This beautiful red clay dish was made in the Mexican state of Michoacan, probably in the village of Patamban, known for their green glaze that was washed on so it's almost translucent. The green is perfect for the banana leaf shape and the ruffled, scalloped edge mimics the leaf edges split by the wind. There is a thick strap handle that is largely decorative, unwieldy to use. The underside of the bowl has "Mexico" painted in white and overglazed in a shiny clear glaze that is probably lead based. The green glaze ran in long streaks onto the underside and there are the typical bumps and lumps in the pottery itself for that artisan-made look.
This bowl is large, 15 inches long including its handle and 10 1/2 inches at the widest point. It's 3 inches high and weighs almost 3 1/2 pounds. The glaze is uncrazed and still glossy. There are lots of small chippy rough spots along the scallops of the rim (where you see the red clay instead of the green glaze) but no other chips and no cracks. Dating from the 1970's-1980's, it's a classic piece of Mexican folk pottery.