Carapan, Mexican Folk Art Gallery.
Huichol Sacred Beaded Gourd Shamanic Mexican Folk Art
ABOUT THIS PIECE OF HUICHOL BEADED ART
This huichol beaded gourd is a piece full of magic, tradition and culture. It was crafted by Huichol indigenous people. It is fully decorated with sacred symbols. like the star, the peyote, the scorpion, the deer and the corn.
To make this piece, they first covered it with bees wax and then attached bead by bead with no previous design, only their common cultural knowledge, intuition, and sense of beauty guides them.
Huichol indian live in Jalisco and Nayarit. They do pilgrimages to several regions in Mexico where sacred -and beautiful- places are located. As many indigenous groups, they have a special connection with the elements of nature. Such elements are always present in their crafts.
As part of their ceremonies, they use the hallucinogen peyote root, chant, pray and offer their crafts and food to the gods. Their main symbols are animals like the deer, scorpion, eagle and snake other important elements are the sun, the moon, the peyote and, the corn. Votive candles and the shaman can also be appreciated in some of their pieces.
Huichol Ceremony recorded during one of our research trips.
|HEIGHT||1.5 In / 4 cm|
|DIAMETER||5.5 In / 14 cm|
|APROX. WEIGHT||8 Oz / 23 gr.|
|MADE OF||Wood, bees wax & beads|
|REGION||Jalisco & Nayarit, Mexico|
|ETHNIC GROUP||Huichol / Wirrarika Indian|
|TECHNIQUE||The gourd is covered with wax and each bead is attached by the craftsman with no previous design.|
|CARE||Clean with a soft dry cloth, avoid contact with heat|