Mexican lacquer work is an example of a folk art that appears in several regions in Mexico and was most likely imported from Asia at some point in Mexico's history. This lacquer tray is special, in that it was made in Olínala, Guerrero, a difficult place to get to. They are also special because of the color combinations and the real artistry in the painting on top of the layers of lacquer.
Traditional lacquer work is done by layering one color of laca onto the object, then allowing it to dry for a good period of time, layering another color, allowing to dry again. Then the design is painted, etched or incised through the top layer of laca with a turkey quill! This one is NOT etched, but painted.
This is a decorative piece, not meant to be used for throwing keys into or for serving food.
state of origin: Guerrero
dimensions: Rectangle: approx 15" by 10.5"