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The swinging bail has a 1/2" opening. It is shown here with 9 mm beads (beads not included).
Paula says - "I've never seen such a huge beautiful kachina pendant. The detail is masterfully and tastefully done. The 3-dimensional effect of the case mask and ruff gives this pendant real depth and interest. The authenticity and completeness of the characteristics is amazing. The feather cap portion of his headdress is gold. A Navajo friend of mine who was good friends with the late Tommy Singer said that this is Tommy's version of the Navajo Yeibichai."
Genuine gold cap on headdress.
Yei is a shortened version of YeiBeiChei, a holy figure in Native American cultures.
The yei figure symbolizes healing powers.
Appearing as petroglyphs (rock art) in North America, Yei figures are often use in healing sand paintings and woven into rugs. The figures can be found depicted standing upright, curved, angled and in a three-sided square.
There are male and female yei figures. Female yei have square heads and male yei are depicted with round heads.
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The Morning Kachina, is also known as the Morning Singer, Early Morning Kachina, the Silent Kachina and Talavai. The Silent Kachina is an odd nickname for the Morning Kachina since it sings! Pairs of Morning Kachinas sing to wake people in the villages each morning.
Typically, Morning Kachina:
About Navajo Artist Tommy Singer
Tommy Singer (1940-2014), was the son of a Navajo medicine man who taught him the art of making jewelry. Tommy grew up in a small community of Dilcon on the Navajo Reservation and began his silversmith career at age 21 by making silver overlay jewelry. He soon added turquoise stones to his work and this led to his inovation in the 1970s of the chip inlay method, where small pieces of turquoise and coral are mixed with epoxy to fill cavities in silver pieces. Chip inlay became very popular and continues to be used by countless Native American artists to this day. Besides using traditional rug and sandpainting designs in his work Tommy made exceptional storyteller pieces in sterling silver and gold overlay. His colorful bead necklaces, which include many different stones as well as gold and silver barrel beads, are highly prized. Tommy Singer was one of the most accomplished and most popular Native American artists and his work is admired and collected the world over.
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