Navajo Healing Hand Jewelry Box
Native American Pottery

Navajo Healing Hand Jewelry Box

Original price was: $75.00.Current price is: $65.00.

Navajo Healing Hand Jewelry Box

Fine etched horsehair jewelry box with a totem on the lid is a great gift for a loved one in which to place a keepsake.  Wonderful etching of Healing Hand and symbols and horsehair.


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Navajo Healing Hand Jewelry Box

 Navajo Ceramic Fine Etched Horsehair Jewelry Box

with Healing Hand by Velcita Whitegoat

Navajo Healing Hand Jewelry Box. This beautiful round fine etched horsehair jewelry box with a healing hand etched on the lid is a great gift for a loved one in which to place keepsakes. The symbol is the healing hand or the hand of friendship. The energy of healing is passed onto the receiver. Great gift of healing and compassion.



4.75 in. dia. x 2.25 in. tall




Navajo Totem Etched Jewelry Boxes

HORSE HAIR: The ancient Indian tribes made this pottery to honor a favorite horse or to celebrate the birth of a horse. It is said that this pottery was first created when a long-haired maiden was removing hot pottery from her kiln and the wind blew her hair onto the hot pot and burned the hair into the pottery. The pottery is poured, then fired for a period of time after which it is removed from the kiln, and hair from the mane and the tail of a horse are applied to the hot pottery. The hair creates the dark lines and the smoke from the burning hair creates the cloudy grey areas. The pottery is then returned to the kiln where firing is completed. The pottery is removed from the kiln, etched and spray-glazed. Each piece of pottery comes with a certificate of authenticity which certifies that the pottery has been handcrafted by a Native American Indian artist. Our horsehair pottery is created in Arizona and New Mexico by several potters.

This ceramic pottery is beautiful and collectible. Ceramic pottery is created through a process by which clay is poured into a mold, handetched and handpainted by the potter, then fired in a kiln. This pottery is referred to as slip-poured, slip-cast, or simply ceramic. Because the potter does not hand build each pot, instead opting for a pot that comes from a mold, there is more time to spend on the etching and painting techniques. This method of creating pottery allows the potter to create many more finished pieces. Etching and painting techniques have improved and the cost for this type of pottery is less than handbuilt or handcoiled pots.

The air-dried ceramic clay pot is painted on a wheel using a damp sponge and commercial paints. While the clay is still soft, designs are incised through the paint layer into the pot. This type of etching is called Sgraffitto. Etched art is done on either red terracotta clay or white gypsum clay and after being fired in a kiln, the resulting design shows either the bright white (gypsum) or the red earth-colored (terracotta) background seen on the various pieces. Navajo pots have the most variety in etching and use symbols for mountains, rain, wings, arrows clouds, staircase of life or altar, prayer feathers, whirlwinds, plants, bear paw, corn, water, lightning, handprints, kachinas, animals, friendship and migration as well as many others. Their etching is beautifully done and each symbol is a prayer to the Great Spirit.

Traditionally, Native American pottery is NOT glazed on the inside. If you put liquid in an unglazed pot it will be absorbed into the clay and seep through as the clay is very porous. If the pot is smooth and very shiny on the inside, like a coffee mug, it is glazed which means you can put liquid in it, but not for a long period of time.


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