Rare Vintage Navajo vision quest sterling silver 14k gold Pterodactyl buckle by jock Favour The vision quest was a "supernatural" experience in which the individual seeks to interact with a guardian spirit, usually an animal, to obtain advice or protection. This buckle measures 2" wide by 3"? This buckle can be used with a 1?
Weight 69.8grams The spirit animal on this buckle is an Pterodactyl buckle depicts a 14k gold sun on the horizon, with Shiprock dominating the background aside the Shiprock is a 14kgold pterodactyl, head with a exquisite ruby eye. Favour explained the design as genesis: I had this idea for a long time. I've always had the Navajo mythology and the Shiprock on my mind when I'd drive by there. I'd imagine that it was a giant pterodactyl because of the stories.
He spent two weeks working on the buckle working for about eight to 10 hours each day on the piece which originally began as a sketch. Artist Jock Favour is a true master-craftsman.
He hand cuts stones and pours his own silver ingot bars to have complete control of his materials. And when he casts a piece, he carves tufa molds that give his jewelry a texture that's only achieved through this labor-intensive process. Favour pays tribute to Native American makers by using these old-world techniques that date back to the early 1900's.
It's this approach, coupled with his material selection and lifetime of artistry that makes his jewelry special. He's celebrated for his oxidized silver cuffs, weathered turquoise stones, and colorful mosaic inlays. Each piece manages to feel antique, yet timeless in design.Favour lives and works in Arizona. He's been a maker since he was a child, and he celebrates Southwestern style with his work. Favour takes care to achieve balance in his jewelry and ensures all the materials work in harmony, an attitude shared by many Southwestern artisans. Great addition to your collection.