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Virgil Ortiz Wild Spinach Leaf Earrings
Item #42343
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These handmade Virgil Ortiz Wild Spinach Leaf Earrings were created for the Smithsonian by award-winning Cochiti Pueblo artist Virgil Ortiz. Featuring one of Virgil Ortiz’s signature motifs, the leaf shape of these Wild Spinach Leaf Earrings celebrates the wild spinach plant Cochiti potters have used to make their distinctive black paint, while reprising a pottery design element often featured in the pottery of Virgil’s grandmother and mother. Sterling silver with post backs. Handmade in the U.S.A. Gift boxed.
These petite Virgil Ortiz Wild Spinach Leaf 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.
0.375" x 0.125".

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