Tonala Pottery Owl - Pale orange burnished type. Circa 1970. The burnished style goes back to ancient times, before the Spanish brought their methods of pottery making to the New World. The piece is fired once then rubbed all over with a piece of leather to produce the burnished shine. The piece is then fired at a low temperature for a short period of time. The burnished clay is soft and very aromatic. It is believed to have healthful properties. When the Spanish brought the small burnished clay animals back to Spain as gifts to the ladies of King Phillip's court, they would eat the clay of the broken pieces, believing they were gaining healthful benefits. This piece is in a rare color, most are done in greys, browns and blues.
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