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Side kachinas are 2 1/8" tall by 1 1/8" wide.
Details include three seed pots and an adobe building with a kiva next to it.
All pieces hallmarked.
Benson Ration, Navajo
- $1495 plus s/h
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."
Center kachina with charoite stone is 3 1/4" tall x 1 1/4" wide. All pieces have excellent sterling silver overlay and stampwork.
Overlay shadowbox designs include feathers, corn, water, and other geometric figures.
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.
and eye clasp.
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.
Benson Ration was born in 1953 on the Canoncity Navajo reservation in New Mexico to Frances and John Ration. His brother Bennie was born in 1955. 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 working with his father for a number of years, Benson developed his own style of kachina necklaces, pendants, bolo ties and earrings. Basing his three-dimensional figures on traditional kachina dancers, he uses a coping saw to cut the pieces from raw silver. He draws all of his designs on the metal freehand without using any stencils. He incorporates overlay in many of his pieces, often with corn and feather motifs.
Another unique aspect of his jewelry is that when you purchase a 3 piece necklace, for example, you have 3 pieces within the necklace that you can use separately if desired. Each component is designed to be used as a pendant and/or a pin.
Although the style of Benson's work is unmistakable, it does bear some similarity to the pieces of his brother, Bennie. Benson's hallmark is B. R. and a cloven hoof print.
Awards: 1996 Eight Northern Art Show 1st Place.
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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|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.|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.|
|An item that has been used.|