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Site-Wa-Na Geometric Wedding Vase
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Part of Pueblo life for centuries, wedding vases—like this one-of-a-kind Site-Wa-Na Geometric Wedding Vase—are considered sacred among tribal members. At once traditional and contemporary, Site-Wa-Na of the Laguna Pueblo formed this wedding vase from coils of locally gathered Laguna Pueblo clay. Site-Wa-Na then hand painted his geometric design with naturally tinted clay slips, before firing it over an open pit kiln. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
A wedding vase similar to this Site-Wa-Na 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.
6.25"w. x 6.25"l. x 10"h.

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