Navajo Silver Box with Spondylus Shell and Turquoise

Artist: Once Known

Dimensions: 5 7/8”L x 4 1/2”W x 2 1/2”H
Tribe: Navajo/ Zuni
Stone: Orange Spondylus Shell, Turquoise and Jet
Material: Silver

As seen in Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes (Page 48-50)

Elegant Vessels Book

The practice of repurposing bow guards as box tops continued well into the twentieth century. The use of dance related jewelry as box tops is evident here, utilizing inlaid shells of the type ceremonially worn by male dance participants.

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