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Virgil Ortiz Water Thread Drop Hook Earrings
Item #42337
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Created for the Smithsonian by award-winning Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz, the delicate chains of these handmade Virgil Ortiz Water Thread Drop Hook Earrings echo the shape of the wave of water they suspend. This contemporary water design is Virgil Ortiz’s interpretation of a traditional motif ornamenting Cochiti pottery. Sterling silver with earwires. Handmade in the U.S.A. Gift boxed.
These elegant Virgil Ortiz Water Thread Drop Hook 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.

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