Object photography

Image © Dennis Helmar, 2008.
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Object description

  • Jesse Monongya (Hopi and Diné (Navajo), birth 1952)
  • Spiritual Hand, 2002
  • Gold, opal, coral, turquoise
  • New Mexico, United States
  • H: 1 1/2 in, W: 2 3/4 in, D: 2 in (H: 3.8 cm, W: 7.0 cm, D: 5.1 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 2002
  • E301995
  • Uses inlaid designs and precious stones in innovative ways
  • Depicts Navajo sun and moon

Jesse Monongya transforms time-honored motifs from his Native heritage into contemporary jewelry. The circular pendant is double-sided-one face showing a stylized Navajo sun, the other an opal symbolizing the full moon. Along the top edge, a band of gold culminates in a decorated hand, which is a symbol of spirituality, based on the artist's title of this work.