Vintage Native American Zuni Turquoise Shell Inlay Rainbowman Silver Bracelet

  • Tribe: Zuni
  • Condition: Excellent condition with approriate wear. NO damage to the stones or the silver.
  • Size: 1-1/2" wide 5-1/2" inside end to end plus 1" opening
  • Artisan: Zuni Master Jeweler
  • Materials: Turquoise, Shell, Jet, and Sterling Silver
  • Item Weight: 55 Grams / over 2 Ounces
  • Hallmark: Unmarked as is appropriate for pieces of this age.
$1,400.00

Details

This fantastic Native American handmade stone-on-stone mosaic and Sterling silver bracelet was created by an unknown Zuni Pueblo artist during the C.G. Wallace Era. This Zuni master lapidary (stone worker) painstakingly cut, shaped and polished at least FORTY-TWO individual pieces of white shell, jet, turquoise, and spiny oyster to evoke the image of the semi-divine Rainbow Man. (Zuni cultural norms forbid the depiction of the more important figures in their pantheon.) Imagine the concentration of time and effort taken by the artist as they ground down these pieces attached to the end of a stick on a fast spinning wheel. The individual tessera form a mosaic showing the great skill of this artist. Of particular note are the long thin jet and shell pieces that help to form the torso and skirt. Check out the two stepped pieces of jet and spiny oyster in the skirt. WOW! HOW DID THEY DO IT? It is beyond my comprehension! The mosaic is serrated bezel set. Tight spiral wire, multiple stamped silver drops, and stamped wires decorate and frame the bezels. The shank, formed from three flat bars drawn together by a smaller piece at the terminals, is decorated with deep and precise hand stamping. This example of the finest Zuni lapidary work is not to be missed. You will rarely ever have a chance to add a piece of Zuni inlay of this quality to your collection of fine Native American art.