Hopi Indian Sterling Silver Key Ring
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is sterling silver.
Loop portion for keys is stainless steel.
1 1/2" diameter
2 3/8" tall
Josytewa, Jr., Hopi
Of the Snow Clan and Shungopavi Village. His hallmark
is a snowman. He began silverwork in 1993.
or more details.
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
is considered the most powerful of all of the animals and is one of the most popular
subjects of fetish carvers. Bear is a spiritual guide and represents strength
and self-knowledge. He has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is
a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul andinsight for the past
and the future. The Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals
of the Six