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Monica Van Riper, Anglo - Sterling Silver
Man in a Maze Pendant
HK Item #NP530

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Authentic Native American sterling silver man in a maze pendant by Monica Van Riper Anglo

Authentic Native American sterling silver man in a maze pendant by Monica Van Riper Anglo

size
2" long including fixed bail;
1 1/8 wide;
1/4" bail opening
materials
Sterling Silver Read about silver
hallmarks
stamped: VR STERLING
artist
Monica Van Riper, Anglo

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Monica Van Riper, Anglo
Sterling Silver
Man in a Maze
Pendant
NP530A Satin Finish
$80 plus s/h  
NP530B Shiny Finish
$95 plus s/h  

Paula says - "This item shows design characteristics and workmanship of being Anglo made but in fact is was made by Anglo silversmith Monica Van Riper. We are not selling it as Native American made."

Authentic Native American sterling silver man in a maze pendant by Monica Van Riper Anglo

1/4" bail opening.

Authentic Native American sterling silver man in a maze pendant by Monica Van Riper Anglo

Sterling silver collar shown is not included.

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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. Anglo 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 Anglo 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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