A symbol of the cosmos and success
Each tiny hand cast narradores solid silver bead has been based on a symbol from the ancient Moche civilization which flourished on the north coastal regions of Peru between AD100 and AD800.
The Moche left a vivid artistic record of their beliefs and activities in beautifully sculpted and painted ceramic vessels, colorful wall murals, sumptuous textiles, and superbly crafted objects of gold, silver and copper.
This beautiful four pointed star shaped silver bead is based on a stone Moche mace head, the mace being the preferred weapon in Moche culture, an instrument of battle and yet fashioned in such beauty. The handles were made of wood, and the heads of stone. The clubs were often formed or decorated with iconography related to nature, the cosmos and the gods which they worshipped.
The Moche believed that contact between the celestial world of stars and the world which receives rainfall and where plants grow was essential to successful harvests in their agricultural society, hence the importance of the star motif. The subjects in Moche art such as the warriors, priests and owls, were often depicted as whole scenes notably scenes showing night skies full of stars across which crescent boats carried figures such as Si, the Moon Mother and Goddess.
The decorative bead is designed to thread onto our silver chains or silver hoop earrings.
The narradores collection is designed by Aileen Brindle and hand-cast in solid silver by skilful artisans in Peru .
‘narradores’ only works with fair trade suppliers helping to provide a sustainable income for traditional craftspeople.