A symbol of adornment for power and protection
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 narrow silver wheel 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 objects used in daily life.
This serrated round bead is similar in decoration to the large ear studs the Moche wore as part of their ceremonial ware, a symbolic adornment of beauty and power and yet formed like an instrument of battle and protection.
The decorative bead is designed to thread onto a silver chain, leather necklet or bracelet. It can also be used as a spacer between the narradores beads allowing you to build your own collection of narradores adornments.
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.