Wedding Vase with Horned Toad Appliqués

  • Betty Manygoats, Wedding Vase with Horned Toad Appliqués, 1988, fired clay with piñon pitch, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock, 1997.124.162

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.

Title
Wedding Vase with Horned Toad Appliqués
Artist
Date
1988
Location
Dimensions
2311 3811 38 in. (58.429.029.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock

Mediums
Mediums Description
fired clay with piñon pitch
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – amphibian – toad
  • Object – other – vase
Object Number
1997.124.162
Palette
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