About this object

History of use

20th century ceramics such as these are from a reasonably long-standing material culture production tradition, in the Rio (River) Balsas region of Guerrero. This medium was abandoned due to the fact that it was unsustainable due to breakage between Guerrero and distribution centres. The popular Amate paintings of the Rio Balsas region have their origin with the development of tourism and the ‘folkloric art’ boom of the 1970s. Ceramic painters eventually bought bark paper from the people of San Pablito, where that type of paper has historically had religious and ritual significance, and transferred their painting techniques to paper. As such, although the paintings appear to have historic longevity, they in fact evidence the response and resilience of marginalized people in the face of changing economic circumstances.

Physical description

Round, deep bowl, unglazed and painted with leaves and flowers, repeating swirls and diamonds. The pot stands on three hand-molded, rounded feet.