Ike Wilson Silver Box with Mosaic Inlay

Artist: Ike Wilson (1900-1942)
Dimensions: 6″L x 5”W x 3”H
Tribe: Navajo
Signed: Bow and Arrow hallmark on base
Stone: Multi-stone
Material: Silver
Additional Info: Featured in The C. G. Wallace Collection of American Indian Art (Page 46)

As seen in Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes (Page 92-95 and cover)

Elegant Vessels Book

This extraordinary box is, at this point, the only known example in which an artist has incorporated decorative sections of stamped silver as integral components of an entire design that has otherwise been constructed of stone mosaic. In this case, the silverware was identified by C. G. Wallace as the work of Ike Wilson in 1942. This box was sufficiently impressive that it was retained by C. G. Wallace as part of his private collection until it ultimately sold at the 1975 auction as lot 242 (Sotheby Parks Bernet 1975).

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