Silversmithing is a prime economy in Hopiland. Every village has a handful of masters like Manuel Hoyungowa (1953-2011) whose guidance and success bring much needed and prideful income to the remote Mesas.
Manuel studied advanced design at the American Institute of Arts in Santa Fe, and arose to the top of his profession. Related to the famous Preston Monongye, Manuel was a consistent artisan, bringing precision in every piece, like this bracelet.
Just look at the perfection that came from his handsaw in the upper plate, no machine could do better. Also shown is the texture stamping shadows on reverse AND Hoyungowa’s famous cloud hallmark!
About 6 1/2” size for the large wrist, and gap is flexible. Satin finish, a great conversation piece!
COLLECTOR ALERT! Museum grade.