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James Augustine Wedding Vase
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Part of Pueblo life for centuries, wedding vases—like this one-of-a-kind James Augustine Wedding Vase—are considered sacred among tribal members. James Augustine of the Acoma Pueblo hand coiled and shaped this vase from clays he unearthed at the Acoma Pueblo. He hand painted the striking geometric design with naturally tinted clay slips. The final piece was fired over an open pit kiln. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Wedding vases similar to this James Augustine Wedding Vase are 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.
6.25"w. x 6.25"l. x 8.5"h.

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