POTTERY played an important role among indigenous peoples. The Southwest nations would gather clay from river-beds and then created pottery using the ribbon and coil method of making their bowls. Despite the simplicity of their materials and tools, the potters achieved extraordinary degrees of delicacy and sophistication in their art. Generally, the decorations were geometric but also displayed fanciful animal forms as well as symbolic motifs.
The Shard displayed on the Medicine Bundle shown, and any one that you might order, although each is very individual in shape and design, was excavated in Navaho, Arizona, by The Museum of Natural History, and later released for general public use. It serves as a sacred reminder of a great ancestral heritage of the Anasazi people from approximately A.D. 1000. Created with recycled cow rawhide, the stiff leather sides are stitched with antique glass beads. The FRONT FLAP of soft layered Deer suede has been elaborately illustrated with ancient petrogliff patterns and displays a Pottery Shard (discussed above). Hanging from the Shard are antique bone and glass beads.
When you lift the flap up, it reveals the FRONT OF the POUCH which has been illustrated with simple petrogliff designs. The Pouch is further enhanced with ancient Granite Beads as well as antique clay and glass. It is strung with three strands of Leather and Linen strapping.
Dimensions: These are approximate, due to the nature of the materials; each pouch is individual and varies slightly in size. Pouch length, 3 inches. Tapered width, 2 ½ X 3 ½ inches. Length with flap, fringe and dangles, 5 inches. Thickness, 1 ½ inches. Strap length, 24 inches.
Available in a limited edition.
Due to the labor-intensive handwork involved in creating this piece, please allow 4-8 weeks delivery time. If more time is required, I will contact you - thanks!