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  1. The last name is "Loretto," a fairly common surname at Jemez (Gregory Schaaf lists more than 40 Jemez potters with that last name, and 5 with the first initial "F." in his book "Southern Pueblo Potter...
  2. It's either a water jug, or used for milk. But it's a traditional style from Kenya, made by the Maasai. Whether it was actually used is hard to tell from a photo (unless it was for milk...in whi...
  3. It's "decorative" only, circa 1970s/1980s or so, made from a mold (not carved), and probably an import. And most likely, as you suspected, made from a plastic-type material.
  4. It is definitely not by Maria Martinez from San Ildefonso. She never made pottery on a potter's wheel, like this was, nor did she (or any of the people who decorated her pots) make incised decora...
  5. Definitely not Native American Indian, if that helps any. No tribe made anything remotely like this.
  6. First, I can tell you that this is "in the style of" contemporary Navajo incised pottery, which the Navajo began making in the 1990s, where the decorating is done on mold-made, commercially-availabl...
  7. Sorry, I was away doing a show last weekend, and have had company all this week, so I didn't get a chance to check until just now. The bowl is Isleta, from Isleta Pueblo, located on the southern ...
  8. I'd say you'd be safe in calling these Acoma, from the 1960s to 1990's. Jemez pieces from that time period were not of this quality, and usually featured decoration with acrylic paint, which had ...
  9. No, it's Asian, not Native American Indian, probably from either the Philippines or China. Where an item is found may have nothing to do with where it was made. In basketry, the first thing to a...
  10. I see another good example of "pareidolia" at work!
  11. It's not African, I'd say more likely it's depicting a figure from one of the many tribal groups in the Philippines, based on the hairstyle, clothing, and type of drum he's holding, which aren't like ...
  12. Spelling is correct, the writer simply got the cross bar on the "t" too far to the right!
  13. Yes, it is Hopi. The most important clue to the tribal identity of an object, is not the design patterns, the most important is the material the item is made from, in this case the clay itself, w...
  14. On twined baskets, where the design only shows on one side, it's done with either a "half-twist overlay" stitch, or a "false embroidery stitch" (in this case). The material looks like a type of...
  15. Well, it's not "imbricated," if that's what you mean. Imbrication is a particular type of folded-over stitching, only done on coiled baskets, and this is a twined basket. "Imbrication" is only found...
  16. The material used, the construction technique (the spoke-like start, plaited handles, long stitches, and unfinished interior), plus the design pattern, all indicate it is Chinese.
  17. Sorry, I have no idea. There are a lot of craftspeople in the West, who make items like this for "re-enactments," or for the decorator market.
  18. Sorry, but none of these are Native American Indian-made antiques, and can't be offered for sale as such, under the federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. They are simply contemporary decorative...
  19. Not by a puebloan tribal artist, but Native American, from the Southwest, so you were close. This was made by Elizabeth Manygoats (daughter of Betty Manygoats) well-known Navajo potter from the K...
  20. They are beaded souvenir items, made by the Zuni tribe, located in New Mexico. The bull was traditionally beaded over a sheep vertebrae, the little figure beaded over a rabbit's foot. Here's a pos...
  21. I wouldn't exactly call this a "folk art." And for anyone who has ever lived near a coast, or visited as a tourist, it's hardly unusual. Tourist and gift shops are full of this type of shell art. ...
  22. This isn't Native American Indian pottery, made in the U.S. It is a Latin American import, or made to look like one. The design pattern is basically Mata Ortiz (Mexican, no tribal affiliation) wi...
  23. The cups are Mexican souvenirs, probably dating to the mid-20th century. They are handmade, but should be considered decorative only. They are low-fired, and not water-proof, so not suitable for...
  24. They are both Navajo rugs, from northern Arizona. The Navajo are the only U.S. tribe that weaves rugs, so there is no connection with "Merced" Indians.
  25. If that's a rainbow trout, it's seriously ill. The red stripe should be in the middle, not the bottom, it's missing several fins, the gills are deformed, and it has the mouth of a flounder. Maybe it...
  26. Most Navajo rugs made in the last 100 years or so, do not have a name for the style or pattern. Some are identified by the trading post for the area of the reservation, like Two Grey Hills. And some...
  27. The additional photos helped! Now it appears to be a piece of neriage, rather than Ozark Roadside Tourist pottery. Neriage is a Japanese term, describing how the pot was made. The "neri-" part ...
  28. This isn't Native American pottery. No Native American potters ever made anything remotely similar. Based only on the one photo shown, it appears to be a piece of Ozark Roadside Tourist pottery,...
  29. This isn't a mushroom, although it is a type of fungus, that grows on trees. It's Ganoderma applanatum, also called "artist's fungus" or "conk." It primarily grows on maples, alders, birches, beech...
  30. I think it was more likely a pottery class project, or made by a hobby/studio potter. It doesn't comply with any traditional pottery form and function. There are hundreds of thousands potters wo...
  31. Your pot is Shipibo, from the Amazon Rainforest of Peru. It looks old, but it is contemporary. Prior to the late 1940s, the pottery the Shipibo made was plain, and undecorated. After World War ...
  32. As to the Tarahumara pot, they have been making pottery for generations, but the majority of pots on the market today were made for sale as tourist items. The style and decoration date this to ar...
  33. No, not Native American. It's Mexican, from the Tarahumara, in the Copper Canyon region. It's contemporary.
  34. It's a traditional style rug from Mexico. (U.S. Native American weaving is never made with fringe on both ends.) It could have been woven anywhere in Mexico. While certain design patterns are iden...
  35. It's from a little bit farther north...Narino culture, what is today Columbia/Ecuador.
  36. It's an informative blog, but remember, the basket in question is Nootka, from Vancouver Island, Canada...and entirely unrelated to the Karok. Nor is the Karok tribe related to the Klamath tribe...
  37. Nice basket, but it isn't Klamath (Oregon/California border). It's Nootka/Makah from Vancouver Island, Canada, or Neah Bay, Washington, respectively. The Klamath never used colored materials in t...
  38. It was not made by Maria Martinez.
  39. It was made in Central or South America, on a backstrap loom the width of the single panels. It's a common practice in those weaving areas to produce wider widths of fabric by stitching two or more w...
  40. This is a section of African "mud cloth," a traditional craft from Mali, in western Africa. The name in the Bambara language is "bògòlanfini," which translates as "earth" or "mud" cloth, since the d...
  41. I don't see the size mentioned. That would make a big difference between it being a honey pot or a churn! The white background and double blue stripe are characteristic of a Texas ware crock. Se...
  42. It's a Navajo sandpainting made for sale. This type of tourist oriented art first came on the market in the 1960s, and is still popular today. Actual sandpaintings are a part of the Navajo cult...
  43. I think auto correct struck again. You may have meant "Taos Pueblo" rather than "the Pueblo." ("Pueblo" isn't the name of any particular tribe, there are 21 separate, independent, sovereign Indian ...
  44. The basket is Native American, made by the southern Arizona Tohono O'odham tribe (formerly called Papago.) It is a coiled basket, made from yucca, with the design made by stitches of Devil's claw. ...
  45. Yes, it does appear to be a Native American Indian basket. It is not the type of basket I usually specialize in, however. I can eliminate many tribes, but can't tell you the specific tribe it is fro...
  46. The little pot is Mexican, from the village of Mata Ortiz. The first pottery was made there in the 1970s, but only by a handful of potters. By the 1980s/1990s it had become known around the world, a...
  47. The largest wide and shallow bowl is not Native American. It is Mexican black pottery from Oaxaca. Native American potters that make black on black pottery do not use this type of design patterns, w...
  48. They are African, early to mid-20th century, from Nigeria. Probably Hausa tribe.
  49. It's a good example of two of the main rules of antique collecting: museum replicas of items in their collections have been produced probably as long as museums have existed. And items have been foun...
  50. I'm afraid that there is no such thing as a "Native American wooden marble." Just from the photo shown, it appears you have a glazed clay marble, identified by the tiny colored "bullseye" that oc...
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