Black Clay Tequila Cup or Vase


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This spiked tequila cup can also be used as a vase. Mezcal is traditionally drunk from a clay cup called a copita with salt sprinkled on the rim. The "spikes" make this very comfortable to hold. It was made by artisans in San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca. There are over 600 families in the community who work in this traditional craft. Objects made of barro negro, black clay, such as this one, are not colored or dyed to create the rich color. It is created because of the properties of the clay found in the surrounding hills and through the firing process. 

LACMA's permanent collection includes examples of Pre-Columbian objects made from black clay.

- Approximately 2.25 inches wide, 3 inches tall
- Handmade in Oaxaca for Onora, Mexico City
SKU: 35522

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