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Adornment in the West: Turquoise & Silver

American Indians have been producing and wearing jewelry for thousands of years, and have worked as silversmiths for more than a century. From around the world, experts and connoisseurs alike recognize the jewelry, beadwork, quillwork, and silver pieces as a distinctly American art form. "Adornment in the West: The American Indian as Artist" (summer 2015 exhibition) celebrates this rich and vibrant heritage of creativity, artistry, and design. The exhibition showcases jewelry created by past and contemporary master American Indian artists. Within the Center's collection are stunning pieces of artwork with traditional turquoise and silver--both historic pieces and contemporary works. What is your favorite piece and why? Do you own any turquoise/silver jewelry? We'd love to hear from you; even better still: We'd love for you to visit us here in Cody!

A Buffalo Bill Center of the West Virtual Exhibit
Curated by: Marg2309


1.69.6358
Southwest | Navajo | bracele...
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Exhibit notes: 20th century bracelet. Navajo 1.69.6358

Museum record: 1.69.6358 | 20th century | wide at widest point: 1.4375 in, circumference: 6 in | Gift of Margo Grant Walsh, in Appreciation of Ann Simpson | Navajo-style silver cast bracelet with one turquoise stone set in a bezel in the center. No marks on the back of the bracelet. | 1.69.6358.jpg | bracelet | turquoise | silver | Southwest | Navajo

NA.203.263
Southwest | bracelet | engra...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA.203.263

Museum record: NA.203.263 | width: .625 in, L: 2.625 in | Gift of Mrs. Frank D. Oastler | Dress and Adornment; Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Bracelet - silver, engraved band with two turquoise ovals set on each side of large turquoise oval 5 stones total. | NA.203.263.JPG | na.203.263.jpg | bracelet | engraved | silver | turquoise | Southwest

NA.203.271
Southwest | bracelet | engra...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA.203.271

Museum record: NA.203.271 | width: .625 in, L: 2.5 in | Gift of Mrs. Frank D. Oastler | Dress and Adornment - Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Bracelet - silver, engraved band with seven oval turquoise pieces in top. | NA.203.271.JPG | na.203.271.jpg | bracelet | engraved | silver | turquoise | Southwest

NA.203.261
Southwest | bracelet | silve...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA.203.261

Museum record: NA.203.261 | width: .5 in, L: 2.75 in | Gift of Mrs. Frank D. Oastler | Dress and Adornment; Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Bracelet - plain silver band with six turquoise pieces set on each side of larger center turquoise piece 13 total stones. | NA.203.261.JPG | na.203.261.jpg | bracelet | silver | turquoise | plain | Southwest

NA.203.283
Southwest | bracelet | engra...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA.203.283

Museum record: NA.203.283 | width: .189 in, L: 2.625 in | Gift of Mrs. Frank D. Oastler | Dress and Adornment - Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Bracelet - silver band with engraved design on sides and top and 15 small round turquoise pieces on top. | NA.203.283.JPG | na.203.283.jpg | bracelet | engraved | silver | turquoise | Southwest

NA.203.278
Southwest | bracelet | silve...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA.203.278

Museum record: NA.203.278 | width: 1 in, L: 2.375 in | Gift of Mrs. Frank D. Oastler | Dress and Adornment - Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Bracelet - silver, three bands with three turquoise pieces attached to the top, engraved. | NA.203.278.JPG | na.203.278.jpg | bracelet | silver | engraved | turquoise | Southwest

NA.203.265
Southwest | bracelet | turqu...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA203.265

Museum record: NA.203.265 | width: 1.189 in, L: 2.625 in | Dress and Adornment; Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Bracelet - silver, two bands with three turquoise decorated floral designs. | NA.203.265.JPG | na.203.265.jpg | floral | bracelet | turquoise | silver | Southwest

NA.203.286
Southwest | bracelet | turqu...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA.203.286

Museum record: NA.203.286 | width: 1 in, L: 2.625 in | Gift of Mrs. Frank D. Oastler | Dress and Adornment - Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Bracelet - silver, three bands with four silver floral designs alternated with a band of three small round turquoise pieces and one large piece in the center. | NA.203.286.JPG | na.203.286.jpg | floral | bracelet | turquoise | silver | Southwest

NA.203.282
Southwest | bracelet | silve...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA.203.282

Museum record: NA.203.282 | width: .5 in, L: 3 in | Gift of Mrs. Frank D. Oastler | Dress and Adornment - Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Bracelet - silver, four twisted bands with three large turquoise pieces alternated with two smaller pieces, 5 pieces total. | NA.203.282.JPG | na.203.282.jpg | bracelet | silver | turquoise | Southwest

NA.203.264
Southwest | bracelet | silve...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA.203.264

Museum record: NA.203.264 | width: 1.125 in, L: 2.5 in | Gift of Mrs. Frank D. Oastler | Dress and Adornment; Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Bracelet - silver, four bands with two large turquoise pieces. | NA.203.264.JPG | na.203.264.jpg | bracelet | silver | turquoise | Southwest

NA.203.281
Southwest | bracelet | turqu...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA.203.281

Museum record: NA.203.281 | 1950s | depth: 1.125 in, width: 2.25 in | Gift of Mrs. Frank D. Oastler | Dress and Adornment - Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Bracelet - silver, five flat bands with five rows of small round turquoise pieces, 15 pieces in each row. | NA.203.281.JPG | na.203.281.jpg | bracelet | turquoise | silver | Southwest

NA.203.1049.1
Southwest | bracelet | turqu...
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Exhibit notes: "Very old." NA.203.1049

Museum record: NA.203.1049.1 | ca. 1954 | L: 3 in, width: 2.25 in, depth: 2.125 in | Gift of Jo and Warren Buxton, Phoenix, Arizona | on back: KRt | Dress and Adornment; Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Silver bracelet with three set turquoise stones. Bracelet has "outline" design with a small set turquoise stone on each end. Setting has scalloped edge. Silver deer design rests on each side of bracelet, its antlers helping to encase a very large set turquoise stone. Silver setting is scalloped as well. Signature on back. Inscription on verso, etched or scratched. Very old - hallmark may be trader who sold to Fannie. | na.203.1049.1.jpg | deer | bracelet | turquoise | silver | Southwest

NA.203.962
Aguilar, Tony | Pueblo | San...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Pueblo NA.203.962

Museum record: NA.203.962 | L: 15 in, width: 4 in | Gift of Jo and Warren Buxton, Phoenix, Arizona | Dress and Adornment, Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Shell pendant covered with turquoise, shell and metal hung from string of turquoise and brass heishi beads. Stripe of brass and copper triangles inlaid between turquoise areas across middle of shell. Abalone and clamshell pieces along bottom edge of shell. Clasp is a hook and eye of brass. | na.203.962.jpg | NA.203.962.JPG | shell | necklace | turquoise | abalone | brass | shell | epoxy | copper | clam | Aguilar, Tony | Pueblo | Santo Domingo

NA.203.1133
Navajo | Southwest | necklac...
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Exhibit notes: 1980s. Navajo NA.203.1133

Museum record: NA.203.1133 | 1980s | L: 30 in, width: 4 in | Gift of Richard and Helen Cashman | Sqaush blossom necklace with double strand of silver beads. Affixed onto strands are squash blossoms with turquoise stones in center. Center of necklace has 2 circular paralled strips of silver open at the bottom with 5 squash blossoms. | na.203.1133.jpg | na.203.1133s.jpg | necklace | silver | turquoise | Navajo | Southwest

NA.203.1035
Navajo | necklace | silver |...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Navajo NA.203.1035

Museum record: NA.203.1035 | L: 16 in, width: 3 in, depth: .25 in | Gift of Jo and Warren Buxton, Phoenix, Arizona | Dress and Adornment; Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Squash bead necklace with 14 squash blossom beads, seven on each side. Horseshoe shaped pendant at bottom. Stamped lines around pendant with a hanging set turquoise stone in center. Edge around stone is scalloped. Beads have a stamped stripe design. Stone is attached by loop to pendant and pendant is attached to necklace by hook. Silver clasp. | NA.203.1035.JPG | na.203.1035.jpg | necklace | silver | turquoise | Navajo

NA.203.306
Navajo | Southwest | necklac...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA.203.306

Museum record: NA.203.306 | ca. 1940s | L: 21 in, pendant width: 1.75 in | Gift of Mrs. Frank D. Oastler | Dress and Adornment; Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Necklace - two strands of silver beads, alternated with silver squash blossom designs with round silver pendant with oval turquoise piece in center. | na.203.306.jpg | necklace | silver | Beads | pendant | turquoise | round | Navajo | Southwest

NA.203.280
Southwest | necklace | silve...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA.203.280

Museum record: NA.203.280 | overall length: 16.5 in, width: .75 in | Gift of Mrs. Frank D. Oastler | Dress and Adornment - Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Object: Necklace - silver chain, with three silver and turquoise inlaid half moon design sections. | NA.203.280.JPG | na.203.280.jpg | half moon | necklace | silver | chain | turquoise | Southwest

NA.203.284
Southwest | necklace | ornat...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Southwest NA.203.284

Museum record: NA.203.284 | overall length: 17 in, pendant width: 3 in | Dress and Adornment - Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Necklace - silver chain with ornate turquoise inlaid floral design pendant with one floral design piece on each side which has inlaid turquoise. | NA.203.284.JPG | na.203.284.jpg | floral | necklace | ornate | turquoise | silver | Southwest

NA.203.963
Jones, Frances | Navajo | ne...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Navajo NA.203.963

Museum record: NA.203.963 | L: 8 in, width: 6 in | Gift of Jo and Warren Buxton, Phoenix, Arizona | Dress and Adornment, Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Necklace with three rainbow gods, two are longer, the third, in the middle is shorter and curved. Each is set with two pieces of turquoise. From the head of each of the two longer rainbow gods, a chain is attached, leading to the clasp. The three rainbow gods are each lined to one another. | na.203.963.jpg | rainbow god | necklace | silver | turquoise | Jones, Frances | Navajo

NA.203.260
New Mexico | Zuni Pueblo | n...
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Exhibit notes: 1950s. Zuni Pueblo. NA.203.260

Museum record: NA.203.260 | ca. 1950 | L: 23.5 in, wide at center design: 1.75 in | Gift of Mrs. Frank D. Oastler | Dress and Adornment; Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Necklace - silver beads with six turquoise decorated ovals on each side of center turquoise decorated, half moon design piece. | NA.203.260.JPG | NA.203.260.JPG | necklace | squash blossom | turquoise | silver | New Mexico | Zuni Pueblo

NA.203.995
Johnson, Lillian | Navajo | ...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Pueblo NA.203.995

Museum record: NA.203.995 | L: 12.25 in, width: 3.75 in | Gift of Jo and Warren Buxton, Phoenix, Arizona | Dress and Adornment, Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Squash blossom necklace on beaded strand with turquoise and semi-circular pendant. Double strand of silver beads, part closest to back hook is single strand on either side. Squash blossoms are incised on either side of turquoise center. Pendant has a turquoise stone in center and at either end. Rope design encircles center. | na.203.995.jpg | NA.203.995.JPG | squash blossom | necklace | silver | turquoise | Johnson, Lillian | Navajo

NA.203.1359
Navajo | Southwest | necklac...
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Exhibit notes: 1930s. Southwest NA.203.1359

Museum record: NA.203.1359 | 1930s | L: 14 in | Gift of Betty Lou Sheerin | Squash Blossom Necklace with Naja, Southwest, 1930s, silver. | na.203.1359.jpg | squash blossom | necklace | silver | Navajo | Southwest

NA.203.961
Zuni | necklace | silver | t...
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Exhibit notes: Undated. Zuni NA.203.961

Museum record: NA.203.961 | late 20th century | L: 15 in, width: 2.75 in | Gift of Jo and Warren Buxton, Phoenix, Arizona | Dress and Adornment, Personal Adornment and Ritual Regalia. Needlepoint necklace with naja on braided silver chains covered by silver beads between flowers. Six flowers on each side of naja. Each flower is set with delicate turquoise pieces. Naja is set with 68 tiny turquoise pieces. Silver "flower blossoms" extend from each flower piece toward the outer side of the necklace. | na.203.961.jpg | floral | naja | necklace | silver | turquoise | Zuni

NA.203.1356
Southwest | necklace | silve...
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Exhibit notes: 1930s. Southwest NA.203.1356

Museum record: NA.203.1356 | 1930s | L: 16.5 in | Squash Blossom Necklace with Naja, Southwest, ca. 1930s, silver, turquoise. | NA.203.1356.jpg | squash blossom | necklace | silver | turquoise | Southwest