The precision of his silver work is one reason for this award-winning artist’s high reputation; the harmony of his designs is another.
Both contribute to the splendid allure of this wide, ketoh-style cuff.
Ketohs were originally leather wrist-guards, to protect warriors’ arms when shooting a bow and arrow.
Given their width, and commanding presence, this style is now popular as an alternative to all-metal cuffs, with men and women, both.
Attached to the hand-cut leather, a broad plaque of sterling silver is overlaid in a simple, but striking design.
Polished elements zig-zag evenly across the surface, alternating narrow and broader bands.
These gleam against the smooth and blackened base, with top and bottom edges, delicately textured, and incised.
The pattern resembles the famous “chief’s blanket” designs of antique Navajo weavings; stunning then, and still a favorite design.
It is a beautiful example of this artist’s favorite interplay of texture and polish.
Impeccably fabricated, the dark/light/gleaming/textured bits contrast, and bring everything together in a beautifully dramatic, yet understated, way.
A contemporary look for an old tradition, and wonderful, in every way.