Authentic Hopi Indian Sterling Silver Key Ring

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Victor Coochwytewa - Hopi Sterling Silver
Kokopelli Key Ring
HK Item #KR231

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Native American Hopi Indian Sterling Silver large Kokopelli Key Ring   

Overlay is sterling silver.
Loop portion for keys is stainless steel.

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. 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.

Victor Coochwytewa - Hopi
Sterling Silver Overlay
Kokopelli Key Ring

HK Item #KR231 - $98 SOLD

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1 1/8" x 1 1/4" oval;
2 3/16" tall
Sterling silver Read about silver;
Stainless steel;
Raincloud, the hallmark of Victor Coochwytewa
Victor Coochwytewa, Hopi

Victor Coochwytewa is from the Water Patki Clan and Shungopavi Village. He began silver work in 1940. His hallmark is a three cell raincloud with 5 streams of water. Also known as Victor Hugh. He worked with Paul Saufkie before WWII but he then attended the veterans' silver classes. He was affiliated with the Hopi Silvercraft Guild but also marketed his pieces individually. Despite an active religious role in the village and a full time job with the highway department, Victor has always found time for his silver work.

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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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