From the Jacket:
New Mexico art patron Millicent Rogers (1902-1953) was a passionate collector who assembled a stellar collection of Navajo and Zuni silver and turquoise, Hopi silverwork, and Pueblo stone and shell jewelry during the late 1940s and early 1950s when fine late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century work could still be found. Her collection provided the foundation for what has become one of America's most important repositories for the aesthetic achievements of Native American artists of the Southwest: The Millicent Rogers Museum. The Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, New Mexico, houses what is widely considered to be the finest collection of southwestern Indian jewelry in the world. The collection is particularly strong in Hopi and Navajo silverwork and Zuni lapidary work from the 1930s and 1940s as well as striking examples of contemporary jewelry. The book presents the collection through its founding collector Rogers, bringing to life the Taos she discovered in the late 1940s and showcasing the authentic, classic-era jewelry that she collected when Fred Harvey and others were popularizing Indian-made tourist pieces. The lavishly illustrated book also serves as a solid overview of Southwest Indian jewelry from prehistory to the present; as such the only book available.