Vintage Ocumichu Pottery Fortress; 16" tall, 1919 Mexican Revolution
Peos Priced Item; This fortress measures 10" wide" by 7" deep and 16" tall. Ocumichu, Michoacan has been a center of clay folk art since the middle of the 20th C. Story is a man moved there from Mexico City and began to make devil figures in clay.. towns people were frightened of him but after he gained popularity and began to sell widely, the whole town got into the act .. devils coming out of busses, airplanes, etc etc. This unique piece depicts the Mexican Revolutionary War of 1919. The phrase painted in the floor of the fortress says" The death and betrayal of Emiliano Zapata in the year of April 10, 1919 in Chinameca" Some bad grammar in Spanish but the historical fact is that Zapata was betrayed on the date and killed at the Hacienda Chinameca, Morelos Mexico. Like almost all the artwork of Ocumichu they chip and break apart. The clay is not fired and thus is pretty fragile. This piece is no exception. Some guns are broken off and other little defects, part of the characted of primitive folk art, but the main building is strong and crack free.
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