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The Man in the Maze design is one of the oldest and most enigmatic Native American designs and this design was one of two similar maze designs used by the ancient Tohono O'odham tribe of southern Arizona where the Pima tribe lives today. The Hopi have also similar maze design so one may have very well influenced the other as Tohona O'odham tribe is thought be descendants of the Anasazi who also lived in the Four Corners region.
The Man was originally a creator figure called the Elder Brother or I'itoi who took a circuitous route to his home beneath Baboquivari Peak as represented by the Maze in order to elude anyone who might be following him. In more recent times, this design has been referred to as the Path of Life, and there have been disagreements about whether the man is entering or leaving the maze. In either case, the design itself lends itself to the Path of Life interpretation as there are no dead ends, no short cuts, and the entire path must be followed to complete the journey.
This beautifully executed overlay pendant with a features a H*o*p*i style finish (semi poloshed, bit as dark as an old pawn finish) and is the most popular Man in the Maze design among its variations.
Overlays are designs created from a separate sheet of sterling silver. In this pendant, for example, the Man in the Maze design is removed from a sheet of sterling silver cut into the same size as the slightly domed pendant round and then bonded to the base layer of the pendant's base layer or round which the artist oxidized (darkened) for contrast. Fine overlay work such as exemplified in this pendant require more time to make than most pendants with mounted stones!
The domed pendant measures 1" in diameter and has a teardrop shaped freefloating bail with a useable interior diameter of 1/8th."
Please beware of the flood of cheap Mexican maze pendants that many sellers offer for sale as Native American. Unfortunately, in many cases today, Mexican silver has become quite problematic with sterling coated nickel silver, items stamped sterling or .925 that in fact have a considerably lesser silver content, and other deceptive practices. This isn't an indictment of all Mexican silver but rather a caution that if a price seems too good to be true, it might not really be .925 sterling silver.
A very, very nicely done and reasonably priced overlay style Maze pendant!
Navajo artist Stanley Gene created this pendant, and his hallmark and sterling stamp are on the back of the pendant.
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