Square-Wire Belt Buckle by John Begay, Jr. (#91)

Square-Wire Belt Buckle by John Begay, Jr.
Square-Wire Belt Buckle by John Begay, Jr.
Square-Wire Belt Buckle by John Begay, Jr.

Square-Wire Belt Buckle by John Begay, Jr. (#91)


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2 1/2" x 1 1/2"

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Once again, the Spanish impact on Navajo arts and crafts is perfectly demonstrated by this elaborate sterling silver belt buckle. John Begay, Jr., the master of square-wire construction, has built a rococo-inspired buckle that perfectly fits on a one-inch belt. John, known for his use of twisted square-wire as a dominant decorative element of his jewelry, is unique among Navajo silversmiths.

About the artist:

John Begay, Jr. John Begay Jr. - Navajo Silversmith:
A quietly modest and unassuming man, John Begay Jr. does not personally sign his work. Instead he uses the Monsterslayer hallmark - a mythical being from Navajo legend- as his signature. Being a silver smith is John's chosen profession, something he has had to work at. He has been working at it for a quarter century and his jewelry reflect his experience and his love for his art. Each piece is uniquely his. One does not need to see the Monster Slayer hallmark to recognize John's unique style and excellent craftsmanship, his pieces speak for themselves. See full biography | See all items by John Begay, Jr.

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Silversmith Work

When and how the Navajo acquired the art of working metals is unknown but there are reasons for supposing that it was introduced among them, or at least more developed and improved upon by them, since the time they have occupied their present country?

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