Navajo Silver Box with Bow Guard Design

Artist: Once Known
Dimensions: 3 3/4″L x 2 3/4”W x 1 7/8”H
Tribe: Navajo
Stone: Natural Turquoise
Material: Silver

As seen in Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes (Pages 22 & 23)

Elegant Vessels Book

Considering the box at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, to be a prototype, or at least an early example, the use of bow guards as box tops became a frequent practice.

A less-frequent and less-costly practice was to mount a bow guard onto a dome-top wooden box. The basic bow-guard design concept became an accepted format for cover layouts. The trend set a style.

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