Hopi Sterling Silver Kokopelli Pendant

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Manuel Hoyungwa - Hopi Sterling Silver
Large Kokopelli Pendant
HK Item #NP534

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Authentic Native American Hopi sterling silver kokopelli pendant by Manuel Hoyungwa

Material
Sterling silver, Read about silver
Size
3" long including bail
1 1/2" wide
1/4" opening on fixed bail
Weight
31 grams
Hallmarks
symbol for Strong Rain
Artist

Manuel Hoyungwa, Hopi

[from the Greasewood Clan, village of Hotevilla. Worked with his maternal uncle, Preston Monongye.
Began silver work in 1975.]

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Sterling Silver
Large Kokopelli Pendant

NP534 - $295 plus s/h

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Authentic Native American Hopi sterling silver kokopelli pendant by Manuel Hoyungwa

Authentic Native American Hopi sterling silver kokopelli pendant by Manuel Hoyungwa

1/8" bail opening will accomodate a collar, chain or cable.

(Sterling silver collar shown here is not included.)

See Collars, Chains and Cables

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.

What is Overlay?

Overlay pieces are made of two sterling silver layers. The bottom layer is a piece of solid sterling silver. The top sterling silver layer has a cutout design. The cutout is placed over the bottom layer and the two pieces are "sweated" together, that is heated so that they become one. The bottom layer (background to the cutout) is usually accented. The Navajo silversmiths oxidize the bottom layer which darkens it. Hopi silversmiths oxidize and also etch the background (texturize it) with lines and hash marks.


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