Morris Robinson Silver Box with Turquoise

Artist: Morris Robinson (1900-1987)
Dimensions: 3 1/4″L x 2 5/8″W x 1 1/4″”H
Tribe: Hopi
Signed: Hallmark with H and serpent
Stone: Natural Turquoise
Material: Silver

As seen in Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes (Pages 108 & 109)

Elegant Vessels Book

In the first half of the twentieth century, Hopi silverware resembled that of the neighboring Navajo. In the early years of his career, Hopi silversmith Morris Robinson worked in that style, producing jewelry and boxes for Vaughn’s Indian Shop, which later became Fred Wilson’s Trading Post in Phoenix. This stamped box was made by Robinson and is the type marketed by Wilson. Robinson would later become a recognized artist in the overlay technique.

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