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  • Place of origin:

    Puebla (made)

  • Date:

    about 1700 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tin-glazed earthenware

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by A. P. Maudslay

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 48

Spanish potters introduced the potters-wheel and tin-glazing technology to Mexico in the early 16th century. Mexico City and Puebla became the centres for ceramic production. Initially Mexican tin-glazed ceramics were strongly influenced by Spanish maiolica pottery.

In 1565 Spain established a new trade from China to compete with Portuguese merchants. Cargoes of Chinese porcelain were shipped across the Pacific Ocean to Mexico, where they were carried overland via Puebla before being shipped on to Spain. These Chinese exports strongly influenced local potters, who combined Chinese blue-and-white decorative schemes with uniquely Mexican features, such as the distinctive quetzal bird motif.

Physical description

Large earthenware storage jar with tin-glazed decoration in blue and white in Chinese style. A drilled hole in the lower part of the side, probably added to fit a tap.

Place of Origin

Puebla (made)


about 1700 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Tin-glazed earthenware


Height: 47.6 cm, Diameter: 34.9 cm

Descriptive line

Storage jar, made in Puebla, Mexico, about 1700, tin-glazed earthenware with blue and white decoration

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Maria, Antonia Cassanovas ed., Talaveras de Puebla: Ceramica colonial Mexicana Siglios XVII a XXI, Barcelona 2007, pp. 67-69, figs. 16; 18
For further information see object information file in Ceramics and Glass section office.

Labels and date

Made in Puebla de los angeles , Mexico 17th century
Tin-glazed earthenware

A.P. Maudslay Bequest [16/07/2008]


Earthenware; Tin glaze



Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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