Native American Indian Hopi Bear Pin
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1/8" x 1 1/2"
bear figure above SAUFKIE
(see photos at right)
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 also etch the background (texturize it) with lines or 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
Saufkie - Hopi
Sterling Silver Overlay Bear
- $225 plus
says - "This sterling silver overlay pin was created
by award-winning Hopi artist Lawrence Saufkie who began making jewelry in the
or more details.
any Pin as a Pendant
using a converter
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. Bear has supernatural powers, great healing powers. Bear is
a symbol deliberate action, introspection, soul and insight for the past and the
future. Bear is the guardian of the West an is one of the animals of the Six
Bear is the main figure
in the Mountain Way, an important Navajo ceremony.