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    Posted 4 years ago

    kmdunningaia
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    Acquired these three hanging pots (missing the rope hangers) in Kansas City and originally thought they were Mexican tourist pottery from the 1940's or 1950's. In an attempt to validate my dating and classification, I am now questioning if they might be Native American Pueblo pieces due to the color, fabrication methods, and motifs. They were very common in this part of the country during the mid-century, probably brought back as souvenirs from travels to Mexico or the Southwest.

    Any thoughts as to age and origin would be most appreciated.

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    1. CanyonRoad, 4 years ago
      Your first impression was correct. They are Mexican, 1940's/1950's. Typical burnished and painted pots made in Tonala, state of Jalisco, for the tourist trade. Amanda Thompson's "Ceramica, Mexican Pottery of the 20th Century" will confirm. (As will Allan Hayes and John Blom's book "Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni" confirm that it is not Native American.)
    2. kmdunningaia, 4 years ago
      Canyon Road,

      I was hoping you would see and respond to my post. Thank you so much for the information; I had read your previous posts about Tonala pottery and wondered if these might be some of those.

      Again, thanks so much for your expertise and help.

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