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We have a red clay antique pinata. I believe it's from about

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We have a red clay antique bull pinata. I believe it's from about 1930. How do I find its general value if there is any?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


What is the approximate size and are there any marks, stamps or signatures on it?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
In the attached picture it is sitting in a chair seat. It is about 16"L x 12"h but I can't find any markings
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


And just to confirm, the material is a papier mache and this is hollow?


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No it's a red clay from about the thirties
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.


I can recommend the best dealer in vintage Mexican crafts for you, and she would be teh best person to contact to give you the most accurate information on this piece.


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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Please opt out. I already paid for the service and was hoping for an appraisal. Thanks
Expert:  Robert S. replied 1 year ago.

Hi! My name is ***** ***** I would be happy to help with your magnificent terracotta bull.

This a great example of a Torito de Pucara roof ornament, a decorated bull typically placed (in pairs) on the roof throughout Peru and Bolivia for good luck as well as to bring agricultural abundance and fecundity -a classic form of Peruvian folk art- configured in the typical way as a jug-like vessel with an opening in his back.

This was because its original function was as a ritual vessel used during the traditional cattle-branding ceremony. It held the chicha (non-alcoholic corn beer) that was mixed with bull's blood and drunk by the shaman conducting the ceremony.

Your Torito de Pucara is a nice large example, and probably does date to the 1930s as you mention, certainly mid-20th century, though they are hard to date as the form has changed little since the late 19th century when they first became prevalent.

As for value, this example of the same size, but probably not as old as yours, sold on line for $150 which is about representative.

I would give yours an auction or on line (eBay etc) value in the range of $150 - $200. It therefore has a full retail or replacement value of $400 for insurance purposes.

I do hope this helps!

Best wishes,

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What a great response. Thank you so much Robert. Appreciate the time you spent. Scott.
Expert:  Robert S. replied 1 year ago.

You are welcome, Scott, delighted to have helped.

Thanks for asking me about him!