Friend of the Night
Ceramic art by MARVA STUDIO
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Sampaguita flower from the Philippines
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Oak barrel extract
A 36 oz / 1kg five-wick candle in a striking ceramic vase designed with top Mexico City studios MARVA and SURCO. Highlighting the best of Mexican artisanship, from the Michoacán enameled clay vase to the intoxicating tuberose scent created by master perfumer Rodrigo Flores-Roux.
August, 1400, Tenochtitlan, Mexico.
Mexican tuberose, also known as Amiga de Noche, has a dark story. According to Aztec lore, a bat was sent from the underworld to the heavens to attack Xochiquetzal, the Aztec Venus. The bat bit into her arm and from her blood was born the most intoxicating and seductive of night blooms, the “Friend of the Night”- a bridge between the natural and supernatural worlds.
Developed with Rodrigo Flores-Roux.
- In the Aztec language, a metaphor for poetry is “in Xochitl in Cuicatl”(Flor y Canto – Flower and Song), which exemplifies the importance of flora in Mexico. Xochitl, or “flower”, was used to refer to eloquent, elegant and well-used words.
- Two Aztec deities were closely associated with flora: Xochipili, the ‘Prince of Flowers’ was the god of summer. The exquisite body of his wife Xochiquetzal, was believed to be the source of all floral scents.
- The Aztec Gods received their offerings through fragrant smoke: White Copal, an aromatic tree resin used by Mesoamerican cultures as burned incense, acts as a cool, menthol backdrop to the rich floral scents.
- The velvety scent of Omixochitl or Mexican Tuberose is spiked by a warm-but-cold sweetness that was thought to attract benevolent spirits.
- Flowers and vegetables for the Mexico City market are still cultivated in Xochimilco, an area composed of floating gardens, known as chinampas, which dates from Aztec times.
– Caso, Alfonso, The Aztecs: People of the Sun, translated by Lowell Dunham, illustrated by Miguel Covarrubias; Norman: Oklahoma University Press, 1958.
– Velasco Lozano, Ana María L. & Nagao, Debra, Mitologia y Simbolismo de las Flores, “Arqueologia Mexicana” Magazine, Las Flores en el Mexico Prehispanico, Numero 78, Mexico City, 2006.
– Cañizares-Esguerra, Jorge, Puritan conquistadors: Iberianizing the Atlantic, 1550-1700, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 2006.