This Fred Harvey Era Navajo cuff bracelet features subtle yet exquisite silver work, with the scalloped edge and deeply incised stamps bordering each curved edge, as well as a delicate circle stamp in each of the six buttons. Like many pieces from this era, the stone is singular, rectangle shaped, and natural. It has a beautiful milky blue tone with warm coppery matrix that rises to the surface. It is ever so lightly pillow cut--everything about it is quietly striking. A whirling log stamp sits just above each terminal, and again, "subtle" is the adjective that comes to mind. From a University of Utah website about this ancient 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 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. The cuff is pre-1940s and may be closer to 1930s or slightly earlier.
Taking a tape measure along the interior, the cuff measures 6" around, plus has a just under 1" gap--for a total length of just under 7". The cuff is about 1-1/8" wide. The stone is 3/4" tall by 5/8" wide. Total weight is 59g.
An important piece of Native American history.
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