Desert Primitive Ceremonial Antler Talisman + Linen Fiber Necklace + Handmade Fine Silver Elements + Resined Papers + Ancient Beads, Saguaro, Taos Pueblo Clay

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Desert Primitive Ceremonial Antler Talisman + Linen Fiber Necklace + Handmade Fine Silver Elements + Resined Papers + Ancient Beads, Saguaro, Taos Pueblo Clay

295.00

An elegant and earthy necklace for desert ceremony...soft, organic neutrals quiet the mind as the beads and silver elements connect you to the ancestors and the desert.

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:: The Path of Our Migration ::

The Pueblo Indians of the Southwest have long histories, accounts of the centuries of migration they undertook before settling in their homes of today.  As they wandered, they built and then abandoned the enigmatic Great Houses of Chaco, met and mingled with other tribes, fought and parted ways, and changed, always changed.  At the core they strove to stay true to their sacred relationship with the land and world around them.  When they failed, they left their homes and went away to begin again. 

I contemplated their many migration stories and home-places as my hands traveled down trails of natural linen fiber, pausing along the way to knot in an ancient bead here, a piece of antler there, or clay from Taos Pueblo.  The journey unfurled into skeins of braided stories, and culminated in a powerful stacked pendant of deer antler and silver.  Each element is a remembrance of joys and sorrows on the way. 

The pendant is anchored on a large ring of fused fine silver, hammered on desert rock and gently oxidized.  A hand-twisted cord of linen descends from it through a stack of handmade papers infused with resin, some like parchment and membrane, and some like rawhide, surmounted by a luminous bead of ancient quartz from Africa.  Below, a forked deer's antler tip with natural surface hangs with its beaded ties.  The deer is gentleness, but also wildness, and antlers have appeared on images of sacred beings for tens of thousands of years, indicating spiritual power.

There is a great variety of beads on the slender linen fibers knotted to the silver ring above.  Two of my own fine silver metal clay creations are here.  The flat disc that has been knotted into the strand on one side was directly impressed on Sonoran Desert stone found north of the Catalina Mountains.  The other element is a flattened ring that joins the two sides of the necklace together near the top, and as raw clay it was impressed on Mesa Verde rock.  Also from the landscape of the desert Southwest are beads of saguaro cactus rib, a juniper seed, and discs of pit-fired micaceous clay from Taos Pueblo, by Meko Concha. 

Other beads include ancient shell from Central Asia and Pre-Columbian shell from South America, polished antler, rough and shaped quartz and agate from Africa, handmade stoneware discs, ancient Bactrian glass over 2000 years old, snakebone, jasper, luminous Ethiopian opal, Mali clay, and richly colored Czech glass...all singing together in harmony. 

...for desert dreaming, ceremony, or walkabouts...  

SIZE:  The pendant assemblage measures 6 1/4" x 1 7/8" x 1", or 159mm x 48mm x 25mm.  The necklace with pendant measures 24 1/2" or 62cm, from the back of your neck to the end of the pendant when worn.

CARE:   Because of the organic elements and Taos clay beads, this necklace should not be immersed in water.  Gently wipe the elements or spot clean the fibers should they become soiled.  To prevent the linen fibers from becoming entangled, I recommend hanging it when it is not being worn, or storing in a container of its own.  

PRESENTATION:  This necklace will come to you beautifully giftwrapped.  See my shop policies below for details.

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