SANTO DOMINGO KEWA - SUPERB SPINY OYSTER, INLAY, STERLING SILVER 25" NECKLACE

NATIVE AMERICAN NECKLACE
STERLING SILVER, SPINY OYSTER, TURQUOISE,
SIGNED and STAMPED
105 grams
I met CLIFFTON L. AGUILAR in Cochiti, a little Pueblo close to SANTO DOMINGO.
It was a formidable visit, so refreshing. I had a first glance at his art. It is true he does not show is Art in New Mexico too often. He was just back from Oklahoma where he got a prize for a necklace in this style, but smaller.
Cliffton Aguilar is a young man, very enthusiastic about his creations, with a true respect of the traditions... And an adorable discretion at the same time.
This exquisite necklace is his signature piece, and the "cubes" are his invention. He got inspired by his father who was using some kind of cube as well, but plain. He decorated the three dimensional rectangle/cube box with some hand stamping, the sun rising. He started signing these little magical boxes, CLA for Cliffton L Aguilar and stamped them STERLING. The most interesting are the four inlays pieces placed on the 4 sides. The inspiration comes from his own family. There are 3 inlays for the 3 boys and 1 for the only girl. The necklace with the boxes is a homage to his sister.
And it is a superb unique piece. Very opulent and rich with at the same time, always, the authentic earthy vibe. The spiny oyster is magnificent. Very colorful with the
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