4-Piece Component Kachina Necklace

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Horsekeeping LLC Native American PawnBennie Ration, Navajo - Sterling Silver
4-Piece Kachina Necklace

HK Item #N320

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Authentic Native American sterling silver 4-Piece Component Kachina  Necklace by Navajo Bennie Ration

Size
18" inner circumference, adjusts smaller;
Center turquoise kachina 2 3/4" x 1 3/4";
Central hanger 2 1/4" x 1 1/2";
Side kachinas 2 1/8" x 1 1/8"
Weight
79 grams
Materials
Turquoise, orange spiny oyster, lapis lazuli, Read about stones
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Condition
Pre-owned, excellent; all stones firmly set and intact with no cracks, chips or missing pieces; see photos for patina
Hallmarks
stamped: eagle claw
B.R. STERLING
Artist
Bennie Ration, Navajo

Authentic Native American sterling silver 4-Piece Component Kachina  Necklace by Navajo Bennie Ration

Authentic Native American sterling silver 4-Piece Component Kachina  Necklace by Navajo Bennie Ration

Three kachina pieces are individual pin pendants; the fourth piece is a hanger where they all attach by means of shepherd's hooks.

Authentic Native American sterling silver 4-Piece Component Kachina  Necklace by Navajo Bennie Ration

Lobster claw clasp.
Necklace is 18" inner circumference and is adjustable smaller by attaching to chain links.


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Horsekeeping LLC Native American Pawn

Bennie Ration, Navajo
Sterling Silver
4-Piece Kachina Necklace

N320 - $795 plus s/h
(ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)

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Paula says - "The three handmade kachinas on this necklace are individual pin pendants. Shepherd's hooks on the backs of the kachinas attach to the central stamped hanger and to the chain."

Authentic Native American sterling silver 4-Piece Component Kachina  Necklace by Navajo Bennie Ration

Authentic Native American sterling silver 4-Piece Component Kachina  Necklace by Navajo Bennie Ration

The central turquoise kachina is 2 3/4" tall by 1 2/3" wide. All have excellent sterling silver stampwork.

Authentic Native American sterling silver 4-Piece Component Kachina  Necklace by Navajo Bennie Ration

The side kachinas are 2 1/8" tall by 1 1/8" wide.

Authentic Native American sterling silver 4-Piece Component Kachina  Necklace by Navajo Bennie Ration

The back of each kachina has a pin finding and a sheperd's hook so you can wear them as pins, pendants or a necklace.

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Authentic Native American sterling silver 4-Piece Component Kachina  Necklace by Navajo Bennie Ration

Fancy Dancer Collection Navajo Jewelry CollectionThe Ration Collection

We were fortunate to obtain this and many other pieces from the estate of a collector who had a great appreciation for Benson and Bennie Rations pieces.

Bennie Ration was born in 1955 on the Canoncity Navajo reservation in New Mexico to Frances and John Ration. His brother Benson was born in 1953. They are full blooded Navajo and come from a long line of silversmiths. Their father, John Ration, started teaching them the fundamentals of silversmithing in grade school. They helped their father who suggested that someday they might need to depend on silversmithing as their line of work.

After graduating from high school, Bennie completed a one-year program at the US Silkscreen and Graphics School in Scottsdale, Arizona. He worked in that field for 3 years. In 1978, he returned to silversmithing and developed his own three dimensional style of silver kachina figures, animals, feathers and other Navajo patterns. He incorporates high quality stones in his pieces.

Although the style of Bennie's work is unmistakable, it does bear some similarity to the pieces of his brother, Benson. Bennie Ration's hallmark is B. R. or BENNIE RATION and an eagle claw image.

Awards: 1st in New Mexico State Fair Albuquerque.

What is a Kachina?

A kachina is one of many supernatural beings who play a role in the religious beliefs and rituals of Pueblo Indian peoples. A kachina is also a masked dancer believed to embody a particular spirit during a religious ceremony. Also, a kachina is a carved doll in the costume of a particular spirit.

NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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Patina
A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Vintage
30 years or older.
NOS
New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.
Pre-owned
An item that has been used.

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