for a lot ...
  8. This is known as an amate painting, a folk art from Mexico. It is done on a type of paper made from the bark of the ficus tree. The name comes from the Nahuatl "amatl" which means "paper." The proc...
  9. Sorry, but this isn't an antique decoy. It's a "decorative" decoy made in, most likely, Indonesia...and made to have an antique look. The whole thing was painted, and then all the rough edges of the...
  10. I agree, Tarahumara. Sorry for the hasty conclusion. I at least can blame it on attempting to respond from a hospital bed, based on the small photo on my phone...and a cloudy mind from surgery and d...
  11. Not Native American, no Native American Indian tribe makes anything like this style of pottery. Colors, maybe, like orange/black/white, are similar to those used by some southwest tribes. But this ...
  12. It's African, made by the Hausa, of Nigeria or neighboring Niger.
  13. Your thought was correct...Guatemala.
  14. The basket was most likely a recent gift or purchase when your grandmother was using it in her 80s. It doesn't date earlier than the 1970s. It is African, from the Bolgatanga region of Ghana. Com...
  15. This is a poster paint pot from Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico. Two tribes, Tesuque and Jemez, made similar inexpensive souvenir items, decorated with poster paint (and later acrylic paint, when it beca...
  16. Whether or not something is Native American is not determined by the symbols or decoration on the object, but rather by the material used, the method of construction, the form itself, and, most import...
  17. Not related in any way to Native American Indian art. The symbol of the eye within the hand is called the hamsa hand, and originated in the Middle East and North Africa. It is seen as a protection ...
  18. Sorry, I should have placed quotes around your mention of "Shipibo pottery from Ecuador." When I first answered, I thought you just had just mistaken the name of the tribe. The Shipibo live in ...
  19. It obviously was important enough for you to mention, specifically, Shipibo, from Ecuador, in your first post. Which indicated that you had an interest in who, specifically, made the bowls. If someo...
  20. It's not Native American, it's a traditional divination book, or "pustaha," from Indonesia. Made with pages made from bark, and in a traditional folding form, it's associated with the Batak people o...
  21. Since there is dispute about where the term "America" itself originated, (most often credited to a cartographer who assigned the term to the new land he mistakenly thought had been "discovered" by an ...
  22. It's Ashuar pottery, from Ecuador.
  23. Yes, it's African, from the Okavango region of Botswana. Similar colors as Pima and Papago coiled baskets, but they would be made from yucca. Botswana baskets like this are made from leaves of the ...
  24. The two on the left are coiled date palm fiber baskets from Pakistan. The small one on top of the larger one is a open stitched coiled yucca Tohono O'odham (formerly Papago) basket; and the large on...
  25. This isn't a guess, it's a positive identification. It isn't Native American, it's African...a traditional Zulu beaded Sangoma (healer) doll. The doll is contemporary, and one of the most popular ...
  26. I'm afraid the information you received was incorrect. This is not Seminole, or Native American. This is a Mexican basket, from the Toluca Valley of central Mexico, made for the tourist trade.
  27. That would be Rainbow "Yei" not "Yu." The Yei are the holy figures in the Navajo culture/religion. The Navajo are the only tribe that makes this type of sand paintings for the tourist trade. It ...
  28. This is African, a traditional Masai water or milk bottle, from Kenya.
  29. It's a contemporary import from Pakistan, made from palm fiber, with designs supposedly influenced by American Indian baskets. Decorative only, and widely available on line and in gift shops through...
  30. It's an African coiled palm fiber basket, made by the Hausa of Nigeria...dates mid-20th century.
  31. All I can tell you is that it isn't Native American, based on the fact that it has fringe on the sides. Hopefully someone who specializes in tribal rugs from other countries will see it and be able t...
  32. Once you're signed in to CW, there should be an "Add a comment or question" box at the bottom, and below that, a box to check for Email when someone comments. I think the problem may be that the "k...
  33. This is from Nepal. Here's the plain version, without the Buddah: http://tinyurl.com/h5pnytf And a box with the Buddah figure: http://tinyurl.com/jop3ujr According to most of the examples, th...
  34. Not Native American. This basket is Mexican, from the Toluca Valley region of central Mexico. If you want to confirm, see the Burke Museum's on line data base of their collection of Toluca baskets.
  35. All I can tell you is that it definitely isn't Native American. No American Indian basket makers use this particular combination of materials, weaving techniques, colors, and form. The braided handl...
  36. It's actually African, a traditional style of bread basket, from Ethiopia.
  37. No, it resembles some Indian baskets, but this is actually African, from Botswana. It's coiled from palm fiber, and is contemporary. Here's a completed liveauctioneer web page with similar example...
  38. They are illustrated in "Art of the Basket, Traditional Basketry from Around the World" by Bryan Sentance, and a similar one is featured on the front cover. Or a web search for "Hausa Basket" will sh...
  39. It's a coiled palm fiber basket from Africa, made by the Hausa tribe of Nigeria and neighboring Niger.
  40. This is a coiled palm fiber Mexican basket, from the Toluca Valley of central Mexico. Not Native American Indian. It's identified by the weaving technique, where spaces are left between the stit...
  41. The dolls are contemporary items from Peru, called a Chancay burial dolls, patterned after a pre-Columbian design. They are popular souvenir items from Peru. The basket is covered with coco fiber ...
  42. It's African, a traditional beaded panel made by the Yoruba of Nigeria. Here's a completed auction for a similar one on eBay: 141916269859
  43. It's a souvenir owl, most likely from Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico. Acoma potters also make owls, but the way it is painted, and the way the beak is formed, is more characteristic of Zuni owls. Probably ...
  44. These inexpensive souvenir items painted with poster paint were only made by two tribes, the Tesuque and the Jemez, starting in the 1930s. They were the low end of the market, and ignored and dis...
  45. Got carried away with those ( ( ) ) marks, and didn't proofread first! But wanted to get that point across. On any given day, up to 90% of the New Listings on eBay under the Native American Pottery...
  46. That's a pretty broad category, but if you want to start with pottery, the reference I always recommend is "Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni" by Allan Hayes and John Blom. The original edition...
  47. From the buyers' reviews, apparently about 6 years old. (First review was dated October, 2010.)
  48. It's a dhurrie. Advertised simply as "imported," but likely from India or Pakistan. (Or China.) Here's a website where they were sold: http://www.sundancecatalog.com/product/diamondback+dhurr...
  49. Not Native American, since it is woven with fringe on both ends.
  50. Not Native American made, since it is woven with fringe on both ends. Could be a dhurrie, from India.
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