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Huichol Indian Tiny Bead Jaguar
This is the beaded art of the Huichol Indians done with the tiniest bead available, size 14. The colors used with these tiny beads are very different than what you typically see with the regular size #11 bead. These pieces are considered to be some of the finest bead work done anywhere. Like pixels, the more dots per inch the sharper the image so the designs are very crisp and clear. The bead itself is much more expensive and it also requires almost twice the number of beads, so the prices for these pieces is going to be higher than the traditional art form.
This jaguar figure is made of ceramic which is then covered with beeswax and then the artist places one bead at a time onto the surface. It is their decision of what color bead to use that ultimately creates the pattern and design.
This is the reverse side of the jaguar. You are looking at the “God’s Eye” symbol in the middle and multiple other eyes around that. On the rear haunch is the peyote in the center surrounded by multiple cat or jaguar faces. On the neck is again the peyote in the center with multiple corn plants surrounding it. Absolutely beautiful artistry. Look at the toe nails on each foot.