Tom Weahkee, 1970s Silver Box (6000 Carats Natural Turquoise)
In the early 1970s Perry was new to the Indian arts trading business. However, he did know enough to realize the amazing talent of late Zuni artist Tom Weahkee and the rarity of such a big piece of natural American turquoise. So in the early 1970s he commissioned Tom Weahkee to make this extraordinary piece of museum quality art, and it wouldn’t be until around 3 years later before the box was complete. Perry owned the box until 1983 when it was purchased by a Native American art dealer in Dallas, and twenty-seven years later it has ended back in its starting place, pretty amazing. Everything about the box is unique. First, the silver is custom ordered because fabricated silver comes in sheets only 6” wide. Second, the stone is almost 6000 carats of Natural Turquoise Mountain. You will find the large free form shaped piece filled with a rugged character that shows peaks and valleys of incredible blues and webbed matrix. This is a museum quality box that would complete most collections. Enjoy looking!