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Beautiful hand crafted pottery wind chime made from high fired white clay that when it rains, turns a pale pinkish terra cotta on the unglazed surfaces. Will make a gorgeous addition to your patio, garden, deck or window!
The sound of a pottery chime is muted, almost like the sound of bamboo chimes due to the sound of the fired clay which is lightweight, yet very hardy and can withstand weather extremes. I crafted the pieces one by one and carved the Kokopelli mythical figure by hand, then in the kiln at 1500 F for several hours. I then partially glazed the pieces with turquoise and pewter and fired them once again. The chime is decorated with Swarovski crystal glass beads, glass beads, agate and howlite beads, quartz crystal chips and terminates in a large Picasso Jasper stone bead. Total length is 17 inches long by 4 inches wide. ( 43cm x 10 cm).
**only one creation exists, what you see is what you will receive, colour may vary from PC monitor to smartphone screen.**
Kokopelli is a Hopi word meaning (roughly) wooden-backed; most of the familiar depictions of
Kokopelli are copied from Hopi art, which in turn is derived from ancient Anasazi glyphs.
Known as a fertility god, prankster, healer and story teller, Kokopelli has been a source of wonder throughout the country for centuries. Kokopelli embodies the true American Southwest, and dates back over 3,000 years ago, when the first petroglyphs were carved. Although his true origins are unknown, this traveling, flute-playing Casanova is a sacred figure to many Southwestern Native Americans. Carvings of this hunch-backed flute-playing figure have been found painted and carved into rock walls and boulders throughout the Southwest.
There are many myths of the famous Kokopelli. One of which is that he traveled from village to village bringing the changing of winter to spring; melting the snow and bringing about rain for a successful harvest. It is also said that the hunch on his back depicted the sacks of seeds and songs he carried. Legend also has it that the flute playing also symbolized the transition of winter to spring. Kokopelli’s flute is said to be heard in the spring’s breeze, while bringing warmth. It is also said that he was the source of human conception. Legend has it, everyone in the village would sing and dance throughout the night when they heard Kokopelli play his flute. The next morning, every maiden in the village would be with child.