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STERLING SILVER TURTLE PENDANT BY ROBERT GENE NAVAJO

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Navajo silversmith Robert Gene made this fabulous turtle pendant through the overlay technique. Hopi overlay is constructed from two layers of sterling silver.  A design is cut out with a jeweler’s saw by hand.  This top design layer is then silver soldered to another sheet, the bottom layer, of silver.  Texturing is added to the bottom layer in all the open areas of the design using a hammer and a small punch.  The piece is then formed to its final shape and size.  The bottom layer is then oxidized to enhance the design.  Signed

5/8” wide x 1  1/8” long

The Navajos began working with silver in the 19th century, and began making things like buckles, bridles, buttons, rings, canteens, hollow beads, earrings, crescent-shaped pendants (called “najas”), bracelets, crosses, powder chargers, tobacco canteens, and conchos (for belts).  Their silversmithing skills has evolved and changed throughout the years, and in about 1880 Navajo silversmiths started to set turquoise in their silver work.  Traditionally, Navajo artists worked with jewelry techniques like repousee and stamp work, but today they explored in other Native American jewelry making techniques like Zuni inlay work and Hopi overlay work.

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Weight .5 lbs
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