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n.d., original design 1974 Cashion Callaway Born: Lawton, Oklahoma 1941 pierced, soldered, oxidized and buffed silver 7/8 in. (2.3 cm.) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1975.147.5 Not currently on view

Luce Center Label

This set of six buttons shows Cashion Callaway’s interest in Native American art and archaeology. Lizards are native creatures in the deserts of the Southwest, where Callaway conducts many of her archaeological excavations. The reptiles also appear in the petroglyphs at Lizard Cave in Southern California and in other ancient artifacts. The lizard is greatly respected in many southwestern cultures. Navajo stories, for example, emphasize the lizard’s perseverance and ability to keep ancient secrets.


Animal - reptile - lizard

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - silver