Thomas Curtis Raised Hollowware Box with Turquoise

Artist: Thomas Curtis (1942-2013)
Dimensions: 6″W x 3 3/4″H
Tribe: Navajo
Signed: Sterling and T. Curtis
Stone: Natural Turquoise
Material: Sterling Silver
Price: Not For Sale

As seen in the Elegant Vessels: A century of southwest silver boxes book (Pages 140-142)

This amazing raised, silver hollowware box is by the late Thomas Curtis, a talented Navajo silver smith. Growing up watching his blacksmith uncle at work, he gained an understanding of ironworking that would enable him to design and fabricate the stamps he used on his silver pieces. Balancing compositions in silver based on traditional Navajo motifs, he has created the dramatic results seen here. By taking the work of former smiths to a new level of achievement, Curtis established a standard of excellence that will continue to inspire future generations.

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