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Wedding Vase with Braided Handles

May, 1987 Alice Cling Born: Cow Springs, Arizona 1946 fired clay with red clay slip and piƱon pitch 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (21.6 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock 1997.124.146 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B

Luce Center Label

Traditional Native American wedding vases have two spouts joined by a handle to symbolize two lives coming together as one. In this piece, created by Navajo potter Alice Cling, there is only one opening, and the braided handles represent the two sides of a relationship. During the wedding ceremony, the newlyweds drink blessed water from the vase.


Object - other - vase

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art


plant material

About Alice Cling

Born: Cow Springs, Arizona 1946

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