Corn Cuff Bracelet

By Anthony Lovato, Kewa (Santo Domingo)

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A fourth-generation and award-winning jeweler, Anthony Lovato is also an elder from Kewa Pueblo. His mother is noted artist Mary Coriz Lovato. The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe is honoring him with the 2023 Living Treasure award and an exhibition called "Down Home".

His latest offering is an outstanding corn cuff bracelet handmade from tufa cast sterling silver. Anthony starts out by harvesting the tufa sandstone himself from the Hopi Reservation. Back in his studio, a hand saw is used to slice the tufa into manageable portions. He then meticulously carves one of a kind designs into the sandstone which can take days. Molten silver is then poured into the block and cools later. His trademark corn and Horse motifs are inspired from the petroglyphs and ancient sites at Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. He says that corn evokes family. We're also adoring the spiral and heart element at the cuff's opening.

This incredible cuff bracelet's entire inner circumference is about 6 1/4" which includes the opening of approximately 1". The bracelet's width is about 1 1/2". Signed by the artist.

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