Vovite Gourd Bowl

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

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

These richly decorated Huichol votive gourd bowls were made in 1934 for anthropologist Robert M. Zingg, the first anthropologist to conduct fieldwork in the community of Tuxpan de Bolaños. They are precursors to the art of modern Huichol yarn painting. Zingg called gourd bowls, given to the gods as prayers and offerings, the most beautiful of all the Huichol arts. Tuxpan de Bolaños, ca. 1934. Diameters range from 10.8 to 21.6 cm. Robert M. Zingg collection, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/ Laboratory of Anthropology,

Credit: Photograph by Blair Clark.

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