"I found this marking above the artist's name on a piece in a thrift store yesterday. It so reminded me of the "TE" after Mary, I thought it might help. This was a plate hand-painted from this area in Italy."
"For as common as one might think a spherical pot is, especially with the particular size of the neck and lip of it...this shape is pretty hard to find. They seem to most likely be used as Ollas or irrigation pots, no matter the origin."
"Hi again Molly,
The only reason I am assuming this is American Indian is that I have seen Anasazi pots with this "corrugated" pattern. Have not seen any pots from them with the large bulbous shape. They also have examples of the…"
"Oh, I'm sorry, I saw the large E that looks like an I and y. My apologies. However, I still think these are most likely from Italy, or possibly Mexico.
Terra Cotta pottery is uncommon in the USA. Most items like yours come from Italy, Mexico,…"
"Hi Jesse, One of your statues is marked "Italy". That is exactly what you have here. Vintage, Terra cotta, Polynesian figurines. Made in Italy. Probably 1940 - 50's. They are nicely done, so do a google search to see what…"
"Some tribes in Africa ( and most likely here in North America) were known for their CORRUGATED patterning on their pots and vessels. I found similar pots, but the neck and lip were not as uniformly constructed as this one, they tended to be a…"
"Seems to small to be for a flag with a rope and pulley set up. The porcelain would have cracked under the weight and pressure. The screw holes are also very small and would not have mounted well. The cleat is throwing me off. My guess is the the…"
"I would say that Jeff is making a very valid point. It is totally possible it is not that old...but there were a surprising number of pieces, Pre-Columbian, that looked very similar and were in impeccable condition, even the scratches and…"
"I am putting this out there based on my humble research thus far...
Pre-Columbian Western Mexico Colima pottery...the spikes are right, the dog face is right, the clay is right. There are several examples of "effigy vessels", mostly…"