Authentic Native American Navajo Indian Yei Pendant

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Small Yei Pendant with Chain
HK Item #NP525

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Authentic Navajo yei pendant sterling silver by Francis Begay

Size
3/4" x 3/4"
Material
Sterling Silver Read about silver
Artist
Francis Begay, Navajo

Comes with 18" sterling silver chain.

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Navajo yei pendant sterling silver by Francis Begay

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Navajo Yei Figure

Yei is a shortened version of YeiBeiChei, a holy figure in the Navajo culture.

The yei figure symbolizes healing powers.

It can be depicted standing upright, curved or angled in a three-sided square.
There are male and female yei figures. Some have square heads and others round.

Appearing as Petroglyphs (Rock Art) in North America, Yei figures are often use in healing sand paintings and woven into rugs.

Yei figures fashioned into jewelry are less common so are treasures not to be passed up.

 

What does Sand Cast mean?

Sand cast items are Indian Hand Made items using a procedure developed by the Navajo silversmiths in the mid 1800s. It is a labor-intensive process that involves many steps.

Using Tuff Stone, a porous rock from volcanic ash, Tufa Stone, a porous limestone that forms near hot springs, or Sandstone, a harder stone, the artist carves the design of the item being cast. Another flat stone is placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold using the sprue hole. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and finished. Bracelets are poured flat and then shaped.

Due to the porous nature of Tuff or Sand Stone, sandcast items will have character marks and imperfections such as small pits. That is the nature of Sand Casting and Indian Hand Made.

 

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