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altar with ojos de Díos (God's eyes)
  • unknown Wixaritari (Huichol) maker
  • altar with ojos de Díos (God's eyes), early 1900s–1983
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • wood, gourd, yarn, chicken feathers, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 33 x 44 x 12 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 x 17 5/16 x 4 3/4 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7274

The composite object is on a small circular wooden base. The gourd bowl sits atop the base with a cross rising out of the bowl, an arm emerges from either side of the base at the bowl, and a downward directed semicircle from the cross, crosses both extensions. The cross and bowl are wrapped with bright pink and green yarns. The center of the cross and the three free ends each have a "God's eye" decoration, a diamond shaped weaving of yarn. The top God's eye is light blue, red, and green with multi-colored tassels at three points. The God's eyes at either end of the cross piece are black, yellow, and green with multi-colored tassels. The god's eye at the center is light blue, red, and orange.

The arms from the semicircular extension are wrapped with light blue and dark blue yarn. The extensions from the side of the bowl are wrapped with yellow and orange. All have grey feathers at the ends. There is a band of yarn tufts between the base and bowl, in light blue and blue, yellow and orange, and bright green and pink.