Daniel Martinez, Navajo - Sterling Silver and Turquoise
Navajo Ketoh (Bowguard)
HK Item #NBK03

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Authentic Native American sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artist Daniel Martinez

Authentic Native American sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artist Daniel Martinez

3" 5/8" wide at the front tapering to 2 5/8" at the ends.

Authentic Native American sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artist Daniel Martinez

Authentic Native American sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artist Daniel Martinez

Daniel Martinez, Navajo
Sterling Silver and Turquoise
Ketoh (Bowguard) Leather Cuff

NBK03 - $480 plus s/h       

Paula says - "Ketohs are very adjustable. You can punch more holes in the leather to make the cuff smaller and then either overlap the leather or cut off the excess. To make the cuff larger you can use the laces provide to open up the cuff or you can add longer laces if necessary.

"We use the term "wrist" when talking about size but since ketohs are so wide, they actually fit up onto the lower portion of the forearm, so you will need to take that into consideration.

Size   
Tied as shown it will fit an 8" 8" wrist but you can adjust the fit per Paula's comments above.

3 5/8" tall at the front tapering to 2 5/8" at the ends
Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
turquoise, Read about stones
black leather
Artist
Daniel Martinez, Navajo

Authentic Native American sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artist Daniel Martinez

Authentic Native American sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artist Daniel Martinez

Supple and durable black leather.

 

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What is a Bow Guard or Ketoh?

The bow guard originated as a heavy wrist band used to protect an archer's arm from the snap of the bow string. At first it was a plain thick leather strap. Later other stiff materials such as metal were added. Navajo began making bow guards are early as 1895. The Navajo bow guard is called a ketoh. It consists of a metal plate affixed to a leather wrist or arm piece.

Today decorated ketohs and Plains Indian beaded wrist guards are worn mainly for ceremonial and social occasions, including dancing at pow wows. There has been a recent surge in popularity of bow guards as a jewelry item for both men and women.
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ABOUT TURQUOISE

Turquoise is associated with the sky, and bringing sky energy to earth. It is known as a master healer stone as it is believed to help speed the healing process. It is also thought that turquoise can help promote honest and clear communication from the heart.
Turquoise comes in all shades of blue, to blue-green and it is the natural variations in turquoise that make it appealing. The color of turquoise in American Indian jewelry ranges from brownish green to bright blue. Found in veins sandwiched in between layers of mother rock, turquoise can show some of the influence of the mother rock in its matrix or veining. The matrix colors range from blue to golden brown to black and sometimes with golden flecks. Many people prefer turquoise with matrix over clear stones. Read more about stones.

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