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MATERIALS: Sterling silver. MEASUREMENTS: Belt buckle measures approximately 2" long, 3" wide, will fit a belt that is up to 1-1/2" wide, and weighs 58 grams. DESCRIPTION: Excellent craftsmanship is shown throughout this amazing belt buckle!This piece of Native American jewelry is Hopi overlay hand crafted by artist George Phillips out of genuine sterling silver. Overlay is a process that utilizes at least two layers of sterling silver. One layer forms the foundation, while the second is used to design the individual detailed overlay. In this belt buckle, the second layer forms a remarkable Kokopelli and Prayer Sticks design that gives the piece an outstanding finish. The Kokopelli is a common fertility symbol throughout the Southwest. In Native American beliefs, the Kokopelli visits various communities, seducing and impregnating the young women drawn to the tones of his flute playing. Pahos or Prayer Sticks are carefully notched and painted cottonwood or cedar sticks with specific feathers attached to catch the wind. They are planted in the ground at religious sites, and at springs to carry specific prayers to the Creator or to the Kachinas. Their forms are found in many Pueblo and Navajo designs. The belt buckle is stamped sterling and hallmarked.
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