This sterling silver is chased and repouseé (hammered from the back to raise the relief). Chasing is the opposite of repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. This panther is surrounded by double curve design, which is the symbol for the “fiddle head ferns”, the first plant to come up in the spring, a symbol for hope. Also included are other Wôbanaki medicine ‘Mide’ plant designs which become canoes traveling around carrying the healing plants to help protect. The healing plants to help protect the wearer.
The maker’s mark as seen in the photographs, the sunrise with the drum is the trademark of Paul René Tamburro, Abenaki artist. The pendant is 2″ high and 1.5″ across. The pendant is currently on a chain but could be added to a bead necklace at the direction of the purchaser.
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