Kenneth Begay Silver Box with Turquoise
Artist: Kenneth Begay (1913-1977)
Dimensions: 4 1/2″L x 3 3/4″W x 1 5/8”H
Signed: Sterling, White Hogan hallmark, KB & handmade
Stone: Natural Turquoise
Material: Sterling Silver
As seen in Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes (Page 123)
Considered to be the father of modern Navajo silverware, Kenneth 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 partner 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.
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