Cuttlebone Cast Water Serpent Cuff
Jonah Hill studied at the Institute for American Indian Arts, in Santa Fe, and has returned home to create art in metals, wood carving, and print-making.
The artist says, “I am from the Hopi reservation in Northern Arizona. To the Hopi, water plays an important part in daily life. As dry farmers, we rely on annual rain and snowfall to benefit our crops and orchards.”
His interest in the role of water extends beyond symbols; he is a river guide, herbalist, and environmental educator, in addition to his artistic work.
This handsome cuff features traditional water symbols and the entire form of the cuff is a representation of the water serpent.
Cast from cuttlebone, the heavy-gauge silver is darkened, and applied with rainstorm and water symbols.
It is rugged, but with a certain delicacy, goes well with our casual lifestyles, and will look great whatever the gender of the happy wearer.
A fascinating and beautifully integrated piece that incorporates artistic flair with assured workmanship, and expresses traditional and contemporary environmental values.