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Geraldine Sandia Wedding Vase
Item #77353
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Part of Pueblo life for centuries, wedding vases—like this one-of-a-kind Geraldine Sandia Wedding Vase—are considered sacred among tribal members. Hand painted with naturally tinted clay slips by Jemez Pueblo artist Geraldine Sandra, her design is both elegant and detailed. She formed the vase by hand coiling clay she unearthed at the Jemez Pueblo. She then stone polishing the exterior and fired her hand painted vessel in an open pit kiln. Geraldine Sandia has won numerous awards for her wedding vases. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
A Jemez Pueblo wedding vase similar to this Geraldine Sandia Wedding Vase is among the clay objects curated by our National Museum of the American Indian. An important part of a tribal wedding ceremony (equivalent to the exchanging of wedding bands), the wedding vase is filled with holy water and offered first to the bride and then the groom. Each takes a sip from a different spout, which symbolizes the lives of the bride and groom. The arching bridge, or handle, represents their unity.
4.75"w. x 4"l. x 9.88"h.

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