Richard Henry Yazzie Navajo Box with Inlaid Top

Artist: Richard Henry Yazzie (1927-2000)
Dimensions: 2 7/8″L x 2 3/4”W x 3/4”H
Tribe: Navajo
Signed: RHY & sterling
Stone: Turquoise, white shell, jet
Material: Silver

As seen in Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes (Page 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 in evidence here, utilizing inlaid shells of the type ceremonially worn by male dance participants.

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