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Tufa-Cast Sterling Silver Naja Pendant

Alvin Thompson

About The Tufa-Cast Sterling Silver Naja Pendant

The naja is a life symbol.  From fruit to womb, this crescent with bottom opening is associated with generations of abundance.

From simple shell arch to an ornate double three quarter circle inlaid with many stones, the naja has many interpretations.  This one by Navajo artist, Alvin Thompson, is especially grand !

The tendrilling foliate design seems ablaze as light travels the polished spine of each carvinated curve.  The impressive 3 1/8" height X 2 9/16" width, this impressive pendant can be worn on a simple leather cord or suspended by its open hook from a strand of silver beads.

Dressed up or down, worn high or low, this handsome sculpture has the versatility required to accessorize ths style inspirations of even the most creative mind.

Savvy Price $285.00

Gallery Price $350.00

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Description

The naja is a life symbol.  From fruit to womb, this crescent with bottom opening is associated with generations of abundance.

From simple shell arch to an ornate double three quarter circle inlaid with many stones, the naja has many interpretations.  This one by Navajo artist, Alvin Thompson, is especially grand !

The tendrilling foliate design seems ablaze as light travels the polished spine of each carvinated curve.  The impressive 3 1/8" height X 2 9/16" width, this impressive pendant can be worn on a simple leather cord or suspended by its open hook from a strand of silver beads.

Dressed up or down, worn high or low, this handsome sculpture has the versatility required to accessorize ths style inspirations of even the most creative mind.

About the Artist

(Born 1955, Navajo jeweler) "Alvin is a highly regarded silver and goldsmith who has perfected the art of sand casting to produce his work. Alvin comes from a family of silversmiths. He believes that the simplicity and versatility of sand casting helps influence the flow of the design process". taken from Gregory Schaaf's book "American Indian Jewelry III:  M-Z.

A graduate of the Automotive Technology Vocational School and the University of Arizona, Thompson has won awards at Indian markets.  His work is sold through the Thunder Eagle Native Art Gallery in Williams, AZ; the Heard Museum gift shop in Phoenix, AZ and at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City.

 

Medium Sterling silver
Troy ounces .49 troy ounces
Size 3 1/8" height X 2 9/16" width
Signed Four strike mark "AT" along with "Sterling" quality mark and "Navajo" all reside on the pendant's back side
Date of creation Circa 1985
Condition Perfect !
Description Sterling silver casting from tufa stone carving. Has hand-forged hook soldered to pendant's back for suspension from cord, chain or bead strand.
Provenance KW
Gram weight 15.8 grams