Beautiful new satin finished sterling silver overlay corn plant pendant with 18-inch sterling silver chain, created by Hopi artist Duane Tawahongva. The overlay work is clean, bold and elegant. The pendant measures 1-1/8 inch by 5/8 inch and weighs about 3 grams.
Brand new and in perfect condition! Certificate of Authenticity and gift box included. Hallmarked by the artist. Duane is a member of the Coyote Clan and uses his initials DT as his hallmark.
Corn has great importance in everyday life and in ceremonial life of the Hopi. A perfect ear of corn was the emblem of a ceremonial leader. (The Zuni have similar beliefs.) The base of the ear would be wrapped in feathers and jewels, and it would be placed on an alter at ceremonies or placed across a medicine bowl. Sacred cornmeal would be sprinkled over sacred objects and ceremony participants to purify them. Corn sprinkled across a road prevents an enemy from crossing. A corn ear provides protection after a birth or a death.
Silver Overlay is a process of soldering one piece of silver, from which a design has been cut, over another piece of silver. The top layer is a handmade, hand cut overlay created from a sheet of sterling that is then bonded to the base layer of sterling. The base layer background is usually oxidized, which turns the silver surface black, and is often scratched or stamped. The oxidation brings out a contrast between the two pieces and makes the individual designs more visible.