Jerardo Tena Sandoval
When Paquime culture was thriving, the pueblo of Casas Grandes was a major trading center. Trading macaw feathers and pottery, these people traded up and down what we think of as the Continental Divide. Remnants of macaws from Paquime appear as far north as Mesa Verde in southern Colorado. In those days, traders walked for years trading goods between pueblos. The Mimbres culture in southern New Mexico was probably the closest big culture just to the north of the Paquime culture.
If you’ve ever been to Deming, Silver City, or Gila Cliff Dwellings in southern New Mexico, you were visiting vestiges of the Mimbres culture. Master potter Jerardo Tena has captured the snake dance of the Mimbres culture in this plate.
BTW, Mimbres became its name after the Spanish discovered ruins of a culture along a river in southern New Mexico. The river was lined with willow trees, still visible today along the Mimbres river. Mimbres translates to willow trees in English.
Dimensions: 2” tall x 6” wide
Handling and Care
Mata Ortiz pottery is easily breakable. Handle with care. Do not eat, drink, or store food in it. Do not subject to water or spray cleaning products. Use a dry soft cloth to dust.
Many pots require a ring, which is also pottery wrapped in fabric and therefore fragile. Large pots often require a medal stand with fabric wrapped around the top. The fabric protects the pot from incidental scratches.
Packing and Shipping
Your pottery with be wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in a box marked “Fragile”. The shipment will be insured and delivered by USPS in the contiguous United States by 3-4 day priority mail.