Rukuri (Votive Bowl)

A rukuri is a term used by the Huichol people of the Sierra Madre Mountain range in Western Mexico to refer to a type of bowl or container. Originally crafted as a votive or sacred offering for an altar, this bowl was fabricated from a gourd, and then vibrant beads have been meticulously glued to the bowl's surface to create colorful designs are not merely decorative; they carry symbolic significance. The patterns and colors used in the beadwork often reflect Huichol cosmology, mythology, and the natural world.