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:: Journeyer ::

Straight out the dreamtime, an amulet full of elegant simplicity and earth textures. This long pendant is comprised of stacked ethnographic elements, each one carefully handwoven onto a nylon cord.

A long, slender fossil walrus ivory artifact hangs at the bottom. This is an ancient piece that was--according to my supplier--shaped to reinforce two long pieces of ivory that were being fastened together, possibly as a hunting bow. All of the pieces would have been lashed together to increase strength. It comes from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, excavated from an old village site by the native Yupik people. I find its mottled warm siennas exquisite; one side is darker, which you can see in the third photo of the entire piece.

Above it is an antique white shell shaman's amulet from Mauritania. These mysterious amulets were apparently worn in pairs, one on the front of the body and the other on the back. I'm still trying to uncover more information about them. Next, two beautifully-shaped beads are stacked together: a piece of rich brown Baltic amber, and another fragment of fossil ivory.

A handmade bronze ring is woven in above these. This is my own work, bronze clay impressed in a mold made from weathered high desert juniper wood, kiln fired, and hand polished. Above this is a solid conch shell bead from the Naga tribes of India and Burma, bracketed with brass beads.

The cord divides here and was woven upward to meet at a third fossil ivory bead. Along the way, I worked in four small beads, three of old African trade glass and one contemporary Czech glass bead.

As tempting as it is to want to assign meanings to these elements, I think it's best to allow you to do so yourself. Or you can simple allow these to remain mysterious, and whisper to you of dreamtime lands and the elemental tranquility of the desert...

Size: 49.5cm from the nape of the neck to the base of the ivory pendant. The pendant assemblage measures 17cm x 42mm x 14mm.

Care: Cleanse by soaking briefly in cool water and mild fabric detergent. Do not scrub. Rinse and blot dry with a soft towel.

Journeyer will arrive beautifully giftwrapped in a hand-decorated pillow box, along with a handwritten description.

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Desert Primitive Fossil Walrus Ivory, Shamans Amulet, Bronze, Naga Shell and Baltic Amber Pendant on Handwoven Cord


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: fossil walrus ivory, shell, amber, bronze, brass, nylon cord, glass beads
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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