Object photography

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Object description

  • DinĂ© (Navajo) artist
  • Necklace, 19th century
  • Silver, coral, obsidian, bone
  • Southwestern United States
  • L: 13 in, dia.: 8 in (L: 33.0 cm, dia.: 20.3 cm)
  • Gift of Miss Lucy A. Morse, date unknown
  • E37864
  • Adopts cross as main motif
  • Blends Spanish silversmithing with Native materials

Navajo artists began making silver jewelry in the mid-1800s, adopting Spanish metalworking techniques learned from Francisan missionaries. While some Navajo artists adopted the cross as a sign of conversion to Christianity, others simply liked the design, ignoring its religious meaning.