Authentic Hopi Indian Sterling Silver Key Ring

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Cyrus Josytewa, Jr. - Hopi Sterling Silver
Large Bear Key Ring
HK Item #KR227

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Native American Hopi Indian Sterling Silver large bear Key Ring   

Overlay is sterling silver.
Loop portion for keys is stainless steel.

Size
1 1/2" diameter
2 3/8" tall
Materials
Sterling silver Read about silver;
Stainless steel;
Hallmarks
Cyrus Josytewa
STERLING
Makers Symbol
Artist
Cyrus Josytewa, Jr., Hopi

Of the Snow Clan and Shungopavi Village. His hallmark is a snowman. He began silverwork in 1993.

 

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Cyrus Josytewa, Jr. - Hopi
Sterling Silver Overlay
Large Bear Key Ring

HK Item #KR227 - $185 SOLD

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Native American Hopi Indian Sterling Silver large bear Key Ring

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What is Overlay?

Overlay pieces are made of two layers of sterling silver. The top layer has a cutout design. The solid bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented for contrast. Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths oxidize and etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks. The cutout top layer is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is, heated so that they become one. This is a very difficult skill to master.

Bear is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular subjects of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength and self-knowledge. He has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul andinsight for the past and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six Directions.


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