Antique American Southwestern Navajo Shield Painted Eagle 1960's
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Antique American Southwestern Navajo Shield Painted Eagle 1960's:
I had my Navajo shield valued at $600+. Here is what they said about it:
This is a Native American shield with a braided black and red leather strip attached to both ends of the circle in the back of the shield for holding. The front of the shield has a central motif of a Thunderbird in colors of black, white, red and turquoise outlined in white. The outside of the circle has black stepped designs outlined in white with a small turquoise circle in the center and there are white birds between the stepped black designs. The black stepped designs represent adobes with windows. The rim of the shield has overlapping leather and is leather laced for adherence. There are six leather strips with feathers, circular pieces of unpainted hardened white wood, and painted black wood, pony beads. The leather and the feathers are held below the unpainted wood with metal tubular bindings. The leather is tanned rawhide and highly treated with a good patina. The feathers appear to be black birds or crow feathers. The shield was probably used for shows and is from 1960-1970 It measures: 13.5 inches by 2 inches thickThe shield was a very important item to the Native Americans, not only for the obvious physical protection, but also because of the Spiritual Protection. Because of the latter, shields did not disappear from the cultural identity of the Native Americans as it did the Europeans. While many of the shields were not used as actual physical protection, many carried shields attached in some way upon their animals, or were put in places/poles of Honor, to the East of the warrior's lodge. Thus, its spiritual protection was maintained. The feathers on the shield are referred to as prayer feathers, and the Thunderbird symbol is a cross-cultural symbol of the Southwest, Plains and Pacific Northwest Tribes and symbolizes power, protection and strength. The Thunderbird on the shield offers protection for the adobe living Native American of the Southwest. To the Navajo, the legend of TES'NA'HALE refers to the Thunderbird or Spiritual Helper.
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