Sterling Silver
Turquoise Ketoh (Bowguard)
HK Item #NBK13

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sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard

size   
Tied as shown in bottom photo it will fit a 7 3/4" wrist but you can adjust the fit per Paula's comments for anywhere from a 5" to 9" and larger wrist or arm.

4" tall at front tapering to 2 3/4" at ends.
weight    
104 grams
materials
sterling silver, Read about silver;
block turquoise, Read about stones;
leather
artist
unknown

sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard

4" at front tapering to 2 3/4" at ends.

sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard

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Sterling Silver and Turquoise
Ketoh (Bowguard) Leather Cuff

NBK13 - $350 plus s/h       View your  Horsekeeping Videos and Books shopping cart.

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 when deciding on a ketoh size to fit you.

"In my opinion, this ketoh shows all the design characteristics and workmanship of being Native American made. But because we can't attribute the work to a specific artist we can't legally sell it as Native American made - read more."

sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard

sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard

The above photos of similar ketohs on a man's wrist shows two of the ways this type of leather cuff can be worn.

sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard

Supple and durable leather 4" tall at front tapering to 2 3/4" at ends.

Using holes as shown it will fit a 7 3/4" wrist or arm but you can adjust the fit per Paula's comments for a larger wrist by punching more holes or leaving a gap where the ends meet. For a smaller wrist you can punch new holes and trim the leather to fit as small as a 5" wrist.

Questions or more details.

Store Policies

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.
Read more . . .

About Block Turquoise

Block turquoise is comprised of epoxy, dye, and crushed stone. Block turquoise is often more consistent in color, pattern and hardness than natural stone and is more suitable for applications such as inlay knife handles, ketoh bracelets and rings that may be subject to abrasion and moisture.

Why isn't this item called Native American?

The US Department of the Interior Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 and its recent Amendments require that items described as Native American or Indian be made by an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. Furthermore, government regulations suggest that all attributions include the Native American Indian's name, tribe and federal tribal enrollment number. Because it is impossible to identify the artist for many vintage items, even if they are authentic Indian made items, we cannot and will not use the words Native American or Indian in association with such pieces.

Read about authenticity of Native American Indian jewelry.

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