Button

  • Cashion Callaway, Button, n.d., original design 1974, silver, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1975.147.3

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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.

Title
Button
Artists
Date
n.d., original design 1974
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
7/8 in. (2.3 cm.) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – reptile – lizard
Object Number
1975.147.3
Palette
Linked Open Data
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