This stunning elephant holds the artist’s vision in beads. The sacred symbols on the elephant are:
- Scorpions, which are the protectors of the peyote. See them underneath on the rear leg and next to the candle on the front leg.
- Deer, the deer spirit guide, Kauyumari, leads the shamans on their visionary pathways and teaches them how to gain their special knowledge. See the amazing two white deer on the elephant’s sides and a deer head on the chest of the elephant.
- Peyote, called ‘jicuri’, is used in ceremonies as sacred medicine, allowing connection with the spirit world, deities and ancestors. See the circular peyote all over the elephant but the most amazing ones are on the top of the elephant’s head and its rump.
- Candle, represents the illumination of the human spirit, and hold the sacred gift from the sun and fire gods. See it on the front leg.
- Corn, Mother Corn sustains the people. See it on the elephant’s trunk.
- God’s Eye represents the watchful protection of God and it points to the four cardinal directions. See it on the elephant’s back.
- Prayer Arrows,called Urus, are ceremonial objects through which the gods are believed to give their blessings. They are used to express gratitude or requests to the gods. See the arrow on the right rear leg.
Information on the artists and the fair trade relationship is included with the piece.
The elephant is 6.75 inches in length and 4 inches high and 3 inches wide. Gold accent beads are tastefully used across the elephant’s body. This is a porcelain elephant, not a carving. For anyone who collects elephant art, this piece is stunning!
Seen in real life, this piece is imbued with the Huichol connection to the spirit world.