Silver Overlay Belt Buckle


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Unknown Unknown 1100.2021.3701.jpg Days Past Collection B&W 1100.2020.3701 1100.2021.3701 Print <2x3 Historic Photographs 20210910 Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives

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A belt buckle created by artist Norbert Peshlakai.

Traditionally, the Hopi crafted necklaces, bracelets and other personal adornments from shell, stone and plant materials. Silver - scarce and expensive - was a late arrival on the Hopi mesas. However, during the 1890s, a few Hopi artisans were taught to work with silver by their Navajo and Zuni neighbors. Early pieces were indistinguishable from Navajo or Zuni work. Today, Hopi silversmthing is a well-regarded Southwest art.

Photo Courtesy of Norbert Peshlakai.

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