Shadowbox bar is 2 5/8" x 1" and is topped by an adobe building, a kiva and a seed pot.
The kachinas are removable and can be worn as individual pendants.
Hooks on the backs allow the pieces to be disassembled.
Benson Ration, Navajo
Paula says - "Benson Ration's necklaces are some of the most interesting I have ever seen. The detailed workmanship is exquisite and the pieces can be disconnected and worn as individual pendants. Very cool design."
Drop with orange banded agate is 3" x 2" and framed by intricate sterling silver overlay designs.
Maiden kachinas are 3" x 7/8" with traditional stamping.
Sterling silver hook and eye closure.
About Benson Ration
Navajo silversmith Benson Ration was born in 1953. He and his brother, Bennie Ration, were taught silversmithing by their father, John Benson. Benson Ration makes many types of jewelry but is well known for his versatile kachina necklaces, which can be taken apart and the individual pieces worn separately. He stamps his work BR along with a hoof print, which signifies his clan.
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.
NOTE: Items in our Vintage Shop are either USED or NEW. They might come from inheritances, estate sales, private collections, and store liquidations. Many items are brand new (NOS, New Old Stock) and in perfect condition while others may show tarnish, scratches and other signs of use. Major issues will be described in detail and shown in photos. Vintage Shop items are sold as described and are not returnable.
Horsekeeping LLC - Definitions of Jewelry Age and Condition
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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.|