Authentic Navajo Indian Sterling Silver Kokopelli Money Clip

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Vernon Begay - Navajo Sterling Silver
Kokopelli Money Clips
HK Item #MC549

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 Native American Navajo Sterling Silver Kokopelli Money Clip

The decorative top is sterling silver and the money clip is stainless steel.

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Size
A = 1" x 1 3/4"
B = 3/4 x 1 3/4"
Material
Sterling silver, Read about silver;
Stainless steel
Hallmarks
STERLING  VB
Artist
Vernon Begay, Navajo

Zuni Inlay Money Clip as a paper clip

Paula says - "A classy money clip provides a great way to keep your cash organized while carrying around some Native American art. It can also be used as a book marker or a big paper clip on your daytimer or planner."

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. The 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.

Kokopelli

The kokopelli, flute player, often associated with the Hopi Flute Clan is the symbol of happiness, joy and fertility.

Usually depicted as a non-gender figure, it was traditionally a male figure, often well endowed until the missionaries discouraged such depiction !

Kokopelli talks to the wind and the sky. His flute can be heard in the spring breeze, bringing warmth after the winter cold. He is the symbolic seed bringer and water sprinkler. His religious or supernatural power for fertility is meant to invoke rain as well as impregnate women both physically and mentally.

The kokopelli image is found from Casa Grande, Mexico to the Hopi and Rio Grande Pueblos and then westward to the Californian deserts in prehistoric rock, effigy figures, pottery, and on kiva walls.

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