Cowrie shell, jet & silver Navajo turtle brooch

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Vintage Navajo turtle brooch, cowrie shell, jet, turquoise


A great vintage brooch, made of a cowrie shell set as the turtle’s carapace with turquoise and jet head, legs and tail.  Probably made by a Navajo silversmith but could have made by a Zuni artist.   Head to tail, 1 3/4″ long x 1 1/8″ wide at his front legs.  Good silver work, the roller clasp works well.

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