This particular form is derived from the double-spouted canteen in use since prehistoric times. The term "wedding vase" was given to it in the late 1800’s by Herman Schweitzer who handled the Indian arts enterprize for the Fred Harvey Company. At that time the pot was not used in traditional wedding ceremonies among Southwest tribes. However, in the years since it has become a traditional gift for young couples.  Some stories say the two spouts sharing a common bowl symbolize two lives sharing a common destiny.


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At left is a polychrome redware wedding vase by Natalie Sandia, 6.75 inches high. $180 Dolores Toya of Jemez made thus polychrome on whiteware vase.7.75 inches high. $210. A very nice vase with Avanyu/water serpent design by Vickie Martinez Tafoya. 9.25 inches tall. $675. ALL IN TUCSON

A vase by Marcella Yepa, with a red melon form for the lower half and a cloud motif above it with a band of micaceous clay in between. 12.75 inches high. Two views of a wonderful vase, also by Marcella, with a pattern suggestive of water. 13 inches tall. Each: $490. (TUCSON) click for larger images

An interesting twist on the wedding vase, by Clifford Kim Fragua of Jemez Pueblo: the bride and maids of honor on one side and the groom and his best men on the other. 12.75 inches high. $485. TUCSON.

Both sides of Navajo vases with a male and female yei on one side and a ceremonial basket (often called a wedding basket for its use in wedding ceremonies) on the other side. The one on the left is 9 inches high and $150. TUCSON The one at right is 7 inches high and SOLD Both by Irene Williams. (SANTA FE)

Navajo vases with horned lizards. The one at left is 10 inches high ($210) and the other is 8.5 inches high ($185).  Both are by Elizabeth Manygoats but the smaller one she forgot to sign. (TUCSON)

An Acoma wedding vase with a parrot design. Parrots and their feathers have been traded up from present-day Mexico for many centuries. 8.5 inches high and made by Beverly Garcia of Acoma. $150. (TUCSON) Two views of a vase by Emma Yepa. 10 inches high. SOLD (SANTA FE)

A Zuni polychrome water jar commonly known as a wedding vase. 8 inches high, it was made by Carlos Laate and Roxanne Seoutewa. $300. (TUCSON)