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Steven Sockyma - Hopi Sterling Silver Overlay
Kokopelli Belt Buckle
HK Item #NBU142

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Hopi Sterling silver kokopelli belt buckle

Size
3" x 2"
fits 1 1/2" belt
Weight
62 grams
Material
Sterling Silver Read about silver
Hallmarks
STERLING
Maker's mark, chisel cut initials
Artist
Steven Sockyma, Hopi

What is Overlay?

Overlay pieces are made of two layers. The bottom layer is a solid sterling silver piece. The top 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 etch the background (texturize it) with hashmarks.

Paula says -

"Hopi artist Steven Sockyma began producing silverwork in 1969 and he specializes in overlay. This striking belt buckle is a fine example of his work."

Steven Sockyma - Hopi
Sterling Silver Overlay
Kokopelli Belt Buckle

Hopi Sterling silver kokopelli belt buckle

 

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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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