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Charlton Lindsay - Navajo Sterling Silver
Man in a Maze Belt Buckle
HK Item #NBU229

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Navajo Sterling Silver Man in a Maze belt buckle by Charlton Lindsay

A striking sterling silver overlay buckle.

Size
2 1/4 x 1 5/8"
fits up to a 1" belt

Weight

25 grams
Hallmarks
stamped: Sterling
with a kokopelli figure
Artist
Charlton Lindsay, Navajo

 

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Navajo Sterling Silver
Man in a Maze Buckle - NBU229
$135 plus s/h

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Navajo Sterling Silver Man in a Maze belt buckle

Fits up to a 1" wide belt.

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What is Overlay?

With silver overlay, there are two layers of silver - the top layer is a scene, figures, or symbols meticulously cut out and then placed over a solid silver bottom layer.

The bottom layer is the background behind the cutouts and is traditionally darkened (oxidized) for contrast. Navajo silversmiths typically leave the background smooth while Hopi usually etch the background with hashmarks.

The two layers are then “sweated” together - the silver is heated until the two layers meld.

The result is a 3-D picture with great depth and interest.

What is the "Man In A Maze"?

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The figure known as the "Man In A Maze," depicts a man entering or exiting a labyrinth. It is a theme seen on baskets from as far back as the nineteenth century and occasionally in Navajo silver art. Such depictions of labyrinths are also found in ancient petroglyphs (Native American rock art).

The symbol can represent a person's journey through life. The maze contains many twists and turns, meant to represent choices made in life. The center is round and dark, so the journey can be from darkness to light or vice versa depending on which way you are headed!

Some interpret the center as a representation of a person's dreams and goals. When you reach the center, you have reached your goals and the sun god there blesses you and helps you pass into the next world.

Another interpretation of this symbol is that the man represents the human seed and the maze is the womb. As the man enters the maze, he creates new life which represents reincarnation or eternal life.

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