A Study of Navajo Concha Belts

Donald P. Richards with Karen M. Richards, forewords by Jackson Clark II, John Miller, and Joe E. Tanner Sr.

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The first comprehensive, exclusive study of Navajo concha belts, this
extraordinary reference work is poised to be by far the most in-depth
authority on the subject. Although most books about Southwestern Indian jewelry do include concha belts peripherally, this focused research by expert Donald R. Richards serves as a truly invaluable resource. An incredible breadth of information covers not only the physical, but the human history of these unique belts: influences on southwestern art styles; materials, tools, and techniques; maker and age identification; determining authenticity; concha belts depicted in art; and even modern methods to determine metal composition by X-ray fluorescence (ERF). In addition to Navajo styles, it also includes related styles from the Zunis, Hopis, Pueblos, and the Plains Indians, plus selected related Asian examples--all of which were collected from 51 sources in 14 states and 3 foreign countries. An extensive belt catalog details 400+ individual belts, making this an extraordinary, long-awaited reference for collectors, galleries, and private dealers.

Size: 8 1/2" x 11" | 2514 color & b/w images | 656 pp
ISBN13: 9780764359644

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Donald Richards was born and raised in Arizona and has worked on and around the Navajo Reservation several times over the years. Having worked and traveled in more than 40 countries, he has developed an appreciation for the indigenous arts of North and South America, Africa, Oceania, and Asia. He brings this interest, knowledge, and appreciation to his research work on Navajo concha belts.