Fabulous Navajo hand made sterling silver Naja pendant with deep stamp-work, fancy repousse work and scalloped edges. This is another original design by Navajo artist, Darryl Becenti.
The pendant measures 3 inches long including the bale, by 2-1/2 inches wide and weighs 36.2 grams. The oversized bale can handle a necklace or beads up to 3/8 inch wide. The pendant is shown here with a sterling silver 5mm bead necklace. Perfect match to Darryl's naja earrings!
Brand new in perfect condition. Stamped sterling and has Darryl Becenti's hallmark. Gift box & Certificate of Authenticity included.
Darryl Becenti was born in 1957 in Gallup. New Mexico and raised in Mexican Springs. He was taught silver work by his brothers-in-law, David & Leroy Reeves in 1980.
The crescent shaped naja is one of the most familiar forms in Navajo indian jewelry. It clearly comes from outside the Navajo culture. It is thought to have originated in the Old World as a Spanish horse gear - a third eye placed on the animals forehead to ward off evil. It is often used as a focus piece in " squash blossoms " are actually pomegranate blossoms that were worn as trouser decorations by Spanish Colonial gentleman.