Price: $ 1,800.00 Original: $ 2,800.00
A rare early 20th century Cheyenne glass and metallic seed beaded dispatch case with leather backing, braided fringe, hide and sinew.
The 'whirling log' represented on the flap, not to be confused with Germany's infamous swastika, is a sacred and ancient American Indian symbol. The 'whirling log' was widely used amongst several southwestern tribes as a healing symbol, originally represented during ceremonies in the form of sand paintings and then eventually, the symbol was incorporated into rugs, jewelry and art-work.
According to Dottie Indyke from the Collector's Guide, together with Dennis Aigner, author of The Swastika Symbol in Navajo Textiles:
"Dennis J. Aigner cites Thomas Wilson's research in the 1890s that the earliest evidence of the swastika in America was found in excavations in Tennessee and Ohio. "That the swastika found its way to the Western Hemisphere in prehistoric times cannot be doubted . . . ." Aigner quotes Wilson's writing. One of the specimens "shows its antiquity and its manufacture by the aborigines untainted by contact with the whites."
It's also very possible that this simple variation of a cross—which was often used by early humans to represent a star—sprung up out of the "collective unconscious" among cultures all over the world. "Potters and weavers are basically the first artists," comments Josh Baer, a Santa Fe dealer of Navajo rugs and other Native American artifacts. "They probably didn't influence each other as much as resorting to patterns. In weaving if the image is not pictorial, the alternative is to use geometric forms in such a way that they represent celestial and terrestrial forms."
Length: 21 inches overall.
Condition notes: In overall excellent condition with only a few minor bead losses.
Dottie Indyke. The Collector's Guide. The History of an Ancient Human Symbol.
Dennis Aigner. Swastika Symbol in Navajo Textiles. DAI Press. 2014
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