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CAS 0370-0001   CAS 0370-0001; Concho belt
Category Accessories/Ornaments; Jewelry & Metalwork
Object Name Concho belt
Culture Hopi
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Navajo
Other Geographic Data Hopi Indian Reservation: Second Mesa; Village: Shungopovi
Maker's Name Thomas Humiyestewa (under direction of Paul Saufkie [1904 - 1998])
Date of Manufacture 1949
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Metal: Copper; Leather
Description Concho belt comprising 10 identical oval conchos and separate oval belt buckle, all done in overlay technique in copper; Design on each concho consists of pair of parrot wing motifs; Same motif is repeated on buckle but in opposite rotation; Copper bar for mounting on leather belt is soldered to back of each concho and to buckle; Conchos are unsigned, but buckle is hallmarked with sun symbol (Hopi Silvercraft Guild) and with eagle (Thomas Humiyestewa); Both hallmarks are die-stamped on separate plates that are soldered to back of buckle; Conchos and buckle are strung on narrow leather belt of yellow-brown color.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 4.5, Thickness = 1.0, Length = 98.2

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CAS 0370-0002A,B   CAS 0370-0002A,B; Buttons (2)
Category Accessories/Ornaments; Jewelry & Metalwork
Object Name Buttons (2)
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona, New Mexico
County Unknown
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1940-1950
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Metal: Silver
Description Pair of large, round, silver buttons, each fabricated from 2 disc-shaped blanks that are soldered together to form a bead; Series of straight lines that radiate out from the center are die stamped on one face and are encircled by zigzag line, resulting in a large floral-like design; Silver fastening loop is soldered to back of each button; Buttons are unsigned.
Dimensions (cm) Thickness = 1.9, Max Diam = 2.3

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0004A-C   CAS 0370-0004A-C; Carving set: fork, knife and stand
Category Culinary Items; Jewelry & Metalwork
Object Name Carving set: fork, knife and stand
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Pinal
Other Geographic Data City: Scottsdale
Maker's Name Kenneth Begay (1913 - 1977)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1950s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Metal: Sterling silver; Stainless steel
Description A: Carving fork consisting of commercially made stainless steel 2-tine fork attached to hand forged, hollow ware sterling silver handle; Overlay design on handle consists of 2 rows of triangles along median line; Handle is round in cross section at junction with fork, but curves upward slightly and expands in size and gradually becomes 3-sided before tapering to point; Unsigned by artist; B: Carving knife consisting of commercially made stainless steel blade attached to hand forged, sterling silver hollow ware handle; Overlay design on handle consists of 2 rows of triangles along median line; Handle is round in cross section at junction with blade, then curves down slightly and expands in size and gradually becomes 3-sided before tapering at end; Unsigned by artist; C: Stand for fork (CAS 0370-0004A) and knife (CAS 0370-0004B), consisting of asymmetrical hollow box (without bottom) that is higher and wider at one end; Attached to opposite corners of central portion are smaller boxes, one with single deep cross-cut notch to support knife and one with 2 cutout holes to support fork; Overlay design consists of double row of triangles along median line; Hallmark "KB" (Kenneth Begay) is stamped on interior.
Dimensions (cm) Height = A= 6.8; C= 3.8, Width = A= 3.5; B= 2.8; C= 10.6, Thickness = B= 2.4, Length = A= 27.5; B= 34.0; C= 11.1

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CAS 0370-0007   CAS 0370-0007; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County McKinley
Other Geographic Data City: Gallup
Maker's Name Narciso Platero Abeyta (Ha So Deh, Ha So De) (1918 - 1998)
Date of Manufacture 1958
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Casein on watercolor paper
Description Painting on white paper entitled "Changeable Wolf Man" depicting scene from Navajo mythology showing woman mounting black horse while man wearing wolf skin tries to grab her from lower left corner; Horned moon symbol appears in upper left corner, with tree along right background and highly stylized rocks in foreground; Signature "Ha-So-De" is printed in black ink (overwritten in blue ink) in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 56.2, Length = 76.7

Catalog Number CAS 0370-0009   CAS 0370-0009; Saddle blanket
Category Textiles
Object Name Saddle blanket
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona, New Mexico
County
Other Geographic Data Navajo Indian Reservation
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1890-1900
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Handspun wool warp; Handspun natural and carded wool weft
Description Double saddle blanket woven entirely in weft-faced twill weave; All over pattern consists of narrow vertical stripes in alternating colors of brown and combination of white and carded gray; Narrow brown band at each end; Supplementary decorative fringe in black or purple is added at each corner. Note: Original CAS catalog card for this saddle blanket identifies this twill design as “owl’s eye design.”
Dimensions (cm) Width = 78.0, Length = 130.0

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CAS 0370-0010   CAS 0370-0010; Rug
Category Textiles
Object Name Rug
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Coconino
Other Geographic Data Community: Coal Mine Mesa region
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1940s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Handspun wool warp; Handspun natural wool weft
Description Non-regional style rug woven in plain tapestry technique with overall pattern of vertical black and white stripes, made by alternating color of weft with each horizontal pass; Numerous lazy lines form a fragmented vertical zigzag line extending generally up center of rug, possibly a precursor or inspiration for the the raised outline technique that began in the Coal Mine Mesa region of the Navajo Reservation in the early 1940s.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 104.0, Length = 155.0

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CAS 0370-0012   CAS 0370-0012; Jar
Category Pottery; Vessels
Object Name Jar
Culture Zia Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Sandoval
Other Geographic Data Zia Pueblo
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1930s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Clay
Description Round water jar with concave base, flaring sides, high shoulder and short neck; Interior and exterior are scraped smooth; Interior of rim and underbody on exterior are slipped orange; Remainder of exterior is slipped white; Designs on exterior include 2 black flying roadrunners and 2 red standing roadrunners, all beneath red arches, with black geometric filler motifs; Jar is unsigned.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 26.3, Rim Diam = 17.1, Max Diam = 29.1

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0013   CAS 0370-0013; Concho belt
Category Accessories/Ornaments; Jewelry & Metalwork
Object Name Concho belt
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Apache
Other Geographic Data Community: Pine Springs
Maker's Name Sam Roanhorse (1916 - 1983)
Date of Manufacture ca. late 1940s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Metal: Silver; Leather
Description Woman's concho belt comprising 11 hammered oval conchos with a band of crescent shapes stamped around perimeter of each concho; A twelfth concho approximately twice as large as the others and with a rectangular cutout in its center serves as the belt buckle; Flat silver loop soldered onto reverse of each concho allows for stringing them onto leather belt; Hallmark "SR" (Sam Roanhorse) is stamped on reverse of belt buckle; Individual conchas are unsigned; Conchos and buckle are strung on black leather belt. Sam Roanhorse was the younger brother of Ambrose Roanhorse, an important Navajo silversmith whose work is also represented in the Elkus Collection.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 4.8, Length = 96.5

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0014   CAS 0370-0014; Concho belt
Category Accessories/Ornaments; Jewelry & Metalwork
Object Name Concho belt
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona, New Mexico
County unknown
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1890s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Silver; Metal: Copper; Leather
Description Belt comprising 7 large oval conchos with scalloped edges; Domed center of each concho is stamped with central oval, encircled by cold chisel straight lines radiating outward and by concentric die-stamped bands (including semicircles, serrated lines, and crescents) and a band of punctate holes; Flat copper loop on reverse of each concho for attaching to belt; Rectangular buckle with cutout center is done in repoussé technique and decorated with pair of leaf shapes along top and bottom, stamped design along edges, 3 ovals along ends, and stamped zigzag line along sides; Unsigned conchos and buckle are mounted on wide leather belt thst is cut from a single piece and secured from behind with 2nd narrower belt.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 7.8, Length = 109.5

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CAS 0370-0015   CAS 0370-0015; Ketoh
Category Jewelry & Metalwork
Object Name Ketoh
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona, New Mexico
County
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1880-1890
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Silver; Leather; Metal: Copper
Description Wrist guard comprising rectangular silver plate that is convex in cross-section and with center design of row of 5 elongated, pointed ovals whose centers are pushed out in repoussé technique and then stamped along edges with rope-like design and at each end with open, sunburst design; Edges of panel are stamped with line of crescent shapes along short ends and line of negative circles along long sides; 4 copper loops soldered on reverse provide attachment to leather backing with small leather pegs; Leather backing wraps around wearer's wrist and is secured by short leather laces.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 6.0, Length = 8.9

Catalog Number CAS 0370-0016   CAS 0370-0016; Necklace
Category Jewelry & Metalwork
Object Name Necklace
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona, New Mexico
County
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1950s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Juniper (Juniperus spp.) seeds; Cotton string; Metal
Description 5-strand necklace of brown juniper seeds, strung on cotton string; Ends of strands are attached to metal hook and eye clasp.
Dimensions (cm) Max Diam = 0.8 (seeds), Length = ca. 30.5

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0017   CAS 0370-0017; Concho
Category Accessories/Ornaments; Jewelry & Metalwork
Object Name Concho
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona, New Mexico
County
Other Geographic Data Navajo Indian Reservation
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1930s-1940s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Metal: Silver; Copper
Description Oval concho hammered from flat silver sheet; Center of concho is slightly domed and stamped with diamond shape in center; Series of cold chisel stamped straight lines radiate out from central diamond to edge of domed area; Series of crescents are die stamped along scalloped outer edge of concho and are accented by small die stamped circle where adjacent crescents overlap; Copper bar for attaching concho to belt is soldered to back; Concho is unsigned. John Adair identified this as a modern copy (1930s-1940s) of an old style design from the 1890s.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 4.4, Thickness = 0.7, Length = 5.4

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0018   CAS 0370-0018; Concho
Category Accessories/Ornaments; Jewelry & Metalwork
Object Name Concho
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona, New Mexico
County
Other Geographic Data Navajo Indian Reservation
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1930s-1940s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Metal: Silver; Copper
Description Oval concho hammered from flat silver sheet; Center of concho is slightly domed and stamped with diamond shape in center; Series of die-stamped straight lines radiate out from central diamond to edge of domed area; Series of crescents are die stamped along scalloped outer edge of concho and are accented by small die stamped circle where adjacent crescents overlap; Copper bar for attaching concho to belt is soldered to back; Concho is unsigned. John Adair identified this as a modern copy (1930s-1940s) of an old style design from the 1890s or early 1900s.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 4.2, Thickness = 0.6, Length = 5.1

Catalog Number CAS 0370-0019   CAS 0370-0019; Bowl
Category Pottery; Vessels
Object Name Bowl
Culture Hopi-Tewa
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Navajo
Other Geographic Data Hopi Indian Reservation: First Mesa
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1940-1960
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Clay
Description Sikyatki revival style round bowl with flat base, rounded sides, and inward curving rim; Interior and exterior are scraped smooth; Exterior is burnished; Design band around upper exterior sides is divided into 6 panels with 3 black geometric motifs each repeated twice; Solid black line outlines lip; Single stylized black feather motif is painted on interior center; Bowl is unsigned.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 6.7, Rim Diam = 17.3, Max Diam = 21.4

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0020   CAS 0370-0020; House model
Category Pottery
Object Name House model
Culture Jemez Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Sandoval
Other Geographic Data Jemez Pueblo
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1950s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Clay
Description Model of a rectangular 2-room pueblo-style house with small courtyard in front; Front and side exterior walls, interior walls, outdoor bread oven, and rooftop chimney are covered with off-white slip; Rooftop, exterior back wall, interior floor, and base are covered with brick red slip; Cutout window and doorway on front wall and cutout window on side wall are all painted brick-red; cutout window on back wall is painted off-white; Door of outdoor bread oven and top of rooftop chimney are trimmed in black; First interior room contains corner fireplace; Exposed ends of vigas on front and bunches of chile ristras (one on front and two on side exterior walls) are all painted brick-red; House model is unsigned.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 8.8, Width = 11.5, Depth = 9.2

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0021   CAS 0370-0021; Figurine (elephant)
Category Pottery
Object Name Figurine (elephant)
Culture Cochiti Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Sandoval
Other Geographic Data Cochiti Pueblo
Maker's Name Teresita Romero
Date of Manufacture ca. 1940-1950
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Clay
Description 3-dimensional modeled figurine of an elephant shown in seated (?) position; Exterior surface is scraped smooth; Underside is covered with red slip while sides and top of figurine are covered with cream-colored slip; Elephant's ears, eyes, and front hooves are painted black and a black geometric design extends down its back; Figurine is truncated in middle of its body, with the rear portion not depicted; Small incised hole on each side of figure's head and pair of larger holes at distal end suggest figurine may have been intended as a whistle; Figurine is unsigned.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 6.6, Width = 5.0, Length = 9.9

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0022   CAS 0370-0022; Bowl
Category Pottery; Vessels
Object Name Bowl
Culture Hopi-Tewa
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Navajo
Other Geographic Data Hopi Indian Reservation: First Mesa
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1940-1960
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Clay
Description Deep round bowl with flat base and rounded sides that curve inward at rim; Interior and exterior are scraped smooth, coated with pale orange slip, and lightly burnished; Design band around upper sides on exterior is divided into 4 panels and decorated with 2 different black geometric motifs, each of which is repeated twice; Bowl is unsigned.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 7.8, Rim Diam = 8.6, Max Diam = 11.3

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0023   CAS 0370-0023; Figurine (owl)
Category Pottery
Object Name Figurine (owl)
Culture Zuni Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County McKinley
Other Geographic Data Zuni Pueblo
Maker's Name Zoe Jamon (ca. 1896 - 1963 or 1973) (attributed)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1940-1960
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Clay; Natural pigments
Description Seated owl figurine with flat base, globose body, and outstretched wings and tail; Beak and ears are modeled; Exterior is scraped smooth, slipped white, and painted with feather pattern in black; Beak, eyes, and ears are accented with red paint; Figurine is unsigned.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 14.6, Width = 15.3, Depth = 14.9

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0024   CAS 0370-0024; Jar
Category Pottery; Vessels
Object Name Jar
Culture Acoma Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Cibola
Other Geographic Data Acoma Pueblo
Maker's Name Lucy Martin Lewis (ca. 1900 - 1992)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1950s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Clay
Description Small olla-shaped jar with flat, narrow diameter base, flaring sides, high shoulder and short wide neck, and wide mouth; Interior and exterior are scraped smooth and slipped white, except for wide band around interior rim and underbody which are slipped orange; Exterior design field is divided into 3 encircling bands which are subdivided into rectangular panels; Panels are alternately decorated with diagonal lines or with paired triangular spirals, all in black-on-white fine line technique; Heavy black line encircles lip of jar; "Acoma" is painted on base in black lettering (that matches lettering on other Lucy Lewis pieces) but jar is otherwise unsigned.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 9.5, Rim Diam = 6.7, Max Diam = 9.7

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0025   CAS 0370-0025; Bowl
Category Pottery
Object Name Bowl
Culture Hopi
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Arizona
County Pinal
Other Geographic Data City: Scottsdale
Maker's Name Charles Loloma (1921 - 1991) and Otellie Pasivaya Loloma (1922 - 1993)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1950
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Clay
Description Low and squat wheel-thrown round bowl with flat base, flaring sides and wide shoulder that curves inward to narrow diameter mouth; Interior and exterior are scraped smooth; Interior is covered with thick, white glaze; Upper half of exterior is covered with pale yellow matte glaze and painted with band of contiguous black triangles around rim and similar band just below shoulder; Small opposing, terraced triangles that are pendant from the rim or shoulder bands are positioned around the neck, forming a repetitive, negative design motif; Bowl is unsigned.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 6.4, Rim Diam = 10.0, Max Diam = 17.4
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