Navajo (Dine') concho belt

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Navajo (Dine') concho belt

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circa 1920s-1930s

buckle, 5 conchos, 6 butterflies on leather belt

buckle: 3" wide x 2 5/8" high; conches: 2 13/16" wide x 2 1/2" high; butterflies: 2 5/8" wide x 1 1/8" high

made out of sheet silver with elaborate repousse', stamping and chiseling, and beautiful turquoise stones (Lone Mountain??)

$1800. (**SPECIAL SALE PRICE)

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The Navajo (Dine') began to work silver in the mid-nineteenth century. Learning techniques of silversmithing from the Mexicans, they began to produce beautiful jewelry to wear, including the well-known concho belt (also known as "concha" belt). The form was derived from Ute hair and belt ornaments. The Navajos began adding turquoise to the concho circa 1900-1920.

This concho belt has beautiful and elaborate stamping and chiseling along with elaborate repousse', all of which are early characteristics. It is made out of sheet silver and perhaps came out of one of the workshops that were formed during this time. It is clear that each piece is hand-cut and decorated.

Two of the stones have old breaks or cracks that are very stable. All the stones are of very high-quality turquoise.