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golder

Kingman spiderweb turquoise set in 14kt gold by Craid Agoodie. 2.6 inches long. $675

Mohavefrog

Made by Annie Fields (1884-1971), Mohave, in the mid-late 1960s. My father used to buy her figurative work and small bowls for many years when she lived at the Oshrin TB Sanitorium, which was just down the street from his shop. 5 inches long and 4 inches high. $220. There is a Mohave legend about frog bringing fire to the people and Annie often made frogs with a burning torch in their mouths.

norbert

By Norbert Peshlakai. A fine peice of Candelaria turquoise set in a gold bezel.1 inch wide and 5.5 inches with a 1 inch opening. $2400.

victornecklace

Above: a three piece hinged choker with Butterfly Maiden, corn plant and rainclouds motifs by Victor with both his hallmark and that of Kopavi. 1.5 inches at the widest point. $3600.

Victor Coochwytewa (1922-2011) A member of the Water Clan from Songoopavy Village on Second Mesa, he began silversmithing about 1940, working for over a half century. A traditional Hopi in all respects, he is famously quoted for saying

"Jewelry is my hobby; corn is my work".

He worked independently, then with the Hopi Guild and, beginning in 1975 for Kopavi in Sedona, Arizona where he produced stunning work in gold and even diamonds.

singerbuckle

A terrific belt buckle by the late, great Tommy Singer. 3.5 by 3 inches and set with natural spiderweb turquoise. Made for a 1 1/4 inch belt. $900. Tucson

BarbaraOsMoqui

When it comes to Navajo tapestries, Barbara Teller Ornelas is a living legend. This texile, 14.75 by 19.75 inches has a weft count of about 15 and a warp count well above 80...even using a magnifier and a straight pin I found it impossible to count. The weave is exceptionally fine. Adding the fine lines of white and a moderated red, the pattern powerfully evokes the night turning to deep blue as morning approaches, then white dawn and finally red dawn. $1800.