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Hand Engraved Spirit Face Sterling Silver "Shield" Tinaa Earrings
This pair of sterling silver hand engraved "Spirit Face" earrings are one of a kind by Tlingit Master Artist Israel Shotridge. The shape of the sterling silver elements are in the form of a traditional "Copper Shield".
Earring wires and findings are in sterling silver. Natural abalone shell beads and black onyx beads are used to accent the jewelry. The overall length of these earrings are 3".
The copper (shield) is a unique and enigmatic emblem of the Northwest Coast. Coppers are a symbol of wealth and prestige and have an important place in the ceremonial life of Northwest Coast people.