Native American Indian Silversmith Gene Pooyouma Signed Vintage Heavy Hopi Sterling Silver Overlay Segmented Panel Bracelet
This is a rare and fabulous vintage Hopi hand crafted, Sterling silver bracelet. Utilizing the traditional overlay technique, this bracelet has 8 panels of incredible pictorial designs of Hopi signs of life. Each panel or link is hinged and has a different design on each one. What a remarkable bracelet! Signed by Hopi artist, Gene Pooyouma and Sterling silver. The bracelet measures a full 8" long and is 1/2" wide.Excellent condition.
HOPI STORYTELLER Sterling Silver OVERLAY Link BRACELET signed GENE POOYOUMA Overlay Segmented Panel Bracelet
No damages . No restorations. It has no missing parts or elements and nothing replaced. No loose parts. No breaks, cracks or splits. No corrosion.
Old Pawn Native American Jewelry refers to the pieces that were made, worn and treasured as not only adornment, protection of good health, but also as portable wealth. Not having ready access to banks, or cash money, this jewelry would often serve as the family "reserve" or "emergency" fund. In times of need, this silver and turquoise jewelry could be easily used as security with an authorized trader (pawned) for cash to meet the current crisis. Then, when the crops came in, or the sheep were shorn, the jewelry could be redeemed and take its place back in the family.
Unfortunately on occasions this jewelry would not be redeemed as planned. The lender would keep it for the agreed amount of time, and if the loan was not paid off by the agreed date, the Pawn Shop, or Trader would be authorized to sell the jewelry. Often, when the elders of the family die, their items are pawned and the money is divided among the family members.
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