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- DescriptionThe intensive research undertaken for this valuable book properly identifies forty-five Native American silversmiths and their hallmarks found on Southwest jewellery. Most of the marks date prior to the 1970s and some as early as the 1920s, along with the marks of traders, guilds, and the government. This fascinating read also provides the stories of the artists and institutions represented by these marks. Over 275 colour and black-and-white images illustrate the marks in situ on the jewellery, along with images of artists, trading posts, and guild ads. The text explains why and when these marks were used. Among the important Navajo, Hopi, and Pueblo silversmiths whose lives and artworks are explored are Grant Jenkins, Fred Peshlakai, Juan De Dios, Da-Pah, Awa Tsireh, and others. The majority of the talented Indian silversmiths represented here left their homes on the reservation in the early twentieth century to work in cities and tourist venues. The profiles presented also feature a handful of contemporary artists who are recognized as master silversmiths.
- Author BiographyMother Pat and daughter Kim Messier have researched and collected American Indian art for three decades, previously co-authoring Hopi & Pueblo Tiles. They reside in Tucson, Arizona.
- Author(s)Kim Messier,Pat Messier
- PublisherSchiffer Publishing Ltd
- Date of Publication05/07/2014
- SubjectAntiques & Collectables
- Place of PublicationAtglen
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSchiffer Publishing Ltd
- Content Note248 colour & 31 b/w photos
- Weight980 g
- Width216 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine20 mm
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