Bracelet, Ketoh, Turquoise, Hand Chased, Vintage, 609
KETOHS, PRONOUNCED: (GAY-TOHS)
The history of the ketoh goes back to Navajo archers and the bands they wore to protect their forearms from the snap of their bowstrings. These stiff leather guards were eventually embellished by Navajo silversmiths with conchos, silver buttons and turquoise stones. They ceased to be functional archery gear and instead became worn as decorative jewelry. Old ketohs are highly sought after by collectors.
This beautiful vintage ketoh features a wide shield of heavy (sheet or ingot) silver that has been hand-chased and stamped, and adorned with two irregularly shaped nuggets of matrixed turquoise. The shield is flanked by a column of silver fluted conchos on a wide leather cuff, fastened by sinew ties.
- affiliation: Navajo
- materials: sterling silver, turquoise, leather
- shield: 2 3/4" x 4 3/4"
- closure: sinew ties
- weight: grams
- condition: very nice vintage condition, leather has some stiffening, usual wear, and oxidation for vintage
- style number: JB2609