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.


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 Marcella Yepa. 10 inches high. $300 (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)