Hopi artist, Ruben Saufkie Sr., is a notable silversmith and has illustrious relatives, as well: the late, revered Lawrence Saufkie, his great-uncle, and the equally celebrated Paul Saufkie, Sr, his grandfather.
Traditional Hopi overlay technique is sharp and clean, accentuating a beautifully balanced design.
The central Sunface includes stepped rain signs on its forehead, and the stylized feathers above and below it are prayers for a balance of sun and rain, so that crops will thrive.
The graceful spirals on either side represent water, the other half of the equation. Abundance, good health, prosperity and happiness will follow.
Beautiful message, beautiful design, beautifully executed.