Creation Date
1931 – 1955


3.175 cm. H Item (Overall)

"Measuring 1 1/2 inches from top to bottom, this ring is black, tear-drop obsidian stone mounted by Ambrose Roanhorse in a silver setting. Silver balls are carved at the point of the tear drop." The stone 1.25 x 1 inch. Ambrose Roanhorse taught silversmithing at the Santa Fe Indian School in the 1930s. He was one of the first native artists to depart from traditional designs. Instead, his work is noted for bold lines, simple forms, and minimal stamping. When he used stones, they were generally single high quality stones. This piece is an excellent examples of his bold, simple forms and use of high quality stones.

Related People and Organizations
Roanhorse, Ambrose
Helbing, Cleora

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