This black clay maiden is wearing a traditional Oaxacan dress with a flower design and also wears a headdress. This sculpture is composed of two pieces, the top piece is the head, arms and torso (W: 7 in. H: 10 in. L: 6 in.), and the bottom piece is the dress/skirt. (W: 7 in. H: 9.5 in. L: 7 in.) The figure is standing on a 5x5 inch wooden base. She is holding a basket in her left arm that comes off as a separate piece. (W: 2 in. H: 3 in. L: 2 in.)This piece is crafted of clay, hand polished with a quartz stone, and then fired without allowing oxygen inside the home made kiln. This oxygen reduction method of firing is what gives the pottery it's black color, and the hand burnishing with the quartz stone is what gives it a beautiful shine.