One of a kind unique hand engraved clay tile of the ancient Hopi Kokopelli god!
I hand rolled this tile from high fire clay, dried it for several days and etched the design into it (no moulds used), then fired it at over 1900F for 8 hours, then glazed it with non-toxic glazes and back in the kiln for another long firing. The tile measures 4" x 4" x 1/4" (10.5 cm x 6mm). there is a hollowed out hole in the back of the tile so it can be hung. Can also be put on a small easel to add decor to a table, living space or used as a centrepiece in a mosaic tiling project.
**Unique creation only one exists. You will receive what is pictured. Colour may vary from PC monitor to smartphone screen.**
Kokopelli is a Hopi word meaning (roughly) wooden-backed; most of the familiar depictions of
this creature 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.