Zuni Pueblo Apache Gaan Dancer Bolo Tie by Lambert Homer, Jr.

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Lambert Homer Jr.
  • Category: Bola Tie - Bolo Tie
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, coral, turquoise, jet, shell, leather strap
  • Size: 2-3/4” x 1-7/8”
  • Item # C3777J
  • Price: $950.00

In this lovely Zuni Apache Gaan Dancer Bolo Tie Lambert Homer Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps and crafted an image of an Apache Gaan, or Mountain Spirit Dancer. He cut and shaped pieces of shell, jet, coral and turquoise and set them in a mosaic style in a glimmering yellow shell background. The oval was then set within a beautiful sterling setting.

Lambert Homer Jr. was the son of well-known Zuni lapidary artist Lambert Homer Sr. and the grandson of Leekya Deyuse.  Along with his father, Lambert Homer Sr., he worked for the legendary trader C. G. Wallace. Wallace became a trader at Zuni Pueblo in 1920 and revitalized the jewelry making tradition at Zuni Pueblo by introducing new tools and working closely with the artists. He hired only the most talented artists and marketed their work to the tourists visiting the Southwest. The result of this endeavor was the creation of some of the most beautiful pieces of Native American jewelry made in the early 20th century. Lambert Homer Sr. is credited with being the first to incorporate the Apache Gaan Dancer as a motif.  

Although unsigned, the original owner kept meticulous records and has labeled this piece as being purchased at the New Mexico State Fair in 1982 and being made by Lambert Homer, Jr.

 

Recommended Reading: Jewelry by Southwest American Indians: Evolving Designs by Nancy Schiffer

Relative Links: Lambert Homer Jr.Leekya DeyuseZuni PuebloNative American jewelryApache

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Lambert Homer Jr.
  • Category: Bola Tie - Bolo Tie
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • Medium: Sterling Silver, coral, turquoise, jet, shell, leather strap
  • Size: 2-3/4” x 1-7/8”
  • Item # C3777J
  • Price: $950.00

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