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Marcella Yepa Wedding Vase
Item #77311
$295.00
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Part of Pueblo life for centuries, wedding vases—like this graceful one-of-a-kind Marcella Yepa Wedding Vase—are considered sacred among tribal members. At once traditional and contemporary, Marcella Yepa of the Jemez Pueblo employs traditional hand-coiling, pinching, and carving techniques to shape the special clays she unearths into this stunning vase. The dramatic swirls and beautiful shape are characteristic of her style. A micaceous slip adds subtle sparkle. Fired outdoors over cedar chips. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
A Jemez Pueblo wedding vase very similar to this Marcella Yepa 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 exchanging 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 symbolize the lives of the bride and groom. The arched bridge, or handle, represents their unity.
8.5"h. x 5"w.

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