Red wedding vase with sgraffito geometric designs, by Wilma Baca Tosa, Jemez
10 1/2 in H by 4 3/4 in Dia
Pueblo Indians have been using the Wedding Vase in their marriage traditions for hundreds of years. In many cases it gets used twice: once at the time of acceptance of engagement and again at the time of actual marriage. In both cases the men present drink holy water from the side the groom drinks from and the women drink from the side of the bride. After the marriage is over, the vase is given to the newlyweds as a symbol of good fortune and might never be used again. However, potters at several pueblos and among the Hopis make wedding vases and the decorations applied to some of them are really elaborate.
Yellow ware wedding vase decorated with red and black bird element designs, by Rachel Sahmie, Hopi
10 3/4 in H by 6 in Dia
Black wedding vase decorated with sgraffito hummingbird and butterfly medallions,
by Candelaria Suazo, Santa Clara
7 in H by 7 in Dia