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The ancient Native American cultures of the Fremont and Anasazi peoples had disappeared long before the white man settled the North American continent. What became of them is a mystery. They are known to us only by the artifacts and art work they left behind. Both cultures created petroglyphs and pictographs on flat vertical rock surfaces in the areas where they lived, fished, and hunted, in the south-west United States and Mexico. Pictographs were painted or drawn onto the rock surface using various mineral "paints", and petroglyphs were pecked or carved into the rock's surface. Why they made them, and what they mean can only be speculated at. Subject matter included human forms, animals, shields, tools, rain clouds, lightning, celestial events and what appear to be solar calendars, and abstract geometric figures. The most interesting are supernatural entities that appear to be gods, spirits, or aliens. I have personally visited and photographed many locations in Utah. When visited and seen in person, they definitely have a spiritual feeling to them, and seem to be artistic reflections on the meaning or life.

Kokopelli is the name given to a fairly common male figure found on hundreds of rock art panels throughout the South West. He is usually depicted with a prominent hump on his back, long braids of hair or feathers on his head, and often playing a flute. Kokopelli is often depicted as a fertility god/symbol, traveling minstrel, hunting magician, rain priest, trader, or trickster. This Kokopelli is based upon the rock art found at the La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site in New Mexico. He is playing his flute, and appears to be dancing. Each earring measures about 11/16" diameter (just over 3/4") and 1/32" thick. They are stamped Ster on the back for Sterling. A significant portion of the sterling silver I use to make these is newly refined and alloyed recycled silver.

These earrings are hand crafted in sterling silver. I first copied the petroglyphs from photographs and drew them on paper. I did mirror images for the earrings. The petroglyphs were then photoetched into metal. After cutting them out I texture the front to represent the texture of the rock cliff surface on which the rock art panel is found. A mold was then handmade from each original, and they were next cast in sterling silver. After the silver is polished, I use a jewelers antiquing in the petroglyph depressions to make them black so they will stand out. The French ear wires are sterling silver also.

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Kokopelli Petroglyph Earrings, La Cieneguilla, New Mexico, hand crafted recycled sterling silver, handmade



  • Handmade item
  • Primary color: Silver
  • Secondary color: Black
  • Holiday: Christmas
  • Occasion: Birthday
  • Drop length: 1 Inches
  • Material: sterling silver
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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