Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise Medicine Bear Belt Buckle
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NBU162 - (ONLY
Paula says -
"Crisp stamping and impeccable overlay by one of our favorite Navajo artists!"
Fits up to a 1 1/2" belt.
What is Overlay?
Overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The top layer has a cutout design. The solid bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented for contrast. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks. The cutout top layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is, heated so that they become one. This is a very difficult skill to master.
Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of Native American artists. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions. The most powerful medicine bear is White Bear.
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