Terra Cotta water jug
30 July 2021

This jug or pitcher measures 10 inches tall and 5 inches wide at the base. It came with a small lot of Native American artwork. It has a small leather cord around the neck with a bead attached.



Acquired from
Auction House
For sale
Answered within about 3 hours
By Delia
Jul 30, 15:41 UTC
Fair Market Value
$200 - $300 USD
Suggested Asking Price $300 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Rhonda,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
This looks like its from Central or South America, not as old as Pre-Columbian but probably made for the tourist trade
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A Central or South American earthenware pottery jug
Probably 19th Century
Of circular section with flaring lip, tall neck with single loop handle and ovoid body; with a worn dark patina overall.
10 inches high, 5 inches diameter
CONDITION: with wear
PROVENANCE: acquired at auction
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

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Rhonda guess Aug 11, 09:30 UTC

Hello Delia:
Is it accurate to refer to the material as terra cotta or pottery?
Thank you.

Delia Aug 11, 11:50 UTC

Hi Rhonda,
Unless I know for certain what the material is, I usually use the more general "earthenware" since that covers all the bases.
"Pottery" refers to anything made from ceramics, an even more general term.
Does that help?

Rhonda guess Aug 11, 16:24 UTC

I see. So, terracotta is just earthenware in Italian or Latin? And it does not have to be that orange/brown color we see in museums and elsewhere. And, it is all pottery. That helps me a lot.
Thank you, Delia.

Delia Aug 11, 17:29 UTC

It typically is orange/brown but sometimes it is glazed or painted so you don't see the base color, or you can have another kind of earthenware painted orange/brown.

Rhonda guess Aug 11, 18:15 UTC

Thank you very much, Delia. Very helpful, very informative. I feel motivated to read about it, but I cannot learn everything, so, I have Mearto.

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