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Joseph Fragua Dragonfly Wedding Vase
Item #77354
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Part of Pueblo life for centuries, wedding vases—like this one-of-a-kind Joseph Fragua Dragonfly Wedding Vase—are considered sacred among tribal members. This wedding vase by Joseph Fragua of the Jemez Pueblo was shaped by hand coiling and pinching special clays he unearthed at the Jemez Pueblo. Using a yucca plant stem as a brush, Fragua then hand painted his dragonfly motif with naturally tinted clay slips before firing it over an open pit kiln. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
A Jemez Pueblo wedding vase similar to this Joseph Fragua Dragonfly 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.
5"w. x 4.5"l. x 8.75"h.

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