Authenticity Check

If you are a collector and are into different kinds of arts, you know just how important it is to purchase authentic pieces of art. Of course you do not want to be that collector who bought a fake piece of pottery for a ton of money – you do not want to be the laughing stock of your profession or hobby. So what can you do prevent this from happening? Well, it can be quite difficult to tell apart these pieces of art let alone their authenticity. But the truth and good news is that it is possible to get authentic pottery pieces. Before you get any piece, you should check on several factors.


The pieces of pottery that you are looking for are dated back eons ago. Back when the Native American Indians still lived in tribes. Back when they were still referred to as the red Indians and rode on horses. These Indian artists did not find any use in leaving signatures on their pieces of art. Why? Well, for them, the pottery were made and designed to serve different domestic uses like cooking storing water and grains and for some few, decorative purposes.

If you find pottery with a signature mark on them, chances are they are not authentic Native American Indian pottery.

This is probably one of the most obvious tell of authenticity.


A piece of art’s beauty is in its imperfection. No piece of art, even a drawing can be perfect. Heck the Monalisa, one of the best paintings in the world has its own flaws and imperfections. When working with Native American Indian pottery, you should not take anything that is all too perfect. The pottery you are looking to get has been around for thousands of years. Over the years, it has undergone a significant deal of wear and tear. Sure it should be in perfect shape, but you should expect it tohave some paint chipping, scratches on its surface and other minor imperfections. These show that you have a real and authentic piece on your hands.

You should however be very careful when you are looking for these imperfections as there are somemodern companies that have come up with techniques to age pottery pieces. It is easy to spot such pottery though since even with the ageing process, they still do not have that side to them that signifies they have been around for ages.

Understand the tribe

Aside from the above two tells of replica objects and taking the piece of art to a professional for an appraisal, you should have a firm understanding of the Indian tribes in such a way that you know what type of decorations you should expect from the different tribes. For instance, if you are dealing with pottery from the Navajo Indians, you should not expect to see horse motifs consistent with the Cherokee Indians.

If you are a fan of Native American Indian pottery, irrespective of whether they are genuine or not, it definitely does help to know so that you are in a position to know just how much you should invest in the piece.