Navajo Turquoise and Sterling Silver Man-in-a-Maze Bracelet

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Vintage Navajo Sterling Silver
Man-in-a-Maze Wide Cuff Bracelet
HK Item #PC160

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Vintage Navajo Sterling Silver Bracelet

Wide Sterling Silver Overlay Man in the Maze Bracelet by Navajo artist Stanley Gene.

Vintage Navajo Sterling Silver Bracelet


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Vintage Navajo Sterling Silver
Man-in-a-Maze Overlay Bracelet
Medium Large - #PC160

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2" wide;
7 1/4" inside circumference including gap;
Can be resized down to 7", up to 7 5/8"
62 grams
Stanley Gene, Navajo

No sign of damage or wear -
in excellent condition.

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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.

What is Overlay?

Overlay pieces are made of two layers. The bottom layer is a solid sterling silver piece. The top layer has a cutout design. The cutout is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is heated so that they become one.

The bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks.

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