This large Old Style pendant was created by Navajo artists Eva & Lindberg Billah.
There's deep stamp work on the piece and the bail.
It has a center purple Spiny Oyster shell set in a sawtooth bezel.
It's marked sterling and signed EL Billah
It measures 2 3/4" tall, plus the large 1/2" bail, by 2 1/2" at it's widest point.
Weight: 37.8 grams on my scale
I placed a quarter there for scale.
Sure to make a Fine addition to any collection, or a great gift!
The "naja" and the squash blossom bead was introduced to the Navajo by the Spanish and later adopted by the Zuni. The crescent shaped Naja is similar to the pendants that hung from the headstalls of the Spanish silver bridles in the late 1500s and early 1600s.
Please note: Pictures are enlarged to show detail, remember everything looks bigger on line :)