Sterling Silver Corn Pendant with Turquoise, Coral and Jet
Artist: Richard Begay
Tribe: Dine’ / Navajo
Size: 1″ long
Item #: MCK45
Richard S. Begay was born in Pinon on the Navajo reservation in 1943. Son of a medicine man, this accomplished and respected silversmith said: “My jewelry is my past and future. It’s my memories as a child. The colorful sunrise, sunsets; the ceremonies,the people, the land.”
A master of mosaic and channel inlay, overlay and stamp work, he was among the first to make storyteller bracelets, showing tiny, detailed scenes of traditional Navajo life. His silver work is beautifully detailed, and enlivened by the fine, colorful inlays. One of his concho belts is displayed in the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington D.C. He was also a composer and recording artist of Navajo music, and nominated for a Grammy.
He lived out on the Navajo land, with livestock and horses, and brings his heritage to life in his work.”I enjoy creating beautiful things,” he says.
Richard passed away in 2013.
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