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Virgil Ortiz Delicate Turkey Tracks Necklace
Handmade with exceptional artistry, this Virgil Ortiz Delicate Turkey Tracks Necklace was created for the Smithsonian by award-winning Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz. Delicate turkey tracks—one of Virgil Ortiz’s signature motifs—station the delicate chain. The clever design of the turkey tracks adorning this Virgil Ortiz Delicate Turkey Tracks Necklace makes it impossible to tell the front of the feet from the back—implying “no one can track your next move.” Turkey track motifs from old regalia have come to symbolize good luck. Sterling silver chain, turkey tracks, and lobster clasp. Handmade in the U.S.A. Gift boxed. 19"l.
This feminine Virgil Ortiz Delicate Turkey Tracks Necklace reflects the intensely graphic designs of all of Ortiz’s creations—pottery, fashion, carpets, murals, and now jewelry. Informed by traditional Cochiti motifs—especially as expressed in the pottery of his grandmother and mother who taught him their craft—the designs of Ortiz’s handmade jewelry are adaptations of Cochiti artistic techniques and traditions, which it his mission to help preserve. The work of Ortiz was featured at the Smithsonian in the exhibition Virgil Ortiz: La Renaissance Indigène at our National Museum of the American Indian-New York, The George Gustav Heye Center.
Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.
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