Monty Claw is a Navajo artist internationally known for his fine beadwork, and tufa cast jewelry.
Primarily self-taught, he is evidently a terrific teacher!
Smaller, but nonetheless impressive, this handsome bolo is true tufa cast silver, with a dramatic design.
The star shape is emphasized by a dense darkening of the silver around it, while the arms of the star are indented and textured.
A radiant, natural Candelaria turquoise seems to glow, in the center.
Between the four points of the stare, the silver is textured in wave-like lines. These seem to symbolize rainfall, which is very good luck out in the high desert.
The four points of the star refer to the four geographic directions; the blessing of rainfall is meant to extend to all four corners of the earth.
The contrasts of shimmering and matte black, textured silver and smooth, glossy turquoise, are very effective, echoed in the black leather of the cord.
The simple tips are elegant in proportion and gleam in plain silver. They do not fight for attention with the bolo.
As in all Monty’s award-winning work, this unusual bolo demonstrates intriguing creativity and admirable skill in execution.