This is a unique style of pottery. In this piece we have a man and female side by side on both both sides along with the wedding basket on each side. Artist is Kenneth White, Navajo the size is 8.5" tall. A blend of traditional and contemporary techniques has been used. The pottery is formed using the coil method, where coils of clay are built layer upon layer to form the shape. Once the rounded bowl shape is achieved, it is smoothed and allowed to dry. After the piece is dried it is carved, painted and fired. The last finishing touch is when the pot is sealed using a traditional coating of fine pinon-pine pitch. The Yei-bi-chei are a supernatural beings in Navajo culture and with the power to heal. Male figures have round heads, and female Yeis have rectangular heads.
The Wedding Vase is an ancient vessel still used in traditional Pueblo wedding ceremonies. One spout of the vessel represents the husband and the other the wife. The looped handle represents the unity achieved with marriage. The space created within the loop represents the circle of life. In the traditional ceremony, the couple drink holy water or nectar (prepared by the medicine man) from the spouts to represent the blending of their lives. The pot is a reflection of the ancient rite. It is glazed on the outside but does not hold water. Navajo made