Beautiful serene-sounding Terra Cotta pottery chime carved with the Kokopelli petroglyph. Pottery chimes sound very much like wooden chimes when a breeze hits them.
I hand rolled the cylinder and carved it with the Kokopelli then fashioned the rest of the chime from rich high fire Terra Cotta clay, fired the pieces and glazed them on one side only so that when it rains, the rich red colour of the clay will be highlighted!
Decorated with Swarovski crystal glass beads and other glass beads along with agate stone beads.
Total length from top of hook to bottom is 16" long (41 cm), the width is about 2.5" across. The hook is made of chainmail rings and steel and the chime ends in one of my ceramic galaxy beads.
**Only one model has been made, unique creation, what you see in the photo is what you will receive. Colour will vary in intensity 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 storyteller, 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 travelling 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 travelled 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 from 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.