Central American Ceramic Vases(194 items)
Welcome to the Central American Ceramic Vase Collection at NOVICA.
Lilyan Benecke Ceramic tableware
"Our designs are directly related to the traditions, colors and customs of Guatemala, my beautiful country."
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Popular Central American Ceramic Vases
Handcrafted Pre-Hispanic Ceramic Decorative Vase, "Vibrant Pre-Hispanic"$289.99
Inspired by pre-Hispanic ceramic traditions, Nicaraguan artisan Arlen Estrada creates a stunning decorative vase to add to your home decor. Crafted by hand, this vase takes the shape of a kneeling human figure that holds a vessel on his back. The upper portion of this decorative vase is decorated with earth-tone pre-Hispanic glyphs.
Handcrafted Ceramic Decorative Vase with Animals and Flowers, "Central American Eden"$117.99
Sunshine bathes an earthly paradise, depicted with finely etched crosshatching. Illuminated by its light, sea turtles, hummingbirds, frogs and geckos frolic amid red hibiscus blossoms. Victor Barrios crafts this beautiful ceramic vase by hand. "I find my inspiration in the natural world," the artisan confides. "Although we are a small country, our warm climate makes Nicaragua a home for all kinds of wildlife."
Handmade Earth-Toned Chorotega Pottery Decorative Vase, "Nicoya Celebrated"$69.99
This ceramic decorative vase is handcrafted by Chorotega pottery artisan Harry García of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica. The vase has a wide bowl that narrows up through the neck for a graceful silhouette. The vase is hand-painted with layers of warm orange stripes and bands of dark brown and red featuring intertwining curves whose etching lets the natural ceramic sand color show through.
Chorotega pottery is completely handmade with traditional techniques passed down through the generations for 3,000 years, and one of the last surviving cultural elements of the Chorotega people indigenous to Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region and Nicoya Peninsula. Chorotega pottery is made from local clay mixed with a very fine freshwater sand. The artisans shape the clay on hand-operated pottery wheels and hand-polish the art piece to give it a smooth texture and luster. Designs are etched by hand and the pieces are painted with natural pigments made from pulverized local colored rocks mixed with water, then fired in traditional wood-burning brick kilns. The result is a beautiful, earthen pottery unique to this region.
Pre-Hispanic Replica Nicaraguan Ceramic Vase, "Serpent Woman"$149.99
Legend tells how the local ruler had a beautiful wife of strange and mysterious habits. Each Friday, she would take much food to a secret place on the river. One of the chief's servants followed her and what he saw terrified him. He told her husband, who followed her the next week. The woman sat down on the shore and struck the water with her hand. Out came an enormous serpent, with whom she passed the time eating and talking. Enraged, the jealous husband killed his wife. But the furious snake agitated the water so the currents overflowed the riverbank and destroyed the ancient village. The survivors built a new town, which they named Serpent Woman — or meaning Cebaco.
Maria Arauz tells the story on a cylindrical vase of beautifully incised terracotta. "This explains the name of today's town of Sebaco," she says.