Great vintage Ketoh
This beautiful vintage ketoh was collected in Arizona. It features a wide shield of silver that has been hand-chased and adorned with five beautifully matched turquoise stones. The shield is flanked by a column of silver stamped conchos on a wide leather cuff, fastened by sinew ties.
KETOHS, PRONOUNCED: (GAY-TOHS)
The history of the ketoh goes back to Navajo archers and the bands they wore to protect their forearms from the snap of their bowstrings. These stiff leather guards were eventually embellished by Navajo silversmiths with conchos, silver buttons and turquoise stones. They ceased to be functional archery gear and instead became worn as decorative jewelry. Old ketohs are highly sought after by collectors.
- artist: unknown
- affiliation: likely Navajo
- markings: none
- materials: sterling silver, turquoise, leather
- dimensions on the plate: 4" x 3" with a slight curve to shape to the wrist
- weight: 158 grams
- condition: excellent vintage condition with light oxidation and wear, the leather strap has been replaced by accredited artifact restorer
- style: JB2680