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Navajo Pony Necklace

Navajo Pony Necklace   This necklace includes:
*Picasso pony carved by Navajo artist Kenneth Yazzie
*Petrified wood
*Ocean jasper
*Seed beads
*Sterling beads, findings
*Signed, dated

Length:  24"-30" (61cm - 76cm)
Weight:  3.3 oz (94gm)

Photo: Melinda Holden

  Item #368                       SOLD
This perky little pony is carved from an unusual blue-veined piece of Picasso jasper (sometimes called Picasso marble or just Picasso stone). I made a little beaded Navajo saddle blanket for him as the attachment. The patterns in Picasso often suggest maps, perfect for a frisky pony who is ready for a ride! Picasso is a metamorphic stone which forms deep in the earth and which may go through metamorphosis many times as it is forming, ultimately only those elements which are impervious to heat and pressure remain. Could there be a more apt stone to represent self transformation? The amazonite picks up the blue in the pony and is the stone of personal truth according to The Crystal Ally Cards (see below). The same text gives the attribute "beginnings" to petrified wood because trees symbolize the deep and ancient beginnings of all things.

McManis (below) notes that while domesticated animal fetishes are carved at Zuni, it is commonly the Navajo who use them to protect their herds and flocks or to help increase the numbers of their animals. Indeed, Kenneth Yazzie who carved this little pony is a Navajo (Diné) artist. The Medicine Cards give the horse the attribute of both physical power and unearthly power. Shamans of many cultures use Horse to fly.

One-of-a-kind, subject to prior sale

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