Southwestern Silverwork, 1850-1940 | Heard Museum

Detail of a silver ketoh (bow guard) decoration with an oval turquoise cabochon set in center and 4 round turquoise cabochons set at the 4 corners

Southwestern Silverwork, 1850-1940

February 19, 2022
On display through October 31, 2022

Exploring rarely seen works from the Heard Museum’s collection How Old Is It: Southwestern Silverwork, 1850-1940 will document nearly a century of the evolution of Native silverwork from its earliest years through the decades prior to World War II. A number of unique pieces of Navajo and Pueblo jewelry and other silver items from the museum will be on view tracing stylistic and technical developmental advances and the effect those changes had on silverwork produced in the Southwest.

To stay current with ongoing studies, the exhibit will also re-examine and update some of the previously published writings on the subject with the expectation that the exhibit will help answer questions on how to accurately date Southwestern jewelry and other silver items as well as where pieces fit in a chronological history of the craft.