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Five Kokopelli Overlay Silver Cuff

Bernard Dawahoya

About The Five Kokopelli Overlay Silver Cuff

Sterling silver sheet was used in the fabrication of this dramatic cuff. 

Five representations of Kokopelli, inspired by ancient petroglyphs, were meticulously saw cut in procession along the upper two sheets of silver.  These two pieces were then carefully aligned and "sweat soldered" to each other to create the overlay. A fine chisel-edge steel implement was used to stamp the texture into the base sheet through the cut out.  The "negative" area was then oxidized in the final finishing of the bracelet after the entire cuff had been slightly domed, turning the edge under all around and shaping it for the wrist on a mandrel.

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Description

Sterling silver sheet was used in the fabrication of this dramatic cuff. 

Five representations of Kokopelli, inspired by ancient petroglyphs, were meticulously saw cut in procession along the upper two sheets of silver.  These two pieces were then carefully aligned and "sweat soldered" to each other to create the overlay. A fine chisel-edge steel implement was used to stamp the texture into the base sheet through the cut out.  The "negative" area was then oxidized in the final finishing of the bracelet after the entire cuff had been slightly domed, turning the edge under all around and shaping it for the wrist on a mandrel.

About the Artist

(1935-2010) Bernard Dawahoya (Masqueva, Little Sun) of the Snow clan created jewelry as early at the 1950's.

This Hopi silversmith was taught by Washington Talayumptewa and Sidney Sekakuku, his uncles. He also took classes at the Hopi Silvercraft Cooperative Guild.

Dawahoya won his first 1st place ribbon in 1971.  In 1998 he was designated an Arizona Living Treasure.  He was known for these decorative elements:  Hopi Snake Dancer, Crow Mother, Mudheads, Kokopelli, eagles, roadrunners, corn plants as well as a man in the maze. 

Dawahoya's work is included in the permanent collections of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Medium Sterling silver
Troy ounces 3.37 troy ounces
Size Overall length inside end to end is 6" with 1 3/16" opening. Bracelet width is 2".
Signed Snow Cloud stamp on cuff's interior
Date of creation 1965-1975
Condition Excellent
Description Fertility being of first priority for survival, Kokopelli is depicted with water jar, stalk of corn, then pouch of seeds and planting stick. As "Star Blower", he decorates the heavens for beauty inspiring creativity and romance. while the lead Kokopelli, with "four horns", dancer--one leg discretely concealing an erect phallus, for he is the one bringing children.
Provenance Su Ja
Gram weight 104.9 grams
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Kokopelli & Corn Stalk Buckle, Jewelry by Bernard  Dawahoya Attributed to Bernard Dawahoya Gorget Overlay Necklace, Jewelry by Bernard  Dawahoya
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