Hand Painted Gourd Blessing Bowl + Handmade Desert Earth Pigment + Pre-Columbian Shell Beads + Handmade Yucca Cordage + Antique Trade Beads + Brain Tanned Elk Hide + Handmade Bronze Amulet

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Hand Painted Gourd Blessing Bowl + Handmade Desert Earth Pigment + Pre-Columbian Shell Beads + Handmade Yucca Cordage + Antique Trade Beads + Brain Tanned Elk Hide + Handmade Bronze Amulet

270.00

A spirit vessel to hold your prayers, intentions, sacred objects, offerings and blessings...handmade from a natural gourd and adorned with earth pigments and rare beads.

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:: Spirit Bowl ::

The other day I found myself reading about Native American medicine bowls when things suddenly "lit up", and I felt the inspiration to create a sacred vessel myself.  I have made vessels before, but not for many years.  As I cast about for something to make a bowl from, I remembered that I had saved a small cache of gourds, and found a small one that was perfect for what I had in mind.  This little bowl is the result.

It is a "blessing bowl", a place to keep sacred items or dried herbs in, or you may use it to hold offerings, prayers, intentions, or items to be blessed.   Just be sure to only place dry items in the bowl as it isn't waterproof.  It would be perfect for ceremony or on your home altar.  

To make it, I cut the top off a bottle-shaped gourd with a knife and thoroughly cleaned the inside, scraping it with a stone and then sanding it to a chamois-like smoothness.  Other than that, both the inside and exterior of the gourd were left in their original state, as I wanted the simplicity of the natural surfaces to be the foundation of the piece. 

I spent many hours slowly painting delicate spiraling designs across the entire surface of the gourd.  The paint I used is a mixture of ground gypsum and two clays that I collected from the wilds of northwest New Mexico, bound with acrylic medium for durability.  I meditated carefully on the design and tried to go with what the shape of the gourd seemed to suggest.  The series of spirals combines with flowing lines in subtle, dynamic tension.  All of the lines are open forms so as not to close off the energy and keep it moving.  There is no front or back to this bowl either...it was made to look harmonious from every angle, even underneath!

The ornaments are an offering to the spirit of the bowl and whatever you choose to place in it.  I had many potential things to work with but the bowl only seemed to want natural and ancient things.  The largest bead, a square of white shell, is an exceptional piece.  Originally from the Mehrgarh culture in what is now northern Pakistan, it is around 4,000 years old!  Many beads of white shell and one of chalcedony keep it company; they are Pre-Columbian and come from Colombia.  There are also aged white and striped translucent Venetian glass trade beads, and a single antique shell ornament from Mauritania.  Contemporary beads include a piece of hammered raw quartz, and my own bronze beads and trilobite charm.  Everything is attached with either brain-tanned elk hide or my own handmade yucca cordage.

SIZE: The bowl is roughly 5 1/2, or 14cm, wide and 3", or 8cm, tall...strangely, because of its roundness, it seems larger!

CARE: Handle this bowl carefully as it can break just as a pottery bowl can, and the ancient ornaments are fragile.

PRESENTATION: The Spirit Bowl will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See the shop policies below for details.

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