This colorful rabbit is striking with a large blue peyote and a red deer head on the rump, a large lizard and a black snake on each side and a ceremonial candle on the forehead. The tiny chaquira, or seed beads, are applied by coating the surface of the carved wooden rabbit 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. The images may also be clicked on to bring up a slideshow of expanded images. Because smaller size 15 seed beads – called ‘microbeads’ – 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; snake, which instructs shaman to become healers; deer head, representing the goddess of all living things; candle, which represents the illumination of the human spirit; and lizard, which protects humans from evil. Seen in real life this rabbit comes to life and is imbued with the Huichol connection to the spirit world.
The rabbit is 5 1/4 inches in length, 2 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches tall.
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