Navajo Silver Box with Bow Guard Lid

Artist: Once Known

Dimensions: 3 7/8”L x 2 3/4”W x 1 5/8”H
Tribe: Navajo
Stone: None
Material: Silver
Price: Not For Sale

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

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 box guard onto a dome-top wooden box. The basic bow-guard design concept became an accepted format for cover layouts. This trend set a style, though none of which saw use as actual bow guards.