Art Decor Pottery : Curiosity #2 has been identified as Mexican Huastec Pottery CA 1900-1920's From the Hidalgo Area of Mexico #199 SOLD
Art Deco Pottery
199. Description: Mexican Huastec Pottery CA 1900-1920's, from the Hidalgo area of Mexico. Tapered pottery jar with Hand painted motifs in black at the shoulder. No apparent markings. Shows wear to the decoration, some minor flaking at the rim. 11 1/2" diameter x 9. Condition: Shows wear to the decoration, some minor flaking at the rim.
Huastec, Mayan Indians of Veracruz and San LuÌ_s PotosÌ_ states in east-central Mexico. The Huastec are independent both culturally and geographically from other Mayan peoples. They are farmers, corn (maize) being the staple crop. Coffee and henequen are also grown, as well as a variety of fruits and vegetables. Poultry, pigs, donkeys, horses, and cattle are also kept. Settlements of several houses are usual; the houses are round, of poles or bamboo, with thatched roofs. Weaving of henequen fibre into mats, bags, ropes, hats, and the like is common. Pottery is made, and needlepoint embroidery has taken the place of textile weaving for the most part. Men wear factory-made clothing, and women may wear shapeless homemade dresses or white blouses, dark, short, knee-length skirts, and sashes, all of factory-woven cloth. More traditional clothing is worn for fiestas and special occasions.
Ritual kinship is practiced; godparents are chosen at baptism, confirmation, and marriage. Children of godparents are considered siblings and not eligible for marriage. Religion is Roman Catholic with few pagan elements; saints days are celebrated monthly. (Source: Encyclopedia Britannica)