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Black Balam Barro Negro Ceramic Jaguar Mask from Mexico

Black Balam Barro Negro Ceramic Jaguar Mask from Mexico

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SKU: SKU: SK-NVC-337883

Product Features
Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

For a fearsome and cultural addition to your home decor, this mask is presented by Mexico's Maricela Antonio. A jaguar's roaring face, handcrafted in the traditional style of barro negro, or black ceramic, hangs from your wall. The mask is named Balam, the Mayan word for 'jaguar.'

  • materials: Ceramic
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
  • Intended as wall decor
6.25 in. H x 5 in. W x 4.9 in. D

Artisan Information

Maricela Antonio

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I'm Maricela Eduwiges Antonio Velazco. I was born in Oaxaca and my family heritage is barro negro, or black pottery. I was very, very young when they taught me this artisan activity on a daily basis.

After school, we'd create something every day. In this way, we contributed a bit to the family finances and, little by little, I came to realize the incredible artistry I had in my hands. My passion for preserving black pottery flourished. "It's wonderful to be able to take an image from your imagination and translate it clearly into something real. It's even better to be able to share it.

"Every day, I feel a responsibility to create something new and beautiful in this lovely ceramic style.

"I think my favorite part of the process is when my hands are buried deep in the clay and I can feel it. I know that the tiny particles of powdered clay will become a beautiful piece of ceramic art that will fulfill someone's dream. I realize then that, in some way, we share our perception and sensitivity.

"What I'm grateful for every single day is that clay taught me the value of hard and disciplined work. But this would mean nothing without patience; without patience, all my ideas would stay in my mind, neither seen nor shared.

"Everything I design is based on our cultural roots and our millennial history and knowledge.

"The clay we use is mined nearby and each part of the process is creative. I enjoy it but, above all, the sensation of clay in my hands is most gratifying.

"I want with my whole heart to convey my Zapotec origins in each of my designs. To convey my delight in doing what I love best in a career that takes me on a journey of adventure."

Supplier Information

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NOVICA was started with a dream to create a better world for artisans, because a better world for artisans is a better world for all.

Along the way, the founders of NOVICA discovered something very important - as artisans around the world succeeded, there was also a visible and profound impact on the communities around them.

Your purchases are that powerful. They directly and indirectly provide for education, help with health care, fund basic needs, support children, preserve disappearing arts, and of course, spread happiness around the world.

The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.


United States shipping only. Expedited shipping is unavailable. Allow for 1-2 days extra processing time. This product may ship separately from other products in your order and may have longer than normal shipping timelines as it will ship directly from its country of origin.


All sales of this product are final -- we do not accept returns or issue replacements unless there is a defect with the product. Please review our Returns & Exchanges policy.

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