Martha Cayatineto Sterling+Turquoise Pin~Navajo Stamped Concho/Butterfly Brooch

Martha Cayatineto Sterling+Turquoise Pin~Navajo Stamped Concho/Butterfly Brooch

From Navajo artist Martha Cayatineto, this outstanding Native American brooch is big and impressive with great presence and powerful impact. Centered with a beautiful bezel-set natural turquoise stone, it has at the sides deeply incised and oxidized fanning rays or wings, giving it the shape of a concho butterfly spacer as might be seen on a concha belt. The top and bottom are further embellished by stampwork that provides texture and a strong feeling of movement and is all so forcefully done, it looks carved. (Note especially the sense of motion provided by the directionally placed feather marks in the slightly overlapping scallop shapes.) The brooch is very slightly convex which adds contrast and depth and makes the design and colors of the stone stand out beautifully. I do not know the name of the mine that produced the turquoise but the moodily swirling shades are lovely and it appears to be very high quality.

Substantial and well made, the brooch is about 2-3/4" wide by about 1-9/16" tall and weighs 23.6 grams.

It is signed on the back "MC" along with a square (as shown in the penultimate photo) which is the mark of highly regarded New Mexico silversmith Martha Cayatineto, whose father is a traditional medicine man.

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