A beautifully designed and expertly executed overlaid silver buckle, with impeccable artistic and cultural credentials.
Anderson’s grandfather was Paul Saufkie, along with Fred Kabotie, are credited with creating the “Hopi overlay” style of silver jewelry.
His wife, Berna’s father, Bernard Dawahoya, is a highly respected Hopi jeweler, and also mentored Anderson in his early days.
He and Berna collaborate on their jewelry, but it is his name on the finished pieces.
The Koinvas are among the few Hopi silversmiths that continue to hand hammer and dome their buckles and bracelets.
This sleek buckle is typical of Anderson’s bold and simple designs, and exemplary silver work.
Gracefully tapered arches, cut out of the top layer of silver, seem to be in motion, like comets racing across the sky.
In reality, they are exceptionally beautiful renderings of the traditional Hopi friendship symbol.
The gleaming silver buckle is a rounded rectangle, so the contrast is optimal, between the darkened and textured underlayer, and the smooth, polished surface.
Everything about this buckle is first-rate, from design to execution by hand.
The sturdy belt-holder on the back will accommodate a belt 3/4″ wide.