4" at front tapering to 2 3/4" at ends.
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."
The above photos of similar ketohs on a man's wrist shows two of the ways this type of leather cuff can be worn.
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.
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.
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.
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.