A symbol of guidance, intuition and spirituality
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 beautifully detailed bead is based on a traditional Moche Warrior Priest, thought to be one of the most important figures of Moche traditional ceremonies. The Warrior Priest is often depicted in the fine line ceramic decoration with rays emanating from his head and shoulders. In addition to his conical helmet, he wore a crescent-shaped headdress and large circular ear ornaments, as detailed in this tiny silver sculpture.
The Moche priests were the curators of ceremonies in life, death and seasonal thanksgiving. Some ceremonies propitiated the beginning and end of the rainy season, and others were intended to favour the growth of plants or celebrate the appearance of astral bodies in the sky.
The warrior priest was respected for their status, guidance, spirituality and connection to the celestial world. Some scholars believe that the central decoration on their headdress sometimes a double circle, or an owls face depicted the third eye, a symbol of intuition.
The decorative bead is designed to thread onto a silver chain, leather necklet or bracelet.
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.