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Judy Lewis Wedding Vase
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Part of Pueblo life for centuries, wedding vases—like this one-of-a-kind Judy Lewis Lizard Wedding Vase—are considered sacred among tribal members. Created by award winning potter Judy Lewis of the Acoma Pueblo, she formed the shape from hand coiled and pinched clay she unearthed at the Acoma Pueblo. She then hand painted the lizard design with natural pigments before firing it over an open pit kiln. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Wedding vases similar to this Judy Lewis Lizard 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.
3.5"w. x 3.5"l.

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