A charming pendant that we rediscovered, without finding who made it, or the artist’s tribal affiliation.
Given the realistic little horse, we think he/she was Navajo, Apache, or Plains in origin – horse-loving tribes, all.
The cast horse is sturdily naturalistic, in full stride, with tail and mane blowing in the wind.
It is attached to a hand-cut and polished heart, of heavenly pastel, natural shell.
The celestially delicate coloration of the shell ranges from palest pink, to peachy gold (on the back), to creamy white.
It perfectly symbolizes the tender and fragile feelings of love.
The bail is of hand-twisted silver, resembling a rope, marvelously appropriate to anchoring a horse.
It also adds a bit of texture to the smooth surfaces.
A beautiful combination of the delicate and the robust, this is an unusual, and very pretty, pendant.