Myron Yazzie, Navajo - Sterling Silver
Navajo Coral and Turquoise
Wrought Ketoh (Bowguard)
HK Item #NBK15

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Authentic Native American sterling silver and Coral and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artist Myron Yazzie

size   
Tied as shown in bottom photo it will fit a 6 1/2" wrist but you can adjust the fit per Paula's comments for anywhere from a 5" to 7" and larger wrist or arm.

2" tall
weight    
49 grams
materials
sterling silver, Read about silver;
Coral and turquoise, Read about stones;
brown leather
artist
Myron Yazzie, Navajo

Authentic Native American sterling silver and Coral and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artist Myron Yazzie

Authentic Native American sterling silver and Coral and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artist Myron Yazzie

Supple and durable leather 2" tall.

Using holes as shown it will fit an 6 1/2" wrist or arm but you can adjust the fit per Paula's comments for a larger wrist by 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.

 

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Myron Yazzie, Navajo
Sterling Silver and
Coral and Turquoise
Ketoh (Bowguard) Leather Cuff

NBK15 - $270 SOLD

See more ketoh bracelets.

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."

sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard

sterling silver and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard

The above photos of a similar ketoh on a woman's wrist shows one way this type of leather cuff can be worn.

Authentic Native American sterling silver and Coral and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artist Myron Yazzie

Authentic Native American sterling silver and Coral and turquoise ketoh leather cuff bowguard by Navajo artist Myron Yazzie

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 Red Coral

Red Coral is the common name given to Corallium Rubrum and several related species of marine coral. Red coral is a collection of hundreds of tiny animals living together in a colonies that resemble small leafless bushes growing on dark, rocky seabottom. The coral skeleton is composed hard calcium carbonate, colored in shades of red from pale pink to deep red. It can be semi-translucent to opaque. It is naturally matte, but can be polished to a glassy shine. Red coral is frequently dyed to enhance color and it can also be impregnated with resins or epoxies to fill surface fissures and flaws.

Coral jewelry has been found in ancient Egyptian and prehistoric European burials. The Romans believed coral could protect children from harm, as well as cure bites from snakes and scorpions and diagnose diseases by changing colour.
Read more . . .

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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