A vintage Kachina Doll inlay ring is available for sale. The inlayed stones appear to include Turquoise, Spiny Oyster, Jet, and Mother of Pearl. This ring is not signed and does not have a metal purity stamp. However, it does test well for Sterling, or 925, Silver.
The ring is about 4/5th inches tall and just over 1/2 inches wide. It weighs approximately 3 grams. The band size is approximately 5.5.
Kachinas, in Pueblo tribal history, are three different things: a mythological figure, a figure within tribal tradition, and a treasured doll. The mythological Kachinas are best described as the spirits of all things, who are generally helpful good natured beings. The help humans with their lives and dealings, especially with the gods. Generally associated with bringing good weather, good crops, luck, and other things beyond human control. The Hopi believe the Kachinas came with humans from the Underworld from which the first men emerged. This is where the Kachinas in tribal tradition, who are human, come in.
At some point in history all the Kachinas were either killed in an attack or turned their back on an ungrateful mankind for taking them for granted and treating them with disrespect. Either way the Kachinas were lost to the tribes of the Pueblo. Men began to dress as them for ceremonies, replacing the treasured lost, believing it would help in the areas the Kachinas once helped in.
As the Kachinas, in tribal tradition, represent different things, and were standardized, tribal members were expected to recognize the Kachina by sight. They were also expected to know what that Kachina was associated with. The dolls were revered tools for the tribal children to learn the Kachinas and were not toys.
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Our antique and vintage silver for sale is mainly vintage, pre-owned, and antique items. They usually will have signs of wear and tear. The pieces may have dents, scratches, patina(tarnish or oxidation caused by age), cracked and broken stones, etc. The item in the photographs may be larger or smaller than what they appear in the photo. Check the description for physical dimensions and contact us with any questions. We are not experts in stones and stone types are based off our knowledge. We do acid tests for silver purity. Items are sold as is.
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