Also known as the Andean cross, the chakana is an ancient symbol often seen in Peru's ancient art. It represents the Southern Cross. One of the pre-Hispanic astral symbols that presided over the Andean universe, the chakana symbolizes order in family and community life. It is taken from a constellation of stars forming a square, and represents the universe connected to the center of the world. It also symbolizes a stairway toward the most high. 'For me, the chakana also represents spirituality,' Maria Astuhuaman confides. 'It serves as a medium of connection between us and the divine.' The artisan presents a sterling silver chacana in a 4 mm-wide red faux leather bracelet.
- Synthetic leather, 925 sterling silver
- 0.05 oz
- 7 inches L
- 4 mm W
- Pendant(s): 0.4 inches L x 0.4 inches W x 0.1 inches D