RARE - Hopi Leroy Kewanyama Sterling Silver Overlay Belt Buckle - C. 1960-70sRARE - Hopi Leroy Kewanyama Sterling Silver Overlay Belt Buckle - C. 1960-70sRARE - Hopi Leroy Kewanyama Sterling Silver Overlay Belt Buckle - C. 1960-70sRARE - Hopi Leroy Kewanyama Sterling Silver Overlay Belt Buckle - C. 1960-70sRARE - Hopi Leroy Kewanyama Sterling Silver Overlay Belt Buckle - C. 1960-70sRARE - Hopi Leroy Kewanyama Sterling Silver Overlay Belt Buckle - C. 1960-70sRARE - Hopi Leroy Kewanyama Sterling Silver Overlay Belt Buckle - C. 1960-70sRARE - Hopi Leroy Kewanyama Sterling Silver Overlay Belt Buckle - C. 1960-70sRARE - Hopi Leroy Kewanyama Sterling Silver Overlay Belt Buckle - C. 1960-70s

Hello and thank you for your interest in our inventory. Today up for your consideration is this STUNNING and VERY RARE Hopi - Leroy Kewanyama Sterling Overlay Belt Buckle. Leroy Kewanyama learned silversmithing and overlay technique from the Hopi Silvercrafts Cooperative Guild at Second Mesa, AZ. This buckle is an excellent example of finely executed overlay work. The buckle includes design elements that are traditionally Hopi, stylized bird feathers and cloud designs, all part of the Hopi means of calling in the rain. The buckle is stamped on the back with Kewanyama's hallmark. It will fit a 1-inch belt.

Ref., American Indian Jewelry I: 1200 Artist Biographies
BY GREGORY SCHAFF ASSISTED BY ANGIE YAN SCHAAF

Leroy Kewanyama (Leroy Kewanyouma, So Kuva, Morning Star), (hallmark - star priest)

(Hopi, Water Clan, active ca. 1955-87: silver overlay, set stones jewelry, painter)

LIFESPAN: October 14, 1922- 1997;

RESIDENCES: Shungopavi, Second Mesa, AZ

FAMILY: uncle of Harold Lomayaktewa

EDUCATION: Hopi Day School, Shungopavi, AZ

TEACHERS: Hopi Silvercrafts Cooperative Guild, Second Mesa, AZ

SERVICE: U.S. Navy, World War II veteran

EXHIBITIONS: 1985, “Hunt and the Harvest,” Museum of the American Indian, New York, NY Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; Arizona State Museum, AZ Philbrook Art Center, Tulsa, OK: Hastings College Art Center, Hastings, NE.

COLLECTIONS: Byron Harvey III Collection, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; Museum of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM; Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, AZ; Dr. Gregory & Angie Yan Schaaf

PUBLICATIONS: Tanner 1957, 1968, 1973; Snodgrass 1968; Harvey 1970; Broder 1978:23; Fawcett & Callander 1982:80; Golder 1985; Lester 1995:291; Wright 1998: Bromberg 1986; Wright 1998:80, 117; Wright 2000; 94. 107, 121; Schaaf 2008:165.

Leroy Kewanyama was best know for his Kachina Paintings, but he also made jewelry for three decades. He was a veteran of World War II, but he did not attend Fred Kabotie’s veterans’ classes. His work is highly sought after by collectors.

Inventory #: 132HOP50

Size: L. 2.75" W. 1.25"

Weight: 31.9g

Circa: 1960-70s

Artist/Hallmark: A Star Priest & Hopi Silver Craft mark - Leroy Kewanyama

Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition,

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Item ID: 132HOP50


Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: Silver, Size: Size: L. 2.75" W. 1.25"

RARE - Hopi Leroy Kewanyama Sterling Silver Overlay Belt Buckle - C. 1960-70s

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