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    Posted 6 years ago

    valentino97
    (683 items)

    I found this amazing unmarked sterling & turquoise Horseshoe Naja for $8.00 in Monroe City, MO last weekend. It is 3"x3". Someone took it off a squash blossom necklace (in fact one is now on ebay bidding at $352. also unmarked)

    From Dubin's "North American Indian & Adornment":

    The horseshoe or naja is "with probable Paleolithic origins, the inverted crescent form (called naja by the Navajo) has represented the Phoenician goddess of fertility, Astarte, and is mentioned in the Book of Judges among the ornaments on camels' necks. The Moors - who dominated Spain for eight centuries - adopted the crescent as a horse's bridle ornament, to protect the horse and rier from "the evil eye." The Spanish brought the idea to the Americas. The Navajo, whether directly from the Spanish, or indirectly through the Plains Indians, adopted the crescent form as a horse headstall (front center band of the bridle) and later as the crowning achievement of their squash-blossom necklaces. Altho the Navajo claim that the naja has no precise symbolic or spiritual significance, it is ubiquitous in their culture and held in high esteem."

    A Naja of this size was most likely attached to a large man's squash blossom. In pic 2 I show it w/my handmade silver beads and then in #3 to show the unmarked back. It's so large that it makes the center 12mm beads look small.

    This Naja still has the back loop so I might make it into a pin if I don't attach it to the beads.

    Comments

    1. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thank you AGH!
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thank you Elisabeth! it is nice indeed. Thank you for enjoying my obsessions.
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thank you friends: AGH, Kevin, Geo, Mike, Racer4four and Elisabeth!
    4. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 years ago
      Don't remember what I wrote, have to stop using my phone on CW at night. I like the color of the stones!
    5. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 6 years ago
      Hi Val... Long time no talk... Hope all is well... What a great find. Love it.
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thank you Gargoyle, Phil, Kevin, Tom & Manikin!
    7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
      Missouri treasure hunter, lol.... Very nice :-)
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Thank you Nadia! The pictures make the blue look flat - I think the turquoise is similar to mined stones found near Cripple Creek, CO.

      When can we get together w/Moonstone? And where do you think would be a good central place?
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Kerry I found so many treasures! But had to keep them small so they'd fit in my carryon bags. And still 2 trains to take before I got back home...To me everything was a deal too good to pass up! I loved it all! Even the tornado and of course a good thunderstorm when you are safely inside.
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Thanks all for the love! Ted, Bell, Tom, Gudrun, Leah and Bhock!

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