Sterling silver overlay man in the maze earrings by Rick Manuel (Tohono O'odham)
The Man in the Maze symbol is an ancient American Indian emblem that can be traced back to ancient petroglyphs in the American Southwest. It is closely associated with beliefs of the Tohono O'odham and Pima nations, who frequently use the symbol in their art work (although other tribes of the Southwest also use it). It is a generally thought of as a visual representation of the cycle of life. The figure represents a man or mankind and the maze represents the path of life and the experiences and choices we make, acquiring knowledge and understanding as we go. The center alternately represents the achievement of one's goals or the point at which our physical lives end and we pass on to eternal life.
measurements: 1 1/4" diameter, silver posts