Darryl Dean Begay, Bolo Tie, Blue Gem Turquoise, Coral, Wood, Navajo Made, 51"
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It is believed that the first Navajo silversmith learned from a Mexican blacksmith. Eventually the iron bits would be replaced with silver work. Then, that Navajo silversmith would teach someone else, a family member, someone who showed interest or maybe someone who paid for lessons. The craft has been passed down like that ever since. Some artists really push the limits and create new technologies and styles, making a better way to do something. Hopi artist Charles Loloma was one of those innovators. His inlay work was incredible and he made sure that it was done perfectly. Award-winning artist Darryl Dean Begay carries on this tradition. He made this bolo that is beautifully done. The inlay has been shaped so that it curves from on edge to the other, a Loloma style. He uses wood, coral and a variety of excellent American rocks that include Lone Mountain and Blue Gem. Finished with a heavy braided bolo cord and sterling silver tips, for the serious collector.
Leather Length (includes tip) - 51"
Bolo - 3 1/2" x 1 5/8"
Weight - 123.7 grams