This is a pendant brooch by the highly collectible Navajo artist, Jerry Roan (1919-1977). A darling sterling silver lizard, with exquisite hands and feet, and a curled tail are depicted in sterling silver, with an unknown stone inlaid across it’s back.
Mr. Roan had 3 hallmarks he used during his career. The 3rd one he used for his later work, and the one he used on this piece (hallmark on file pictured).
Navajo tribal native Jerry Roan had a long and productive life as a silversmith and jewelry maker. He began actively working at silversmithing around 1968 and continued for almost 30 years. In 1969, a year after he began smithing, he won a 1st Place Award at the Navajo Tribal Fair in Arizona.
Roan was included in the 2002 exhibit “Jewels of the Southwest” at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe. His work is included in the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, and the Yellowhorse Museum in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Song Sense Jewelry donates 10% of all sales to PHAMALY, Denver’s award-winning theatre company which produces professional plays and musicals that exclusively feature actors with all nature of disabilities:
PHAMALY was co-founded by Kathleen Traylor, the artist of Song Sense Jewelry, in 1988.
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