Vintage 50’s Hopi Sterling Silver Overlay Bangle Bracelet Wallie Sekayumptewa

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  • Tribe: Hopi
  • Condition: Excellent vintage condition. No damage.
  • Size: 1" wide; 7-5/8" if laid flat & 2-3/8" x 2-5/8 inside wall to wall
  • Artisan: Wallie Sekayumptewa
  • Materials: Sterling Silver
  • Item Weight: 63 Grams / over 2-1/4 Ounces
  • Hallmark: Crossed Arrows and individual Sungod Face

This rare Native American handmade Sterling silver overlay bangle bracelet was created by Hopi artist Wallie Sekayumptewa in the 1950's. Sekayumptewa used thick silver to create this ELEGANT overlay design on a most unusual type of bracelet. FINELY CRAFTED this bracelet is clean and very well balanced. I have not seen a Hopi bangle and can't imagine they would be easy to create using the overlay technique demonstrating how highly skilled and innovative Sekayumptewa was. He was a member of the first group of students to complete the Veteran's Silversmithing Classes under the G.I. Bill in 1948. Make this historic bracelet a part of your fine collection of Native American jewelry. WALLIE SEKAYUMPTEWA (Hopi Pueblo; 1917-2003.) A member of the Reed Clan, Sekayumptewa was an early innovator of the silver overlay technique at the Hopi Silvercaft Cooperative Guild in the late 1940's. Quit working silver for the most part in 1967 due to impaired eyesight. Member of the first class of students taught by Fred Kabotie and Paul Saufkie under the G.I. Bill. Fought in World War II. THIS IS A HISTORIC PIECE BY AN IMPORTANT HOPI ARTIST! PERFECT FOR EVEN THE MOST DISCERNING COLLECTIONS.