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altar with ojos de Díos (God's eyes)
  • Wixaritari (Huichol) peoples
  • altar with ojos de Díos (God's eyes), early 1900s–1983
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • wood, yarn, chicken feathers, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 x 10.5 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 11/16 x 4 1/8 x 2 3/4 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7276

The altar has a God's eye design on a stick with two crossed arches, directed downward. The God's eye diamond design is green, yellow, black and bright pink with multi-colored tassels at three points. The bottom point is attached to a stick wrapped in red and black. The second God's eye design is on a stick in purple, green and black with two multi-colored tassels. The arches are wrapped with blue and dark blue, each with white feathers at the ends. The circular wooden base is mostly covered with tufts of yarn in red and black, yellow and orange, bright pink and green, blue and dark blue.