Vintage Man in the Maze Sterling Silver Overlay Earrings for Women, Native American Indian Tohono O'odham

$240.00

These vintage sterling silver earrings are made via a method called "silver overlay," in which one piece of silver is cut out with the image and laid over a second silver foundation. That might not sound terribly complex, but then you realize that the image depicted is Iʼitoi, or Man in the Maze, a powerful and ancient indigenous symbol. Before we get into the meaning of Man in the Maze, look closely at all the photos, for you will how precise and skillful the artist was, in slicing away such thin arcs. None of it was laser cut--it was all cut by hand, and you can see the beautiful variation of a cut by hand piece. Some lines waver ever so slightly. The widths are not exact. It is truly beautiful. And then we explore what Man in the Maze means, and particularly for the Tohono O'odham peoples. Man in the Maze shows a human figure at the entrance to a maze that has only one path. As told by Native American Alfretta Antone, from the Tohono O'odham tribe:

"... when you look at the maze you start from the top and go into the maze ... your life, you go down and then you reach a place where you have to turn around ... maybe in your own life you fall, something happens in your home, you are sad, you pick yourself up and you go on through the maze ... you go on and on and on ... so many places in there you might ... maybe your child died ... or maybe somebody died, or you stop, you fall and you feel bad ... you get up, turn around and go again ... when you reach that middle of the maze ... that's when you see the Sun God and the Sun God blesses you and say you have made it ... that's where you die.

The maze is a symbol of life ... happiness, sadness ... and you reach your goal ... there's a dream there, and you reach that dream when you get to the middle of the maze ... that's how I was told, my grandparents told me that's how the maze is."

The earrings measure just over 1-1/4" in diameter and have on the back an ear wire that threads through the ear. So they look almost like posts yet have the flex of an ear wire, which I think is important for what is not a small earring and one of substance. The silver carries a beautiful patina, and on the back of one earring is the hallmark of a Hopi artist--Hopi hallmarks are often pictographs, as this one is--as well as a STERLING stamp. In good condition.

The perfect earrings for the person who in transition, looking ahead at life--perhaps graduation, marriage, retirement. Because Man in the Maze is for losing your way, finding your way, knowing the way of life.


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