Philander Begay, Bracelet, Shalako, Number Eight Turquoise, Navajo Made, 6.5

Tribe Navajo
Age Group Adult
Artist Begay, Philander
Age Circa 2010's
Item Weight 0.287698413
Gap in Cuff Style Bracelet 1.1
Widest Point on Bracelet Band 2.5
Gemtype Stone Shape irregular-shape
Gender Unisex
Number of Stones 1
Bracelet Wrist Size 6.5
Main Stone Number Eight Turquoise
Metal Sterling Silver

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Each December in Zuni, New Mexico they hold the Shalako dances. Preparations for the event begin very early in the year and six new houses are constructed to hold the ceremonial dances. Spectators come from around world to the Zuni Pueblo to witness the amazing event. Large Shalako figures enter the home around midnight and dance through the night. The Shalako is a large figure that is the height of two people and very impressive looking. Many Navajos are part of the crowds witnessing the religious ceremony. Navajo silversmith Philander Begay has been inspired by the Shalako and made this beautiful cuff to show his appreciation of the Zuni culture. He uses one piece of Number Eight Turquoise to decorate the long carved Shalako. 130.5 grams

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