Mata Ortiz Seed Pot in Umber and White, Cross Opening
A wonderful carved pot by Avelina Corona, this seed pot features her traditional white-over-umber slip design and a charming "cross" opening. A beautifully executed piece.
Approximately 2 1/8" across.
Although seed pots have morphed into a more art-centric collectible in the last twenty years, their history is both practical and cultural.
Centuries ago, indigenous peoples would use local clay to build small pots that could hold carefully collected agricultural seed following a harvest and keep it safe until the following spring. The pot, with the top sealed close with pine sap, a corn kernel or mud, would keep the precious seed safe from moisture, insects and mice through the winter. Come spring, the pot would be broken and a new harvest would begin...
Handcrafted in Mata Ortiz.