Trained as a plumber, he couldn’t escape his heritage, it seems: grandfather was Paul Saufkie, who, along with Fred Kabotie, created the Hopi overlay style of jewelry, before WWII.
His father-in-law was the late Bernard Dawahoya, another celebrated Hopi jeweler.
Anderson and wife Berna, are among the few Hopi silversmiths who continue to hand hammer and curve their pieces.
All, like this dramatic bolo, are made as they were in the 1930’s and 1940’s, a difficult and time-consuming process.
Characteristically rounded, simple and graphic, this bolo celebrates the New Mexico state bird, also prevalent in Arizona, where the Hopi lands are.
The bold design is deeply cut; the background silver is textured and darkened.
The roadrunner is recognizable and artistically graceful, but still conveys the jerky awkwardness of the fleet-footed bird.
Rain and storm signs decorate the upper right parts of the bolo.
The silver gleams with a high polish, emphasized by the convex shape.
Simple tips are complementary in shape and polish.
The cord is hand-braided leather.
A wonderful piece, by a respected jeweler, for those who prefer smaller bolos, but like strong design.