We have similar Navajo and Kokopelli items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Angela A. Age Circa: Antique Native Navajo C. Markings: "LB Jewelry Baker Sterling" on the back of the brooch. Country of Origin: United States - Navajo Nation.Gram Weight: 7.9 grams. Pin/Brooch Style: Brooch, lapel pin, hat pin, scarf pin, tie pin. Closure Type: Pin stem with a locking "c" clasp. Convertible to Necklace Pendant: If desired, your local jeweler could add a bale to this piece so it could be worn as a pendant. Handmade in the 1960s by a talented Navajo artisan working for Les Baker, a jewelry artist from New Mexico who started his own workshop making Native jewelry. 925 sterling silver crafted into the motif of Kokopelli, a deity of fertility and agriculture, playing a magical flute. The body of the brooch contains three arrow-like designs.
Completed with a pin stem and a locking "c" clasp, allowing it to be worn on a variety of accessories, including hats, scarves, and lapels, among many others. This brooch displays some tarnish, which gives it a lovely antique quality. This listing is for the item only. This beautiful piece was made by a very talented Native American silversmith. It features handcrafted silversmith work throughout.Antique Native American jewelry is very rare to find. This is due to these pieces being made for reservation and personal use before the tourist trade became popular. Very few pieces were made and even less survived to today. The Navajo Nation sits on 27,000 square miles within the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. The Navajo have a rich history and culture and have become known for creating some of the finest sterling silver and turquoise jewelry, incorporating their own traditional motifs with silversmithing. The squash blossom necklace is perhaps one of the most famous Navajo styles produced, along with turquoise inlay rings. Turquoise is an important stone in Navajo culture; symbolizing happiness, good fortune, and good health. The first Navajo silversmith, Atsidi Sani, was taught around 1865 by a Mexican silversmith. Atsidi Sani in turn taught his four sons, who then started teaching other Navajo artisans. In the beginning, Navajo artisans created sterling silver jewelry for themselves and others in the Navajo Nation. The figure "Kokopelli" first appeared over 3,000 years ago and is sacred in Southwestern Native American cultures. Kokopelli is a storyteller, a healer, a prankster, and a fertility god. Originally depicted in carvings in cave dwellings, he can now be found in Native American jewelry and art. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Brooches & Pins". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.