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  1. All I can tell you is that it was thrown and trimmed on a potter's wheel, so it is not Native American Indian, plus the technique, form, and design patterns are not those associated with any Native A...
  2. The only Native American Indian tribe that weaves textiles similar to this is the Navajo...and this isn't Navajo, based on the way it is woven. It's probably Mexican or from Central or South America
  3. Not Native American Indian, it's Mexican...a Saltillo blanket, named for the region of Mexico where this design pattern originated.
  4. Laureen A. Tosa, from Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico.
  5. It's a Mexican Saltillo, made for the tourist trade. The eagle with a snake in its mouth and talons, sitting on a prickly pear cactus, is the iconic Mexican national symbol, found on the Mexican flag...
  6. If it's from "Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, or Ecuador" it cannot be sold as "Native American." The term "Native American" is a legal definition under the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1...
  7. Not Native American, or Northwest thunderbird...more like a Toucan, from quite a bit farther south. The style of the little seat looks Indonesian, actually.
  8. No, not Native American. A contemporary export from China. They are decorative, not functional shoes. Every one I've seen is the same size. Illustrated on page 192 of Bryan Sentance's "Art o...
  9. It's African, a Bolga market basket, from the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, in west Africa. They are woven from a local material called kinkanhe grass, and are identified by this unique handle desi...
  10. No, not Native American, although it does resemble some southwest Indian baskets. It's actually African, from Botswana, made from palm fiber.
  11. It's African, from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly known as Zaire. Used by the Western Pende people in initiation ceremonies, it's called a Mbuya mask.
  12. If you want a reference, these are shown in "Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni" by Allan Hayes and John Blom, as well as in their book "Collections of Southwestern Pottery, Candlesticks to Cantee...
  13. It's pottery...fired clay. Traditional black on black pottery made for the tourist trade. Two southwest pueblos made these, San Ildefonso and Santa Clara. so unless it's signed, it's difficult t...
  14. The artist may be Robert Garner, not Richard Garner. I found this same signature on another Indian portrait, and it's attributed to a Robert Garner. The work looks similar, the signature is identica...
  15. First one looks like a portrait of the Oglala leader Red Cloud. Both actually may be, just from a different angle.
  16. I have no idea, only know that they aren't Navajo or Native American.
  17. On Etsy and on eBay all the time, but that doesn't mean they are correctly identified. There are far more "fake Navajo" rugs on the internet than there are authentic Navajo rugs. The Navajo are...
  18. No, not Native American or Mexican, but it would be considered "polychrome," since it is decorated with several (poly-) colors (chrome.) It's actually from Nicaragua.
  19. Can't tell you much about them, except that neither is Navajo or Native American. Navajo textiles are never woven in two pieces, nor are they woven with fringe on the ends. And the Navajo haven'...
  20. Yes, it's Rio Hondo. The cow was smaller than the bull. Maybe it was meant to be a "petite heifer."
  21. Same company that made your bull and cow. Rio Hondo, El Monte, California. They specialized in small collectible figurines, especially animals. The earliest label was a plain paper sticker, print...
  22. Rio Hondo, El Monte, California, 1930s-1950s. This is a bull. He had an accompanying cow, a little smaller, with her eyes closed.
  23. It's probably an art class project, made by using the inside of a larger bowl as a form or mold. It's a standard technique often taught in beginning pottery classes, because it ends up with a bowl th...
  24. That's a very complete and accurate web site, unlike much of the misinformation found on line about Chimayo weaving. The definitive print reference is "Chimayo Weaving, The Transformation of a Tr...
  25. The whole vase has been fired. Glaze may have been applied to only the decorations, but in order for glaze to turn shiny, the pot has to be fired. It is also possible for a glaze to be matte, or...
  26. It's best, when attempting to identify an item, to start with the item itself...not with a preconceived idea of what it "may" be, and then trying to prove it. You will run into all sorts of wrong tur...
  27. Chalk ware is made from plaster of Paris. The decorations are painted on. Chalk ware is therefore not ceramic (meaning it is not fired), and thus not glazed. Since this was glazed and fired,...
  28. This is contemporary studio pottery, "influenced or inspired by" perhaps a vaguely Southwest or tribal arts look, but in no way can it be called Native American. As already pointed out, it was th...
  29. Don't read too much into the design, or what someone may have told you about this. It's not Native American Indian. It is a fairly common Saltillo weaving, a souvenir from Oaxaca, Mexico. ...
  30. In answer to your questions, there are a number of pottery factories in the southwest which manufacture souvenir items for the tourist trade. The factories are not Native American-owned, but do emplo...
  31. It's contemporary...there are web sites selling this today. But they are still desirable, and not inexpensive.
  32. This is a traditional type of teapot from China. It's made from a special "purple sand clay" found in the area of Yixing. It's porous, unglazed, and should never be washed with soap (which will be a...
  33. Not Native American, since Native American rugs are never woven with fringe on both ends. The photo is too blurred to tell the weaving technique, which is much more important in correctly ident...
  34. It is definitely African, made by the Hausa of Nigeria and neighboring Niger. If you want a reference to confirm, here is a web site: http://basketmakers.com/topics/collect/fakes/hausanigeria.h...
  35. It isn't Native American, since no Native American basket makers use this type of wrapped stitch that joins the coils. It's a common technique used in parts of Africa, Mexico, and the South Pacific. ...
  36. It's African, made by the Hausa of Nigeria. A contemporary import, found in gift and souvenir shops all over the country. A coiled basket, made from palm fiber.
  37. I would add that if you buy directly from the Navajo carvers themselves, they usually call their carvings "dolls" not "kachina dolls." Or just "carvings." The deception primarily occurs when th...
  38. Whether this is an authentic kachina doll, depends on who made it. Only the pueblo tribes have kachinas in their culture, and of those, only the Hopi and Zuni carve kachina dolls for sale. Nava...
  39. It's a twined Skokomish basket, from the Hood Canal region of western Washington. Here's a good article. by one of the most reputable authorities, which gives great information on how to identify W...
  40. It doesn't appear to be a Native American artifact. It's like a rock concretion, often mistaken for something else.... See: http://www.desertusa.com/desert-minerals/concretions.html
  41. Just a comment on how these are made. Santa Clara and San Ildefonso traditional pottery is made from local clay (usually found right on pueblo lands) and fired traditionally...outside in a fire, no...
  42. Looks like an interpretation of the old Sandman story, sprinkling sand to bring on sleep and dreams. There are more scary versions, this one looks pretty benign.
  43. It's from Ecuador. You can do a google search for "bird images ecuador rugs" (without the " marks).
  44. It's a contemporary copy of an ancient Greek wine pitcher (oenochoe), as identified in the first post. So it probably says "made in GREECE." Maybe the writing that you can't make out is in ...
  45. It's made from stoneware clay, thrown and trimmed on a potter's wheel, glazed, and fired in a kiln...so it would be considered studio pottery or art pottery, not Native Amrican.
  46. This is probably from Santa Clara Pueblo, rather than San Ildefonso, based on a number of these I've had over the years. Both made black-on-black pottery. Since there's little water, and no trad...
  47. This would be an "American Raku" or post-firing reduction piece, rather than traditional Japanese Raku. It's a typical piece made by a studio potter, who will likely be difficult, if not impossible...
  48. These are glass cozies, used to fit around drinking glasses, mid-1900's. Made in China, and originally sold in sets of 8. They had a small cloth tag stitched on the bottom, with "Made in China" prin...
  49. Yes, mass-produced for the decorator trade, ca. 1970's/1980's. I believe this type of ware was made in Mexico.
  50. Slip is a suspension of clay particles in water. It is usually the consistency of heavy cream. It's used to decorate pottery, and is applied to leather-hard clay, rather than to bisque ware, like ...
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