Navajo Silver Box with Leekya Deyuse Carved Turquoise Bear
Artist: Once Known / Leekya Deyuse (1889-1966)
Dimensions: 6 5/8”L x 5”W x 1 3/4”H
Tribe: Navajo / Zuni
Stone: Natural Turquoise
As seen in the Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes book (Page 53-54)
This Navajo-made silver box has been set with a bear carving by Leekya Deyuse who is considered the first Zuni stone carver to break with tradition and carve for an exclusively commercial market. He produced thousands of carvings over the course of his lifetime. His nearly limitless repertoire included animal, plant, and human forms carved in local stone, shell, coral, and turquoise.