Hopi Indian Sterling Silver Key Ring
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is sterling silver.
Loop portion for keys is stainless steel.
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
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1 1/8" x 1 1/4" oval;
2 3/16" tall
Raincloud, the hallmark of Victor Coochwytewa
Victor Coochwytewa is from the Water Patki Clan and Shungopavi
Village. He began silver work in 1940. His hallmark is a three cell raincloud
with 5 streams of water. Also known as Victor Hugh. He worked with Paul Saufkie
before WWII but he then attended the veterans' silver classes. He was affiliated
with the Hopi Silvercraft Guild but also marketed his pieces individually. Despite
an active religious role in the village and a full time job with the highway department,
Victor has always found time for his silver work.