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A beautiful Modernist-style Navajo Sterling silver

and turquoise ring by Kenneth Begay for

The White Hogan Shop, Scottsdale, AZ, c.1950’s



ex: Martha H. Struever Collection, Santa Fe



THERE IS A REASON WHY Kenneth Begay (1913-1977) is considered to be “The Father of Modern Navajo Silver” and you are looking at it right here. His elegant streamlined designs took the Native American world

by storm beginning in the late 1940’s. As a former student and protege of the pioneering Navajo silversmith Ambrose Roanhorse (1900-1981), the founder of the Navajo Arts and Crafts Guild and a great Modernist silversmith in his own right, Begay took the Navajo Guild’s clean-lined aesthetic a giant step further with his daring forms and impeccable executions and craftsmanship.



"I like to create something new and still use the old Navajo design style.”

-Kenneth Begay



This remarkable ring is an absolutely perfect embodiment of this; a superbly elegant streamlined sculptural trapezoidal shape accentuated by clean precise chisel work and flush inlaid with a beautiful diamond-shaped turquoise stone. The geometric composition and dynamic juxtaposition of various shapes is like a beautiful miniature modernist painting, akin to a Piet Mondrian in silver and stone rather than oil and canvas. The ring’s face is 1” in height and is 15/16” in width at its widest point. It measures a size 8 on a professional graduated ring sizer though it feels just slightly larger on the finger. It weighs an extremely comfortable 10 grams or 3/8 ounce and is in completely excellent original condition.

Kenneth Begay working at his bench

Photo source and © by Arizona Highways, August 1974

The ring is unsigned as it was originally part of a matched set along with the large silver and turquoise pendant pictured here. The pendant was fully signed by Kenneth Begay and hallmarked with The White Hogan Shop’s domed hogan insignia while the matching ring was not. We previously sold the pendant to a client who was unable to wear the ring due to fit and therefore did not wish to purchase it. Their loss here is potentially your gain. The ring’s collection provenance is just as noteworthy as the ring itself, it was formerly in the collection of the renowned late Santa Fe Indian Arts collector, dealer and scholar Martha H. (Marti) Struever (1932-2017). The ring and pendant set were featured in Struever’s annual August, 2017 Santa Fe exhibition catalog, photos of which appear below and the set was sold at that exhibition.


This beautiful ring is an eminently wearable and extremely collectible piece made by one the finest Native American artists in history and previously collected and owned by one of the finest and most influential

Native American art collectors, dealers and scholars in history.



Price $1,550



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Kenneth Begay/White Hogan Shop signature on the back of the pendant.

Martha Struever’s 2017 exhibition catalog picturing the Kenneth Begay pendant and ring.