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Object description

  • Diné (Navajo) artist
  • Wrist guard, mid-late 19th century
  • Leather, silver, turquoise
  • Southwestern United States
  • H: 3 3/8 in, dia.: 2 5/8 in (H: 8.6 cm, dia.: 6.7 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1904
  • E5869
  • Originally, worn as protection for forearm and wrist from bowstrings when hunting
  • Now collected and made as decorative adornment for men and women

By the mid-late 19th century, Diné (Navajo) hunters wore a silver and leather ketoh (pronounced GAY-toe) to protect their wrist and forearm when using a bow and arrow. This ketoh has a small, square turquoise in the center, surrounded by repousse and hand-stamped designs. The wrist guard's center stone and four quadrant orientation likely refers to the sacred place of Diné emergence into this world and the four cardinal directions.