Navajo 14K Gold & Silver Overlay Eagle Dancer Pendant - Robert Taylor (#34)
1 1/4" x 2 3/4"
In Navajo legend eagles are heavenly fliers, rainbow riders and powerful sons-of-guns. Because of the eagles close association with the spirit world and its protective nature, Robert Taylor finds the eagle fascinating. He enjoys promoting the Eagle Dancer and its benevolent message. Robert created this robustly constructed sterling silver and 14k gold pendant in homage to his hero. In our less than humble opinion he did the raptor proud.
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About the artist:Robert Taylor - Silver & Goldsmith:
"Cluster, channel, leaf, inlay, casting... I've done about everything," Robert Taylor talks about his silver and goldsmithing, "There's a lot of artists that do it." And then he confides the reason he has set himself apart from other craftsmen. "I didn't really get anywhere until I decided to design my own style." See full biography | See all items by Robert Taylor
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