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An extraordinary Navajo silver and turquoise pendant by Kenneth Begay, circa 1940’s

This pendant is one of the finest pieces of Kenneth Begay jewelry we have seen in quite some time with a superb, streamlined Modernist design and absolutely impeccable craftsmanship. This is precisely what one can expect from “The Father of Modern Navajo Jewelry” as Kenneth Begay (1913-1977) was commonly referred to. The pendant features extremely fine chisel and stamp work designs and an elaborately-constructed 41-prong silver bezel holding a large natural turquoise stone. The pendant measures 3 1/4" in length and 2" in width at the widest point. The turquoise stone measures 1 5/8" in length and 1/2" in width at the widest point. The pendant's weight is 43 grams or 1 1/2 ounces.

The piece is signed "KB" in the artist's customary signature on the reverse and also inscribed "Laurene J. Thompson 1971 108103366" in electric pen on the back by a previous owner.

The pendant is in excellent original condition and is strung on a fine black silk satin jewelry cord.

A truly fantastic piece of jewelry by one of the great Masters.

Price $3,400

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