Modern Primitive Shaman's Amulet + Mojave Desert + Designer Jewelry + Sand and Stone + Mammoth Ivory

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Modern Primitive Shaman's Amulet + Mojave Desert + Designer Jewelry + Sand and Stone + Mammoth Ivory

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Desert mystery in black, brown and silver...stone textures and a deerhide amulet filled with sand and creosote...ancient mammoth ivory...all on a handwoven cord

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:: Mojave Shaman's Amulets ::

:: This necklace contains mammoth ivory and is for sale within the United States only ::

Potent talismans of earth and ancient days, of Mojave wanderings and walkabouts.  Several different disciplines are brought together in this pendant including metal clay work, leatherwork, hand weaving and hand polishing, and it took quite a while to bring them all together.  It was one of those pieces that was very particular about what was to go into it, and I had to pay close attention to understand.

It began with the leather amulet: in my mind's eye I saw a small rectangular piece stuffed with desert sand and sacred substances.  It took form out of black deerhide--it had to be black--and this piece is velvety soft.  The sides were whipstitched together with waxed linen thread, with tiny trails of Picasso finish glass seed beads meandering like a walkabout down the front, and a second line of stitching in brown linen running down the reverse.  Inside it is filled with the substances and offerings seen in the last photo: granitic gravel from a Mojave wash, creosote bush leaves, rock salt from Utah, golden and Mayan black copal incense, and a protective black obsidian tear from the Jemez mountains in New Mexico.  I gathered all myself except the salt and copal.  Next to the pouch is a bit of deerhide fringe for movement and a beautiful line.

A large, thick and substantial rectangle of fine silver PMC wanted to go next to the amulet as they echo one another's slight hourglass shape.  This one was molded from a granite wall high in Joshua Tree National Park and it is one of my favorite PMC pieces thus far.  It hangs on sterling links which were hammered on desert rock, with a handformed ring of bronze.  

On the other side is a long piece of mammoth ivory dating to the last Ice Age.  It came from Alaska and was sold to me raw by Gary Wilson, and it has a beautiful, subtle grain which I brought out by laborious hand polishing...no machines for this.  On one side you can see the remarkable brown outer rind that formed on the tusk during its long burial in permafrost.  This was slightly refined but left matte.  

The ring that holds all of these elements is fine silver, also hammered on desert rock and hand finished.  The cord above it is handwoven nylon--sturdy, durable and washable--which joins at the back of the neck with another fine silver ring, and is ornamented above the pendant with a single bead of ancient walrus ivory made on St. Lawrence Island.  

Powerful in some elusive way, and dramatic, this talisman necklace has a strong presence, and would be equally at home with European designer clothing as it would on a long hike in the wilderness.  It carries the resonating power and presence of wild desert spaces...wind, stone and light.

CARE:  Do not immerse in water.  Wipe with a soft, damp cloth to clean.  The silver can be polished with a silver polishing cloth.  Clean the woven nylon cord by immersing it only in cool water with a gentle fabric detergent such as Eucalan.  Do not scrub or wring; press out excess water between two towels, reshape, and air dry. 

SIZE:  23 1/4" long from the back of your neck to the end of the ivory artifact, when worn.  The pendant assemblage is 7 1/4" long.

PRESENTATION:  This necklace will come to you gift wrapped in hand-decorated and recycled earth-friendly packaging.  See my shop policies below for details.

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