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A wonderful and unique Navajo tufa-cast silver and turquoise figural belt buckle in the form of a stylized Navajo “Yei” or Holy Person, c. 1940’s-1950’s



This terrific buckle is precisely the sort of piece that proves that no matter how long you’ve been doing this, you haven’t seen everything. It is a completely unique piece in our long experience and it is simply fantastic. The silver casting is externally well done, clean, delicate and precise and extremely solid. This difficult-to-achieve combination of delicacy and strength is the pinnacle of quality tufa-casting and the silversmith who made this was clearly a master of his craft.


The Yei figure’s head is very nicely set with three beautiful pieces of turquoise to form the eyes and mouth. The buckle measures a shade under 3” in width and it 2 1/4” in height. It will accommodate a belt of up to 1 1/2” in width. The buckle weighs 41 grams or 1 1/2 ounces and it is in excellent original vintage condition. One of the turquoise stones is cracked, but it is completely stable in its setting.


Be the first on your block, in your state (or possibly anywhere) to own such a unique and distinctive piece of historic Navajo jewelry.



Price $1,450


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