Hopi Silver Box with Overlay

Artist: Once Known

Dimensions: 6 5/8”L x 3 3/8”W x 2 1/2”H
Tribe: Hopi
Stone: None
Material: Sterling Silver
Additional Info: Purple First Premium Ribbon from New Mexico State Fair, Albuquerque 1971

As seen in Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes (Page 113 & 114)

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In 1938, the Museum of Northern Arizona introduced a program to teach Hopi artists the silver overlay technique, in which they could reproduce their pottery designs. This allowed Hopi jewelers to break away from the earlier Navajo approach and designs. This larger box, showing a repeated motif in overlay, was entered by the Carl Luthy Shop in 1971 New Mexico State Fair, where it was awarded a blue ribbon.

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