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Navajo Sterling Silver Cufflinks by Kenneth Begay

760.00
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Navajo Sterling Silver Cufflinks by Kenneth Begay

760.00

Pair of sterling silver cufflinks by renowned Navajo artist Kenneth Begay. These cufflinks are stamped with Begay's own hallmark, KB, as well as the mark for White Hogan, so they were made sometime between 1950 and 1968.

Approx: 3/4" x 5/8", 37.22 grams


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Pair of sterling silver cufflinks by renowned Navajo artist Kenneth Begay. These cufflinks are stamped with Begay's own hallmark, KB, as well as the mark for White Hogan, so they were made sometime between 1950 and 1968.

Approx: 3/4" x 5/8", 37.22 grams


Kenneth Begay (1913–1977)

Kenneth Begay (1913–1977) was called the "father of modern Navajo jewelry" for his clean, bold, modern designs. He studied jewelry making with Fred Peshlakai whose father, Slender Maker of Silver learned from the first generation of Navajo silversmiths in the mid-1800s.  Begay's work was so innovative that it was rejected from a 1949 exhibition of Native art as too radical.

His most productive and innovative period, 1950-1968, were spent working at the famous White Hogan in Scottsdale, AZ, a shop that promoted modern Native design.  After leaving Scottsdale, he taught jewelry making at Navajo community College on the reservation. Although Begay used and taught the old techniques, he explained near the end of his life, "I like to create something new and still use the old Navajo design style." Begay’s clean, contemporary designs influenced an entire generation of Native jewelry makers. His son, Harvey Begay, became a well-known jeweler in his own right.