Vintage Pawn Navajo Native American Ketoh Bow Guard Turquoise Bracelet
A Ketoh is a heavy wrist band that protects an archer's arm from the snap of the bow string. Originally they were plain thick leather straps. Once silver smithing became a part of Navajo life, ketohs began to be decorated with silver and stones, usually turquoise. Ketohs were made by and for Native Americans, not the market. Now there is little practical use for these wrist guards but they are still worn on special occasions by both men and women.
Sad to say they are reproducing these gorgeous historical bow guards. This one however is authentic, not just fresh from China, nor is it a machine made article for the tourist trade.
The thick black leather has been hand cut and shows wear form use. The edges show some scuffs and the leather is flexible from being worn. The bow guard was made with two rows of snaps for fastening, so it can be tightened up or loosened as needed.
The sterling silver has deep hand stamping around the edges. Eight large turquoise gem stones are bezel set using the sawtooth design, rather labor intensive. Beautiful sky blue turquoise, all showing the same hue of blue.
Measures 9 inches from leather edge to leather edge with a width of 3 1/2 inches.
Offers are sometimes entertained. Just a beauty!
Item ID: 912 Ketoh Bow Guard
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