Onyx bracelet, "Eagle Eye"
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The legendary Garuda graces this bracelet with his proud visage. His double image holds a black onyx center as a symbol of the vial he rescued from the underworld. Wayan Sarjana finds inspiration in Hindu belief as he designs this cuff bracelet in sterling silver.
From the realm of Vedic mythology, Garuda has the face of an eagle and the body of a human, and when he spreads his wings he fully darkens the sky. The story goes that Garuda was once enslaved by two gargantuan underworld serpents called Nagas, When he broke free he took the magical elixir of life, called tirtha amertha which he found in a secret place guarded by the Nagas. Garuda flew directly to the heavens, and the gods became so impressed with his feat they gave him the gift of immortality. He became Vishnu’s steed, transporting the beloved deity between heaven and earth. Garuda's image is now very much revered in Bali, and frequently appears atop cremation towers in the belief he will transport the deceased's soul to the gods.
- 30 grams
- 1.06 oz
- Bracelet: 15.5 cm L (end to end) x 2.3 cm W
- Bracelet: 6" L (end to end) x 0.9" W
- Box: 4 cm H x 9.5 cm W x 7 cm D
- Box: 1.6" H x 3.7" W x 2.8" D
Sarjana has steadily grown his workshop. He is eager to continue growing and hopes to be able to employ additional silversmiths in the near future.
Sarjana has a diverse jewelry collection that incorporates both traditional and contemporary motifs. He learned silversmithing from his uncle, and sought out Javanese silversmiths to teach him the specialized art of traditional Indonesian handmade chains - a speciality that has been handed down through the generations. Sarjana is dedicated to preserving Indonesian silverwork and hopes to some day teach his children this art.
Wayan Sarjana has received 8 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $1350 and the most recent for $6000. Proceeds were used to invest in the purchase of sterling silver for production.
Novica sales account for nearly 100 percent of Sarjana's workshop income. This income supports his family and the families of his five assistants.
Sarjana educated his oldest child and now provides for the education of his youngest daughter.
Sarjana gives work to other silversmiths, two of whom specialize in the jawa technique.
Sarjana's two children were born 15 years apart. He provides for both of them.