Monty is known for his painting, bead work and ceremonial fans, as well as finely detailed tufa cast jewelry. This bolo is an example of his fine silver work and design.
Carefully modulated tufa cast silver forms two hummingbird heads, in an overlapping design.
Their eyes are natural, spider web turquoise, and a larger moon? sun? of the same vivid turquoise is set above.
Both birds are gracefully shaped, and beautifully detailed. Their feathered necks, and their long, tapered beaks are delicately defined.
The background is darkened with acid, while the larger bird is finely grained, and lighter.
The hummer in the foreground is textured and polished around the top of the head and the lower neck.
Both are decorated with the same, gleaming, raised feathers, depicted in rows of little half-circles.
Plain tips are tapered cylinders that echo the form of the beaks, textured and polished, as well.
Even the leather cord is of the highest quality: substantial, hand braided, and flat in the back, to fit comfortably under a collar or around the neck.
Unusual in design, impeccable in execution; a strikingly handsome bolo, by a recognized artist.