Chee Keams and Ray Poblano Silver Box with Deer Inlay

Artist: Chee Keams, Navajo (1922-2006) and Ray Poblano (Dates Unknown), Zuni
Dimensions: 4 5/8″L x 3 1/4”W x 1 1/2”H
Tribe: Navajo/ Zuni
Stone: Multi-stone
Material: Silver

As seen in Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes (Page 71 & 73)

Elegant Vessels Book

This box top is inlaid with stone and is an example of a Navajo/Zuni collaboration. This is true inlay, in which cutout designs contain colored stones that were carefully cut and fit to create the desired image. The second-prize ribbon, given at the 1958 Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, went to Chee Keams, a Navajo silversmith, and Ray Poblano, a Zuni Lapidary for this piece with the deer.

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