An ovoid shaped vase with a double neck and central handle with striated colors of brown, black and orange over an unglazed natural clay background with glazed interior by Nemadji. The vase measures 4 1/4" wide and 5 3/4" high. The bottom is stamped "Nemadji Pottery." The overall condition is good, but has a fleabite nick, nearly unnoticeable, along one of the openings and it could also use a nice cleaning.
Wedding vases have been used in Native American marriage rituals for centuries to symbolize the joining of two lives into one. Traditionally, a love potion is made consisting of holy water that, during the ceremony, the bride and groom drink together from the double neck at the same time without spilling. This act symbolizes the joining of two lives to each other for eternity.
Nemadji Tile & Pottery Company was founded in 1923 in Moose Lake, Minnesota and is known for its unglazed vases decorated with swirled and marbleized color in warm earth tones. The word Nemadji is named after the clay banks of the Nemadji River in Minnesota, but the company does not have any affiliation with Native Americans, as it was a marketing effort by the company to associate itself with Native American art to appeal to the tourist trade during the Great Depression. The swirled patterns were formed by dipping an unglazed vase into a vat of water to which paint was added. When the vase was lifted, the paint transferred onto the vase creating its distinct marbleized effect. Nemadji closed operations in 2001.