Kenneth Begay Ironwood Box

Artist: Kenneth Begay (1913-1977)
Dimensions: 3 3/4″W x 5″H
Tribe: Navajo
Signed: KB, Sterling, White Hogan hallmark, and handmade
Stone: None
Material: Ironwood and Sterling Silver
Price: Not For Sale

As seen in the Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes book (Pages 120-121)

This box and those on pages 120-123 are the work of master silversmith Kenneth Begay. Considered to be the father of modern Navajo silverware, Begay received his early training in a silversmithing program at Fort Wingate, New Mexico, where one of his instructors was Fred Peshlakai. Later, after becoming a parent in the White Hogan shop in Scottsdale, Arizona, Begay conceived of and created a line of Southwest-inspired mid-century modern silverware and jewelry. Clean lines and ingenuity typify his work; he was one of the first silversmiths to incorporate local ironwood into his designs.