I have some ideas about this bowl, but I would like to hear your opinions. There is a small chip at 4 o'clock (front view), and what appears to be a repaird chip on the bottom ring. I don't know if it is significant, but one of the birds has a green head and blue tail, while the other three are the opposite. Hand painted
The bottom shows A LOT of age. I personaly believe this bowl is very, very old. The ring on the bottom seems to have been erroded by time. The front, on the other hand is in good condition. The clay is porus and probably low temp. fired. The glaze might be tin glaze, but it is somewhat different than other early tin glaze pieces I have.
This bowl shows some design elements of really early spanish majolica, the hatching, colors, and general decorating technique. Construction-wise it has a more mexican shape, I think. The clay lacks the pink cast that one would expect to find in either, and is an off white, cream color. The real oddity is the subject. The bowl appears to have a Native American Indian painted on it. I can trace its origins back to an auction where it was sold as an indian artifact along with a vast collection of other American Indian artifacts. I, however, don't think its origin is Native American.
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