Carved Mata Ortiz Seed Pot

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A stunning seed pot by Avelina Corona in an intricately carved two-slip design.   

White over a deep terracotta/umber, this traditional seed pot shape has a markedly untraditional and quite distinctive cut-out at the top of a stylized cross.  Artist signed. 

Seed pots - with traditional shapes often  resembling "flying saucers" - are a wonderful design with historical importance.  At the end of every harvest, indigenous people had to store seed for the following planting season with the trick being keeping moisture, rodents and insects out of the valuable commodity.  The trick was to create a small pot with a small top opening that, once full, could be closed off securely with pine resin, a pebble or mud.  Then, in spring, the pot would be broken and the dry, secure seed planted successfully.  

Stunning in its beauty and a quality collectible, this little pot is a nod to that incredible tradition. 

2" wide, 7/8" tall.  

Casas Grandes, Mexico