Vase, Ceremonial


Creation Date
1931 – 1955


12.065 cm. H x 6.985 cm. W x 10.795 cm. L Item (Overall)

Wedding Jug. This polished black pottery jug has a common round base branching off into two stems which each end in an open mouth. A small half-moon loop forms a handle and bridge between the two mouths. A gray-black, finger-like design is worked into each side of the jug leaving the design unpolished so that it stands out from the high polish around it. The jug stands 5 1/4 inches high and is 3 1/4 inches in diameter. These jugs were used at Indian weddings, and, when the bride drank out of one side and the groom out of the other, the action put the seal of their marriage, equivalent to the "I do's" spoken at modern weddings. This jug was given to me by Mrs. Stewart of the El Plate Ambrosos, a famous Spanish eating place in Santa Fe, New Mexico on September 3, 1940.

Related People and Organizations
Helbing, Cleora

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