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Ambrose Roanhorse silver necklace rainbow warrior pendant
Ambrose Roanhorse silver necklace rainbow warrior pendant
Ambrose Roanhorse silver necklace rainbow warrior pendant
Ambrose Roanhorse silver necklace rainbow warrior pendant
Ambrose Roanhorse silver necklace rainbow warrior pendant
Ambrose Roanhorse silver necklace rainbow warrior pendant

A rare and unusual Navajo silver “Rainbow Warrior”

pendant necklace by Ambrose Roanhorse, circa 1950’s



This extraordinary piece was created by Ambrose Roanhorse, one of the towering figures of 20th century Native American jewelry. As a jewelry teacher at The Santa Fe Indian School, and, subsequently, as Chief instructor at The Navajo arts and Crafts Guild, Roanhorse strongly influenced several generations of Native American jewelers with his impeccable craftsmanship and streamlined, modern, exceptionally-creative designs.


This necklace is a perfect example of his best work, combining the traditional form of a double-row, “box-bow” type silver-bead necklace with the unique and striking addition of a series of graduated silver pendants in the shape of the Navajo spirit guardian “Rainbow warrior”. The twelve smaller Rainbow warrior pendants are made of fabricated and stamped silver while the larger central pendant is of heavy tufa-cast and stamped silver. This main pendant measures 2 3/8" wide by 2 1/4" height, the smaller pendants are subtly graduated in size, the largest of them measures 1 1/4" width by 1" height and the smallest is 15 /16" width by 3/4" height. The necklace itself measures 26" in overall circumference. It is 15 3/4" in length from the top of the clasp to the bottom of the central pendant measured while lying flat and weighs a substantial, but still very comfortable, 144 grams or 5 ounces.


It is in excellent original condition and is properly signed on the back of the large central pendant with Roanhorse’s insignia of a capital letter “A” inside an arrowhead with a broken tip. Full-size elaborate necklaces such as this piece by Roanhorse are extremely rare and highly collectible.



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