Votive Gourd Bowl

From the exhibition:
Huichol Art and Culture: Balancing the World

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

This votive gourd bowl is an early example of the technique used in Huichol yarn painting. The interior is decorated with wool yarn pressed into beeswax. Gourd bowls are prayers for health, success, or bountiful crops. The 1803 silver coin in the center of this bowl is a request for prosperity. Tuxpan de Bolaños, ca. 1934. 20.0 x 7.0 cm. Robert M. Zingg collection, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/ Laboratory of Anthropology

Credit: Photograph by Blair Clark.

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