Fine overlay silver ketoh, bowguard, Kewa artist Joseph Coriz

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Silver bow guard by Native American artist, Joseph Coriz, Santo Domingo Pueblo


An amazing ketoh (bow guard, bracelet), three silver panels on leather by Native American Santo Domingo (Kewa) silversmith, Joseph Coriz.   Joseph uses a very detailed overlay technique, cutting out each shape and figure, in their entirety, including tiny hands, figures, animals, cornstalks, pueblo structures, rain, stars and other shapes, often with gold accents. Joseph finishes each small figure and then solders each piece onto a silver base plate,.  Outstanding work!

The center of the ketoh features a high square central cab of spiderweb turquoise, I believe from the Smith Mine in Nevada.

The panels are mounted on a finished leather band with a 3 button closure. The center panel is 3″ x 2″ and each side measures 3″ tall x 1/2.” The center panel is slightly arched. As currently mounted, the bracelet guard is 8 5/8″ open.   Slightly worn, wearable.

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