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Three kachina pieces are individual pin pendants; the fourth piece is a hanger where they all attach by means of shepherd's hooks.
Bennie Ration, Navajo
- $795 plus s/h
Paula says - "The three handmade kachinas on this necklace are individual pin pendants. Shepherd's hooks on the backs of the kachinas attach to the central stamped hanger and to the chain."
The central turquoise kachina is 2 3/4" tall by 1 2/3" wide. All have excellent sterling silver stampwork.
The side kachinas are 2 1/8" tall by 1 1/8" wide.
The back of each kachina has a pin finding and a sheperd's hook so you can wear them as pins, pendants or a necklace.
We were fortunate to obtain this and many other pieces from the estate of a collector who had a great appreciation for Benson and Bennie Rations pieces.
Bennie Ration was born in 1955 on the Canoncity Navajo reservation in New Mexico to Frances and John Ration. His brother Benson was born in 1953. They are full blooded Navajo and come from a long line of silversmiths. Their father, John Ration, started teaching them the fundamentals of silversmithing in grade school. They helped their father who suggested that someday they might need to depend on silversmithing as their line of work.
After graduating from high school, Bennie completed a one-year program at the US Silkscreen and Graphics School in Scottsdale, Arizona. He worked in that field for 3 years. In 1978, he returned to silversmithing and developed his own three dimensional style of silver kachina figures, animals, feathers and other Navajo patterns. He incorporates high quality stones in his pieces.
Although the style of Bennie's work is unmistakable, it does bear some similarity to the pieces of his brother, Benson. Bennie Ration's hallmark is B. R. or BENNIE RATION and an eagle claw image.
Awards: 1st in New Mexico State Fair Albuquerque.
What is a Kachina?
A kachina is one of many supernatural beings who play a role in the religious beliefs and rituals of Pueblo Indian peoples. A kachina is also a masked dancer believed to embody a particular spirit during a religious ceremony. Also, a kachina is a carved doll in the costume of a particular spirit.
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|A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance.|
|30 years or older.|
|New Old Stock. Retail store inventory from at least 10 years ago.|
|An item that has been used.|