Navajo Readda Begay Turquoise Caterpillar Pendant Approx 5" Long, Native American Insect Jewelry

$559.00

This long caterpillar was made by award-winning Navajo silversmith Readda Begay, who along with her equally famous husband, Ernest Roy Begay, is known for quality in her cluster work, silverwork, and selection of turquoise stones. Readda is from a renowned silversmith family in her own right; her maiden surname is Martinez, and her brothers are Calvin, Leon, and Rick--again, master silversmiths all the way around! This insect offers all the characteristics one would except from such a talented artist, plus it is super long and cool-looking, with oval turquoise stones for the body segments, black onyx for eyes, and silver twist wire for the antennae. It even has little silver legs, and the more I think about it, the more I'm convinced it could be a centipede! No matter what insect it is, the pendant is finished off with a large and simple bale, which will fit a larger sized set of Navajo Pearls. The Navajo Pearls pictured in Photos 2 and 3 are NOT included, but you can purchase them here:

https://romaarellano.com/listing/1654522059/65g-sterling-silver-navajo-pearls-seed

In Navajo culture, the sphinx moth caterpillar (also known as the tobacco horn worm) is revered for its practical purposes in tobacco-based medicine, but it also is depicted as a repellent of evil spirits and monsters in Navajo creation mythology. Native Americans also consider the centipede to be a symbol of strength and tenacity, and in Navajo tradition they are believed to represent hard work and perseverance. In fact, the Navajo tell stories about how the centipede fought bravely against other animals despite being small and seemingly defenseless. Centipedes are also seen as symbols of protection in some Native American cultures. I write in the blog post (linked below) about the importance of insects in Native American cultures and how due to tourist squeamishness about bugs, many Native artists have stopped making insect jewelry. So, what a treat to find this big bug pendant for those of us who embrace all of nature's creatures!

The caterpillar-slash-centipede measures about 3/4" wide including the legs by about 4-7/8" long not including the bale and closer to 5-5/8" all inclusive. Weighs 30g. In excellent condition.

Insect lovers unite!

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