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wedding vase
  • Luther Gutierrez
    1911–1987, active 1935–1987
    born: Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
    Margaret Gutierrez
    born 1936
    born: Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
  • wedding vase, mid 1900s–1987
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • ceramic, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 23 x 18.5 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 1/16 x 7 1/4 x 6 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Security Benefit Group of Companies
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4088

The ceramic vessel has a globular base and two spouts, joined with a ceramic strip. It has a light brown field, a red rim, and a red strip and bottom. It is decorated with the same design on each side consisting of a human-like figure, on each spout, with a red face, two white feathers on the head and two black projections on the head. The torso is covered with black dots, and each hand holds an arrow. The figure's legs disappear into a triangular field, also filled with black dots and a green and orange serpent-like creature, possibly Avanyu. There is a arch in green, white and red below the two figures. There are two light blue turtles below the arch with an element comprising two semicircles in yellow, black and white and a stepped triangle in red and black.