The hummingbird is a very traditional animal for Huichol artists. When the hummingbird draws the nectar from the peyote flower it is filled with the healing energy of wisdom, knowledge and power.
The tail of the hummingbird has orange ceremonial candles, one each on the under and upper sides. The wings have a large orange and red peyote, symbolizing success in life. There are white deer on either side of the peyote. They symbolize messengers from the gods. It is 6″ from wingtip to wingtip and the body of the bird is 3.5″ tall. Even the wooden carving itself is a work of art.
The tiny chaquira, or seed beads, are applied by coating the surface of the 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 hovering over each image where it will expand, showing the incredible detail of this art. Because smaller size 15 beads are used instead of the more available larger size 11, greater skill and artistry is required. The quality of the beading is unsurpassed!
Seen in real life this hummingbird is imbued with the Huichol connection to the spirit world.
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