Labyrinth – inspiration in a maze

 A labyrinth is a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

Another source of inspiration from the desert…..

A beautiful basket with a simple drawing

it’s a journey

the journey of life


labyrinth basket

Man in the Maze

The Man in the Maze is a type of unicursal labyrinth, represented in the basket making and silversmithing of the American Southwest, especially among the Tohono O’Odham nation, characterized by seven concentric circles.
So what does it mean?    The “Man In The Maze” is believed to be a visual representation of the Tohono O’odham Indians belief in life, death and the life after death. The man at the top of the maze depicts birth. By following the pattern, beginning at the top, the figure enters the maze encountering many turns and changes, as in life. As the journey continues, one aquires knowledge, strength and understanding. Nearing the end of the maze, one retreats to a small corner of the pattern before reaching the dark center of death and eternal life. Here one repents, cleanses and reflects back on all the wisdom gained. Finally, pure and in harmony with the world, death and eternal life are accepted.
Wow – I love the simplicity of this basket for such a complex concept –   the journey of life.
And I wanted to incorporate this symbolism into some of my jewelry.
This ring is the first piece.
I added just a hint of gold in a process called keum-boo.
The ring has a deep black patina.
labyrinth ring
creating the desert in glass and metal

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