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Sterling Link Bracelet with Five Bas Relief Kachina Masks

Emmett Navakuku

About The Sterling Link Bracelet with Five Bas Relief Kachina Masks

Sterling silver mill-rolled sheet and drawn square wire were used in fabrication of this bracelet.

Five different kachina masks were created in bas relief using a shadow box technique of cutting out windows in the domed top piece allowing the oxidized background to become a design element.--in this case the eyes and a small hole for the mouth opening.  Patterns on each face represent painted designs, characterisitc of the individual kachinas.  These are carefully stamp outlined and then painstakingly engraved by hand.

Only with the jewelry's loup can this artist's skill be fully appreciated.

The panels serving as links between the masks, as well as cover for the box clasp, have all been carefully decorated in this manner. Square wire, twisted, serves as the joining mechanism made into loops and soldered to the sides of each mask as well as the back of each panel.

This bracelet employs clean and simple engineering allowing masks and panels to move freely when on the wrist, giving life and additional depth to the entire piece as if the kachinas are dancing !

Savvy Price $985.00

Gallery Price $1,200.00

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Description

Sterling silver mill-rolled sheet and drawn square wire were used in fabrication of this bracelet.

Five different kachina masks were created in bas relief using a shadow box technique of cutting out windows in the domed top piece allowing the oxidized background to become a design element.--in this case the eyes and a small hole for the mouth opening.  Patterns on each face represent painted designs, characterisitc of the individual kachinas.  These are carefully stamp outlined and then painstakingly engraved by hand.

Only with the jewelry's loup can this artist's skill be fully appreciated.

The panels serving as links between the masks, as well as cover for the box clasp, have all been carefully decorated in this manner. Square wire, twisted, serves as the joining mechanism made into loops and soldered to the sides of each mask as well as the back of each panel.

This bracelet employs clean and simple engineering allowing masks and panels to move freely when on the wrist, giving life and additional depth to the entire piece as if the kachinas are dancing !

About the Artist (Born 1983) A Hopi artist facile with graphite, paint and jewelry, Navakuku has participated in the Heard Indian Market since 2003.

Awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from IAIA in 2016, this talented artist also created the book cover for a children's book in 2015.
Medium Sterling silver
Troy ounces 1.53 troy ounces
Size Will fit a 6" to 6 1/4" wrist. 6 13/16" length. Width is 11/16". Each mask is 11/16" X 7/8" X 1/4" depth.
Signed " DV Navakuku" "Sterling" stamped on back of clasp (DV references the artist's middle name)
Date of creation Circa 2010
Condition Excellent
Provenance C Pe
Gram weight 47.6 grams