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Virgil Ortiz Rez Spine® Hoop Earrings
These handmade Virgil Ortiz Rez Spine® Hoop Earrings were created for the Smithsonian by award-winning Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz. Featuring one of Virgil Ortiz’s signature motifs, the zigzag lines of his Rez Spine® design are emblematic of mountains, thunder, and lightning. Sterling silver with post backs. Handmade in the U.S.A. Gift boxed. 1.5"dia.
These edgy Virgil Ortiz Rez Spine® Hoop Earrings reflect 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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