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

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Philander Begay, Bracelet, Shalako, Number Eight Turquoise, Navajo Made, 6.5
Philander Begay, Bracelet, Shalako, Number Eight Turquoise, Navajo Made, 6.5
Philander Begay, Bracelet, Shalako, Number Eight Turquoise, Navajo Made, 6.5
Philander Begay, Bracelet, Shalako, Number Eight Turquoise, Navajo Made, 6.5
AgeCirca 2010's
Age GroupAdult
ArtistBegay, Philander
Bracelet Gap1.1
Widest Point on Bracelet Band2.5
Bracelet Wrist Size6.5
Gemtype Stone Shapeirregular-shape
GenderUnisex
Number of Stones1
Setting Typebezel
Main StoneNumber Eight Turquoise
MetalSterling Silver
SignedSigned
TribeNavajo
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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