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altar with ojo de Díos (God's eye)
  • Wixaritari (Huichol) peoples
  • altar with ojo de Díos (God's eye), early 1900s–1983
  • Where object was made: Mexico
  • wood, yarn, chicken feathers, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 12 x 7 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in
  • Anonymous gift
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7277

The altar has the God's eye design on a stick within two crossed arches, directed downward. The God's eye diamond design is yellow, green, and blue with multi-colored tassels at two points. The bottom point is attached to a stick wrapped in yellow and orange. The arches are wrapped with red and black, 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, and blue and light blue.