This beautiful prayer bowl is created using the bottom of a gourd which forms a bowl. The tiny chaquira, or seed beads, are applied by coating the inside of the gourd with a beeswax mixture called campeche. Then the beads are applied one by one using a needle, bringing the vision of the artist to life. Every bead is perfectly 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 seed beads – called ‘microbeads’ – are used instead of the usual larger size 11, the level of skill and artistry is unsurpassed. This beautiful bowl has deer heads, many peyote and corn symbols. On the outside of the gourd bowl are many naturally occuring knobs or bumps that make add much interest. This bowl will amaze and it can be displayed on a stand.
Prayer bowls have traditionally been used in Huichol ceremonies and hold offerings such as peyote, ceremonial arrows, and “muvieris” or prayer sticks. Here, they hold the artist’s visions in beads. The sacred symbols in this piece are a large star shaped peyote in the center and many other round peyote which allow communication with deities and ancestors; deer heads which represent the deer, Kauyumari, who leads the Huichol toward divine insight and the healers on their journeys; and corn, which is Mother Corn, who sustains the people. This wonderful bowl will not disappoint!
The bowl is over 6 inches in diameter and 2 inches deep.
Seen in real life, this bowl is imbued with the Huichol connection to the spirit world.
Do not place this art in hot direct sunlight. This may soften the beeswax. Otherwise, with gently handling, this art will stay in perfect shape.
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