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
As seen in Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes (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.
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