Navajo Sterling Silver Ashtray with Oval Turquoise Gemstone by Suzie James

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Suzie James, Diné Artist
  • Category: Silver Objects
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: silver, turquoise
  • Size: 4” x 3”; 1-3/4" tall
  • Item # C4281.27
  • Price: $550.00

This sterling silver rectangular ashtray by Navajo artist Suzie James is elevated a half-inch by a circular pedestal on the underside.  The center area is a depressed bowl in the general shape of a concha. The central oval section is surrounded by a flat rectangular platform on which are rectangular rays, each with points at the ends surrounded by sun rays.  The oval center has stamped peacock-like feathers in the center and a chain design around the edge. Four cigarette holders, each representing sun rays are attached to the four sides. A tall silver pole in the center of the ashtray supports a single blue-green oval and domed turquoise gemstone.  The underside is stamped Sterling and with the name of the artist Suzie James.

Artist hallmark signature - Suzie James, Diné ArtistSuzie James is a Diné silversmith living in Gallup, New Mexico.  She is the daughter of Marcella James and sister of Jennie Blackgoat.  She is still an active artist today.  


Condition: this Navajo Sterling Silver Ashtray with Oval Turquoise Gemstone by Suzie James is in original condition

Provenance: from the collection of a gentleman from Washington, D.C.

Recommended Reading: Indian Artist Magazine, Fall 1995, pp123-29 for information on the artist.

Relative Links: Southwest Indian Jewelry: Silver ObjectsNavajo NationSuzie James

Alternate view of this silver tray.
Suzie James, Diné Artist
  • Category: Silver Objects
  • Origin: Diné of the Navajo Nation
  • Medium: silver, turquoise
  • Size: 4” x 3”; 1-3/4" tall
  • Item # C4281.27
  • Price: $550.00

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