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Mata Ortiz Pottery

Mata Ortiz potters from the tiny village of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua, Mexico produce their wares in the traditional ways their ancestors did centuries ago. For more information about Mata Ortiz Pottery click here.

Wedding Vase from Mata Ortiz
by Jesus Oliva

The traditional wedding vase is one of the most lovely shapes from the Mata Ortiz artisans. The multicolor geometric design is meticulously painted and very graceful.


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A wide assortment of other Mata Ortiz styles are available in both blackware and polychrome finishes by various artists. Please call our gallery toll free at 888-276-1553 for descriptions and availability.

Mata Ortiz Wedding Vase by Jesus Oliva

Oaxacan Figurative Ceramics
Aguilar Family

Ocotlan de Morelos, a typical rural town in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca is the home of the four Aguilar sisters, renowned nationally and internationally for their imaginative and innovative ceramic figures. These delightful pieces are a celebration of the indigenous culture in their portrayal of the tableaux of daily life, from food to dress to customs and mythology, radiating a warmth that is quintessentially Mexican.

Frida Kahlo Shares Her Paintings
Josfina Aguilar
Oaxaca, Mexico

This delightful ceramic sculpture is by Josefina Aguilar, matriarch of a family renowned nationally and internationally for their imaginative ceramic figures. Frida is perched on a bench proudly showing some of her best known paintings.

6”W x 6 ¾”T x 3”D. $148


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Cielito Lindo Estudio

In a small studio in central Mexico, a young husband and wife partnership creates delightful folk art images that reflect the wry humor, satirical wit, and powerful traditions which permeate the Mexican psyche.

Combining the traditional tin nichos found in Mexican homes with found objects, milagros, wood carvings, and bright Mexican colors, Anke de Madrazo and Jose Antonio Madrazo Galvez have created a unique art form that is at once both personal and universal.

Heart of Red Roses Nicho

The luscious red heart in this nicho is covered with gorgeous roses. The outside of the niche is circled with gold tone Milagros. What lovely addition for your sweetie or for your own collection!

10"T x 8"W x 1.5"D. $98.00.



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Market Scene

Arpilleras are three dimensional appliquéd pictures that tell the story of life in Peru. This one is a market scene.

18 inches square. $76.00


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The Masks of Mexico

Mexican masks enchant viewers of all ages and all backgrounds. They seem to take on a life of their own. They reveal a whole universe of beliefs—indigenous beliefs, old world religious beliefs, contemporary beliefs and the profound mixture, through time, of all three. Our masks are all vintage pieces, collected approximately 30 to 40 years ago. Many were old when they were first collected. Mostly, these pieces are difficult to find today.

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Mexican Rooster Mask

Wood with painted leather “comb” & seedpod feathers.

    11 ½”T x 6 ½”W x 5” Deep from the tip of his comb to the wall. $200.00


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“Dia de los Muertos”/Day of the Dead

The playfulness and humor in the skeletons found throughout Mexico during the Day of the Dead reflect the belief that death is another aspect of life with all its variety and vivaciousness. This very important festival is combined with All Saints Day, November1st, when the spirits of children return, and All Souls Day, November 2nd, when adult spirits return. During this annual reunion the souls of the dead are welcomed as honored guests by their friends and family.

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Ceramic Catrina

Some of the most wonderful catrina skeletons come from the village of Capula in Michoacan, Mexico. This lovely catrina is a beautiful example of the glazed, low fired ceramics of Capula.

8½”T x 3½”W x 3¼”D. $42.00

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Shaman’s Ritual Bracelet

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Shaman’s Ritual  Bracelet



Not really a bracelet that is meant to be worn, this shaman’s bracelet is composed of an assortment of objects/tools used in various rituals such as making offerings to the apu mountain spirits, divination ceremonies, and healing. It is created by artfully combining objects of particular significance to the persons or community involved. They are often composed of stones, crosses amulets and power objects. A more commonly known term in the West might be a "medicine bundle". This particular collection includes carved huamanga stone amulets; an antique brass “tupo”, bell and key; a ceramic spindle whorl; various shells, bones and beads. (The “tupo”, spoon shaped pin, is 6 ½” long).


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Milagro Heart

These hand carved and hand painted wooden hearts are covered with tiny metal Milagros. Milagros or “Miracles”, found in many areas of Latin America, are used by the people to petition saints for help or protection. In many of the churches one can see wooden statues of various saints, the Virgin Mary or of Christ covered with small metal images of arms, legs, animals, praying figures or other symbols of their prayers. Milagros serve to remind the saint of the person’s prayers and also to thank the saint for prayers that have been answered.

5"T x 3.5"W x 1"D. $48.00

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Red Milagro Heart

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Red Milagro Heart

Here is red version of our milagro heart.

5"T x 3.5"W x 1"D. $48.00

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Hand Amulets

The hand amulet is regarded as a protective talisman in many parts of the world. In the Middle East and Central Asia it is a powerful protector against “the evil eye”, believed to be the source of misfortune and illness and other problems. It is thought to bring its owner good fortune and to endow them with the virtues of patience and faithfulness. There is a similar Jewish tradition. The Hindu version in India, called the Humsa Hand, is often referred to as the” All-seeing eye of Mercy. In other areas, it is regarded as a “helping hand”, a symbol of friendship and a bringer of wealth.

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Guadalupe Statue

This sweet little statue of Guadalupe is carved from wood in Guerrero, Mexico. She is hand painted and gilded. She hangs on a wall or sits on a tabletop—you choose.

7.25"T x 4.25”W x 1.25”D. $74.00

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Vintage Hand Crafted Box

This vibrantly colored wood box from India is decorated with scenes from a Maharajah's life and would make a lovely storage chest for your jewelry treasures. It has three interior compartments.

10.5"W x 7.75"D x 5"T. $195.00

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Hand Pendant Talisman

Designed and cast by Northern California jeweler, William Lindenau, these hand talismans combine the symbolism of many different cultures. With its origins in the Middle East, the hand is believed to protect one from the power of the Evil Eye which can bring bad luck and illness; the finger tips contain the Native American symbols for the sun, moon, star and Eye of God; in the center is the Ying Yang symbol representing balance and harmony or the lotus flower representing enlightenment.

Each pendant is sterling silver and comes with its own 18" sterling box chain and story card. $34.00 each.

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Hand Pendant Talisman

Sterling Hamsa

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Sterling Hamsa

This stylized hand amulet is etched with decorative and mystic symbols and in the center is a traditional Arabic kris knife. 

2”T x 1”W x 1/16”D.  $98.00


Virgin de la Soledad Retablo

The Virgin of Soledad is the patroness of the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. This sweet little retablo dates to around the 1940's to1950's. La Virgin is surrounded by paper and foil and flowers and her classic white dress sparkles with crystal and gold dresden decorations.

9.5"T x 5.25"W (with doors closed) x 2.75"D. $248.00


Tagua Nut Parrot

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Tagua Nut Parrot



Carved by the Wounaan & Embera Indians of the Darien Rainforest in Panama, these tagua nut carvings help conserve rare and endangered species by providing an incentive to protect rainforest habitat. The tagua nuts from the tropical palm fall to the forest floor when they mature and are harvested by hand. The artisans carve them with hand tools and polish them with a series of fine abrasives.

The natural color of the nut is ivory white with a dark brown skin. Additional colors are created by dying the tagua with natural extracts of plants and earth, using the traditional methods for dying basket fibers. Details are sometimes added using high quality India inks.


2.75”T x 1.25”W x 1.5 ”D.  $112 .00

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