Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise Kokopelli Belt Buckle

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Stanley Gene - Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay
Kokopelli Belt Buckle
HK Item #NBU163

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Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise Overlay Kokopelli belt buckle

Materials
Sterling Silver, Read about silver
Size
3" x 2" - fits up to a 1 1/2" belt
Weight
34 grams
Hallmarks
S G
Sterling
Artist

Stanley Gene, Navajo

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Navajo Sterling Silver Overlay
Kokopelli Belt Buckle

NBU163 - (ONLY ONE AVAILABLE)
$199 SOLD

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Paula says -

"Crisp stamping and impeccable overlay of dancing kokopelli figure with corn plants."

Navajo Sterling Silver Turquoise Overlay Kokopelli belt buckle

Fits up to a 1 1/2" belt.

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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. 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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