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Huichol artwork: the ceremonial bowls

Robert Otey

The ceremonial bowls or jícaras, as they are called, are made of gourds which are prized for their light weight and durability as water vessels and storage containers.

The bowls hold visions and creative inspiration gathered from a deeply spiritual culture that motivates all people to celebrate life and create colorful and sacred objects of meticulous beauty as a way of honoring the life-giving forces of the universe.

Editor's note: Authentic Huichol art is available from in association with National Geographic. Each piece is hand-crafted using traditional techniques, and many pieces are signed. A link is provided from every work of Huichol art to the bio of its creator.

Published or Updated on: June 1, 1997 by Robert Otey © 1997
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By Robert Otey and adapted here from his website "The Masks of God" with his kind permission.

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