Price: $ 800.00
Barro Negro / Black Clay
Oaxaca. Circa 1970's
In Mexico feral primate behavior, especially of monkeys, has long been associated with and equated to the intoxicating effects of Mezcal, a distilled spirit made from the heart of the agave plant -- sometimes bottled with a worm. In the 1940's, as demand for mezcal grew stronger on both sides of the border, the clever Oaxaqueño artisans discovered a way to put the 'monkey back in the bottle', and the mezcal 'chango' was born.
While much of the barro negro pottery produced today is sold as burnished tourist ware, earlier unpolished pieces from San Bartolo Coyotopec have a natural gray sheen which makes them resistant to liquid. This wide eyed chango, sporting a wig, a colorful costume and a hand caned hat, is a musician too. Inscribed on the verso 'El Rey de los Mezcales. Aldama #409 Oaxaca'. Oaxaca. Circa 1970's.
Dimensions: approximately 10 inches high.
Condition notes: surface abrasions, scratches, expected wear and patina.
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