28 Aug Ghede Libation Bottle, 1997
Posted at 10:19h in Mixed Media 1995–2001
Ghede Libation Bottle, 1997
Ceramic, Leather, Beads & Mixed
12″ x 8″ x 8″
Collection: Marilyn Houlberg
This was the first piece of art I ever sold. This libation bottle was used by by Haitian houngan, Saveur St. Cyr during ritual trance while visiting Chicago. He chose it from among the thirty-odd traditional bottles on Marilyn’s Ghede altar. This was a great honor.
The ceramic bottle is wrapped in alligator hide salvaged from an old purse and red felt. The beadwork I made on a loom. The chile peppers reference the hot nature of the Petro spirits in Haitian Vodoun.