Extraordinary contemporary Native American handmade pendant, created by Navajo Erwin Tsosie, featuring an abstract yei figure with a head dress. Set in silver, the pendant and bale are both intricately inlaid with hundreds of tiny hand-cut, semi-precious stones such as turquoise, spiny oyster, lapis, jet, mother of pearl and more. Erwin Tsosie is one of the best Navajo inlay artists working today and his attention to detail is meticulous.
The pendant measures 2-1/2 long, including the over-sized inlaid bale, and weighs 23 grams. The main pendant measures 2 long by 1-1/4 wide by almost 1/4 thick. Even the bale is inlaid and on a curvature, no less. The bale has a usable interior diameter of about 1/2-inch, perfect for silver beaded necklaces or several strands of beads.
Brand new and in perfect condition. Gift Box and Certificate of Authenticity included. Hallmarked by the artist, ET. This pendant was made by Ervin P. Tsosie. He is brother to Erwin Tsosie and there is much confusion between the two brothers' work. Ervin uses two different hallmarks, ET and his full name spelled out Ervin P. Tsosie, while his brother Erwin uses ESTERLINGT.
This versatile pendant can be worn with a variety of necklaces, beads or neck collars/cuffs.
Ervin Tsosie's work is based on ceremonial and mythical figures and spiritual beings representing Navajo culture. His ideas come from meditation, ceremonials and prayer. Tsosie's work has appeared in various shows including the Santa Fe Indian Market and Intertribal Ceremonial, Gallup and can also be seen at many Southwestern shops and galleries.