Cuff Bracelet (Brazalete)

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Cuff Bracelet (Brazalete)

circa 1938-1944
Jewelry and Adornments; bracelets
Silver, amethyst
2 1/4 × 3 1/2 × 2 in. (5.72 × 8.89 × 5.08 cm)
Gift of Ronald A. Belkin (M.2013.4.10)
Currently on public view:
Art of the Americas Building, floor 4 MAP IT
Art of the Americas Building, floor 4

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Label

The central motif of this bracelet is the calendrical symbol Nahui Ollin (Four Movement/Earthquake)—the sign for the fifth and current era of creation....
The central motif of this bracelet is the calendrical symbol Nahui Ollin (Four Movement/Earthquake)—the sign for the fifth and current era of creation. In Aztec mythology the earth had been created five times, but natural forces—wind, rain, fire, and floods—had destroyed previous eras. The symbol, which was carved on stone reliefe and illustrated in indigenous codices, was redeployed by Spratling in what became cone of his trademark early designs.
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