This pair of sterling silver earrings are made via a method called "overlay," a technique that uses two pieces of silver, one with the cut out of often traditional designs and the other the foundation. The two pieces are soldered together, which is what overlay refers to. Silver overlay was introduced to the Hopi in the late 1930s through a project initiated by Museum of Northern Arizona Co-founder Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton and MNA Curator of Art Virgil Hubert in collaboration with two Hopi artists, Fred Kabotie and Paul Saufkie. The result is a contemporary look but the method is anything but new. It has been around for almost one hundred years, yet the style endures. This particular pair is the image of village life with a hogan (traditional home) and animals, plus you can see a mountain in the very background at the top. The gold fill adds just a touch of color variation as it's used sparingly in dots and edges. The earrings are signed RR, and although I've not identified the maker, that same hallmark is found on similar vintage storyteller pieces. No STERLING mark yet tests positive using the JSP acid test.
The earrings measure 1-1/8" across at the widest point by 1-7/8" long and dangle closer to 2-1/2". Weigh 17 combined, or 8.5 each earring. Some small scratches on the back but otherwise in good condition.
Traditional technique, timeless design!
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