Item # 823A - Vintage Navajo Turquoise Knifewing Pendant w/Chain by Bell Trading Co.

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Item # 823A - Vintage Navajo Turquoise Knifewing Pendant w/Chain by Bell Trading Co.

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Vintage 80's turquoise Knifewing pendant with chain. The small pendant display a Knifewing deity with a round cut and polished blue turquoise stone set in a serrated bezel and mounted in the belly of the deity. Hand cut and detailed with stampwork. The pendant comes already attached to two (2) sections of dainty cable link chain which has a spring loaded clasp on one end and a larger jump ring on the other end.

The actual Knifewing deity measures 3/4" tall by 13/16" across the wings. It measures 21" long end to end with each chain measuring 10" long. The dainty cable link chains are 1mm in size. The pendant is stamped with an older Bell Trading Co hallmark of a post with arrow and sign hanging from arrow with a Bell on the sign. Under the sign hallmark it's stamped STERLING. Very nice vintage Bell jewelry!  $49.95

The Knifewing and Rainbowman first descend most likely from the Zuni Shield of the Priesthood of the Bow Clan. Knifewing is a mythological being with wings covered in flint blades. He would sweep down from the heavens and carry off beautiful Zuni maidens. Knifewing was the original war god of Zuni. The half man half eagle deity, Knifewing, is believed to bestow wisdom, strength, and courage among his people.