Tonala Urn Vase


Amazing large vintage handmade hand painted Tonala clay vase from Mexico. Beautiful piece in great condition! This is just one of many Tonala pieces found in our booth, with the others all priced at $48.00 or less.

History of Tonala Pottery:

The ceramic production in Tonalá, known as the authentic mestizo ceramic is symbolic of Mexico’s identity. Made of burnished clay or scented clay, these artistic objects are created for ordinary and decorative use. The tradition comes from the Tonalteca group, which used clay to produce polished forms. The first designs of these ceramics were inspired by forms found in nature such as vegetables and roots.

The bright hues used for burnishing the objects originated from the powdered colorful and scented clay found in Mexican soil. During colonial times, the production of pottery incorporated decoration techniques brought by the Augustinian missionaries in the 17th century. The missionaries introduced lacquer that began to be used along with the original burnishing method. Tonalá ceramics became an important part of the decoration of wealthy houses in Spain, for their fragrance, color and design. They were considered luxury objects brought from the Americas.

Dimensions: Please contact store for info

GasLamp TOO Booth T188
Call 615-292-2250