Eastern Mojave Vegetation Squash Blossom Necklace  


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  Wyoming, Cody County, Cody
Photograph taken 15 August 2011.

Squash Blossom Necklace
ca. 1920
Navajo, silver, tanned hide
Gift of Betty Lee Sheeron NA 203 1355
The pendant hanging from the center of the necklace is known as a naja. The Navajo first saw this crescent-shaped decoration on the headstalls of horses the Spanish explorers brought with them. The Spanish adapted the design from the Moors.

(A headstall for a horse is a hanger put on a horse's head used for holding a bit, bosal, nose piece, or other piece of equipment to control a horse while riding. When a headstall is combined with a bit (or bosal, nose piece, etc.) the combination is known as a bridle.)

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