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Virgil Ortiz Rez Spine Trapezoid Pendant Necklace
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This handmade Virgil Ortiz Rez Spine® Trapezoid Pendant Necklace was created for the Smithsonian by award-winning Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz. Featuring one of Ortiz’s signature motifs—Rez Spine®, zigzag lines emblematic of mountains, thunder, and lightning—this handmade Virgil Ortiz Rez Spine® Trapezoid Pendant Necklace suspends a trapezoid-shaped pendant from a snake chain with lobster clasp. Sterling silver. Handmade in the U.S.A. Gift boxed.
This elegant Virgil Ortiz Rez Spine® Trapezoid Pendant 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.
Chain, 25.625"l. Pendant, 2.75"l.

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