Museo Nacional de la Cerámica
104 Constitución, Tonala, Mexico
Museo Nacional de la Cerámica Tonala Reviews
Interesting collection of pottery by different mexican artists Jan 22, 2011
The National Museum of Pottery is an interesting place to visit in Tonalá. It's not a very large museum, but it features interesting pottery pieces, going from prehispanic to local contemporary artists. This time I could admire the collection of several mexican artists from Jalisco and other states.
They will give you a guided tour if the tour guide is not taking a nap, lol. When he found me I was already at the most interesting room, and I am glad he did, as he explained me the origin of some grotesque masks I saw there. They are all made from natural materials, like horse mane, cow teeth, and other animal's leather. I didn't like the explanation of the feast of Santo Santiago very much as it was full of innacuracies and Black Legend, but at least I could learn about its existance and later do some research on my own.
The masks are used during a festival called "The tastoanes", held on July 25th, the day of the feast of Santo Santiago. It is a representation of the struggle for the conquest of Mexico, in which the spaniards are represented by "Santo Santiago", dressed in Jaliscian mestizo costume and the indians are wearing those horrendous masks. Santo Santiago must "kill" as many indians as he can with the sword and the indians must try to take him down from the horse, or at least take off his hat. Whoever finish first wins. The festival is held every year on July 25th to commemorate the feast of Santo Santiago, the Patron Saint of the city. I am definitively going.
All of the other pieces were also very interesting, so I recommend this museum to anyone interested in handicraft art.
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