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Mata Ortiz Seed Pot With Horny Toad Design

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A charming seed pot featuring a repeating horny toad design in black and deep red over the pot's light terracotta color.

Horny toads are revered in most indigenous tribes with some seeing them as a sacred medicine animal.  This traditional seed pot shape has a dozen horny toads surrounding the top, sides and bottom of the pot.  Artist signed by Carmen Veloz.

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. 

Approximately 2" wide, 1" tall.


Casas Grandes, Mexico