Vintage Zuni Inlay Rainbow Man Pin Pendant Lambert Homer 6-1/8"
- Tribe: Zuni Pueblo
- Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition; No Damage
- Size: 6-1/8" x 3-1/2"
- Artist: Lambert Homer
- Materials: Turquoise, Jet. Clam Shell, Spiny Oyster & Sterling Silver
- Item Weight: 96 Grams / over 3-3/8 Ounces
- Date: circa 1950
- Hallmark: Unmarked as is appropriate for pieces of this type and vintage
This top quality vintage Native American handmade stone-on-stone mosaic and Sterling silver Rainbow Man pin pendant was created by Zuni Pueblo master lapidary and silversmith Lambert Homer.
Homer painstakingly hand cut, shaped and polished, at least, FIFTY-TWO individual pieces of white shell, jet, turquoise, and spiny oyster to evoke the image of the semi-divine Rainbow Man. Imagine the concentration of time and effort taken by the artist as they ground down these tiny pieces while attached to the end of a stick on a fast spinning stone. The individual tesera form a mosaic showing the great skill of this artist. Of particular note are the fabulous five piece hat and long thin pieces that help to form the torso and skirt. HOW DID THEY DO IT? It is beyond my comprehension! Then one takes note of the silver work, including spiral wire and stamped silver drops. WOW!
We attribute this piece to Lambert Homer for the following reasons: the curved bottom to the skirt; the body is wide; the shape of the legs; and the quality of the work.
If you appreciate truly great Zuni work of the C. G. Wallace era, then this is the pin for you. And, if you appreciate beautiful objects of handmade art, then you are doubly sure to love this piece!