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Wedding Vase with Horned Toad Appliqués

1988 Betty Manygoats Born: Shonto/Cow Springs, Arizona 1945 fired clay with piñon pitch 23 x 11 3/8 x 11 3/8 in. (58.4 x 29.0 x 29.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock 1997.124.162 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B

Luce Center Label

This piece resembles a traditional Navajo wedding vase, which has two spouts joined by a handle to symbolize two lives coming together. Betty Manygoats started with this shape, then broke with Navajo tradition by covering the clay with Na'ash-'ii dich'izhii, or horned toads. In Navajo culture the horned toad symbolizes good health, strength, and protection.


Animal - amphibian - toad

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art


plant material

About Betty Manygoats

Born: Shonto/Cow Springs, Arizona 1945