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Silver Cuff Bracelet with Hand-Stamped Organic Design

Morris Robinson

About The Silver Cuff Bracelet with Hand-Stamped Organic Design

This handsome bracelet has been attributed to the Hopi artist, Morris Robinson.  It is one of the earliest pieces crafted when he set up shop in Phoenix, Arizona in 1923.  At the time he produced for shops as well as for his own clientele.  As long as he made a living, he did not feel a mark was essential in his early days.  To differentiate his work from that of Navajo artists, he later began to incorporate a snake stamp in his external designs. Navajo people typically have nothing to do with snakes, their physical remains or symbols.

By the mid 1930's, with the formation of a Hopi Guild, Mr. Robinson developed his own mark.  Using the snake stamp crafted for decoration and another stamp carved for the letter "H", Morris put them together for his mark on the inside and on back of pieces.  

The decoration of this particular cuff is made with the "working stamps" used to decorate published works that also have the "H" and his serpent.  The design is also uniquely his. In the center and at each end of the flowing organic ornamentation is a "medicine man's eye", a device for protection from harm seen and unseen.  

This bracelet is a beautiful and powerful statement crafted over 90 years ago.  Its signficance has deepened.

Savvy Price $985.00

Gallery Price $1,200.00

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This handsome bracelet has been attributed to the Hopi artist, Morris Robinson.  It is one of the earliest pieces crafted when he set up shop in Phoenix, Arizona in 1923.  At the time he produced for shops as well as for his own clientele.  As long as he made a living, he did not feel a mark was essential in his early days.  To differentiate his work from that of Navajo artists, he later began to incorporate a snake stamp in his external designs. Navajo people typically have nothing to do with snakes, their physical remains or symbols.

By the mid 1930's, with the formation of a Hopi Guild, Mr. Robinson developed his own mark.  Using the snake stamp crafted for decoration and another stamp carved for the letter "H", Morris put them together for his mark on the inside and on back of pieces.  

The decoration of this particular cuff is made with the "working stamps" used to decorate published works that also have the "H" and his serpent.  The design is also uniquely his. In the center and at each end of the flowing organic ornamentation is a "medicine man's eye", a device for protection from harm seen and unseen.  

This bracelet is a beautiful and powerful statement crafted over 90 years ago.  Its signficance has deepened.

About the Artist Morris Talawytewa Robinson (circa 1900 - circa 1987) was a Hopi silversmith cited as a significant forerunner of Charles Loloma.  He, like Loloma was known for his creative and innovative designs working in both silver and gold.

Examples of his jewelry were included in major museum jewelry exhibitions in both Santa Fe and in New York.  All noteworthy books chronicling important American Indian jewelers of the 20th century cite Morris Robinson. A member of both the Lizard and Snake clan, the hallmark he later used utilized an "H" and a snake.
Medium Sterling silver
Troy ounces 1.01
Size 5 5/8" end to end plus 1" opening. 5/8" width tapers slightly to each end.
Signed No
Date of creation Circa 1920's
Condition Excellent
Description Sterling silver ingot was hammered and trimmed to shape the cuff. Prior to round the decorative pattern was scribed and the actual design was then stamped into the silver utilizing hardened steel tools that had also been carved by hand.
Provenance Lyn Fe
Gram weight 31.3