Navajo Domed Bracelet with Stamped Armadillo Design by Orville Tsinnie

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Orville Tsinnie, Diné Jeweler
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver
  • Size: 5” End to End;
    1-¼” Opening; 1-⅞” Wide
  • Item # C4220D
  • Price: $775.00

Image Source: Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia.Diné silversmith Orville Tsinnie used a single stamp and precision file work to design this gorgeous modern sterling silver cuff. Using a single circular stamp executed more than 100 times, Tsinnie created what is referred to as the Armadillo Design.  Armadillo is a Spanish word meaning "little armored one" and refers to the bony plates that cover the back, head, legs, and tail of most of these odd-looking creatures.  The textured pattern on this Navajo silver bracelet resembles the bumpy skin of the exotic desert dwelling animal and runs down the center of the wide cuff. On either side of the textured area, finely rendered lines were filed. The artist then decorated the ends of the cuff with more circular stampwork and file lines. All of this was set on a hollow, rounded base. The hollow form allows for a more comfortable fit, while still giving the impression of substantial weight.

In the early 1970s Orville Tsinnie (1943-2017) learned to make jewelry from his Hopi brother-in-law. During his career he won numerous awards, including a Lifetime Achievement award from the Indian Arts and Crafts Association, an honor award that is only given to the finest American Indian artists. Tsinnie’s work was characterized by superior craftsmanship. He made traditional jewelry but excelled with new designs. All of his work was marked by precision and attention to detail, which resulted in work that was uniquely his own.  He worked out of his studio in Shiprock, New Mexico, and was a yearly participant in Santa Fe’s annual Indian Market.

Orville Tsinnie (1943-2017) signs his work with "Orville Tsinnie, New Mexico" along with two stamps of Shiprock.This bracelet illustrates his talent, both in creative innovation and skill as a silversmith. The bracelet is signed with “Orville Tsinnie, New Mexico” along with two stamps of Shiprock.


Condition: The Navajo Domed Bracelet with Stamped Armadillo Design by Orville Tsinnie is in excellent condition.

Provenance: From a member of the Maisel family, long-time merchants of Albuquerque. Adobe Gallery has just learned that after 42 years of business, the owner of Skip Maisel's Indian Jewelry & Crafts is retiring and closing his iconic store on Central in the heart of Downtown Albuquerque.

Recommended Reading: Contemporary Southwestern Jewelry by Diana Pardue

Relative Links: Southwest Indian JewelryDiné - Navajo NationBraceletsOrville Tsinnie

Armadillo Image Source: Wikipedia - the free encyclopedia.

Orville Tsinnie, Diné Jeweler
  • Category: Bracelets
  • Origin: Diné - Navajo Nation
  • Medium: Sterling Silver
  • Size: 5” End to End;
    1-¼” Opening; 1-⅞” Wide
  • Item # C4220D
  • Price: $775.00

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