Vintage Jorge Frias Ochoa Mexican Pottery Iguana, Signed
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This Mexican pottery sculpture of an iguana sunning atop a log was hand made and hand painted by the well-known artist Jorge Frias Ochoa in Tonalá in the state of Jalisco. His work is featured on the website "Casa de Artesanos" (House of Craftsmen) of the Municipality of Tonalá, where his various models of iguanas are displayed. The site states that it is "known internationally for the quality and beauty of its crafts, produced by the talented hands of its craftsmen." Señor Frias Ochoa was chosen to exhibit his pieces for display and sale in art shows that showcased select groups of prominent Mexican artists, such as the Expo Guadalajara and the Sonoran Expo Fair.
This iguana has been modeled and painted so realistically, from the dewlap hanging under his mouth, the spines along the back, and the colorful painted eyes to the overall vibrant shades of green that make him stand out against the carved, hollow black log. The artist signed his piece in white on the underside of the log: Jorge Frias Ochoa, Tonala, Jal, Mexico. The iguana itself is about 8 inches long; the log he's stretched out on measures 8 3/4 inches by 3 3/4 inches. The artwork overall is 5 inches tall and weighs just under 2 pounds. It's in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or repairs. Iguanas are an important part of both Mexican folklore and traditional Mexican cuisine, so a handsome pottery sculpture of an iguana is a very representative piece of Mexican folk art.