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 vase by James Antonio. 5 inches high. $60. The center one is by the mother daughter duo of Flora (1914-2000) and Glenda (b 1953) Naranjo. It was made about 30 years ago. 4.75 inches high. $240. The redware vase wit the sgraffito corn motif (there is another on the reverse, is 8.25 inches high and was made by Ed and Dena Yepa from Jemez Pueblo. $240 (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. The swirl melon shaped vase is by Juanita Fragua of Jemez. She was the the person most responsible for the revival Jemez pottery. 6.75 inches high. $300 (TUCSON)

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)