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
Price: Not For Sale
As seen in the Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes book (Page 48-50)
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.