With extraordinary care Santo Domingo Pueblo artist Anthony Lovato created this reversible pendant in traditional tufa casting method using rough blocks of volcanic ash as a mold. With only only one object extracted from each mold, every piece is truly unique. This is a stunning example of Anthony's skill as an artist and each look reveals additional stylistic and symbolic elements.
The Southwest is known for the beauty and drama of its landscapes, from red rock canyons and rolling deserts, to expansive blue skies and shimmering sunsets. The Native Americans who have lived here for thousands of years have a deep connection to and respect for this natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art. Some of the most common nature-inspired designs and symbols are water, rain, clouds, corn, mountains and animals. In Pueblo culture the Corn Maiden is a powerful figure who brought the Pueblo people the gift of corn. Because of the importance of her gift and the role corn plays in sustaining the Pueblo people, she is seen as a symbol of life in Pueblo art. She also represents strength, creation and wisdom and is often depicted wearing a traditional tablita headdress or carrying a vase of water.
Pendant measures 4-5/8" long by 1-3/8" wide with bail that can accommodate necklaces up to 1/4" wide.
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