Native American Manuel Hoyungowa hopi sterling silver overlay kokopelli corn harvest necklace

$ 324.95

Metal: Silver                                                
Metal Purity: .925
Hallmark: Strong Clouds with rain marks Hallmark
Artisan: Manuel Hoyungowa
Tribe Affiliation: Hopi
Length ( inches / mm ): 2.00 / 51.0
Width ( inches / mm ): 1.39 / 35.3
Weight ( gram ): 20.6
Condition: Vintage


Manuel Hoyungowa (Hoyungwa) (ca. 1953–2011) Hopi Tribe

Manuel Hoyungowa is from the village of Hotevilla on Third Mesa and
has been an active silversmith at Hopi Pueblo since the 1970s.
Although he has produced some jewelry with coral and turquoise,
more in the style of Navajo work, Hoyungowa  is a master silversmith which is
evident in his traditional Hopi silver overlay technique jewelry.
 Hoyungowa actually learned silver overlay technique from Preston Monongye
(his uncle and another famous Hopi artisan) and
the Institute Of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
More History: The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (a government department) and
the Hopi Tribe collaborated on the formation of the Hopi Silvercraft Guild in
1949 and noted Hopi artist Fred Kabotie became the manager.
 It was then that Hopi overlay jewelry found it acceptance.
Hopi overlay technique involves cutting out the desired design in one piece of silver and
overlaying that onto another piece that has been incised and oxidized.
 Polishing is accomplished with steel wool which results in a matte rather than a shiny surface.
Reference:  The Little Book of Marks on Southwestern Silver, Silversmiths,
Designers, Guilds and Traders by Bille Hougart.  The spelling of his name
in this book (page 154) is: Manuel Hoyungwa
Reference: American Indian Jewelry II: A-L 1800 Artist Biographies by
Gregory and Angie Schaaf.  The spelling of his name in this book
(page 256) is: Manuel Hoyungowa (Manuel Hoyungwa)



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