Sandcast Bracelet with Symmetrical Najas [SOLD]

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Artist Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver
  • Size: 5-⅝” end to end; 1” opening; 1-¼” width
  • Item # C4072R
  • SOLD

The naja is an ancient symbol that came to the Diné by way of the Spanish from the Moors in Spain. For the Moors, it symbolized protection and they would adorn their horses with large ones on their breastplates.

A talented Diné silversmith poured molten silver into a hand carved tufa mold to create this lovely bracelet. After the silver was set, the artist took out the bracelet and curved it and polished it. The design looks to be an abstract rendition of two symmetrical najas facing outward from the center. The craftsmanship on this bracelet is excellent. The bracelet is very elegant and graceful, yet sturdy. It is unsigned and dates from the last quarter of the twentieth century.


Condition: The Sandcast Bracelet with Symmetrical Najas is in excellent condition. The silver is firm and the polish is even.

Provenance: From a Colorado collector

Recommended Reading: Navajo and Pueblo Silversmiths by John Adair

Note: when we say Diné, as opposed to Navaho or Navajo, we are referring to the people and not the government.  Since 1969, their government refers to itself as the Navajo Nation.  

Artist Unknown
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver
  • Size: 5-⅝” end to end; 1” opening; 1-¼” width
  • Item # C4072R
  • SOLD

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