Handmade by Old Growth Alchemy, this reliquary is a tiny ritual object for your altar, sacred space or wherever you see fit to place it. To keep the coffers full and overflowing, keep this reliquary in an auspicious place where you can see it daily. Made of wheat, the grain of abundance and harvest, gold leaf, and shining pearls. Good fortune to you!
A note from the maker: And what are reliquaries? From the Catholic tradition, reliquaries were vessels which held holy relics from saints or pieces of them. Well, while I am not of that tradition, the practice and concept intrigued me. What if we see Nature as Holy? What would the relics be if not Nature themselves? Nature as an animist being or collective rather than a thing or object? That is the spirit to which I created my Animist Reliquaries and to which I shall continue to make them.
These ritual items look to Nature as a method of exploring larger narrative themes: these focused more strongly on energetics and ways in which we interact with ourselves and the world around us through connections, superstition, belief, and practice.
Text by Ashley Nunez.