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  • 12 Vintage Tlaquepaque Cowboy and Indian Clay Figures

    $175.00
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    This item consists of 12 Vintage Tlaquepaque Cowboy and Indian Clay Figures.  Tlaquepaque is from the name Tlacapan, which roughly translates to "men who make clay utensils with their hands."  It is known for its ceramics, which are based on seven different types of clay found in the area.  One specialty is the making of human figures called "tipos populares" (common guys), which include farmers, horseman, fishermen, drunks, children and the cowboys and Indians seen here.  They usually measure between 4" and almost 10" high.  These 12 figures include: three 5" cowboys in yellow hats with red and green decoration, white shirts with green sash, and blue or red pants with silver fringed belts; seven 5.25" Indians in gray (and white) small headdresses, white shirts with green sash, and blue or red pants with silver fringed belts; and two 6" Indians in silver headdresses with red, green and blue feathers, long green and white tunic with center slit and red sash or white buttons, white pants, and red cape.  In a raised right hand, each carries either a silver gourd (?) or a short staff with four red, green and white rounds.  The bright pink faces have been molded with each having slightly different features.  The black hair and black and white eyes have been simply painted.  Each figure is suspended above the base on a metal wire.  The clay bases measure about 1.25" square, have been painted red and green, and have "Mexico" stamped on the bottom.  These figures have been in one family for more than fifty years and were originally purchased in Mexico.  All of these 12 Vintage Tlaquepaque Cowboy and Indian Clay Figures are in good condition with no major damage.  Due to age and fragility, some of the clay has minor chips and cracks and small areas of paint have flaked off.  These figures will be double boxed to protect them during shipping.