This is an authentic ceremonial god’s chair that measures 19″ tall, 13″ wide and is 11″ deep
This is an authentic ceremonial god’s chair that the Huichol actually use in their rituals and ceremonies. Today just about everyone claims to have authentic pieces which if one can prove that the artist actually lives in the Sierra and is an active participant in their rituals and ceremonies can definitely be said however there is an enormous difference between their commercial art and the actual anthropological pieces that they use in ceremony. In 1722 the Wixarika or Huichol Indians got glass beads from Franciscan missionaries which they quickly adapted not only for their personal use but also their religious artifacts. But chairs like this were already part of the Huichol traditional offerings. IOne of the most interesting things about the actual artifacts is that the pieces they use today are identical to the ones they used over a hundred years ago. A simple google search of some of the most important collections of Huichol artifacts such as the Lumholtz collection, Konrad T. Pruess or the Zinng collection one will find almost identical bowls to this one.
Collectors of Huichol Anthropological artifacts know who Luis Ruiz from Las Gayabas is. Don Luis has won the Fonart award as best artist for his God’s Chairs. According to ledged after the god’s created the world they were tired so Kayumarie the blue deer took the antlers of his elder brother Tamats Maxa Kwa’ ami and twisted them into the form a a chair like the one we have for auction. This particular chair would be left out in the ceremony for god’s to rest in. Because of the 3 long staffs with the ribbons that it is adorned with this chair is especially important during the cambio de las barras or changing of the staffs ceremony that takes place in January when the Huichol change their Traditional Government officers.