Navajo Sterling Silver Singer Kachina Pendant

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Tommy Singer - Navajo Sterling Silver
Huge Kachina Pendant
HK Item #NP342

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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Kachina pendant by Navajo silversmith Tommy Singer

Size8
7 3/8" long from the top of the bail to the bottom of the kachina's feet
2" wide at the widest point
Materials
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Weight
68 grams
Hallmark
T. Singer
STERLING
Artist
Tommy Singer, Navajo

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Kachina pendant by Navajo silversmith Tommy Singer

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Kachina pendant by Navajo silversmith Tommy Singer

The swinging bail has a 1/2" opening. It is shown here with 9 mm beads (beads not included).

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Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Kachina pendant by Navajo silversmith Tommy Singer

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Tommy Singer
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Paula says - "I've never seen such a huge beautiful kachina pendant. The detail is masterfully and tastefully done. The 3-dimensional effect of the case mask and ruff gives this pendant real depth and interest. The authenticity and completeness of the characteristics is amazing. The feather cap portion of his headdress is gold. A Navajo friend of mine who was good friends with the late Tommy Singer said that this is Tommy's version of the Navajo Yeibichai."

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Kachina pendant by Navajo silversmith Tommy Singer

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Kachina pendant by Navajo silversmith Tommy Singer

Genuine gold cap on headdress.

Authentic Native American Sterling Silver Kachina pendant by Navajo silversmith Tommy Singer

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Yei Figure

Yei is a shortened version of YeiBeiChei, a holy figure in Native American cultures.

The yei figure symbolizes healing powers.

Appearing as petroglyphs (rock art) in North America, Yei figures are often use in healing sand paintings and woven into rugs. The figures can be found depicted standing upright, curved, angled and in a three-sided square.

There are male and female yei figures. Female yei have square heads and male yei are depicted with round heads.

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Morning Kachina

Native American Hopi kachina dollsThe Morning Kachina, is also known as the Morning Singer, Early Morning Kachina, the Silent Kachina and Talavai. The Silent Kachina is an odd nickname for the Morning Kachina since it sings! Pairs of Morning Kachinas sing to wake people in the villages each morning.

Typically, Morning Kachina:

  • carries a spruce bough in his left hand and a silver bell in his right
  • has a bow guard (Kato) on the left wrist
  • wears a case mask (blue if painted) with rectangular black eyes
  • has a Douglas Fir ruff around his neck
  • wears a large headdress fan of black tipped feathers
  • has cloud symbols on his cheeks, red tab ears with small shell earrings and a red tubular mouth.
  • wears a ceremonial maiden's blanket over his shoulders like a robe, a white embroidered kilt, embroidered sash and red embroidered belt
  • has a long fox skin that hangs down his back
  • wears ceremonial ankle cuffs and red moccasins.

About Navajo Artist Tommy Singer

Tommy Singer (1940-2014), was the son of a Navajo medicine man who taught him the art of making jewelry. Tommy grew up in a small community of Dilcon on the Navajo Reservation and began his silversmith career at age 21 by making silver overlay jewelry. He soon added turquoise stones to his work and this led to his inovation in the 1970s of the chip inlay method, where small pieces of turquoise and coral are mixed with epoxy to fill cavities in silver pieces. Chip inlay became very popular and continues to be used by countless Native American artists to this day. Besides using traditional rug and sandpainting designs in his work Tommy made exceptional storyteller pieces in sterling silver and gold overlay. His colorful bead necklaces, which include many different stones as well as gold and silver barrel beads, are highly prized. Tommy Singer was one of the most accomplished and most popular Native American artists and his work is admired and collected the world over.


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