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Greg Chinana Wedding Vases
Item #77340
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Part of Pueblo life for centuries, wedding vases—like these one-of-a-kind Greg Chinana Wedding Vases—are considered sacred among tribal members. Greg Chinana of the Jemez Pueblo employs traditional hand coiling and pinching to shape the special clays he unearths at the Jemez Pueblo into these petite works of art. Hand painted with naturally tinted clay slips, the final pieces were fired over an open pit kiln. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
A Jemez Pueblo 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.
2.75"-3"w. x 5.5"h.

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