24 Oct Vodou Libation Bottles in Tile Mosaic
All the bottles on this page were inspired by the sequined libation bottles of Haitian Vodou, a standard feature of Vodou altars traditionally used in ceremony to serve rum to the spirits. Libation bottles are often much more plain than the ceremonial flags which have become one of Haiti’s most celebrated cultural exports… but the best examples feature stylized iconography representing the various spirits.
See the table below for titles, measurements and materials used. A couple of the bottles deserve special note—
Libation Bottle for Danthor, 2001 is based on a portion of a temple mural I found in the book Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou. Danthor is one of the two faces of Erzulie, Vodou goddess of love.
Libation Bottle for Petwo Spirits, 1999 is created from a Pyrex bottle and displays the word Pyrex in the round opening on front. Because the Petwo spirits are known for their fiery disposition, a Pyrex bottle is fitting.