This early ingot silver bracelet dates from pre-WWII, which we know because of that ancient symbol repeated on the piece--the Whirling Log, or as it's known in Sanskrit, the swastika. From a University of Utah website about the swastika symbol: "You may come to find the swastika symbol on a Native American artifact. No need to be alarmed, as the word 'swastika' in Sanskrit means 'well being'. Actually, the swastika is a motif found on textiles from all over the world! From Armenia to Iran, to the South Ural Mountains, in Ancient Rome, and certain African groups in Ghana. From the Byzantine Era, Bronze Age, and Iron Age; to Celtic and Slavic cultures, and in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and MUCH MORE! The swastika is notably associated with Ganesha--which marks his palm--a Hindu deity that overcomes obstacles and opens the way to good fortune. And Tibetans may use the swastika in many variations, such as on doors of their homes as protection against evil. In Navajo, the swastika represents the Whirling Log, vehicle of Culture Hero. The hero sets out on a long journey down the San Juan River, in which he hollows out a log to help him in his attempt. During the journey, the hero encounters many misadventures but gains important celestial knowledge. When he reaches his destination, the gods take his log out of a whirlpool where the rivers meet and help him to shore. Whirling logs are also used in Navajo sand paintings during a healing or other type of ceremony. Since WWII, the use of Whirling Logs in Native American artifacts has been confined mainly to rugs. Jewelry with the symbol is usually seen before 1940." The Whirling Logs on this heavy sterling silver cuff flow counter clockwise. Some say that the direction of the symbol differentiates the Nazi symbol form that used in Native cultures, but the Whirling Log is found in both clockwise and counter clockwise directions in Native American imagery. This piece is from my personal collection, and I have worn it as part of my stack, although it's always been too large for me. And so I'm letting this one go. Perfect to wear alone but alson since it has two carinated pieces, great to wear in a stack, and a unisex style.
The cuff is just over 1/2" wide. Measuring end to end with a soft tape measure on the inside, it is 5-1/2" long with a 1" gap, for a total interior length of 6-1/2". Weighs 53g. Has some dings from wear but otherwise in good condition.
A collectible piece.
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