RESERVED + Handmade Bronze Pod Vessel + Ancient Beads and Fossils + Wrapped Bronze Chain With Ancient Bactrian and Czech Glass Beads

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RESERVED + Handmade Bronze Pod Vessel + Ancient Beads and Fossils + Wrapped Bronze Chain With Ancient Bactrian and Czech Glass Beads

295.00

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This magical little wabi-sabi vessel, handmade from bronze, just drips with tiny beads and fossil shells.  I've set it on a handmade chain of ancient and contemporary glass beads.

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:: Sundreamer's Vessel ::

This little vessel, shaped like a hollow three-flanged pod, was handmade from bronze clay.  I built the form over a core which burned out as the clay was fired, leaving a hollow and very lightweight shape.  The bronze has an ancient appearance thanks to its rough, oxidized texture and careful hand polishing.  Once it was finished I wrapped the neck with copper wire and painstakingly added dozens of tiny talismans and beads.  Each side is ornamented in the same way and has a tiny chain of long copper links, knotted natural linen cord and hand-dyed silk ribbon.  These hold ancient shell beads from the Indus Valley cultures and Central Asia, sacred myrrh resin tears from Africa, Czech glass seed beads, copper and brass beads from Africa, and three exquisite agatized fossil turritella shells.

The vessel can hold small objects but I envision it as more of a place to keep things that can't be seen: prayers, intentions, wishes, and so forth.

The chain was made with wrapped bronze wire links, each of which holds a glass bead.  The irregularly-shaped nuggets are drilled fragments of ancient Bactrian glass, which comes from Central Asia and is over 2150 years old.  The rest are some of my all-time favorite Czech glass beads, irregular tubes or seeds of amber-hued glass with a powdery blue Picasso finish.  The matte iridescent blue tempers the warm tones of the glass and gives the beads a soft and ancient look. 

My camera likes to really punch up the reds, and with the beads backlit in these photos they look much more orange than they are in real life, no matter how much red I pull out in Photoshop.  In reality they are a warm gold when backlit, but when viewed in ordinary light they read as a soft, neutral golden ochre that is very close to the bronze of the vessel.  The beads at the bottom of the chain close-up photo do the best job of showing their true color. 

A handmade hammered bronze hook and wrapped wire bail on the vessel complete the necklace, which is designed to hang over your heart.   

SIZE:  The bronze vessel measures 2" x 15/16" x 15/16", or 52mm x 20mm x 20mm, and with the bronze bail and beads, the entire pendant is 5 1/2" or 140mm long.  The entire beaded bronze chain is 23 3/4" or 60cm long from end to end.

CARE:   Please respect the great age of these beads, and handle with care when not wearing.  Wipe with a soft, damp cloth to clean. 

PRESENTATION: Sundreamer's Vessel will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See my shop policies below for details.

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