Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Guaitil Chorotega Pottery Bowl

Here is a sample of Chorotega pottery from Guaitil. You will notice the earth tones and the reddish color from the red clay in the riverbank used for making the pottery. The artisans today continue to use pre-Columbian motifs in the decoration of the pottery.

The name Chorotega comes from a Choltec word that translates as the people who fled. The name results from the migration of the ancestors of the Chorotega native Americans who fled conflicts in their homeland in Mexico to resettle in Costa Rica about 800 A.D.

I did not mean to confuse you by the desert plants in the background of this photo. This photo was taken in Phoenix, not Costa Rica, as we have tropical, not desert, plants in Costa Rica. I took this photo at the house of a friend to whom I had rented our condo in Tamarindo, and when we sent to her house for a party she showed me some of the pottery she purchased in Costa Rica, which I photographed to post on this website. I will have another example tomorrow.

6 comments:

Leif Hagen said...

Beautiful pottery! I have a potter posting this Friday - come and see at EAGAN daily photo!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

very nice. i like the pottery with the background.

brattcat said...

I, too, like the way you've composed the shot.

Sharon said...

I like this pottery very much!

Jarart said...

I love the pottery and the photograph is outstanding as usual. Very artistic.

Anonymous said...

Don't waist your money on this pottery if you travel to Costa Rica. They are Nicaraguan fakes in most stores and shops, and if you buy from the real Chorotega indians they charge you a lot. Plus they are not as durable as they claim they are. Purchased a beautiful bowl for my family and it shattered in our carry on despite being wrapped up.

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