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Bracelet made of silver with stamped, repoussé and chased designs. The central design is of a long insect with an articulated body and two eyes with a crescent above the head and six articulated legs with crescent shapes at the end. The body is achieved by stamping. The geometric designs are in two panels either side of the insect and these contain different designs. Directly near the insect is a panel with a central prominent vertical rope design with four half moon repoussé shapes and at the top there is a zig zag pattern achieved by rocker engraving. The panel of designs further away is a series of three rows of four half spheres made by repoussé and stampwork. The top and bottom edge of the bracelet have a stamped and chased design that looks like a raised rope. The back of the bracelet holds a maker's mark which is three indented dots in a line.
- Production date
- 1999 (?)
Height: 5.30 centimetres
Width: 6.20 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Platero after enjoying some success as a young jeweller has taken a more discrete stance, only supplying his work to a few dealers, of which Anthony Whitman is one.This bracelet shows a great degree of skill, each stamp-mark may have been hammered as much as ten times, and the bracelet has a soft doming accross its width (achieved by hammering on a block of wood before bending the metal) which gives it a more organic feel. The central insect is made by repousse work combined with stamping, and using different stamps for each part of the insect.
Compare Am2001,16.2 purchased at same time.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2009 1 May-2011 13 Jan, BM, Gallery 2, 'Continuity and Change: cultural dynamism in the modern world'
- Good, the bracelet is two years old and unworn.
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- The bracelet was acquired on 21 August 2001 (during a short season of fieldwork in the Southwest, USA), in Nambe at the home of Anthony Whitman, who owns a trading outlet (Otowi Trading Company) in Santa Fe which sells Hopi pottery and the work of a select number of jewellers, amongst which McKee Platero features. Bracelet purchased at same time as brooch registered Am2000,16.2.
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