Zuni Pueblo Bolo Tie of an Antelope or Deer Image

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Bola Tie, Bolo Tie
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo, SHE-WE-NA
  • Medium: turquoise, jet, mother of pearl, and spondylus shell
  • Size: 2” x 1-¼” animal image
  • Item # C4109F
  • Price: $850.00

It is well established that Zuni Pueblo lapidary artisans are amazingly creative in making pictotrial jewelry in mosaic style.  This bola features the head of an antelope or possibly a deer. The antlers were made from mother of pearl and tipped with jet.  The animal’s face was made from white shell and jet, ears of spondylus shell, and crown of white shell, turquoise and spondylus shell in triangular cuts. The mother of pearl neck ruff is in raised form, a trait started years ago by Zuni jeweler Leo Poblano.  This is an incredible image that was beautifully and expertly created in the 1940s.  

New Mexico passed a non-binding measure to designate the bolo as the state's official neckwear in 1987. On March 13, 2007, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed into law that the bolo tie was the state's official tie.

Provenance: It was purchased by a former medical doctor in Santa Fe who not only purchased outstanding examples of jewelry for his wife, but apparently purchased some for himself.  He passed away a number of years ago and his wife just passed away, so this is from their estate.

Relative Links: Zuni Pueblojewelrybola - bolo tieLeo Poblano

Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Bola Tie, Bolo Tie
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo, SHE-WE-NA
  • Medium: turquoise, jet, mother of pearl, and spondylus shell
  • Size: 2” x 1-¼” animal image
  • Item # C4109F
  • Price: $850.00

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