This is a masterful design by Navajo artist Jerry T. Nelson of a 2 1/2" long Kokopelli Dancer. The sterling is inlaid with both turquoise and sugilite, it has both a hook and pin back, so can be used as either brooch or pendant. It weighs 17.4 grams which includes the 18" sterling silver snake chain we included. It is hallmarked as pictured, "Sterling, Jerry T. Nelson", and in excellent unpolished condition. We do not know the exact age, but guesstimate the 1980's.
The Kokopelli Dancer is symbolic in the Hopi culture as fertility and in agriculture. Legend has it that like the myth of the stork delivering children, the Kokopelli carries the birth child in the hump on its back. It also symbolizes the bringing of rain for change of crop seasons.