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Johnathan Nez Navajo Sterling Silver
Carinated Coup Bracelet
HK Item #NBS410

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Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver Navajo bracelet

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver Navajo bracelet

 

Size

7 1/4" total inside circumference and approximate wrist size. This measurement includes the gap.

The gap is the distance between the ends. On this bracelet, the gap is 1 3/8" and that is part of the 7 1/4" total inside circumference.

1/2" wide

Weight   
62 grams
Hallmarks
Sterling
Nez Navajo
Johnathan Nez (in script)
Artist
Johnathan Nez, Navajo

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Paula says - "A traditional coup design in a very substantial bracelet. Rather than being flat, the surface of this bracelet is carinated, which means being shaped like a ridge, such as the keel or prow of a ship. Very classy and stylish. Catches the eye and the light."

Hand made Native American Indian Jewelry; Navajo Sterling Silver Navajo bracelet

Bracelet measurements

The Total Inside Circumference (total measurement around the inside) is also the approximate wrist size. This measurement includes the gap. The gap is the distance between the ends.

How to Choose and Fit a Cuff Bracelet

Coup

Coup - comes from the French and is pronounced "coo". The dictionary definition of coup is a successful stroke, act, or move; a clever action or accomplishment. To an Indian, coup usually mean "war count". But coup is also thought of as an "honor count" or measure of bravery.

Coup can range from a well-spoken word, an honorable deed, stealing an enemy's horse, to a slap or strike with a stick to killing and scalping an enemy.

Western gunfighters also used a system of marking coup by carving notches in the handle of their guns for every man they killed.
Indian coup is counted and kept track of by making marks on a stick or bow or personal adornments or painting marks on one's horse. Feathers were given for coup and were used singly in the hair, on staffs or in bonnets. Bear claws were also given as coup to be used in necklaces.

Whether the Navajo silversmiths were thinking of Coup when they made these bracelets years ago is unknown, but they are some of the first types of silver bracelets they made - often using a cold chisel and hammer to strike the lines into the face of the bracelet.

 

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