Philander Begay Apache Blue Turquoise and Coral Ogre Bracelet
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In pueblo mythology Nataska is the uncle of the family of ogre kachina who guard Soyok Wuhti, monster woman who enforces good behavior among the children. The mudhead kachina are the court jesters of the ceremonial dances, integral to the dancers and the drummers. In this sculptural tour de force, Philander has carved an ogre and two mud heads being disciplined at the dance by Soyok Wuhti. The ethnographic realism of the bracelet is breathtaking. The Ogre has bright oxblood red coral eyes. Drops of solid 14 karat gold appear above representing the planets in the night sky. Two superb gem grade natural Apache Blue turquoise cabochons are gloriously displayed, one on the Ogre’s arm, the other at his leg. With an incredible amount of depth, the specimens are exceptional. Deep 3D hues of blue swirl together among the dark brown and black matrix of the stones. A bright small Sleeping Beauty turquoise appears on the Ogre’s bracelet. Philander has turned the craft of tufa carving into an art form with this amazing bracelet.
Inner Circumference of Bracelet: 6 in. Bracelet Gap Size: 1-1/8 in. Bracelet Width: 2-1/8 in. (at widest point) Upper Stone Size: 5/8 in. x 1/2 in. Lower Stone Size: 9/16 in. x 1/2 in. Full Inner Circumference of Bracelet Gap Size Included: 7-1/8 in. (Can be slightly adjusted prior to shipment upon request)
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