Navajo Tufa Cast Belt Buckle. 2.7" X 1.85 ". Will accept a belt of up to 1.4. 54.2 grams = 1.91 Troy ounces.
Clarence Lee Tufa Cast Sterling Silver Belt Buckle. This Buckle was made by a talented Navajo artist using the Tufa Casting Technique to create a very beautiful Belt Buckle.
It demonstrates a high level of skill in both design and jewelry construction! It is signed with the hallmark of "Clarence Lee" in script stamp as well as "(rocking)CL". It is also stamped "Sterling". As you may know, most of the jewelry created by Clarence Lee is contemporary and has applique. He has been making very popular jewelry since the 1970's.Clarence loved to sell his jewelry directly to the public. On the occasions that I would see him and visit with him, he was always very outgoing and enthusiastic while he displayed and discussed his jewelry. You may not be surprised to learn that Clarence was a rodeo calf roper. I very much like sculpture and humor. Clarence had an appreciation for life and the award judges had an appreciation for his work.
Dozens and dozens of awards have been awarded for this deserving artist. His work is even in the British Museum!
This buckle may be best appreciated and cherished by Clarence Lee collectors that may have never see anything that he made that looks traditional. I have collect modern and contemporary art and always enjoy having items in my collection that reflect "early work" of something surprisingly different for a known artist.This buckle looks to be in fine condition. There are no dents, cracks, or noticeable scratches, etc. Take a close look with the magnifier on the picture program. The design of the Tufa Cast Silver work is what most collectors would call Classical Revival. This is a beautiful Belt Buckle that demonstrates the art of the Tufa Casting technique.
I hope you are pleased with what you see... As the Navajo say, "Walk in Beauty".
I thank You and look forward to sharing a good experience! "AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY I" - Gregory Schaaf - Page 212.
"AMERICAN INDIAN JEWELRY II: A-L" - Page 327 (7/8ths of a page). "HALLMARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST"- Barton Wright - Page 99. THE LITTLE BOOK OF SOUTHWESTERN SILVER - Billie Hougart - Page 194.
"ZUNI JEWELRY" - Theda and Michael Bassman. "ZUNI THE ART AND THE PEOPLE VOLUMES 1-3" - Barbara & Ed Bell- Volume. "KNIFEWING AND RAINBOW MAN IN ZUNI JEWELRY". For reference only Buckle CL. CLARENCE LEE signed BELT BUCKLE Navajo Indian TUFA CAST Sterling Silver" is in sale since Saturday, November 4, 2017.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Ethnic, Regional & Tribal\Native American\Other Native American Jewelry"." and is located in Tucson, Arizona. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Bahamas.