Helen Baca Shupla (1928-1985) - Santa Clara Redware Melon Wedding Vase c. 1984, 10.5" x 6.75" (P91949-088-105)
- Circa: 1984
- Size: 10.5'' x 6.75''
This pottery is in near excellent condition, with some minor surface wear at the top, and at the base. Signed "Helen Shupla, Santa Clara Pueblo, 4-23-84". The wedding vase is used in many southwestern Native American wedding ceremonies. The vase is given to the bride, who then drinks from one of the spouts. She turns it around and gives it to the groom, who drinks from the other spout. This action unites them as one. Throughout their married life, the vase is treasured by the couple. Should one of them pass away, the other person will give the vase to another couple known with a happily married life. The wedding vase is protected always, as it is never broken or destroyed. In the southwest, wedding vases are frequently given and deeply appreciated. The owner has authorized us to lower the price from $8,800 to $5,300. This is a wonderful collecting opportunity. Acquired from a private collection in New Mexico.