88g Vintage Men's Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet with Whirling Log Symbol, Navajo Native American Indian Jewelry

$995.00

This early sterling silver bracelet dates from the pre-1940s, 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 and are elongated to fit the width of the piece. 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 comes from an old Taos, New Mexico estate, and it was a said to be a gift from neighbor RC Gorman. The now 60yo son of the owner said that Gorman lived nearby and would visit the family frequently in the 1960s, just as he was gaining fame. The estate owner thought perhaps the piece was made by Gorman, but we actually now believe that Gorman did not make it but merely gave it as a gift to his friends and neighbors. It is one of the most stunning pieces of jewelry I've ever seen.

The cuff is just over 1-1/4" wide. Measuring end to end with a soft tape measure on the inside, it is just under 5-5/8" long with a 1-1/4" gap, for a total interior length of just about 6-7/8". It has a beautiful patina, which I would not polish away. The area around the raised whirling logs is slightly darker than the raised area, and the owner told me that at one time that area was almost black but was polished not terribly recently. The area is meant to be darker so that the imagery pops with depth and drama. With continuous wear, the patina will be perfect. There are scratches on the silver from age but otherwise in good condition. Weighs 88g.

A highly collectible piece.

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