Original Huichol Beadwork Painting Mexican Folk Art, "Spiraling Maize"
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Peyote centers this dazzling nierika, or beadwork votive "painting," while deer, butterflies and corn stalks flow outward. The wooden base is coated with beeswax, and then tiny glass beads are laid one by one in a painstaking traditional process.
"This is inspired by a millennial petroglyph that represents, at the same time, the peyote cactus, the corn and the butterfly," Kupihaute explains.
"It expresses the mythological root of the original cultures of the American continent — the metamorphosis between peyote and maize.
"Just like a mandala, the nierika is a symmetrical and cathartic design, a wheel of wisdom. It is a mirror that projects the essence of what is reflected in it.
"Thus, the offering placed in the middle of the corn field to call down the rain is a nierika, since the clouds, passing by up in the sky, will cry when they realize the impossibility of touching their own beauty reflected in the mirror.
"This particular nierika represents Waxieve, the corn plant in spiral movement. At the same time, Waxieve is the name of a rock across the beach of San Blas, Nayarit in Mexico, that represents the first peyote that Haramara, the Sea of Jade, gave us. We received it in order to have the wisdom to cultivate our own flesh and blood, corn."
"The deer are dancing around Waxieveto call the liquid power of the coyote-moon and the fire energy of the sun-star, to produce the rainbow. Its music is exalting the butterflies to dance, announcing that the harvest time is beginning."
- 0.34 kgs
- 0.7 lbs
- 3 cm H x 23 cm Diam.
- 1.2" H x 9" Diam.
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