This fantastic tufa-cast pendant was handmade by Navajo silversmith Philander Begay. A natural Last Chance turquoise stone is makes up the toad's head. The three-dimensional pendant measures 2-1/8 inch long by 1 inch wide and weighs 23 grams. The bale can handle a chain or beads up to 1/4 inch in diameter. The detail on this little critter is remarkable! The horned toad is a sacred totem to certain clans among the Navajo people.
Brand new and in perfect condition. Gift Box and Certificate of Authenticity included. Hallmarked PBB by the artist.
About Philander Begay: Philander Begay is a young Navajo silversmith who is especially noted for his true tufa casting: carving semi-solid sandstone, and then pouring molten silver in the fragile mold to create bracelets, buckles, bolo ties and pendants that have exquisite detail. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind because the tufa mold is extremely fragile and degrades after one or two castings. Philander is among the new generation of amazingly accomplished, Navajo silversmiths who combine tradition with their own vision. Philander was influenced by Darryl Begay, Raymond Yazzie, Aaron Anderson, Preston Monongye, and Jesse Monongye.