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Joseph Fragua Wedding Vase
Item #77362
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Part of Pueblo life for centuries, wedding vases—like this one-of-a-kind Wedding Vase—are considered sacred among tribal members. Artist Joseph Fragua shaped this vase by hand coiling and pinching special clays he unearthed at his 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 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.
6.5"h. x 3.75"h.

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