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Hopi Overlay Bracelet


Item Number: DR 1203
Tribal Affiliation: Hopi
Artist: Unsigned
Medium: Ingot Silver
Dimensions: Inside circumference of 5 1/2″ with a gap of 1 3/4″; weighs 57 grams
Age: Circa 1950s



This beautiful old pawn sterling silver cuff is a wonderful example of the sculptural overlay technique developed by Hopi silversmiths. The highly polished top layer of sterling silver contrasts beautifully with the oxidized silver beneath, adding depth and dimension. Although this vintage piece has no hallmarks, the distinctive hatch marks below the polished silver of the cuff tell us that it is indeed Hopi.  The highly stylized spirals represent clouds symbolizing the importance of rain to the arid areas of the Southwest. The other symbols may represent plants and mountains, again emphasizing the cycle of growth and life determined by the rains.

This gorgeous cuff is a timeless piece that honors Hopi jewelry tradition, and being both comfortable and versatile, it is easily worn by both men and women.

Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Purchased in Santa Fe by a private collector from Texas, who was the original owner.

Additional information

Weight 3 oz