This heart ornament is created by spreading beeswax on the surface of a silver painted heart. Then beads are placed into the wax using a needle. The beads used on all the Huichol art here are much smaller than those usually used and we call the ‘micro beads’. This enables really detailed work! Gold plated beads embellish the heart. It’s 2 1/4″ X 2 1/2″.
Here the beads form a deer head and a peyote between its ears. The deer spirit guide, Kauyumari, leads the shamans on their visionary pathways and teaches them how to gain their special knowledge. Peyote, called ‘jicuri’, is used in ceremonies as sacred medicine, allowing connection with the spirit world, deities and ancestors.
As with all our art, this ornament is completely handmade by a Huichol artist.