This hummingbird is striking in shades of green with green peyote, ceremonial candle and arrows. Gold and iridescent blue green beads are used to beautifully accent the hummingbird. The tiny chaquira, or seed beads, are applied by coating the surface of the wooden carving with a beeswax mixture called campeche. The beads are then applied one by one using a needle. The vision of the artist comes to life as the beads are applied. The beading is perfect with every bead in place. This can easily be seen by clicking on each image where it will expand, showing the incredible detail of this art. Because smaller size 15 seed beads – called ‘micro beads’ – are used instead of the more usual larger size 11 – the level of skill and artistry is unsurpassed.
The sacred symbols in this piece are peyote, which allows communication with deities and ancestors; a ceremonial candle and arrows that the shamans use in ceremonies. Seen in real life this hummingbird comes to life and is imbued with the Huichol connection to the spirit world.
The hummingbird is 4 1/4 inches in tall, 2 inches wide and 4 1/4 inches front to back.
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