Published on October 27, 2013 by Amy
Believed to have originated in South America, the wedding vase has been a part of Pueblo life for centuries. The graceful spouts represent two separate lives. The bridge at the top part of the vessel unites these separate lives together as one. The future husband’s parents provide the wedding vase in Indian ceremonies. This happens two weeks before marriage and is a very festive time. Gifts and advice are given to the bride and groom as they prepare to establish their new home together. On their wedding day, this vase is filled with Indian holy water and given to the bride. She drinks from one side of the vessel while the groom partakes from the opposite side. This ceremony is equivalent to the exchanging of wedding bands. The couple will cherish their wedding vase throughout their married life.
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The pottery used in Native American ceremony would be quite different from that presented here which is meant to be enjoyed as works of art. Actual ceremonial pottery is sacred and not sold to the public but received or given as gifts among tribal families. The old utility jars used to contain water were fired in such a way as to harden the clay against water. Others were sealed with tree pitch, animal/plant oils or beeswax. The wedding vases pictured dissolve if filled with any liquid.